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Can you totally trust the books?

  • #1

    Here is a puzzle from '303 Perplexing Chess Puzzles', a 2004 book compiled by Fred Wilson and Bruce Albertson and endorsed as an official MENSA Puzzle Book. Fairly high recommendation indeed.

    This is #57 from the book, a reasonably good looking problem.






    Now the problem for you is, is this correct?

    Have a go at it now.






    I read once before that one should read analysis but never trust it until you have confirmed it as correct. I guess the same applies to books!

  • #2

    ur right! cool!

  • #3

    Chess history is chock-full of "cooked" problems, and any number of chess books (including many pre-computer classics) contain faulty analysis. The challenge is, knowing the "cook" in the problem above, can you repair it to make the idea work?

  • #4

    Nice find dude.  No, you can't always trust the books.  By the way, you can't always trust the computers either.  Laughing

  • #5

    Yes, but black will have turned a position of some advantage into a draw, which can't be a positive conclusion. In any event, a Ra2 by white may serve to stop some of the perpetual threats.

  • #6






    @ DimKnight, the fix in this one is easy Smile but I agree with you, sometimes finding a bust and then finding the fix can be a fun thing to do.


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