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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Just a Chess Problem...

    A chess problem, also called a chess composition is not clearly defined, but we all known there’s a difference between a composed problem and tactical exercise. Tactical exercises come from real positions but compositions don’t…composed positions just don’t look like real game situations.
    Technically, a composition has been invented for the purpose of providing a problem and there is a specific stipulation of the goal. Compositions usually have a theme that the problem has been composed to illustrate and no greater force is employed than what is required.
     I don’t like chess problems and normally ignore them, but the following one caught my attention and it drove me nuts trying to figure out how White mates in 3. The author is unknown.

Highlight for solution:

1.Rb8 Rxb8
1...Rd2 2.Rh8+ Rh2 3.Rxh2#
1...Rd4 2.Rh8+ Rh4 3.Rxh4#
1...Rd6 2.Rh8+ Rh6 3.Rxh6#
1...Rc8 2.Qh3+ Kg1 3.Bd4#
1...Re8 2.Bd4 Rxb8 3.Qh3#
1...Rf8 2.Rf7 Rxf7 3.Rh8#
1...Rg8 2.Bd4 Rxb8 3.Qh3#
2.Qh3+ Kg1 3.Bd4#

Here are some links to problem and tactical sites:
Chess Problems

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