Thursday, January 01, 2009

The twelve puzzles of Xmas


White to play and draw

7 comments:

Tom Chivers said...

I have to confess that despite having seen the solution to this one before, I failed to solve it this morning. Bodes well for 2009!

John Carlin said...

Kc8 forces the pawn to move then b5 kd7 b4 kd6 bf5 and kd5 lets black catch the b pawn. Guess who didn't go out last night!

ejh said...

You mean White?

I was asleep by midnight. Hurrah!

ejh said...

(John's line is a little wrong in detail, by the way)

Anonymous said...

Ke5 is needed to attack the B rather than Kd5 I think. I have seen this somewhere before- I would guess Secrets of Spectacular Chess. John Carlin posting in the comments section? What's this? A New Year's resolution John?
Andrew

ejh said...

Actually I think Andrew's right - sorry, I'm not seeing straight today.

Will post source etc when I've had a coffee..

ejh said...

OK, I never did get my coffee yesterday but having had a bucket-sized espresso this morning, I can tell you that John's line, as amended by Andrew, is correct.

The puzzle is by AV and KV Sarychev, Shakhmatny Listok, 1928. I found it searching among the Chessbase Xmas puzzles for 2002.