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Black’s King is exposed.

White to move and force mate.

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There are now only two bots left.  Mittens, the soul crushing kitten, whose ELO is listed as 1, but it really playing at about 3500 (at least), and M3GAN whose ELO was 1250.

Her avatar now has become rather more sinister, replete with tell-tale flames licking up in the black background.  I played again M3GAN several times yesterday with time control and won earlier in the day.  Then something happened.  Her ELO went from 1250 to 3000, where it is as I write.  It looks like Mittens is in the cross-hairs.

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  1. jaykay says:

    A privileged Altar, in the Basilica di San Nicola in Carcere. Fascinating history; this Altar appears in the 7th picture down, per the link:


  2. RJR says:

    1. R-b7+ (leaves black w 3 moves B-b7; B-e7, or Q-c7)

    If … 1. B-b7
    2. Q-d7+ 2. B-e7
    3. Q-e7 mate

    If … 1. B-e7
    2. Q-e7 mate

    If … 1. Q-c7
    2. R-c7 2. B-b7 or B-e7 leads to Q-e7 mate as listed above.

  3. Jacquelinedawson28 says:

    What is the name of this beautiful chapel?

  4. TheCavalierHatherly says:

    Is “Ecce Nicolaus Adsum” a quote from Our Lord and Our Lady’s visit to St. Nicholas in prison (“Nicolaus” being in the vocative)?

    “The name in carcere (in prison) is most likely applied to the church because in its subterranean part are some rooms which are believed to have been used in ancient Roman times as a prison.”

    Or perhaps it is a reference to the time he was literally imprisoned for… my preferred version of the “synodal way.” It might not be, but I often find that these otherwise useful secular publications lose, at minimum, a third of their IQ when they try to talk about Ecclesiastical History.

    As an aside, Giordano Bruno was a bad philosopher, and a worse scientist. Incoherent astrological gibberish. He brings nothing but disrepute on real, intelligent renaissance thinkers ( of whom I am quite fond).

  5. jaykay says:

    CavalierH: nope, the “in carcere” title seems to be as follows (from the very informative link):

    “The name in carcere (in prison) is most likely applied to the church because in its subterranean part are some rooms which are believed to have been used in ancient Roman times as a prison”.

    Agree with you about Bruno, but he’s been a secular saint for some time. The Black Legend and all that. The really creepy statue in the Campo dei Fiori sums it all up.

  6. jaykay says:

    Apologies, CavH: you’d seen the link. But yes, they could well have commented on the “privileged Altar” and the significance of that, but no. Oh well…

    The crucifix is magnificent, very like those I’ve seen in Spain and Portugal where the Lord’s wounds, even to the cut knees, are fully emphasised.

  7. Neal says:

    1. Rxb7+ Bxb7
    2. Qd7+ Be7
    3. Qxe7#

  8. My take…

    White to move and force mate.

    1. Rxb7 Bxb7 (if Ke8 then Qc6)
    2. Qd7 Bd7
    3. Qxe7#

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