Problem of the month: July 2017

A previously unreleased endgame problem for beginners proposed by saabalone.

Make your move!

TURN: WHITE / BLACK
LEVEL: BEGINNERS ONLY!

If you play White, you win in 2 moves.
If you play Black, you win in 3 moves.
This is not very difficult. All you need is a clear vision of the situation.

Now make your move(s), and have fun! ^^

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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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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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