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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Puzzle #68: White to Play; White to Tinue

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Here's a quick game I played against Aaaarghbot earlier this week. Next week, I'll try to do a size 6 puzzle.

For the purpose of this puzzle, Tinue is defined as a board state in which no matter what the opposing player does during their turn (Black, in this instance), a road win will be awarded to the other player (White) on their next turn. If you are familiar with Chess, Tinue is very similar to Checkmate.

Please form your answer with PTN or a link to your solution via ptn.ninja. And, remember to add the r/Tak spoiler tag to your solution so as not to ruin it for others. To do this, put your answer in brackets and follow with (/spoiler). Ex:  [26. a3- Sa3](/spoiler).

There are 2 different Tinue branches that I found with this game. You can post either or both. There could certainly be more!

I believe all responses by Black are singular and forced. If the response is not singular and forced, then any response results in the same following move by White or the defensive moves by Black have ready responses by White and those defense/offense pairs are interchangeable in regards to order. Of course, I could have made a mistake...in that case, let me know so I can fix it or, at least, apologize.

P.S  If you have suggestions for content, just let me know via comments on this blog, r/Tak, Discord, or email.

Enjoy!


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Puzzle #67: White to Play; Best Move

Evening all!

Here's an end game that I got into with Takkenbot. There were a few possible puzzle spots in this game, but I chose this one as a good example of a Best Move puzzle.

What would you do in this situation? Why?

Please form your answer with PTN or a link to your solution via ptn.ninja. And, remember to add the r/Tak spoiler tag to your solution so as not to ruin it for others. To do this, put your answer in brackets and follow with (/spoiler). Ex:  [26. a3- Sa3](/spoiler).

Enjoy!


Sunday, May 13, 2018

My new 6x6 board!



I finally finished my board! I've been slowly gathering the materials for this and chipping away at pieces of the project for the past year. I still haven't had time to play a proper game on it, but maybe I'll con one of the kids to play against me :)

The flat stones are made from red oak and tulip poplar limbs. I cut the limbs last year and let them season under cover so that when I made them into cane pieces, the rounds wouldn't split. They have 3 coats of spray polyurethane on them. The dark pieces look far superior. Maybe that will offset the FPA...

The capstones are the inaugural USTA membership gift. They work quite nicely with the board.

The board itself is an 18x18 tile with furniture sliders glued under it so that it doesn't scratch up whatever it rests on. On top of that, I glued a mosaic backsplash that I found last year at Lowe's. I removed the backing and spaced the tiles on the board. They are held down with Liquid Nails Small Projects adhesive. The moss is sheet moss that I found at Walmart. It took 2 sheets to find enough usable green. I used the same adhesive to attach the moss. To seal the moss and tile, I sprayed 3 coats of Flex Seal clear on. Otherwise, the moss would be more prone to flaking off.





My first board was a 5x5 in a very standard pattern. It was fun to make (especially the drawstring bag), but I wanted something that was more interesting, as well as in a larger size. My sister is enjoying my first board since last year when I gave it to her as a birthday gift.