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Letter #01 -  2012

Sub:    Winning a Chess game
01/01/12  10:04:32
From:  Mark


Greetings and happy new year to all.

I understand that Chess is a very complicated game and we sometimes win games and we sometimes lose them.

To really win games in tournaments, we need to fully understand and take advantage of the techniques learned from past and current GM's such as openings, middlegame, endings, triangulation, opposition, etc.

Even that computers have defeated GM's recently, it is a known fact that they do not think the way a human Chess player does. Their lack of imagination and creativity is replaced by what programmers call "brute force" which simply means that they have the capability of analyzing millions of moves and calculations per second and render the best move they "think" is best.

Is there anywhere in your site an example situation which can show that imagination and creativity can save the game against the computer "brute force" power in a clearly and absolute lost position against it?

Thank you much!

Dear viewer,

We hope the following position can illustrate a situation in which despite computer's brute force and a very massive advantage in pieces and development, human imagination and creativity should prevail.

You have only two black pieces (King and Queen) against all 16 computer chessmen: 8 pawns, 2 Rooks, 2 Knights, 2 Bishops, Queen, and King. Five of the computer white Pawns are only one or two moves away from Queening. Your position surely looks grim and hopeless and resigning seems to be the right thing to do.

And yet... you can checkmate the computer!

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1... Kxc6+ 2. Bb6 Qxb6+ 3. Kb8 Qd8+ 4. Ka7 Qd4+ 5. Kb8 Qf4+ 6. Ka7 Qxe3+ 7. Kb8 Qf4+ 8. Ka7 Qf2+ 9. Kb8 Qh2+ 10. Ka7 Qxg1+ 11. Kb8 Qg3+ 12. Ka7 Qe3+ 13. Kb8 Qe5+ 14. Ka7 Qc5+ 15. Kb8 Qxf8+ 16. Ka7 Qc5+ 17. Kb8 Qe5+ 18. Ka7 Qe3+ 19. Kb8 Qxh6 20. c4 Qf4+ 21. Ka7 Qd4+ 22. Kb8 Qc5 23. g7 Qd6+ 24. Ka7 Qd4+ 25. c5 Qxc5+ 26. Kb8 Qd6+ 27. Ka7 Qd4+ 28. Kb8 Qxg7 29. a4 Qe5+ 30. Ka7 Qd4+ 31. Kb8 Qc5 32. h4 Qd6+ 33. Ka7 Qd4+ 34. Kb8 Qc5 35. h5 Qd6+ 36. Ka7 Qd4+ 37. Kb8 Qc5 38. h6 Qe5+ 39. Ka7 Qe3+ 40. Kb8 Qxh6 41. Ka7 Qe3+ 42. Kb8 Qc5 43. a5 Qd6+ 44. Ka7 Qd4+ 45. Kb8 Qc5 46. f8=N Qxf8+ 47. Ka7 Qf2+ 48. Kb8 Qc5 49. e7 Qxe7 50. Ka7 Qc5+ 51. Kb8 Qd4 52. a7 Qd8# {Black mates} 0-1


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