Problem of the month: April 2017

A previously unreleased endgame problem based on an online game.

Take the place of the machine

TURN: WHITE
LEVEL: FOR ADVANCED PLAYERS

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Once more this is a game between our friend boulet (Black) and Mogwai’s MLA program at its highest level (White). You can see this game 29001 on MiGs‘ history.

This is Black move 48, and MLA is currently 3-4 ahead. At this point, the program should have concluded quickly. However, the game will continue until move 62 and a 4-6 score.

With this situation, could you have done better than MLA and will you win with only a few moves?

What endgame(s) do you propose?

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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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