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sandsquish

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Diagram 37
Posted: Nov 21, 2014, 9:35 PM

by Tom Braunlich




White to play and win in five moves.



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Re: Diagram 37
Posted: Nov 22, 2014, 7:08 PM

Actually white wins in 4 moves.
08, Q10, P6*cap, and then pente at either Q7 or R8.

4 moves.

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sandsquish

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Re: Diagram 37
Posted: Nov 22, 2014, 7:56 PM

Looks like you beat Braunlich at his own game!

A more interesting, if a bit slower, win for White starts with M8.

watsu

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Re: Diagram 37
Posted: Dec 10, 2014, 12:59 AM

Hi sandaquish,
Where did you originally find this puzzle? It's interesting that Tom Braunlich would have missed Zk's solution given that guys like Rollie Tesh et al. were likely testing and proofing puzzles published in that era.

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be_water

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Re: Diagram 37
Posted: Dec 10, 2014, 9:38 AM

I found it interesting too that Zoey's solution was there. In addition 1. R9 S10 2. R9 P9 3. K5 J4 4. N9 ? 5. P9 or O9 wins rather easy. I don't know if the rules on Scott Justices Site http://spjustice.tripod.com/puzzlebasics.html applied strict to all puzzles back in the day but according to rule 4 there can be only one solution.

Maybe this puzzle was meant to be solved by captures and that is why there are other solutions by pente.

sandsquish

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Re: Diagram 37
Posted: Dec 10, 2014, 5:23 PM

The problem is from page 56 of Braunlich's Pente Strategy: Book II. He writes, "I composed this problem for the sole purpose of surprising you! See chapter 6 for more problems like this." Chapter 6 consists of problems from the Pente Newsletter.

Braunlich's solution is a win by captures: 1. M8 O8* 2. M8 M9* 3. N12 N11 4. R9 P9 5. N9* (a quintuple capture).

Maybe the diagram was misprinted, or, maybe, Braunlich just didn't let anyone proof-read the problem because he wanted it to be a surprise.

watsu

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Re: Diagram 37
Posted: Dec 11, 2014, 12:15 AM

Okay, I thought it looked vaguely familiar, but couldn't recall where I might have seen it. I believe there were some glitches in the Pente Strategy books which were corrected during later printings.

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