Leonard Barden's fantastic world record

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Leonard Barden
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Re: Leonard Barden's fantastic world record

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Jul 17, 2016 1:59 pm

It's a Sam Loyd classic. I don't have a facility to do diagrams, but here is the position in Forsyth. Perhaps someone can kindly post the diagram.

3N2R1
pp3p2
3K2p1
8
2pk4
3pp2p
5pB1
1Q4BR

Roger de Coverly
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Re: Leonard Barden's fantastic world record

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:17 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:
(edit) amended to insert pawn on d2 (/edit)
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Leonard Barden
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Re: Leonard Barden's fantastic world record

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:51 pm

Sorry! I omitted a white pawn at d2.

Chris Rice
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Re: Leonard Barden's fantastic world record

Post by Chris Rice » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:37 pm

Happy 89th birthday Leonard! Jon Manley/Kingpin tweet

Kevin Thurlow
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Re: Leonard Barden's fantastic world record

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:50 pm

"Happy 89th birthday Leonard!"

I'll second that!

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Re: Leonard Barden's fantastic world record

Post by Stewart Reuben » Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:00 pm

Happy 89th Leonard.

Today the problem posed would be 'What action should the arbiter take if he came upon this position, with White to play, in a tournament, and why?

Perhaps I will use that in my forthcoming arbiters' exam in Batumi.

Nick Grey
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Re: Leonard Barden's fantastic world record

Post by Nick Grey » Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:28 am

Restart the game? There are 9 black pawns.
Happy birthday.

Craig Pritchett
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Re: Leonard Barden's fantastic world record

Post by Craig Pritchett » Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:37 am

Birthday wishes echoed from Scotland. Leonard, keep up your excellent chess reportage!

Andy Stoker
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Re: Leonard Barden's fantastic world record

Post by Andy Stoker » Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:45 pm

Happy Birthday Mr Barden - the chess world owes you a deep debt of gratitude
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Christopher Kreuzer
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Re: Leonard Barden's fantastic world record

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:58 pm

Not sure how the problem was originally presented (by Loyd), but David Gilbert explained earlier in the thread that he came upon this problem in an Evening Standard column 30 years ago, see here. Googling for Lloyd and nine pawns finds discussions such as this.

(PS. For anyone interested in retro analysis, see The Retrograde Analysis Corner)

Roger Lancaster
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Re: Leonard Barden's fantastic world record

Post by Roger Lancaster » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:44 pm

Curiously, I came across this problem at http://www.uschess.org/content/view/11193/630/ where it appears to be attributed to H Fischer in 1910. Is this a straightforward mistake or is there more to it than meets the eye? (And birthday greetings to Leonard, of course!).

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