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Posers and Puzzles

  1. 10 Jul '06 01:27
    Why are (most) chess problems 'white to play and win'?

    Are the black pieces somehow inferior?
  2. 10 Jul '06 01:58
    Originally posted by Lenzar
    Why are (most) chess problems 'white to play and win'?

    Are the black pieces somehow inferior?
    It's a racial thing.
  3. 10 Jul '06 10:51
    Originally posted by prosoccer
    It's a racial thing.
    Racial profiling by the chess editors. I hear black pawns are arrested 5 times more frequently than white pawns.
  4. 10 Jul '06 11:04
    Originally posted by prosoccer
    It's a racial thing.
    That's why chess was forbidden in South Africa during the apartheid times.
    The Soweto riots was started when the white Lady was taken by the black Bishop and the ANC king was castled.
    Now the black king has returned and the country is now in a drawish situation.

    ...as I heard, but I don't know...
  5. 10 Jul '06 18:39
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    That's why chess was forbidden in South Africa during the apartheid times.
    The Soweto riots was started when the white Lady was taken by the black Bishop and the ANC king was castled.
    Now the black king has returned and the country is now in a drawish situation.

    ...as I heard, but I don't know...
    Its not that chess was forbiden in South Africa during Aparthied it was just a lot harder since the black peices were replaced by even more white peices. I'm a history major I know these things
  6. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    10 Jul '06 19:51
    Originally posted by Lenzar
    Why are (most) chess problems 'white to play and win'?
    It's convention. Having a standard side to move means that you don't have to specify it in the stipulation to every problem.
  7. 10 Jul '06 20:06
    Originally posted by Hank Rearden
    Its not that chess was forbiden in South Africa during Aparthied it was just a lot harder since the black peices were replaced by even more white peices. I'm a history major I know these things
    In the black areas they didn't use white pieces at all.
    They used dark grey pieces and black pieces.
    "Dark grey pawn takes black Night at a dark braun square."
    .. as I've heard...
  8. 06 Feb '09 22:28
    Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
    It's convention. Having a standard side to move means that you don't have to specify it in the stipulation to every problem.
    Except it always is stipulated anyway...
  9. 06 Feb '09 23:52
    Originally posted by Lenzar
    Except it always is stipulated anyway...
    Great comeback post. Took two and a half years, but it keeps the conversation going smoothly...
  10. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    07 Feb '09 01:04
    Originally posted by Lenzar
    Except it always is stipulated anyway...
    Not in problem magazines like StrateGems, The Problemist, Probleemblad, etc.