Ok onto a ridiculous situation that I got into in Chess960 a few days ago in what was a real game! It makes a great Chess960 puzzle but be warned, it is way more difficult than it first appears! The solution involves a lovely twist in the plot! Here goes:
SP373 Black to play: Capture the Knight! (castling is permitted)
Be warned it is really tricky. Enjoy 960!
1. ... cxb4! (...c4?, b5!...Be7, Nc6)
2. Rxb4 ... Nb6 (and the mission to shield the light bishop is complete)
3. a4! ... Be7
4. Rb1 ... a5 (black must prevent the b6 knight from being biffed)
5. g4!! ...
5. ... Nxg4?
6. Qf3 ... Nf6
7. Bb2 ... O-O
8. Be5! ... Rxb8 (but white has Bxc7/BxN!)
5. ... O-O
6. g5! ... Rxb8!
7. gxf6 ... Bxf6 (but white has positional compensation)
5. ... Kd8!! (Black switches plans - a lovely twist)
6. g5 ... Ne8! (Black's previous move has made room for the knight)
7. Qf3 ... Kc8! (Black will capture white's knight with the king!)
8. Kc3 ... Kxb8! =/+ (sometimes the king has got to step out of the throne and get the job done himself!)
I am happy to have gotten the first three moves. That seems to be my horizon.ReplyDelete
For FRC-chess960 the LAN (1. Ne1-f3) style of notation might be a better choice than SAN (1. Nf3, which might wrongly be assumed as referring to Ng1-f3 by traditional habit).ReplyDelete
Even generally better than LAN (Ne1-f3) might be XSAN (Nf3~e1 or Nf3<e1 perhaps).
LAN or XSAN would be easier for me to mentally follow for a few opening moves, than would SAN.