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A Day in June

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This column is due to appear on June 4, 2016. It seems that the month of June has inspired many lines of poetic thought. Perhaps none is as well known as that of James Russell Lowell:

“And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.”

(By the way, our photo above depicts a perfect June day in Waikiki.)

Or, consider this bit of humor from Bern Williams, with a grain of truth within:

“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast that it invented romance.”

And how about one of our favorites, a Dr. Seuss doggerel:

“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”

Indeed, how did it get late so soon? That's a perfect introduction to an easy speed problem, for which we're allowing you 10 seconds. Think fast! It gets late really, really soon.

June Speed Problem (Easy, 10 seconds)

When you're ready, click on the link above. Solve the problem and then come back here and click on Read More to verify your solution.20050904-symbol.gif



Solution

BLACK
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WHITE
White to Play and Win

W:W13,17,22,24,26,27,28,30,32:B1,2,4,8,10,15,16,19,21.

22-18 15x31 24x6 1x10---A 13-9 31x24 28x3 White Wins.

A---The order of the jumps doesn't matter.

An easy problem with a lot of action, and a good test of rapid visualization. We thank regular contributors Lloyd and Josh Gordon of Toronto for sending this along.

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