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Losing my religion. Quiz for May 24, 2007

White to move.
Since I am down south, I thought I might turn a southern phrase- "Losing my religion." Can the bishop be saved? Do you know what the above phrase means?


  1. Why save a bishop? 4 moves combination. Will leave for somebody else to write the forced variation.
    Nor Mark, No Roy, No John at NCCC past wednesday... How come?

  2. Reverend Marijan,

    As a man of the cloth, how can you not save the bishop? I do suppose that winning the game is always better.

    So you got the solution to the puzzle,but how about the meaning of the phrase? I would swear that you should know it.

    I could not be at NCCC yesterday, as I was, and still am, out of town. Don't know about the others though.

    Best in chess and in life,

  3. No, I did not know. Thank God for google: "Losing My Religion" is an expression from the southern region of the United States, and means losing one's temper or civility, or "flying off the handle.
    Where did you find those puzzles. They look as from Laszlo Polgar's book.

  4. Amazing! Who else but Marijan would've found the mate in 4!? It goes 1. Qxf8! Rxf8 2. Rxh7 Kg8 (...Kxh7 3. Rh1++) 3. Rg7+ Kh8 4. Rh1++ Sorry I could not be at NCCC for last meeting on Wed., but I had other responsibilities that were precedent. Marijan - how many people came Wed.? - Roy

  5. king cant go to g8 so hes forced to take on h7, remember the bishop.


  6. Correct Steve, and Roy you are there (in brackets). So mate in 4:
    1. Qxf8 Rxf8 2. Rxh7 Kxh7 3. Rh1+ Bh3 4. Rxh3++