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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3 Comments

  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)

    Then it hit me! STOP THE BLACK KNIGHT FIRST, THEN RUN!

    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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