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Optimissed

Apart from the fact that computers were invented in Britain, that comic is perfect.

Ziryab
WondersOfTheCosmos wrote:

I hate to say this, but no one cares.

This thread began with utter nonsense. @long_quach made it interesting.

Ziryab
Optimissed wrote:

Apart from the fact that computers were invented in Britain, that comic is perfect.

Optimissed

That's a load of babbage though.

Optimissed
Ziryab wrote:

I lose my hair watching beginners play. Check, check, check, … never checkmate.

White mates in five moves.

I don't think much of it, seeing as it gave Qg3 ++ as incorrect.

Optimissed
Ziryab wrote:

I lose my hair watching beginners play. Check, check, check, … never checkmate.

White mates in five moves.

It doesn't like Qh5 ++ either.

continuedkrombopulos22

Just know that this doesn't only apply to chess, it also applies to video games and everything else that makes you waste time.

BigChessplayer665

What's a waste of time to one person is not a waste of time to another. It's a personal preference

chesssblackbelt

By this logic all hobbies are a waste of time

BigChessplayer665

Which hobbies are not

Ziryab
Optimissed wrote:
Ziryab wrote:

I lose my hair watching beginners play. Check, check, check, … never checkmate.

White mates in five moves.

It doesn't like Qh5 ++ either.

As noted a hundred pages ago, when there are three possible correct answers, the site architecture will make two wrong. The first four moves were all the only move that works.
I could have set it up this way:
White mates in five

Optimissed
Ziryab wrote:
Optimissed wrote:
Ziryab wrote:

I lose my hair watching beginners play. Check, check, check, … never checkmate.

White mates in five moves.

It doesn't like Qh5 ++ either.

As noted a hundred pages ago, when there are three possible correct answers, the site architecture will make two wrong. The first four moves were all the only move that works.
I could have set it up this way:
White mates in five

I'm pointing it out for the record. Maybe one day they might hire some good programmers?

playerafar
Ziryab wrote:
Optimissed wrote:
Ziryab wrote:

I lose my hair watching beginners play. Check, check, check, … never checkmate.

White mates in five moves.

It doesn't like Qh5 ++ either.

As noted a hundred pages ago, when there are three possible correct answers, the site architecture will make two wrong. The first four moves were all the only move that works.
I could have set it up this way:
White mates in five

I like that one!
My candidate moves were a choice between Qa4 and Qd5.
Picked Qd5 - severely restricting black and its straightforward from there.
(Unless I got it wrong)
With the Queen mating faster than a rook - because the Queen can mate with a distant back rank or edge-file mate without its King having the opposition and without the target King in a corner square.
Knowledge of basic checkmate-positions 'saves time' in chess.
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Having said that - those distant edge-mates by Queen with the King a knights move from the target King - don't come up in games much.
Its more often a 'support mate'.
And - the distant Queen can't have more than one square between itself and the mated King - for the mate to work.
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Reminds me of GM Roman D (apparently was both Russian champion (and US champion) telling park players he would give them huge odds plus they could name the square anywhere on the board on which he was to mate their King and he must mate there.
What they didn't get to do was to specify the move number!

Optimissed

I wasn't intellectually entertained. On the other hand, I thought my own contribution was excellent, although I was critical of pretty much everything in the O.P.