Daily Rome Shot 581, etc.

White to move. Good luck.  This is tricky.

NB: I may hold comments with puzzle solutions a little longer than others so there won’t be “spoilers” for others.

Lately I was playing an online engine and running into the problem of doubled pawns against the Nimzo-Indian.  It looks like RCA has a course on this, though not by Igor.  And, it is on sale.

Also, I had mentioned the other day about the ChessUp board I received.  I’ve used it and have received several serious whuppins.  For the sake of my ego, I think I’ll have to ratchet down the level a bit.  And I need to analyze some of the games and figure out where I’m going wrong.


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  1. Neal says:

    1. Na3 to block the black pawn and defend c4 to disrupt the black knights attack on the white pawn.
    1. …g4
    2. hxg4+ Kxg4
    3. a6 h3
    4. a7 h2
    5. a8Q defends the a1 square.

  2. Kentucky Gent says:

    I tried all kinds of stuff. I almost thought black was winning in all variations. But finally I might have found a solution. The white a-pawn could run to pay dirt if that pesky black knight were not around to stop her.

    But with the black knight on b2, running doesn’t work:

    1.a6 Nc4
    2.a7 Nb6 and the pawn is stopped.

    After trying to drive the knight away with the king, I found out black queens a pawn first with …g4 and …h3 (or …g3 if white doesn’t capture)


    1.Na3! (This has the added benefit of blocking black’s a-pawn)
    1… g4
    2.hxg4+ Kxg4
    3. a6 h3
    4.a7 h2
    5.a8=Q and white wins

  3. Kentucky Gent says:

    And Neal beat me to it, by more than a day. Good job, Neal!

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