Problem of the month: February 2017

A previously unreleased endgame problem based on an online game.

Better than a machine

TURN: BLACK
LEVEL: FOR ADVANCED PLAYERS

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This is the game 27418 from MiGs, white move 41. MLA at its highest level (Black) will win against our friend boulet (White), but only after 7 long moves (13 half moves).

You, who are more imaginative than a machine, will you able to do it in just 4 moves?
There are several possible solutions.

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Problem of the month: December 2016

A previously unreleased endgame problem based on an online game:

Play it simple!

TURN: BLACK
LEVEL: MEDIUM

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This problem is based on a situation from the game 26599 (June 2016): ApocalypticA vs. boulet, Belgian daisy, move 85y, turn Black. You can see the complete game on MiGs history. Just create an account and log-in, it’ free! ^^

The two opponents are strong players, but in the heat of the moment, this endgame is not as good as it could. Can you propose a better and shorter end? How many moves to win the game?

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I prefer to lose…

December 11, 2016

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(picture source: http://www.chessgames.com/player/david_neil_lawrence_levy.html)

“I prefer to lose a really good game than to win a bad one.”

David Neil Lawrence Levy*, British IM of chess (1945-)

* David Levy is also the founder of the Computer Olympiads and the Mind Sports Olympiads.

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Curious about the end? The complete game 26599 is available on MiGs history!

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Find a realizable plan

December 4, 2016

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Eugene Znosko-Borovsky, circa 1910.

“It is not a move, even the best move that you must seek, but a realizable plan.”

Eugène Znosko-Borovsky, Russian-born French chess master (1884–1954)

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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boulet (Black) should not have lost this game 26926 against MLA (White)… (^_-)—☆
Just ask me and I will show you (:

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Seek zeros!

February 28, 2016

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“Was? du suchst? du möchtest dich verzehnfachen, verhundertfachen? du suchst Anhänger? – Suche Nullen!”

(Götzen-Dämmerung, Sprüche und Pfeile, 14, 1889)

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What? You search? You would multiply yourself by ten, by a hundred? You seek followers? Seek zeros!

(Twilight of the Idols, Maxims and Arrows, 14, 1889)

Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.