International Solving Contest 2005
the referee's word
They had come, they were all there, except for Jean-Christian Galli who had given an apology.
And the race was tough! With the exception of the two favourites who were clearly better than the average, only Laurent Riguet reached 50% of the points with a good 3rd place.
It remains to be seen (in the near future) how they stack up against the world's elite.
Here are the provisional local results.
1.Alain Villeneuve 5+5+3+0+4.5+2.5+5+5+5+1+5+5 = 46 in 3h53,
2.Abdelaziz Onkoud (Maroc) 5+5+4+4+0+5+5+5+0+5+5+0 = 43 in 3h57,
3.Laurent Riguet 5+0+3+2+0+5+5+0+5+0+0+5 = 30 in 3h52,
4.Philippe Rouzaud 0+5+0+5+0+0+5+0+5+1+0+0 = 21 in 3h54,
5.Jacques Dupin 0+5+0+0+3.5+2.5+0+0+5+0+5+0 = 21 in 3h58,
6.Etienne Dupuis (Canada) 5+0+0+0+0+5+5+0+5+0.5+0+0 = 20.5 in 3h59,
7.Daniel Capron 5+0+0+0+0+2.5+5+0+4+0.5+0+0 = 17 in 3h59,
8.David Antonini 0+0+0+4+0+0+0+5+5+2+0+0 =16 in 3h39,
9.Tarik Rrhioua (Maroc) 0+4+0+5+0+0+0+0+4+0.5+0+0 =13.5 in 3h59,
10.Rémy Besançon 5+3+0+0+2+0+0+0+0+1+0+0 =11 in 4h
11.Antoine Manoeuvre, 11ans 0+2+0+3+0+0+0+0+0+0.5+0+5 =10.5 in 3h41,
12.Eric Pichouron 5+0+0+0+0+0+0+0+4+0+0+0 =9 in 3h59,
13.Antoine Flotte, 10ans 5+0+0+0+0+0+0+0+0+0.5+0+0 =5.5 in 4h
14.François Gouze 5+0+0+0+0+0+0+0+0+0+0+0 =5 in 3h54,
15.Sophie Aflalo, 9 ans 0+0+0+0+0+0+5+0+0+0+0+0 =5 in 4h
16.David Joudelat, 11 ans 0+0+0+0+0+0+0+0+0+0.5+0+0 =0.5 in 3h52,
17.Florent Diedler, 16 ans 0+0+0+0+0+0+0+0+0+0+0+0 =0 in 4h
The many 0's would lead one to believe that the papers were blank, but no, the valiant competitors were often victims of devious traps.
The central controller, Ward Stoffelen, will check that I have not made a mistake in my rating.
Solutionists can also send me their protests (on my marking, on the solutions or on the official points count, etc.) before 25 January (inclusive).
Perhaps some kind soul will post the problems. With the Masand tournament to post too, I'm not lying down!
[clerk's note: Michel Caillaud was the referee that year; this explains his absence from the ranking]
Impressions: In the first round, not much difficulty in the 2# and H3# about 5 min for both, I started to look at the others... the 3# comes just after, before the study....it must be said that the variation 2.Rf3+ exf3 3.Qxf3# and a possible queen's mate on a3, guided me .... the bishop c6 must play but where? in the end not very difficult to compare by the problem that Erony gave me one evening on France Echecs, the 4 # as for him is rather hard but the presence of beautiful variants helped me a little first the plan Bh1/Rg2 and then the plan Rg8/Qg7.It took me a long time, I forgot to write down something that cost me a point...and then came the study...it was a particularly long line...I refrained from using the chessboard...for this resolution I decided to put it on my little chessboard...No but I'm not used to it, it was bad for the eyes!... I started to look at the diagram... but since a while ago; and there was 30 min left for the last 2, I was in a hurry to go to the toilet... and hop I run losing 2 minutes, on my return what a miracle ! the study falls like a house of cards .... I hurry to note the main solution to the 9th black move...I had a choice between the most beautiful variant with Pat and I did not note the line in my eyes secondary... This cost me another point!...Finally, the remaining time I spent on the reverse without success...but a voice rang out it was Michel who informed us that there were 5 minutes left, I saw a beautiful variation I was very close...I wrote it down before I found the key!!! ..... I had to put a key I opted for 1.Nd3? But it was 1.Nc4!!! That's Missed Zero!!!....so I got 23 points out of 30.
In the second round, I started with the simplest one, N° 9, mate in 5 moves...very quickly...I noted the solution... ((at the end...we were discussing; I heard the solution of this problem...it was not what I had little what blindness!!! I wasted 5 points stupidly)) ,oki...after this problem,I had to give an account to the other ((the other had dried me in the first round))
but this one is too easy...a very small revenge...I still noted the tries but it's useless it's not noted, I thought that with the key and the two variants it will only be 3 points and that the 2 trials would constitute the remaining points.
,then came the turn of the 2#, it was clear that it is the c5 knight who will play but where? Then came the turn of the 2#, it was clear that the knight c5 would play, but where? I was very careful and made the right move, After the 3#, ah if we don't think about Dc8!!!, fortunately for me, I saw this move and fell under its charm...it only remains to note the variants without charm...so as not to lose points stupidly there and there. Then it was the turn of the study, it was clear that the introductory move is Rb7....but the most announcing point was the stalemate...there we feel that we are in the right way!... and that we see the sacrifice of the Bishop in e5. ..the study reveals all its secrets..afterwards we have to note with joy all the moves...;what a good start...I have only the help and a 30 minutes left...there I felt that I am going to score in this 2nd round... I started to look for the plan Bb8/Kc7 ; Ba8/Kb7,Be4/d3 ...I was trapped at no time, I never thought of the plan Ba8/Ba7...this idea never came to my head what a deception...before 5 min from the end I decided to get up and give my paper to Michel. ..who showed me on the spot that H5# is solved by one of my students Antoine .M ( I had advised them not to try the last 2 and to devote their efforts to orthodox problems.)) What a nice surprise!!!, in short, at the end, I was very disappointed by the helpmate and the mate in 5#.
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