Devise a concrete winning plan for White. The title will help. En passant is not possible.

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FEN: 7k/8/6p1/3p1pPp/p1pPp1p1/PpPpPpPp/1P1B1P1B/3NRKQN w - - 0 1


You must find a way to liberate all your pieces. Shuffling pieces and the ability to comprehend the position are key.

Hint 2:

Paul Lamford Puzzle 1981

  • $\begingroup$ Black or white to move? And what was the previous move? (White has possible en-passant captures if black's last move was f7f5 or h7h5.) $\endgroup$
    – fljx
    Mar 1, 2022 at 13:58
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    $\begingroup$ How come the bishops are both on a dark square? $\endgroup$ Mar 1, 2022 at 18:39
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    $\begingroup$ It is not a legal position. There 12 black pawns too if you observe carefully. However it can be solved by creative techniques, it is a composed puzzle. $\endgroup$
    – I'm Nobody
    Mar 1, 2022 at 18:44
  • $\begingroup$ So I presume that a "creative technique" means an illegal move. $\endgroup$ Mar 1, 2022 at 18:52
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    $\begingroup$ @RewanDemontay That's a wrong guess :) $\endgroup$
    – I'm Nobody
    Mar 3, 2022 at 1:03

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I don't know if this is the solution to the puzzle, but I won against a computer starting from this position (I'm playing white, computer is playing black). Maybe someone who is better than me at chess can explore all the different variations to this particular solution?

1.Bc1 Kg7
2.Re2 dxe2+
3.Ke1 Kh8
4.Kd2 Kg8
5.Qe1 Kf7
6.Qxe2 fxe2
7.Kxe2 Ke8
8.f3 Kf7
9.fxe4 fxe4
10.Ndf2 Ke6
11.Nxe4 dxe4
12.Nf2 Kf5
13.Nxe4 Kxe4
14.Bd2 Kd5
15.e4+ Kxe4
16.Be1 Kf5
17.Ke3 Kxg5
18.d5 Kf6
19.Ke4 Ke7
20.Ke5 Kd7
21.d6 g5
22.Kd5 h4
23.gxh4 g3
24.Bexg3 g4
25.Be1 g3
26.Bexg3 Ke8
27.Kc6 Kf7
28.d7 Kg6
29.d8=Q Kf5
30.Qe7 Kg6
31.Kd5 Kh6
32.Qg5+ Kh7
33.Ke6 Kh8
34.Kf7 Kh7

  • $\begingroup$ Black would never play dxe2, only the best defense. Playing against a computer and generating random moves lists (especially a weak one it seems, looking at your moves) isn't "solving" the problem at all. $\endgroup$ Mar 3, 2022 at 3:04
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    $\begingroup$ @RewanDemontay I never really said that this was objectively the solution, I was merely posting this as an inspiration/stepping stone for others to continue off of what I did. Hence, why I said "Maybe someone who is better than me at chess can explore all the different variations to this particular solution?" $\endgroup$
    – Aiden Chow
    Mar 3, 2022 at 3:11
  • $\begingroup$ I appreciate that you thought of Qxe2, the only way to progress through, the computer is also extremely weak as it didn't even take the f3. Even though this solution lacks a lot of variation, have my upvote. $\endgroup$
    – I'm Nobody
    Mar 3, 2022 at 5:24
  • $\begingroup$ @I'mNobody I had the computer play against itself with this board setup, with white having much more playing power than black. Ignoring the fact that I used a computer, is that (using players of different strengths) cheating? $\endgroup$ Mar 16, 2022 at 19:09
  • $\begingroup$ @DertereuuiFloireiurtrthr You are allowed to use computers the way you want. Computers struggle to solve such locked out positions so it may be futile to use a computer here. $\endgroup$
    – I'm Nobody
    Mar 26, 2022 at 14:19

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