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Level 290

We're used to doing puzzles which might be mate-in-one (Level I), mate-in-two (Level II) and so on. Someone asked on Friday, what's the highest level you can get? Well, I have heard of a 1220-move monster by Babson, but that has some peculiar conditions.

The most moves in a forced-mate problem with no conditions is this one, from Otto Blathy, who published a whole book of such monsters.

Mate in 290 -- best of luck!

The Great Match

Ray and I picked a team each (the Lions and the Tigers).

Some games from the match:

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[Event "Lions vs. Tigers"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2008.12.12"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Pawel"]
[Black "Adam"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C47"]
[PlyCount "46"]

1. e4 1... e5  2. Nf3  2... Nc6  3. Nc3 (3. d4 {Scotch Game})
(3. Bc4 {Italian Game}) (3. Bb5 {Ruy Lopez (Spanish Game)}) 3... Nf6 {


You have to feel sorry for him, but it's also hard not to laugh: the world champion shows a computer who's boss...

Position (Black to play and lose):

Chess with Attitude

This is how to play chess, not stodging around the edges, trying not to lose:

[Event "Model game 3.1: lightning deve"]
[Site "Model game 3.1: lightning dev"]
[Date "1858.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Morphy"]
[Black "duke/count"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C41"]
[PlyCount "33"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Bg4 4. dxe5 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 dxe5 {[#]  Morphy had many
contemporaries who could attack as well as he, but more than anyone Morphy

Coaching for Juniors

[all] 13th May 2007. Coaching 2007 Part 1: Juniors

My congratulations to my esteemed friend and occasional team-mate Mark Abbott, who put on another ten points to his grade last year.nbsp; When we played last year in the summer, I discovered he had played about 70 match and tournament games over the season, while I barely played 20.nbsp; It's a harsh realisation, but I think I'm never going to improve while playing so little.nbsp; But I did have a better tournament [this year at East Devon]... Though if I had had a worse one, I think I might have