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Famous Shots II

This month's Checker School column continues to feature famous shots. As we did last time, we ask you to not only solve the problem (figure out the shot) but also to identify the shot by name. These shots should be known by experienced players, and learned by aspiring ones.

WHITE

BLACK
Black to Play and Win.

B:W32,31,30,28,26,24,23,22,21,20,18:B16,15,11,9,8,7,6,5,3,2,1.

Do you know your shots? Try this one out and then click on Read More for the answers.

Solution

This is the famous Goose Walk:

11-15 22-18 15x22 25x18 8-11 29-25 4-8 25-22 10-15 24-20 12-16 27-24---A 16-19 23x16 15-19 24x15 9-14 18x9 11x25 16-12 5x14---B 32-27 25-29 30-25 29x22 26x10 6x15 28-24 15-18 31-26 8-11 26-23 18-22 23-18 11-16 20x11 7x16 24-20 22-26 20x11 26-31 27-24 31-27 24-20 27-23 18-14 1-6 11-8 23-18 8-4 18x9 4-8 9-14 8-11 14-18 21-17 18-22 17-13 22-18 20-16 6-9 13x6 2x9 11-8 9-14 8-11---C 14-17 11-8 17-22 8-11 22-26 11-8 26-31 8-11 31-27 11-8 27-24 16-11 24-19 8-4 19-16 11-8 16-11 Black Wins---D.

A---It was book play up to here, but this move loses. 21-17 was correct. Black to play and win; see diagram.

B---Black wins; most textbooks stop here, but notice that the forces are equal. It takes some technique to demonstrate the win. Our continuation is one possible way.

C---White is completely bottled up and can do little more than watch.

D---Well and truly over.

The other kind of shot in the photo at top is the equally famous Mai Tai, now considered a little out of fashion, but still served everywhere in Hawai`i to unsuspecting tourists and not a few locals.

12/14/13 - Category: Books - Printer friendly version