# The Checker Maven

### All But One

It's the sort of thing we did when we were kids. We'd find a plate of cookies on the kitchen table, and we'd eat all but one, thinking that if we left that one cookie behind, no one would think that we had eaten the rest. Somehow, it never seemed to work, but that didn't stop us from trying ... and those cookies were so good!

We've titled today's stroke problem "All But One" and you'll know why we chose that title when you find the solution.

BLACK

WHITE
White to Play and Win

W:W26,24,22,20,19,18,13,11,K2:BK32,28,K27,K17,9,6,4,1.

Can you solve this one or will you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar? It's an elegant composition and the solution is a treat ... perhaps even as good as those cookies we purloined all those many years ago. When you've eaten this problem up, click on Read More to see the solution.

Solution

BLACK

WHITE
White to Play and Win

W:W26,24,22,20,19,18,13,11,K2:BK32,28,K27,K17,9,6,4,1.

26-23 17x26 18-15 27x18 15-10 6x15 13x6 1x10 11-8 4x11 20-16 11x27 2-6 15x24 6x31. White Wins.

Black gobbles all but one White cookie ... er, piece ... yet still gets caught. Sometimes checkers mirrors life in the most amazing ways.

07/07/12 - Category: Problems - Printer friendly version