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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Puzzle #44: Spot the Tinue

Good evening Takkers!

Over the next few weeks I plan on changing things up a bit with the puzzles for some variety. I would like to post some more "What would you do in this scenario?" and "Tinue avoidance" ones.

Also, I was talking with Sultanpepper about the puzzles and how the difficulty could be increased/decreased. He suggested posting a game where a Tinue was missed and having you find it. This increases the difficulty and brings the puzzle closer to a game situation. Oftentimes, the fact that you are made aware of the Tinue possibility and the turn that it starts makes the puzzle too easy to figure out.

Let me know what you think about these changes so I know what to post in the future.

And, if anyone has a game that they would like a puzzle made from, feel free to send it my way and I can make a puzzle from it. Or, if you would prefer, I can help you to make and post it.

Happy Takking!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Puzzle #43: White to Play; White to Tinue

Happy Saturday, everyone!

This week's puzzle shows why it is very dangerous to let your opponent control the majority of an edge. Black made a mistake by allowing White to spread the a3 stack North without contest. An additional mistake was made by placing a1 instead of Sa1 after this stack spread.

Black's a1 leaves us with this Tinue puzzle:


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Puzzle #42: White to Play; White to Tinue

Hello all!

I logged on to Playtak on Thanksgiving and found a new bot in the list (TakkenBot). Decided to give it a try. The evaluation seems a bit different than other bots, so it made for some interesting play.

At this point in the game, I thought this was going to end up as a Gaelet game. So, I was cashing in on some of my flat count differential options. I had just done 2b2-' to swing the flat count in my favor and force Black to capture. Black responded with d2-, leaving us with this week's puzzle.