# The Checker Maven

### Speedy, Short Month

February, the shortest month of the year, speeds by and gives no quarter. 28 days instead of 30 or 31? Don't tell the bank, who wants the same, full mortgage payment. Likewise, don't complain to the landlord, who will only say: Pay the rent--- all of it---- or else. In this short month, it seems we draw the short straw.

In the same spirit of speed and brevity--- though we'd rather skip the unfriendly, uncaring part--- we offer a speed problem that's certainly not very hard, but may be difficult to analyze quickly enough. We're imposing a 28 second time limit, in honor of the month of February. Probably you'll solve it much more quickly, of course--- or will you?

Click below to reveal the problem and start the clock; then come back and click on Read More to see the solution.

February Speed Problem (easy, 28 seconds)

Solution

BLACK

WHITE
White to Play and Win

W:WK3,13,14,24:B2,5,6.

3-7!---A 2-11 24-19 White Wins.

A---24-19? allows Black to draw with the 6-9 shot.

02/05/11 - Category: Problems - Printer friendly version
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