Friday, January 02, 2009

The twelve puzzles of Xmas

White to play and win


Anonymous said...

What, no-one having a go at this one? I think it's a Rinck and it goes something like

1. a4 Kb3 2. a5 Kc4 3. a6 Kd3 4. a7 f2 5. a8=Q f1=Q 6. Qa6+.

Or 1. a4 Kb3 2. a5 Kc3 3. Kg1 Kd3 4. Kf1 wins.

Anonymous said...

Who can explain it?

The Reti position was very exciting the first time I saw it (probably in Reinfeld), and this one was not. Besides the fact that I already knew the solution, it simply doesn't resonate like its predecessor.

I'm guessing I'm not the only one who feels this way.

By the way, Reti was from Kagan's Neueste Schachnachrichten 1921, Rinck was from Schweizerische Schachzeitung 1922. This according to numbers 3 and 5 in Sutherland and Lommer's 1234 Modern End-game Studies (Dover, 1868).