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Default Yet *another* bust in Plaskett's book Can You Be A Tactical ChessGenius? [FEN "r1q2nk1/pb2brpp/1p2pp2/8/1PBNP3/PQB5/5PPP/2KR3R b - - 0 0"]

Sorry if this sounds like a broken record, but GM Plaskett, in this
2002 book, did not use a chess engine to verify solutions for his
proposed answers.

Here is yet another bust that I found.

Problem Test 7, Puzzle 13, I chose 1...b4. The PC says 1...a4 is even
better. Short's 1...Bxb4?, recommended by Plaskett, is refuted as
shown below.

Ergo, I play better than Nigel Short.

And James Plaskett is a fool for not using a chess engine--as late as
2002 no less.

BTW, I'm done with this book. If you'd like for me to send it to you,
from Greece, post me a note here, and either send me your mailing
address to my Google Gmail account, or, post it here. You can see how
well you did compared to me, a strong club player ranked around 1800
Fide Elo I estimate. There are a few pencil marks but mostly I did
not spoil the puzzles by writing the answer on them. The bad thing
about Plaskett's book, besides the errors, is that he does not have a
scoring scale to show you how a strong player would score, an expert
would score, etc. At the end of the book you just have a numerical
score that means little without some scale to show you how others have
done.

RL

[Event "Plovdiv 1984"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1984.08.10"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Plaskett"]
[Black "Short"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[FEN "r1q2nk1/pb2brpp/1p2pp2/8/1PBNP3/PQB5/5PPP/2KR3R b - - 0 0"]
[PlyCount "8"]

1... Bxb4 (1... b5 $15) 2. axb4 Rc7 3. Bxe6+ Nxe6 4. Kb2 Rc4 5. Nf5
1/2-1/2

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Default Yet *another* bust in Plaskett's book Can You Be A Tactical ChessGenius? [FEN "r1q2nk1/pb2brpp/1p2pp2/8/1PBNP3/PQB5/5PPP/2KR3R b - - 0 0"]

On Aug 10, 9:03*am, raylopez99 wrote:
Sorry if this sounds like a broken record, but GM Plaskett, in this
2002 book, did not use a chess engine to verify solutions for his
proposed answers.

Here is yet another bust that I found.



Here is another one, that I'll combine into this thread for economy.
Plaskett's book is full of them.

Below I chose 1. Qe7 while Plaskett only recommends the second line,
chosen by Mason, of 1.Rb7. While Mason's move is more pretty, mine is
stronger according to Fritz.

Ergo, I play more perfect chess than the alcoholic James Mason.

And of course I sometimes see more clearly than the British GM James
Plaskett.

RL

Test 8, Puzzle 6

[Event "Vienna 1882"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1882.08.10"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mason"]
[Black "Winawer"]
[Result "1-0"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "1r4q1/2kB3Q/3p1r2/3P1Pp1/1R2p3/p6P/P5P1/6K1 w - - 0 0"]
[PlyCount "1"]

1. Qe7 $18 1-0

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Default Yet *another* bust in Plaskett's book Can You Be A Tactical ChessGenius? [FEN "r1q2nk1/pb2brpp/1p2pp2/8/1PBNP3/PQB5/5PPP/2KR3R b - - 0 0"]

On Aug 10, 9:03*am, raylopez99 wrote:
Sorry if this sounds like a broken record, but GM Plaskett, in this
2002 book, did not use a chess engine to verify solutions for his
proposed answers.


For balance I include a nice one that Plaskett did get right. Though
my solution (see below variation) is even, Plaskett's recommended
spectacular Q sac is better.

RL

[Event "Van Thorens 1996"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Delchev"]
[Black "Rey"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "r2r2k1/pbqnpp1p/1p1b2pB/1Bp5/4N3/2P2Q1P/PP3PP1/2KRR3 w - - 0 0"]
[PlyCount "25"]

1. Qxf7+ (1. Rxd6 Qxd6 2. Nxd6 Bxf3 3. Rxe7 Nf6 4. Nxf7 Nd5 5. Re5
Kxf7 6. gxf3
) 1... Kxf7 2. Bc4+ Bd5 3. Nxd6+ Kf6 4. Rxd5 exd6 5. Rf5+ Kxf5 6. g4+
Kf6 7.
Re6+ Kf7 8. Rxd6+ Ke8 9. Re6+ Kf7 10. Rxb6+ Ke8 11. Re6+ Kf7 12. Rc6+
Ke8 13.
Rxc7 *

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Default Yet *another* bust in Plaskett's book Can You Be A Tactical ChessGenius? [FEN "r1q2nk1/pb2brpp/1p2pp2/8/1PBNP3/PQB5/5PPP/2KR3R b - - 0 0"]

BUT PLASKETT WON

There must be an error if Plaskett's book shows the result as drawn.
The database shows that he won this game.


Plaskett,J (2475) - Short,N (2500) [E12]
Plovdiv (2), 1984
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Nc3 Bb7 5.a3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Qc2 c5
8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.Bg5 f6 10.Bd2 Nd7 11.e4 Nxc3 12.Bxc3 Qc8 13.0𢠢 00
14.b4 Be7 15.Qb3 Rf7 16.Bc4 Nf8 17.Nd4 Bxb4 18.axb4 Rc7 19.Nxe6 Rxc4
20.Nc5 b5 21.Rd4 Kh8 22.Rxc4 bxc4 23.Qxc4 a5 24.Rd1 axb4 25.Qxb4 Bc6
26.Rd6 Nd7 27.Ne6 Ra4 28.Qb3 Rxe4 29.Kd2 h6 30.f3 Ra4 31.Nxg7 Kxg7
32.Qe6 Qd8 33.Kc2 Bb5 34.Bxf6+ Qxf6 35.Rxd7+ Kg6 36.Qg8+ Kf5 37.Rf7
Ke5 38.Rxf6 Kxf6 39.Qf8+ Kg6 40.Qd6+ Kg7 41.Qc7+ Kf8 42.Qc5+ 10





raylopez99 wrote:
Sorry if this sounds like a broken record, but GM Plaskett, in this
2002 book, did not use a chess engine to verify solutions for his
proposed answers.

Here is yet another bust that I found.

Problem Test 7, Puzzle 13, I chose 1...b4. The PC says 1...a4 is even
better. Short's 1...Bxb4?, recommended by Plaskett, is refuted as
shown below.

Ergo, I play better than Nigel Short.

And James Plaskett is a fool for not using a chess engine--as late as
2002 no less.

BTW, I'm done with this book. If you'd like for me to send it to you,
from Greece, post me a note here, and either send me your mailing
address to my Google Gmail account, or, post it here. You can see how
well you did compared to me, a strong club player ranked around 1800
Fide Elo I estimate. There are a few pencil marks but mostly I did
not spoil the puzzles by writing the answer on them. The bad thing
about Plaskett's book, besides the errors, is that he does not have a
scoring scale to show you how a strong player would score, an expert
would score, etc. At the end of the book you just have a numerical
score that means little without some scale to show you how others have
done.

RL

[Event "Plovdiv 1984"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1984.08.10"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Plaskett"]
[Black "Short"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[FEN "r1q2nk1/pb2brpp/1p2pp2/8/1PBNP3/PQB5/5PPP/2KR3R b - - 0 0"]
[PlyCount "8"]

1... Bxb4 (1... b5 $15) 2. axb4 Rc7 3. Bxe6+ Nxe6 4. Kb2 Rc4 5. Nf5
1/2-1/2

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Default Yet *another* bust in Plaskett's book Can You Be A Tactical ChessGenius? [FEN "r1q2nk1/pb2brpp/1p2pp2/8/1PBNP3/PQB5/5PPP/2KR3R b - - 0 0"]

On Aug 10, 5:59*pm, " wrote:
BUT PLASKETT WON

There must be an error if Plaskett's book shows the result as drawn.
The database shows that he won this game.


Yes, that's a small point to my main point, but yes he did win.

RL
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