Here is a “dream position” from my last-round game.

White has managed to get in Re3 and Rg3 before Black could play Nf5 which aims to undermine d4 pawn. Okay, this position might seem a little far-fetched as Nf5 was really played to put a cork in the h7 diagonal, nevertheless it occurred while analyzing with Crafty.

White to move:


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  1. If you want to analyze the position with a computer, here are the moves for one of the mates:

    1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. a3 cxd4 7. cxd4 Nge7 8.
    b4 Nf5 9. Bb2 Bd7 10. Be2 Be7 11. O-O a5 12. b5 O-O 13. Qd2 Na7 14. a4 Bb4
    15. Bc3 Bxc3 16. Nxc3 Rac8 17. Bd3 Ne7 18. Ne2 h6 19. Nf4 Qd8 20. Rfe1 b6
    21. h4 Rc7 22. h5 Qe8 23. Nh2 f5 24. exf6 Rxf6 25. Ng4 Rf8 26. Nxe6 Bxe6
    27. Rxe6 Qxh5 28. Ne5 Nac8 29. Re1 Qh4 30. Bb1 Qf4 31. Re3 Qg5 32. Nc6 Nf5
    33. Qc2 Kh7 34. Rg3 Qh4 35. Qxf5+ Rxf5 36. Bxf5+ Kg8 37. Re8+ Kf7 38. Bg6+
    Kf6 39. Rf8+ Ke6 40. Bf5+ Kd6 41. Rg6+ Qf6 42. Rd8+ Rd7 43. Rxd7#

    This one is one possible mate in 9. I can visualize the 9 moves easily enough – finding the moves is where the tactical skill comes in (visualizing 9 moves is calculation skill, although I believe 9 moves is at least A level and above). The other mate is if Black plays ..g6 instead. I let Crafty find the mates for me, BTW, but it does build up my tactical skill to follow this and try some of my own moves.

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