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the rambo-rock was really cool
Why not 1.Re8 in the second position?
I solved the first one!
Thanks for the entertaining video. You're a legend. I don't have a premium membership so I couldn't finish watching it [:-(], so could somebody show me the answer to the second problem? Thanks.
I haven't seen all of the video because I'm not a diamond member, but I have seen the second problem before. Give Houdini enough time and it will eventually figure it out.
But the problem illustrates that you must recognise your key principles in end games, rather than concentrating on the race to see who queens first.
In end games of all varieties, passed pawns must *ALWAYS* be blockaded with the king, because it is the only piece that can prevent (or at least stunt to the fullest possibility) the progress of the pawn, because an enemy king alone is unable to break such a blockade.
The royal pieces (aka king and queen) are the only pieces that controls all the squares directly around them, and I love how this example demonstrates that blockading the pawn with the queen against the rook is not enough to win, because by eliminating all the potential activity of the queen removes all of white's counterplay.
Having viewed it a second time, there was still much to learn. By the way, I put the second position on Deep Fritz 13, and the best it could come up with after 5 minutes was a7 a2, Re8+ Kxe8, a8(Q) Ke7, Qa7+ Kf8, Qc5+ Kg7, etc.--just a draw. Danny demonstrated a much more instructive winning line. Computers don't have all the answers yet!
I can solve ALL of these problems!
(looks at first one)
(..) --------------(fifteen minutes later)-----------------(..)
i saw this puzzle but when its about to solve i amazed and said BEAUTY ITS REALLY i mean it its really entertainyyyyyyyyy !!!!!!!
the first thing that came to my mind was b2 in your game
very nice..i learneed a few tricks from it
I like Rambo Rook, JMraz
I will be using that again...
Thanks to all who enjoyed it!
Wow, imagination in overdrive! I'm going to view this again.
Renegade, or Rambo Rook is AweSomE!!!!! or it could be named Rebellous Rook... whatever I love it :D
Your loss was kinda sad, it was a logical solution, nothing too fancy there, the other ones were very difficult though, couldn't see them at all.
I had the foresight to calculate all these lines. I'm THE best chess player of all time muahahahha
This is great
Please be relevant, helpful & nice!
by IM Daniel Rensch
Patterns do exist, even in compositions! Don't believe us? Watch International Master Rensch's latest installment to the Beauty and Entertainment series, and you just might. In rapid fire succession, Danny provides you with interesting examples of imagination, creativity, but also common patterns that can and do occur in practical games. Enjoy a lesson from one of his own games in which he failed to find a creative solution to his problem...
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IM Daniel Rensch
With numerous "scholastic chess accomplishments" to boast of, both as a player and a coach, Danny has been a "chess professional" since his early teens. He was ranked in the Top 10 for his age in the U.S. every year from the age of 12 - 21years old, and at one point he was the highest rated 19-year old in the country. He earned the IM title at age 23. A part owner and full time Staff Member for Chess.com LLC, Danny is our Vice President of Content and Professional Operations, managing the products and "team of contributors" you enjoy here, as well as for our scholastic extension site, ChessKid.com.
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