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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Variation of the month: March 2015

Every month, we bring a new variation to light by publishing a previously edited or unedited game.

Domination

Mars was the Roman god of war, so the variation of this month had to be martial. Besides, Abalone often seems like a martial art 😉
The name of the winner of this quick game is awe-inspiring : Genghis Khan! The mere evocation of his name scared even the bravests.
This nickname – meaning « universal ruler » – was the title of the greatest Mongolian Emperor Temüjin, Grand Master in military engineering and enlightened despot.
A pseudonym that suited his owner very well, as it’s true that this great player had all the attributes of the alpha, spreading terror and ruling unchallenged over the gameboards and tablelands of the abalonian steppes.

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DOMINATION

(click on the picture to see the game)