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NORTH BY NORTH-WEST
DOUBLE SHOCK
North by North-West

White to play and win
The solution is at the bottom of the page
in Solution Box A.
Double Shock

White to play and draw
The solution is at the bottom of the page
in Solution Box B.
JACOB'S LADDER
DOWN ESCALATOR
Jacobs Ladder

White (in check) to play and win
The solution is at the bottom of the page
in Solution Box C.
Down Escalator

White to play and draw
The solution is at the bottom of the page
in Solution Box D.

Impy Impys Corner
Devilishly difficult!

Impy says 'You must know which square (c7 or c8) to move the Black king' - Would you play 1. ... Kc7 or ... Kc8.

One-Move
Black to play
(Solution in Box E - below)
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* BRILLIANCY ZONE *
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Emma Guo

White to play.

Emma Guo as White, Greece 2004

How did Emma finish the game?

the solution is at the bottom of the page in Box F

ODDITIES

Oddity 1Oddity 2
It is WHITE to play: What was WHITE's last move?
On which square was the White Queen captured?
Oddity1
the solution is at the bottom of the page in Box G
Oddity2
the solution is at the bottom of the page in Box H

Solutions
A

	1. Kg6!    Ka6 (to maintain long
	2. Kg7!    Ka7   distance opposition)
	3. Kg8!    Ka8
	4. c5	   1-0
B

	1. e5!     fxe5
	2. Kg1!    DRAWN
C

	1. Ke5!    Rg5+		6. Kc4     Rg4+
	2. Ke4     Rg4+		7. Kc5     Rg5+
	3. Ke3     Rg3+		8. Kc6     Rg6+
	4. Kd2     Rg2+		9. Kc7     1-0
	5. Kc3     Rg3+
D

        1. Kc8!    Kc6
        2. Kb8!    Kb5
        3. Kb7     Kxa5
        4. Kc6     DRAWN
E

	1. ... Kc7! In this and similar endings
	you must move the king onto the square
	of the same colour as that occupied
	by the White knight.
F

        1. Qxe7+! Qxe7
        2. Nc6+!  bxc6
        3. Rxb8+  Kd7
        4. Rxe7+  Kxe7
        5. Rxh8 and White wins easily.
G

	(ODDITY 1) Black's last move
	must have been with
	the king from a7 to a8.
	Therefore the only move
	that White could have
	played last was ...
	N(from b6) to a8+.

H

(ODDITY 2) Observations ...
Since the two White bishops
where captured on their home squares,
the White queen and one knight must
have been captured on the e6 and h6
squares.

For the White queen to have been
liberated, the pawn must have captured
at b3 first.  The piece thus captured
must have been the light-squared
bishop.

Therefore, the capture at e6 must have
preceded the capture at h6 in order for
Black's light-squared bishop to have
been liberated.

Therefore...
the knight was captured on e6 and,
the White queen was captured at h6.

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