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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Puzzle #62: What Was Black's Mistake?

Good evening fellow Takkers!

This week I decided to do a different type of puzzle. I had a fairly decent game against level 10 Flashbot during my lunch Monday. I thought about picking a single board state to make a "Best Move" puzzle out of, but then thought that it would be neat to have you guys figure out the biggest mistake that Flashbot made during the course of the game.

In addition to, or in place of a mistake, you can identify and post what you feel is the turning point of the game.

P.S. If you find any mistakes that I made during the game, I'd like to hear those, too. Ex:  Missed Tinue, sub-par movement/placement, etc.

P.P.S Let me know how you like this type of puzzle or if you have suggestions for what I post in the future.

Enjoy!!


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Puzzle #61: Black to Play; Black to Tinue

Good evening, all!

Here's an interesting game I had with AaaarghBot this week. It had a decent Tinue ending, but as I went back and reviewed it, I found some other branches from this board state that also ended in Tinue and so I thought I would make a puzzle out of it.

There are a few variations on these, so I won't state the number of moves until Tinue; I want to see what you come up with.

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 (White, in this instance), a road win will be awarded to the other player (Black) 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).



If you are interested in seeing how the game got to this point, here it is.

Enjoy!


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Puzzle #60: Black to Play; Black to Tinue

How do I Tinue; let me count the ways...

This week's is a size 5 puzzle for you to solve. I don't have a specific Tinue I'm looking for. I want all the Tinues :)  I want to know how many different Tinues you can find for Black.

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 (White, in this instance), a road win will be awarded to the other player (Black) 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).

If you are interested in seeing how the game got to this point, here it is.

I hope you enjoy playing around with this one!