The Checker Maven

The Pied Piper's Fife

This month's installment from Willie Ryan's Tricks Traps & Shots of the Checkerboard is appropriately named; we think you'll see why when you study the problem. But as usual, we'll hear directly from the great Mr. Ryan, in his own words.

'So many innocents have been lured to destruction by this hoary variation of the Fife opening that it has been appropriately tagged "The Pied Piper's Special."

11-15 23-19 9-14 22-17 5-9---A 26-23 9-13 30-26 13-22 25-9 6-13 21-17---B 13-22 26-17 2-6 29-25, forming the diagram.

WHITE

BLACK
Black to Play and Win

B:W32,31,28,27,25,24,23,19,17:B15,12,10,8,7,6,4,3,1.

A---The Fife opening, developed and first played by James Wyllie.
B---The losing move. The correct moves here are: 29-25, 8-11, 25-22, 4-8, 22-17, 13-22, 26-17, 2-6; at this point 24-20, 17-14, or 17-13 will produce a draw.'

The winning path is a bit long this time, but don't be led away by the sound of the Pied Piper's fife; clicking on Read More will break the spell and bring you Willie's solution.



Solution

Continue:
15-18* 23-14 6-9 14-5 10-15 19-10 7-30 31-26 30-23 27-18 12-16 18-15 8-11 15-8 4-11 32-27 11-15 24-20 16-19 20-16 15-18 16-11 19-23 27-24 23-27 24-19 27-32 19-15 32-27 15-10 18-22 11-7 22-26, and black wins.

03/10/07 - Category: Books - Printer friendly version
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