# Can You Find Black's Most Tenacious Defense And White's Winning Plan

Yancey_Ward

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Yancey_Ward

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Editor

Well done, Alena.

Oops.When I was solving the puzzle with the chess board I forgot to put it back.

1.Kg2 h3+

2.Kxg3 h2

3.Kxh2 cxb3

4.f7 Ka4

5.f8=N a5

6.Ng6 hxg6

7.h7 g5

8.h8=Q gxf4

9.Qe5 dxe5

10.d6 e4

11.d7 exf3

12.d8=N f2

13.Ne6 f1=N+

14.Kg1 f3

15.Nc5#

Editor

Alena, how exactly is white going to play 12.d8Q f2 13.Qd1? There is a white pawn on d3 still.

It's the most difficult variation of this puzzle. It's hard to find the fifth and the ninth move.

1.Kg2 h3+

2.Kxg3 h2

3.Kxh2 cxb3

4.f7 Ka4

5.f8=N a5

6.Ng6 hxg6

7.h7 g5

8.h8=Q gxf4

9.Qe5 dxe5

10.d6 e4

11.d7 exf8

12.d8=Q f2

13.Qd1 f1=N

14.Qxf1 f3

15.Qa1#

Editor

To Arein and Alena. Black trying to win a pawn race to queen by capturing at d3 is not his stingiest defense. This much of both solutions is correct: 1.Kg2! h3 2.Kg3 h2 3.Kh2. It is at this point that black has a more difficult defense to overcome. Be imaginative about how black might try to draw this position.

V-1

1.Kg2! h3+

2.Kxg3 Kb6

3.f7 c3

4.f8=Q Kc5

5.Qc8+ Kd4

6.bxc3+ bxc3

7.Qh8+ Ke3

8.Qxc3 h2

9.Kxh2 a5

10.Qxa5

V-2

1.Kg2 h3+

2.Kxg3 h2

3.Kxh2 cxd3

4.f7 Kb6

5.f8=Q a5

6.Qd8+ Ka6

7.Qxd6+ Ka7

8.Qc5+ Kb7

9.Qxb5+ Kc7

10.Qxa5+ Kd6

11.Qxb4+ Kxd5

12.Qc3 c2

V-3

1.Kg2 cxd3

2.f7 d2

3.f8=Q d1=Q

4.Qd8#

V-4

1.Kg2 cxd3

2.f7 h3+

3.Kxg3 d2

4.f8=Q d1=Q

5.Qd8#

v-5

1.Kg2 cxd3

2.f7 d2

3.f8=Q Kb6

4.Qxd6+ Kb7

5.Qc6+ Kb8

6.Qc2 h3+

7.Kxh3 d1=Q

8.Qxd1 g2

9.Kxg2

*3.. c3

- ... c3 planning to quenn the pawn leads to mate in 12

3.... cxd3 mate in 13

*3.... cxb3

- ... cxb3 leads to mate in 12.

And now,

3.Kxh2

2 . ... h2

2.Kxg3

so,

1... h3+ 2.Kxh3 g2 3. Kxg2 cxb3 leads to a draw

1.Kg2