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A Taxing Situation


Yes, it's that time of year in the United States, tax day. Income taxes are generally due on April 15, though there's a bit of a reprieve in 2016 due to various holidays. Still, this is the final weekend for getting those taxes done and, if you're unlucky, writing a check to Uncle Sam, and you won't get so much as a "thank you" in return.

We invite you to take a checker break from your tax accounting, with a problem that is mentally rather than financially taxing. It will take solid visualization powers to solve this one, but at least it won't cost you anything.

Black to Play and Win


Tax your brain and see if you can solve it without moving the pieces. Then tax your wrist, just a little, by clicking your mouse on Read More. You won't get a refund but you will get to see a solution that is guaranteed to be more interesting than adding up deductions.20050904-symbol.gif


12-16 19x12---A 14-17 21x14 13-17 22x13 31-27 30x23 27x9 13x6 1x28 12-16 28-24---B Black Wins.

A---In this and the subsequent two White moves, the order of jumps makes no difference.

B---Black wins with the move.

But now, unfortunately ... back to that tax work.


04/16/16 - Category: Problems - Printer friendly version
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