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MASSIVE UPDATE: I decided to play around with this again today, and I found MAJOR improvmemts for the B to G file games. See if you can beat me! If not, give proof as to why my game is optimal (To Rubio and others: This edit is NOT deviating from the orginal goal of this question.) I shall post new links along with PGN text.

UPDATE #2: It’s all posted! Go ahead and take a look at it all! The beauty of chess!

The pattern for the numbers goes as such (how many moves it takes, that is currently known, to do the goal for each file):

A-31 B-17 C-13 D-13 E-13 F-13 G-17 H-33

Due to the symmentry here, I suspect that my mirror game for the H-File could be rearranged to be the same as the A-File game. But this hurts my brain too much. If you can do it, please try!


This is an old question with anwser to the optimal solution get 6 pawns on the A-File: Get 6 pawns in file A or H

Since I’m really into chess theory, I decided to find fastest solutions I could find for the rest of the files of a chess board, which is from B to H.

I’m posting links to my solutions here to see if anyone can find a faster way. If there is no faster way for a certain file, just simply make a brief statement of what is all optimal in your answer.

A-File-For Convience To Have It All In One Place

PGN Solution By xnor:

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. Nd4 Nd5 3. Nc6 dxc6 4. g4 Bf5 5. gxf5 h5 6. f4 Nd7 7. e4 Ne5 8. fxe5 Qd6 9. exd6 exd6 10. exd5 g6 11. Na3 Bg7 12. Rb1 Bd4 13. h4 Bc5 14. d4 g5 15. hxg5 Rh6 16. dxc5 dxc5 17. Bd2 Re6+ 18. fxe6 fxe6 19. Ba6 exd5 20. c4 dxc4 21. Ba5 Ke7 22. b4 cxb4 23. g6 bxa3 24. Rb6 bxa6 25. Rxh5 cxb6 26. Rb5 bxa5 27. Qb3 cxb3 28. g7 bxa2 29. g8=Q cxb5 30. Qg4 Ke8 31. Qa4 bxa4

B-File

PGN Solution:

1. d4 e6 2. Be3 f6 3. d5 exd5 4. Bb6 cxb6 5. e4 a6 6. Bb5 axb5 7. c4 dxc4 8. a3 Bb4+ 9. axb4 d6 10. Qd5 Ne7 11. Qc5 dxc5 12. e5 fxe5 13. Ne2 cxb4 14. Nd4 exd4 15. Nc3 dxc3 16. Ra3 cxb2 17. Rb3 cxb3

C-File

PGN Solution:

1. c4 d5 2. d4 e5 3. e4 dxc4 4. Be3 exd4 5. Nc3 dxc3 6. Bb6 axb6 7. Qd5 f5 8. Qc6+ bxc6 9. Bd3 fxe4 10. Rc1 exd3 11. Rc2 dxc2 12. b4 Bc5 13. bxc5 bxc5

D-File

PGN Solution:

1. b4 a5 2. e4 axb4 3. c4 b5 4. d4 bxc4 5. Bd3 cxd3 6. Ne2 f6 7. e5 fxe5 8. Nec3 bxc3 9. Ba3 exd4 10. Bd6 exd6 11. Qb3 c6 12. Qd5 cxd5 13. Nd2 cxd2+

E-File

PGN Solution:

1. g4 h5 2. d4 hxg4 3. f4 g5 4. e4 gxf4 5. Be3 fxe3 6. Nd2 c6 7. d5 cxd5 8. Ndf3 gxf3 9. Bh3 dxe4 10. Be6 dxe6 11. Ne2 fxe2 12. Qd5 f6 13. Qe5 fxe5

F-File

PGN Solution:

1. f4 e5 2. e4 d5 3. d4 exf4 4. Bd3 dxe4 5. Nf3 exf3 6. Bg6 hxg6 7. Be3 c5 8. g4 Bf5 9. gxf5 cxd4 10. Rf1 dxe3 11. Qd4 gxf5 12. Qf6 gxf6 13. Rf2 exf2+

G-File

PGN Solution:

1. e4 d6 2. Bd3 c6 3. e5 dxe5 4. Bg6 fxg6 5. d4 h6 6. Bg5 hxg5 7. Qf3 Bg4 8. Qf6 exf6 9. h3 f5 10. hxg4 fxg4 11. d5 cxd5 12. Nd2 Kd7 13. Ne4 dxe4 14. f4exf4 15. Nf3 exf3 16. Rh3 fxg2 17. Rg3 fxg3

H-File - (This is a mirror of the solution to the A-File by xnor. Hey, it works!”

PGN Solution:

1. Nc3 Nc6 2. Ne4 Ne5 3. Nf6+ exf6 4. b4 Bc5 5. bxc5 a5 6. c4 Ne7 7. d4 Nd5 8. cxd5 Qe7 9. dxe5 Qe6 10. dxe6 dxe6 11. Nh3 b6 12. Rg1 Bb7 13. Rb1 Be4 14. a4 Bf5 15. e4 b5 16. axb5 Ra6 17. Bh6 Rd6 18. exf5 exf5 19. Be2 Ke7 20. cxd6+ cxd6 21. Bh5 dxe5 22. f4 exf4 23. g4 fxg4 24. b6 gxh3 25. Rg6 gxh6 26. Rb5 fxg6 27. Rg5 gxh5 28. Qf3 fxg5 29. Qg3 fxg3 30. b7 gxh2 31. b8=Q Kd7 32. Qb4 a4 33. Qh4 gxh4

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  • $\begingroup$ (Fixing the markup really isn't that hard; take a look at the edit history to see what changed, so you can get a handle on how to do this yourself.) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Mar 30 at 0:44
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    $\begingroup$ I shall do that good sir @Rubio ! And thank you very much as well! $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Mar 30 at 1:11
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Found a faster way to get 6 pawns in the B-File than your 21 moves solution. This is probably not optimal though.

PGN:

1. b4 c5 2. d4 cxb4 3. d5 e6 4. Nd2 exd5
5. Nc4 dxc4 6. Rb1 f6 7. Rb3 cxb3 8. Qd6 g6
9. Qc6 dxc6 10. e4 h6 11. Bb5 cxb5 12. Bb2 Kf7
13. a4 Kg7 14. e5 fxe5 15. Nf3 Kh7 16. Nd4 exd4
17. c3 dxc3 18. a5 cxb2 19. Ke2 Qb6 20. axb6 axb6

Link here

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  • $\begingroup$ Snice work. And yeah, probably not optimal. Perhaps you could try another one? Also, mirror this on the G-File-that will also be faster then, pretty please. $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Mar 30 at 18:49
  • $\begingroup$ @RewanDemontay You can't mirror this on the G-File since it requires the queen sacrifice for black at the end and a for the queen to move through the d-file, which is closed if you mirror it $\endgroup$ – Embodiment of Ignorance Mar 30 at 18:52
  • $\begingroup$ Yes you can mirror it. It just takes an extra move to move the queen to the right place. $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Mar 30 at 19:00
  • $\begingroup$ Take a look at my games-they are mirror, Albeit not perfectly. $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Mar 30 at 19:06
  • $\begingroup$ Actually, it does, work Compare it to my game. Proof game of mirroring your B-File game in the D-File here: apronus.com/chess/pgnviewer/… $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay Mar 31 at 7:45

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