# The Checker Maven

### Capers on the Kelso, Part 4

During your school days, did you ever "cut a caper" like the kids above are doing? They seem to really be enjoying their dance class.

This week continues our equally enjoyable checker series, Capers on the Kelso, taken from Willie Ryan's famous Tricks Traps & Shots of the Checkerboard. We're deep into a variation off the main line in which Willie has highlighted an interesting problem-like position.

The uncommented run-up follows below. For complete notes, see the previous columns in this series.

 1. 10-15 22-18 2. 15x22 25x18 3. 6-10 29-25 4. 11-15 18x11 5. 8x15 25-22 6. 4-8 21-17 7. 9-13 23-18 8. 7-11 26-23 9. 5-9 24-20 10. 1-5 28-24 11. 9-14 18x9 12. 5x21 23-19 13. 2-6 27-23 14. 3-7
BLACK

WHITE
White to Play and Draw

W:W32,31,30,24,23,22,20,19:B21,15,13,12,11,10,8,7,6.

White is a piece down, but the draw is there, although White will have to make a number of star moves and "toe the line" pretty closely.

Is this too big a caper to pull off, or can you do it? Give it a couple of turns, and then click on Read More to see the solution and notes.

Solution

Comments in quotes are by Willie Ryan. Unquoted comments are by the Editor, using the KingsRow computer engine.

 14 ... 22-17

"A very useful idea to promote a draw."

 15. 13x22 23-18 16. 6-9 20-16 17. 11x27 18x2

Note that 18-4 loses.

 18 8-11 32x23

Willie stars this move, but the alternative jump, 31-24, also draws.

 19 10-14 2-7

Nothing else draws here.

 20. 11-16 7-11 21. 16-20 11-15 22. 22-25 15-10

Willie also stars this move, but surprisingly, 15-18 draws as well.

 23 9-13

"If 14-17 is tried, then 19-16 spells recess without decision."

 23. ... 10x17 24. 13x22 30-26 25. 25-30 26x17 26. 21-25

"Or 30-25, 17-13, 25-22, 19-15, 21-25, 23-18, 25-30, 18-14, which makes the same music in a different key."

 26. ... 17-13 27. 25-29 23-18 28. 29-25 19-15 29. 25-22 18-14

"Producing a draw. Wm. F. Ryan."

If 22-18, 15-10 holds the draw.

03/14/15 - Category: Books - Printer friendly version