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Blue has 15 legal moves, but only one of them wins. Find Blue's winning move. [3 plies]

By Larry Back (2002).
 
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The key for Blue is to get the last move of the game. Although there is more than one move that accomplishes this the only move that wins is to place an Angle on (b1, b2, c1). This move has the advantage of surrounding and flipping White's Short Bar on (c2, c3) ensuring that it ends up blue. It also leaves two separate regions on the board so that there must be two more moves. White's best reply would be to place a Short Bar on (d1, e1), leaving Blue to place a Medium Bar on (a1, a2, a3). Blue then wins 37-36.
 
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Some of the puzzle and study positions that you've been posting would benefit from having a larger diagram; that's especially true for this one.

 



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Blue turns his right-angle piece so that the corner is pointing southwest, and places it on the bottom row and second column, covering what would be squares b1, b2, and c1 in chessish algebraic notation. White has to play one of his straight pieces, and then blue places a short straight piece in the final field that is large enough to hold a piece.




 
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Just click on the image and you can choose (almost) any size you want. I do not want to make the pics so large that they overwhelm everything else. I don't think the Domain pic is too small.
 
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Begging to differ, but if you don't think that image is too small, you must have a very large monitor. On my average sized monitor it is a little too small, and will look even worse for the people working on small screens.

Medium size images aren't going to overwhelm anything, and if a picture *is* large enough that it would do so, it gets scaled in the page by BGG.

Being forced to open another page is annoying, and cumbersome for anyone who wants to try to type a solution while looking at the diagram.

 
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If opening another page is too annoying and cumbersome for you, what will you say if you have to look up a solution in a book? And yes I think your image size is far too big for a game with such a small board.
 
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