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A Taxing Situation

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Yes, it's that time of year in the United States, tax day. Income taxes are generally due on April 15, though there's a bit of a reprieve in 2016 due to various holidays. Still, this is the final weekend for getting those taxes done and, if you're unlucky, writing a check to Uncle Sam, and you won't get so much as a "thank you" in return.

We invite you to take a checker break from your tax accounting, with a problem that is mentally rather than financially taxing. It will take solid visualization powers to solve this one, but at least it won't cost you anything.

WHITE
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BLACK
Black to Play and Win

B:W30,24,K22,21,K19,K15:BK31,26,K14,K13,12,K1.

Tax your brain and see if you can solve it without moving the pieces. Then tax your wrist, just a little, by clicking your mouse on Read More. You won't get a refund but you will get to see a solution that is guaranteed to be more interesting than adding up deductions.20050904-symbol.gif



Solution

12-16 19x12---A 14-17 21x14 13-17 22x13 31-27 30x23 27x9 13x6 1x28 12-16 28-24---B Black Wins.

A---In this and the subsequent two White moves, the order of jumps makes no difference.

B---Black wins with the move.

But now, unfortunately ... back to that tax work.

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04/16/16 - Category: Problems - Printer friendly version
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