J_D_C_ wrote:To me it is harder to find draws in problems than wins, but I believe this is the solution.
Hi, dear Jonathon !
Thanks for your tremendous efforts to solve these problems. I know - this is not easy, and all these problems are at the high level quality and complexity. This particular problem is one of my best problems which I am really proud. I composed it base on one of my real games with
Mike Ross from North Carolina State ty 2004. I also used a help of 8 pieces database to compose this problem.
Below is my email, dated 1/17/2005 to Wilma Wolverton, editor of MCA Newsletter, where I offered her this problem for the February monthly problem. If I am not mistaken - problem was selected "as monthly problem" for March issue and published there.
See copy of email with full complete solution.
Especially, I would like to point your and other readers attention to variation
D - most beautiful thing in problem !
See diagram.
Red to move and win
23-26 22-18 26-30/31 18-15 30-26 14-10 20-24 32-28 26-22* 28-19 22-18
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Hello, Wilma !
If you didn't make selection yet for the February monthly problem, I am happy and honored to share with you and MCA Newsletter readers the problem I composed recently, and consider as one of the best draughts problems I ever did in the past !
It was done "in spirit" of Tom Wiswell problems !
White: mans 14, 21, 29, 32 (4)
Red: mans 1, 6, 18, 20 (4)
White to move and draw.
Solution:
29-25
(A, B) 18-23
(C) 21-17
(D) 23-26
(E) 17-13* 1-5 25-22 26-30 22-18 30-26 18-15 26-23 14-10 23-19 10-1 19-10 32-28
Draw A) 32-27? 18-22 27-23 22-26 23-18 26-31 18-15 31-26 14-10 26-22 10-7 20-24 (or 6-9) ... I am leaving it here with verdict
Red Wins, which also is proved by the program 8 pieces database !
B) 21-17? 18-22*
(b1) 17-13 1-5 32-27 22-26 27-23 26-31 23-18 31-26 18-15 26-23
Red Wins b1) 18-23 allows white to play 29-25 and return back on trunk with draw.
C) 20-24 32-28*
(c1) 24-27 28-24 27-31 21-17 31-27
(c2) 24-20
(c3) 27-23 17-13 1-5 20-16 23-26 16-11 26-30
(c4) 25-21 30-25 11-7 25-22 7-2 22-17 2-9 17-10 9-14
Draw c1) 21-17? 24-27*
Red Wins c2) 31-26 24-19* 26-22 19-15 22-29 14-10
Draw c3) 24-19? 27-23 19-16 6-9 14-5 18-22
Red Wins c4) 26-22 11-7 22-29 7-2
Draw D) 25-22? 23-26 22-18
(D1) 26-30/31 18-15 30-26 14-10 20-24 32-28 26-22* 28-19 22-18
Red Wins D1) 21-17 (too late) 26-30 (or 20-24 first) 17-13 20-24 14-9 6-10 22-17 30-25 9-6 24-28 6-2 25-21 2-6 21-14 6-15 14-9
Red Wins E) 20-24 17-13 (or 32-28 ) etc
Draw Please, let me know, if you want to make this a February issue monthly problem, and what do you think about this problem.
Respectfully,
Alex Moiseyev
I am playing checkers, not chess.