Originally posted by David113I would never narrow it down to just one.
What is the mose beautiful chess problem ever composed?
Originally posted by SwissGambitThis one confuses me...
I would never narrow it down to just one.
Instead, I'll show one of my all-time favorites, a misunderstood masterpiece:
1st Hon. Mention
[fen]r1R2Bnk/ppp2ppp/4pR2/2pB4/N1PP4/1PP1KPP1/5PP1/1N6 w - - 0 24[/fen]
PG in 23.0 moves
It takes a solver to appreciate the mastery shown here. I don't know who the judge was, but giving this one 1st HM was highway robbery. This is one of the best PGs of all time.
Originally posted by SwissGambitI suppose meta x searches for a winning combination of some sort.
[dare I ask] In what way?
Originally posted by heinzkatThe move 1.Ne5 looks appealing, threatening mate on g6 and d3, but 1...Qa6 holds. Subsequent attempts to cut off the Queen's lines of defense fail, because Black has a Rook always at the ready to take her place: 2.Rb5 Rb3, or 2.Rd6 Rh6 [obviously not 2...Kxe5?? 3.Qxd4#].
I suppose meta x searches for a winning combination of some sort.
[fen]7r/B1p3p1/8/3R1p1p/2Np1k1P/5P2/5Q2/qrb2nK1 w - -[/fen]
Composed by Herbert Grasemann and Hans Lepuschütz (1953) - White to move and mate in four.
I wouldn't claim this is the most beautiful diagram ever, but it sure is nice. Maybe the Babson task by Leonid Yarosh? I don't fully like the looks of the position, but the solution for the mate in four is quite amusing.
1...Rhxb8(or Rc8) 2.Ne5 Qa6 3.Rd6! and mate next
1...Rbxb8(or Rb7) 2.Ne5 Qa6 3.Rb5! and mate next
1...Qa7 2.Bxc7+ Qxc7 3.Rxd4#