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A Fantasy

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We found A Fantasy in an old checker publication, without any attribution. A Fantasy postulates a game between an Egyptian and the Wizard of Oz, played in the year 2,000 B.C.E.

Well, The Wizard of Oz wasn't published until 1900, but we're willing to suspend disbelief and overlook this nearly 4,000 year time gap, and we won't even get into the fact that our current form of checkers wasn't quite on the scene yet, either. We'll just start with the run-up to the problem position.


1. 9-13 22-17
2. 13x22 25x18
3. 11-16 29-25
4. 5-9 18-14
5. 9x18 23x14
6. 10x17 21x14
7. 8-11 24-19
8. 16x23 26x19
9. 11-16 28-24
10. 16x23 27x18
11. 7-11 30-26
12. 2-7 25-21
13. 6-10 24-19
14. 10x17 21x14
15. 11-16 26-23
16. 7-11 ...

Loses. An easy mistake to have made, but 7-10 would have drawn. We suspect Black didn't like the looks of 7-10 14x7 3x10 32-27 1-6 18-15 4-8 but Black is safe: ... 27-24 (31-26 10-14 26-22 14-18! 23-14 16-32 Black Wins) 16-20 31-27 12-16 19x3 10x26 to a draw.


16. ... 14-10
17. 16-20 31-27
18. 11-16 18-15
19. 4-8 ...
A Fantasy
Played 2,000 Years B.C.E.
BLACK (An Egyptian)
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WHITE (The Wizard of Oz)
White to Play and Win

W:W10,15,19,23,27,32:B1,3,8,12,16,20.

Up until move 16, both our Egyptian friend and the Wizard played without error. But now the Wizard has a chance to win, and, being a Wizard, will naturally do just that.

Can you do as well as the Wizard of Oz, or is that thought just a fantasy? Stay in the realm of reality by solving the problem and then clicking on Read More to see the solution.null



Solution


19. ... 10-6
20. 1x10 15x6
21. 3-7 6-1
22. 7-10 1-6
23. 10-14 6-10
24. 14-17 10-14
25. 17-22 14-17
26. 22-26 32-28
27. 26-31 19-15
28. 31x24 28x19
29. 20-24 23-18!
30. 16x23 15-11!
31. 8x22 17x28
32. 12-16 28-24
33. 16-20 24-27

White Wins. There's no beating the Wizard.

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01/26/19 - Category: Problems - Printer friendly version
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