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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Mission: impossible?

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YOUR TARGET :

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YOUR MISSION :

"Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be as follows: you play Black, and your opponent threatens to eject two of your marbles, enough to actually win the game. But fortunately it's your turn to play, and you have 30 seconds to brainstorm and to win by score. If you fail, the Abalonian Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions."

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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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