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Insane chess - puzzle 3

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  • Insane chess - puzzle 3

    White to move.
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    Ever heard of The Hook and Ladder trick? Please refer to the famous game by Andriej Hook and James Ladder.
    Play as if you didn't understand chess. People always fear what they don't understand.

  • #2
    I guess it is time to oblige friend Stachu .

    Now every sane person's choice would be 1.Rd1 or 1.Ne4 with pleasant, perhaps winning, edge.

    But this is an insane puzzle.
    So perhaps 1.g4 Nxg4 2.Rg2 Nh6 3.f5! and now both
    3...Nxf5 4.Rd1 Bd7 5.Bxf5 exf5 6.Qe3! and
    3...exf5 4.Rd1 Bd7 5.Nd5! are completely winning for white.
    There are only three kinds of chessplayers: Those who can count and those who cannot.


    • #3
      Yes, black is advised not to capture the g4 pawn

      position after 1. g4 Nxg4 2. Rg2 Nh6 3. f5 exf5 4. Rd1 Bd7 5. Nd5
      white is winning

      position after 1. g4 Nxg4 2. Rg2 Nh6 3. f5 Nxf5 4. Rd1 Bd7 5. Bxf5 exf5 6. Qe3
      white is winning

      If 2..f5 is played black will lose even faster:

      position after 1. g4 Nxg4 2. Rg2 f5 3. exf6 Nxf6 4. Rag1
      white is winning

      So maybe 1..f5? One line goes like this:

      position after 1. g4 f5 2. exf6 Bxf6 3. Rd1 Qc7 4. g5 Bxc3 5. Qd3 Nf5 6. Qxc3 Qe7 7. Rfd2 Ra7 8. g6 hxg6 9. Bxf5 Rxf5 10. Nh4 e5 11. Nxg6 Qe8 12. Nxe5 Rxe5 13. fxe5 Be6 14. Qg3
      white is winning, but blocking with 1..f5 appears to be one of the best defensive tries

      Instead maybe 1..Qc7? One line goes like this:

      1. g4 Qc7 2. Rg2 Rd8 3. Ne4 Kh8 4. Nf6 b5 5. Qe4 g6 6. Rc1 b4 7. a4 Rb8 8. f5
      white is winning, again because of f5 pawn push
      Skype chess coaching? Send a message!
      Ever heard of The Hook and Ladder trick? Please refer to the famous game by Andriej Hook and James Ladder.
      Play as if you didn't understand chess. People always fear what they don't understand.