Bern Open 2015
For this first event of the Resolution World Cup, Abdel did very well.
He wrote a report on his website which is reproduced in large part here
The Swiss Chess Problem Solving and Study Open took place on October 17 in six rounds in the federal capital Bern.
The open was category 4 and belongs to the tournaments of the world cup. Three former world champions were among the participants.
The 1st round was devoted to mate in two moves. Two problems on the menu ( 5 points each) to be solved in 15 minutes...you just had to give the solution (no variants). In the first one ( see the file), we wonder what is the use of the Pa4...if it is just a try, we had to find the refutation and move on...no need to look for it, it is the guilty one ! In n°2, the case gets tougher... several tracks. Sacrificial blows don't work... 10 sur 10
1st round - mates in 2 - 15 mn
The 2nd round was devoted to 3 moves. In 40 minutes. The n°3 is so light and harmonious. A business not to be missed. On the other hand, n°4 is a headache...it is not enough to find the key...but to point out all the variations. 1 point lost for a variation found...but that I forgot to write down. 9 sur 10.
2nd round - mates in 3 - 40 mn
The 3rd round was dedicated to moremovers. 55 minutes are allocated. No. 5 is a nice composition. The key is obvious....This is not enough...if you don't mention the threat correctly. You'll easily lose 2 points...In short a real trap. Whereas #6, a blocus that is welcome....you can find the variations. But it's worth nothing at all..if you don't have the key...unfortunate those who thought of the Pf2...it's there to close the f column...no more and no less. Total of the operation 7 sur 10.
3rd round - moremovers - 55 mn
At that moment I was 4th in the provisory ranking.
The 4th round was for studies...I quickly saw the stalemate picture of n°7...I struggled in the 8th...I had to convince myself that there is no better continuation than the double sacrifice of the White Rook... 10 out of 10. While everyone else suffered. I find myself in first place with a 2 point lead. A day later, Martin Minski sent me the following message:
Congratulations for your victory in Bern !
I'm glad you found the solution to my study.
Have a nice evening,
4th round - Studies - 65 mn
The 5th round offered selfmates (30 minutes). If n°9 is a fiesta, n°10 is a real Everest. Score 5 out of 10...
5th round - selfmates - 30 mn
The 6th round ...the helpmates (30 minutes) ...no worries 10 out of 10... except me, nobody found the 6 moves... with his secret manoeuvre.
6th round - helpmates - 30 mn
Onkoud, Abdelaziz (MAR) (MF) 51
Zude, Arno (GER) (GMI) 49,5
Köchli, Klaus (SUI) 41
Baier, Roland (SUI) (GMI) 40
Sivic, Klemen (SLO) (MI) 38
Maeder, Thomas (SUI) (MI) 37,5
Schäfer, Ronald (GER) (FM)36
Wissmann, Dolf (NED) (GMI) 35
Ott, Roland (SUI) 35
Neef, Wilfried (GER) (FM) 33
Selivanov, Andrey (RUS) (GMI) 32
Hoffmann, Martin (SUI) 28
Zollinger, Stefan (SUI) 25
Nievergelt, Andreas (SUI) 24
Schaffner, Gerold (SUI) 23
Axt, Hemmo (GER) (MI)21
Dobias, Richard(SVK) 21
Krolikowski, Ryszard (POL) 17,5
Dimitriadis, Alexandros (GRE) 17
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