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It’s Your Move #16 E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Monday, 24 November 2014 22:29

“I can’t see you saving this game,” said the player with Black. “I’m a rook up already,

and I’m going to get a second queen for good measure.”

“You’re celebrating your victory too soon,” came the unexpected retort. “I’m the one who’s going to save the game, and you definitely won’t manage to.”

Indeed White won by spectacular means.*

its your move 16

White to play and win

*The example given here is taken from Soviet Chess Primer by Ilya Maizelis soon to be published in English.

When our columnist saw the position he assumed that it arose in a game over the board.

Now it turns out that it is a composition. The author was a German chess master and happened to be the brother of Dr. Emanuel Lasker, Second World Champion-Ed.

Berthold Lasker, Deutsches Wochenschach 1890

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+1 #10 D.Master20ify 2015-05-26 20:50
Man that position was ill!!! Like I knew there was some positional elements in the position that favoured white. Well actually all positional elements favoured white except for the strength of black's army and Connected pass pawns.

1. Pawn is one square too many away from queening
2. Pass pawns blocks it's own queen making it a tempo down
3. Black's king safety visually looks unappealing, even though his rook and bishop controlls the queen "somewhat"
4. Black's bishop is almost tall pawn.

Basically black's pieces are positioned horribly and the black king is feeling a bit cold.

Saying all that, I still never found that decisive win. My idea was 1. Kd7 attacking the rook. I even came to the conclusion that it was the only candidate move. After 1. Kd7 if the rook moves to safety, then 2. Bd8, e1=Q 3. Kc8 and I saw black giving checks like crazy (draw). If after 1. Kd7, e1=Q; Then 2. Kxc8 and again I saw black checking like crazy because if black allows white king comfort on c8 then checkmate follows.

I actually glanced at 1. Bb8 before this calculation, but all I saw was white loosing a bishop and never looked deeper. That all goes back to my cognition and cognitive concept of pawns; especially fixed pawns. My mind saw too pair of fixed pawns and didn't think they had any part to play because they can't move. This is also my 9999th revelation that hey man, calculate deeper when bad and good things happen. Will D.master learn his lesson?
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0 #9 chessbibliophile 2015-04-04 23:05
Dear reader,

As mentioned in the article, this problem was taken from a famous Russian book, The Soviet Chess Primer.
The English edition has been published:
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+2 #8 chessbibliophile 2014-11-25 18:12
Dear William Dunne,
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+1 #7 William Dunne 2014-11-25 15:33
1. Bb8 Rxb8 2. Kc7 Rxb6 3. cxb6 e1=Q 4. b7+ Ka7 5. b8=Q#
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+2 #6 maurice 2014-11-25 11:53
1. Bd8 Rxd8 2. Kc7 1-0
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+1 #5 Robert 2014-11-25 11:37
Bishop b8. Took takes bishop. Kc7.RxB6. Cxb6. There is no way to avoid checkmate
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+1 #4 chessbibliophile 2014-11-25 10:23
Dear Alfred,
Some times the “Impossible” is possible in chess.
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+1 #3 chessbibliophile 2014-11-25 10:22
Dear Denisse cortez,
Could you give your moves in standard notation?
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+1 #2 Alfred 2014-11-25 08:57
There is no win for white
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+1 #1 Denisse cortez 2014-11-25 07:05
Bishop upper right then if the rook eat that the queen will eat and the black king check by the queen then the black king goes down then the queen check mate the black king by going down with leftward.
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