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MatPlus.Net Forum Endgame studies I have made a horrible mistake
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(1) Posted by Sarah Hornecker [Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 10:53]; edited by Sarah Hornecker [12-01-18]

I have made a horrible mistake

(= 7+6 )

V. Dolgov
Shakhmaty v SSSR 1986 (thematic tourney)
Special honorable mention
White wins

1.e8S+ Kd7 2.f8S+ Ke7 3.g8S+ Kxf8 4.g7+ Kf7 5.h8S+ Kxg8 6.Sf6+ Kxg7 7.Sh5+ and 8.Sxg3 wins

There the achievements of my life go down the drain. The prizes no more than pyrite instead of gold. I'm ashamed. I want to give back the prize of Rochade Europa 2008-2009.

I got that mail with the study above from Sergiy Didukh in 2008 and somehow forgot about it. And today, searching another one, I find this one again. Well, at least it is something I can use for an upcoming article maybe.

(EDIT: Corrected year of publication and detail about the mail)
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(2) Posted by Dan Meinking [Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 17:28]

You didn't intend for this to happen, so don't be too critical. A similar situation "happened" to me.

For the July 1976 cover of Chess Life, Pal Benko composed 8 mate-in-3 problems in the shapes 1-7-7-6 and 1-9-7-6. One of the "7" shapes really appealed to me, and I copied it into one of my chess notebooks -- with no publication details.

Fast-forward a few years: on rummaging through my chess notes, I stumble upon this nice looking #3 with a "7" shape. I wondered: Why didn't I ever publish it? Long story short: I ended up submitting it to (guess how) Pal Benko for his column! Fortunately, he was kind enough to "overlook" my mental lapse.

"It happens." -- Forrest Gump
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(3) Posted by Sarah Hornecker [Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 19:21]

Ultimately it resulted in me and Richard Becker discovering other ways to show four knight promotions in a pawn endgame, so at least it wasn't a complete waste.
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