© Dec 2003 H. van Haeringen

Problems especially to prepare oneself for the Dutch Championship

Group 1 : Elementary exercises
Group 2 : Simple questions
Group 3 : Advanced problems
Group 5 : More difficult questions
Group 6 : Intricate problems
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Group 4: Complex combinations

Position 4.1

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White: K e2, Es h1, Ps h4, R c1, R g1, B b3, B f4, a5, b5, d3, e4, f3 (7+5 pieces)
Black: K h8, Q e6, Ps h5, R c8, B a7, a6, b7, d4, d5, f7, g6 (5+6 pieces)
4.1 W: White to move and mate in 7
4.1 B1: Black to move and mate in 12
4.1 B2: Move the white pawn from d3 to e5 and move the black Queen from e6 to b8. In this new position black to move mates in 10
Solution 4.1

Position 4.2

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White: K g1, Ps e8, R a7, R g6, Kt c8, Kt g3, f2, g2, h5 (6+3 pieces)
Black: K h8, Ps d4, R b8, R g5, B g7, c4, h6 (5+2 pieces)
4.2 W: White to move and mate in 8
4.2 B: Black to move and mate in 6
Solution 4.2

Position 4.3

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White: K g1, Q a1, Es e2, Ps g3, R h3, B h1, a2, d2, d3, f2, h2 (6+5 pieces)
Black: K g8, Q a8, Es a4, Ps d4, R b5, R f8, a7, c5, g7, h6 (6+4 pieces)
4.3 W: White to move and mate in 8
4.3 B: Black to move and mate in 3
Solution 4.3

Position 4.4

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White: K g1, Es f4, Ps b2, R e1, B f1, b5, c4, f2, g3, h2 ( 5+5 pieces)
Black: K e8, Es a4, Ps a8, R c7, R c8, Kt e6, a5, b6, e7, f7, g7 (6+5 pieces)
4.4 W: White to move and mate in 11
Solution 4.4

Position 4.5

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White: K g1, Q c3, Es e8, Ps f3, R d1, R h2, Kt d4, a2, b2, b6, g2, h4 (7+5 pieces)
Black: K h5, Q e5, Ps g4, R a5, R g8, B a6, Kt d3, Kt f8, c4, e6, f7, g6 (8+4 pieces)
4.5 W: White to move can easily win
4.5 B: Black to move can quickly mate in two different ways. After omitting the pawn on g6, Black has a third option of quickly mating
Solution 4.5

Position 4.6

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White: K g1, Q a2, Es a7, R d1, B g3, Kt b4, d2, e3, g2, h2 (6+4 pieces)
Black: K g8, Q f5, Es c5, Ps c4, B b5, c6, d7, e5, f6, f7, h7 (5+6 pieces)
4.6 W: White to move and mate in 13
4.6 B: Black to move and mate in 7
Solution 4.6

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Hereafter we give solutions (not yet completed) to the problems formulated above. Next to the main variants most, but not always all, variants are given. A (small) part of the solution complex is sometimes left to the reader as an exercise.

Solution 4.1 W

Position 4.2
Solution 4.2 W

Position 4.3
Solution 4.3 W

Position 4.4
Solution 4.4 W

Position 4.5
Solution 4.5 W

Position 4.6
Solution 4.6 W

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With thanks to the webmaster Marion van den Bol for her dedication and to Wim Vriend for the diagrams and his assistance in analysing these problems.

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