march 17 2009
Dear friends of the Tuesday classes,
The Master Greffier being absent on business, he has generously delegated the task to the present incumbent who is doing what he can.
I am currently doing my best to surpass the Master Greffier in the speed of delivery, for want of being able to match him in content.
The attendance, though good, was small, which may explain why the studies in the introductory part were simpler than those of the last time. No one complained about this.
To begin with, a trivia game in which the reader can make a prognosis (after 3 to 4 minutes of observation) on which pawn to play first. Then the reader will do as he should, i.e. make the necessary calculations and determine the correct answer.
W (3) : Kf5, Pa5, g5. B (2) : Kh5, Bh1. White to move and win.
The Master, retired but pedagogue by nature, has chosen a position that allows the novice greffier to get his feet wet. I thank him for this.
The next study is hardly busier, the Master slowly raises the bar (what a genius!), the substitute has good hopes of passing the test.
W (3) : Ka8, Re7, Pg5. B (3) : Kf3, Bg1, Pg4. White to play and win.
A word from the boss
are the helpmates for Daniel. The Albionesque megalomaniac boasts that he solved the third one quickly, but yours truly had no real difficulty either (although he had skipped Arnold's on 25 January). In the Swedish one, one solution seems to me more difficult than the other.
A 19th century 3# that seems quite difficult to me, with many false leads (hint: don't look for pre-set mate boards). The other 3#, although recent, has a "classic" construction. And it is easy. The 4# has a "cycle", I won't say more.
Two selfmates to keep the form. In the first one, there is a short "set play": if you give the move to Black, there is a selfmate in 3. And two PGs, one of which is a masterpiece by Thierry, our former world champion of retros: pure magic.
A little brainwashing in two minutes: in which order to push the pawns? An "old-fashioned" study with a single idea, but a pleasant one, by one of the rare young Frenchmen gifted in composition. Finally, a small puzzle from the Polish solving contest already mentioned a fortnight ago.
Today's game is a tribute to the winner of Linarès. An involuntary tribute, because it had been programmed a month ago, taking into account my obligation to present about 50% of "open games", as they say, i.e. beginning with 1 e4. It was played 7 years ago, where he had -- already -- shone in Holland, finishing 2nd behind Bareev. Mixed good intuition of the listeners-players in the 18 Ne3 variation: one improves Gelfand's 24...Rcf8 by 24...Bh3!, to fall into the trap 25...Qg5+? 26 Ng2! Rcf8 27 Bc1! while 25...Rcf8! in a row justifies the conception.
See you in three weeks, on 7 April.
Have a good feast.
PS : personal message to Jacques: you have indeed solved the 2nd problem, you have not chosen the false leads 1 Ne4? and 1 Nxg4? which, on the defences 1...Kxd4 and 1...Nxd3 give changed mates (what we call the Zagorouiko theme).
A study composed at the time by a kid. Let the careless reader not stop on the way to a possible Rh7, the Ns are still alive because they still move! (bravo, you found the verb to move).
For my part, I like this study very much because an "archaic" theme of the finale is revisited with happiness.
Finally a more complex study (to transcribe without error as well as to search).
W (6) : Ka8, Rh8, Ph7,e6,e3,a2. B (7) : Kb5, Ba4, Ng5, Pa5,b6,e4,h2. White to play and draw.
(Very) nice study. Findable. But very difficult for a study to be solved in an indoor competition, as it was given in an indoor solving tournament in Warsaw.
Since I am supposed to provide the minutes of the meeting, here are two asides that were made at the time:
** The seriousness of the Polish organisers is to be commended, as in this competition they were able to propose a study, admittedly difficult, but very clear and correct, whereas the rule, or more exactly the current practice, is to propose demolished or even incomprehensible studies.
** Reminder from our friend Jacques on the expression "Falling from Charybdis into Scylla". For the Greeks, Charybdis and Scylla symbolised respectively the tides and the reefs of the Strait of Messina (which shows that sardines have been fished there for a long time). Two dangers threatened the sailors: a whirlpool and a reef, which would have been personified by the two monsters. It is therefore a question of running aground on the breakers while trying to escape the whirlpool. This maritime precision is dedicated to the titular greffier.
Then we move on to the game of the day.
Grichuk - Gelfand. 2002.
1:e4 e5; 2:Nf3 Nf6; 3:Ne5 d6; 4:Nf3 Ne4; 5:d4 d5; 6:Bd3 Bd6; 7:o-o o-o (Who is ahead, the Ws or the Bs? The answer depends on whether one judges Ne4 to be a strength or whether it would be better on f6?).
8:c4 c6; 9:Qc2 Na6;10:a3 (10:Be4 de; 11:Qe4 Re8; 12:Qc2 Nb4; 13:Qb3 Bf5; 14:Na3 Re2 and for sure the B's are not worse). 10:..f5; 11:Nc3 Nc7; 12:Re1 Kh8; 13:b4 Bd7; 14:Bb2 Ne6; 15:cd cd; 16:Nd5 Rc8; 17:Qd1 N6g5; 18:Ne5 (Here Gelfand analyses 18:Ne3 Nf3; 19:Qf3 Qh4; 20:g3 Qh6; 21:Qg2 Nf2; 22:Qf2 f4; 23:gf Rf4; 24:Qg2 Rcf8; 25:d5! but the audience, which is usually dissipated because it relies blindly on the master greffier to get out his claws as soon as a combination appears, felt an obligation of vigilance. Guy therefore proposed the improvement 24:...Bh3! instead of Rcf8 which completely restarts the machine at the moment when one thought the matter was settled. The ensuing complications are exciting, seeming to favour the B, but the master will certainly address the question in his electronic supplement.).
18:Ne5 Nh3; 19:gh Qg5; 20:Kf1 (20:Ng4? Nxf2 !) 20:..Bxe5; 21:de Bc6; 22:Bc1 Qh4; 23:Be4 fe; 24:Be3 Qh3; 25:Kg1 (25:Ke2? Bb5; 26:Kd2 Rf2; 27:Bf3 Qd3#) 25:..Bxd5; 26:Qd5 Qg4; 27:Kf1 Qh3; 28:Kg1 Qg4 draw agreed (28:...Rc6?; 29:Bf4 !).
At the table, the Loire wine being better than the usual Côtes du Rhone (in the opinion of the substitute greffier) I did not note the problems presented by Guy, less prolific than usual because he was (very) busy elsewhere. Nevertheless, he had enough to regale us.
The master gratified us with a helped selfmate 3 moves (in homage to Guy, first world producer in the discipline) in Mirror Circe as we say in these people, and in Evil Circé as we say here.
W(6): Ka2 Bf6 Pa3,d7,f5,g7
B(5): Kh6 Pb6,g2,h5,h7.
Erich Bartel. HS#3. Mirror Circe.
Finally, for those who are interested in one of Rémy's other activities, this is the first link to the Bouvet rames Guyane
and this link to see him working on the preparation of the ship
The electronic report of the Master will be sent to you later.
O, Rhesus positive (for a change).
The substitute greffier.
Misunderstanding of the 2nd study: the composer did indeed produce some nice things when he was a kid, but he's not really anymore, the study is quite recent. Or if he is, it is in spirit, and then I am more so than he is.
The time taken by the competitors on the 3rd study is not known, the result not being detailed on the Murdzia site: they had three studies, the competitors solved generally one, only one solved two, but it is not known what the other two studies were (certainly unpublished and kept secret until publication).
The main mistake is not the responsibility of the candidate-master greffier, it is an omission of the "fake-master" himself: it should have read in my text "mixture of good intuition and blindness of the auditors-actors".
Variation 10 Bxe4: read 14...a5 with the idea ...Re2, rather than ...Re2 immediately, which runs into 15 c5.
Don't forget to savour the advantages and disadvantages of 21...Be6 (instead of ...Bc6). It seems that the peaceful outcome is also the most likely.
Variation 25 Ke2? : read of course 27 Bf2.
The junior clerk has done better than just passing his entrance exam, he has achieved a near flawless performance.
Have a good feast.
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