Torture Puzzle No 2.
"Torture puzzles" are series of posts I am writing on solving complex puzzles. I am using them for more or less calculation and visualization training. Oh - and mental toughness training! To be able to sit there, over the board, disgusted by your position, but not resign or play something stupid.
This one is a puzzle rated 2000 on chesstempo.com standard. Additionally, what I liked about it, is that it has this "real game" feel. For puzzles, I think that is a factor contributing to their complexity and the solution's ambiguity, but in this case, it's not a problem, as it is torture time. Enjoy!
I have the solution on my blog - also some analysis. Look here:
Additionally, I want to ask a question from all of you. What make the best calculation exercises. I know we had a similar discussion in the last torture puzzle post I had here (Thoughts on Calculation Training). For me, good candidates would be complex and unusual puzzles, studies, pawn endgames, and rook endgames. What do you guys think?
I will leave a pretty puzzle here too, to ease the pain.
Feel free to comment or post your own difficult puzzle. I myself am thinking I should pick a boring endgame or something like that for the next time. Why has to be calculation so tiring!