[Event "Puzzle #270"][Date "2015.02.17"][Result "1-0"][SetUp "1"][FEN "3r4/pp3pk1/1b4pp/3nq3/8/1N2PB1P/P3QPP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1"]
We are in the middle game of an overall equal position. One aspect of this position could lead you to believe the game will end in a draw. Your tasks:
a) How did I conclude it is an overall equal position?
b) What aspect of the position could lead you to believe the game will end in a draw?
c) White to play the strongest continuation: decide what is the real result of the game going to be?
Total available points for this puzzle is 20. The answers will be published next time together with puzzle #271.
Puzzle #269 solution:
Game Benko – Oney, Budapest 1949. Coco answered as follows:
"a) White stands better because it has more advantages. My analysis:
Development: White developed one more rook. Advantage white.
Castling and King Safety: both Kings have castled, but black's defensive pawn structure is weak. Advantage white.
Center: Black has a center pawn and the queen and knight to control it.
The black rook and bishop defends the center pawn.
White has a pawn and bishop controlling the center. The rook is on the center file and the Queen defends the knight.
Position - closed
Turn to move: White. Advantage White.
b) Absolute Pin
[Event "Puzzle #269"][Date "2015.02.02"][Result "1-0"][SetUp "1"][FEN "r2r4/1b3pk1/5qp1/pP1p3p/2pN3P/3nP1P1/PQR2PB1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1"]1.Rxd3 cxd3 2.Ne6+ fxe6 (2...Kh6 3.Qxf6) (2...Kh8 3.Qxf6+ Kg8 4.Qg7#) (2...Kg8 3.Qxf6) (2...Kh7 3.Qxf6) 3.Rc7+
Hyson, Bradley, Coco - 20 points
Cody, Benjamin, Jalen - 18 points
Yakov - 10 points
Deryk - 5 points
Benjamin - 63 points
Coco - 62 points
Bradley - 60 points
Cody - 48 points
Deryk - 40 points
Hyson - 37 points
Jalen - 35 points
Terry - 30 points
Yakov - 27 points
Aaron - 20 points
Dheera - 2 points