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The PinkHamster leads off by congratulating the kids who solved last week's homework assignment: HeroicPatch, Ruban, and JumpyHoney. And yes, they earned the prize! Don't worry, there is another Puzzle of the Week this week (see below), so you can still earn the prize by solving that one!
The PinkHamster next goes over the solution to last week's puzzle for all to see. It turns out that it was a Zugzwang Puzzle. A German word, Zugzwang means "move compulsion," and is the topic of this Episode. The PinkHamster moves on to several other amazing Zugzwang examples, and talks about the shift in thought process that you must learn to undergo when moving from the middlegame into the endgame.
The PinkHamster wraps up with Battle the Hamster, playing three back-to-back live Blitz Chess games against first HeroicPatch, the winner of last week's puzzle contest, and then FirstDream, and MathGuy.
To conclude the Episode, the PinkHamster poses another homework puzzle, based on the material covered in today's show. Try to solve it...each kid gets three tries. Send your solutions by private message to PinkHamster. Here is the puzzle:
If you get stuck, watch this episode again, and pay attention to the different techniques white uses to win in the various Zugzwang puzzles, especially toward the end of the episode.
NOTICE: There is no In the PinkHamster's Wheel next week, on December 24. The show will resume on December 31, for an end-of-year episode featuring a special guest! (watch the episode below to find out who)
Watch Episode 13: