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  1. 17 Apr '08 18:26 / 1 edit
    What is the mose beautiful chess problem ever composed?

    Opinions please...
  2. 17 Apr '08 18:37 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by David113
    What is the mose beautiful chess problem ever composed?

    Opinions please...
    I like Shinkman's mate in three




    Probably there are more beautiful mates, but I like this one very much.
  3. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    17 Apr '08 20:52
    Originally posted by David113
    What is the mose beautiful chess problem ever composed?

    Opinions please...
    I would never narrow it down to just one.

    Instead, I'll show one of my all-time favorites, a misunderstood masterpiece:

    Gianni Donati
    1st Hon. Mention
    Springaren 2001

    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.
  4. 22 Apr '08 03:08
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    I would never narrow it down to just one.

    Instead, I'll show one of my all-time favorites, a misunderstood masterpiece:

    Gianni Donati
    1st Hon. Mention
    Springaren 2001
    [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.
    This one confuses me...
  5. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    22 Apr '08 03:46
    Originally posted by meta x zen
    This one confuses me...
    [dare I ask] In what way?
  6. 22 Apr '08 08:11 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    [dare I ask] In what way?
    I suppose meta x searches for a winning combination of some sort.


    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.
  7. 22 Apr '08 18:50
    And what about this one?


    Mario Matous, White to play and win
  8. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    22 Apr '08 18:59 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by heinzkat
    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.
    The 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#].

    The setup move is 1.Bb8!! threatening Bxc7 and thus decoying one of the Rooks to capture.
    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#
  9. 22 Apr '08 19:01
    Originally posted by heinzkat
    And what about this one?

    [fen]8/qb6/8/2p5/2Q5/8/8/3BKn1k w - -[/fen]
    Mario Matous, White to play and win
    There is an easy draw... but for a win my gut instinct (often wrong but sometimes right) says Bf3+.
  10. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    22 Apr '08 21:28
    Kf2 looks likely
  11. Standard member uzless
    The So Fist
    23 Apr '08 04:05
    Originally posted by David113
    What is the mose beautiful chess problem ever composed?

    Opinions please...
    1st move E4.

    Mate in 13
  12. 25 Apr '08 17:10 / 6 edits
    Originally posted by uzless
    1st move E4.

    Mate in 13
    I saw that. But people still play it.
    e4 e5
    f4 d5
    fxe4 Qh4+
    Ke2 Qxe4+
    Kf2 Bc5+
    Kg3 Qxe5+
    Kf3 Qh5+
    g4 Qxg4#

    So easy.

    Less can be done!

    e4 a6
    Bc4 a5
    Qf3 a4
    Bxf7#

    A solid refutation of the St Georges Defence.
  13. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    25 Apr '08 18:46
    Originally posted by Zweite
    I saw that. But people still play it.
    e4 e5
    f4 d5
    fxe4 Qh4+
    Ke2 Qxe4+
    Kf2 Bc5+
    Kg3 Qxe5+
    Kf3 Qh5+
    g4 Qxg4#

    So easy.

    Less can be done!

    e4 a6
    Bc4 a5
    Qf3 a4
    Bxf7#

    A solid refutation of the St Georges Defence.
    1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 Ke7 3.Qxe5#
  14. 27 Apr '08 11:49 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 Ke7 3.Qxe5#
    Nice one. But don't dig up games from when I was learning, it's not fair!