Now, on to this week's Wednesday problem. Originally published over 80 years ago, it was billed as a beginner's problem. And it's surely a case of "anything can happen" in that there were flaws in the original setting, clever though it was, and so we've made a few changes.
We start with this position, as originally published:
But in the diagram above, what is the move that comes to mind at once, and that a beginner in particular would likely choose? It's 14-18, attacking two Black men at once. Yet this move loses! Here's the position, and the challenge for you:
Did you get it? Click on Read More for the solution, and decide for yourself, though this is a situation a beginner might encounter, if this is truly a beginner's problem.
By the way, you get bonus points if you can recall where the idea of Wednesday being "Anything Can Happen Day" originally came from.
KingsRow shows that one way is to punish 14-18 is:
23-26 30x23 11-16 18x25 21x30 23-18 16-19 18-15 30-26 15-10 20-24 10-6 26-23 6-2 24-27 2-7 27-31 and Black should win. Our bottom line: a good win for a beginner to learn, but a little tough to figure out. We'll class this problem as intermediate.
"Anything Can Happen Day?" That was the theme of the Wednesday edition of the old 1950s TV show Mickey Mouse Club.