march 25 2003

Master's word

Little riddle: what do these two problems (a 3# and a mate in 6 with the help of Blacks) have in common, despite their 120 years of difference? Let's specify that the second one is much more difficult.


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Here are two studies of German Umnov, composer born in 1937, who should not be confused with Evgeny Ivanovitch Umnov (1913-1989), great friend of the "lion" Loschinsky and author of a wonderful anthology of the chess problem in 3 volumes, from the 8th century to 1964, more than 1100 problems in total.

He offers us a first very simple ZZ, with the material R / B + P. But the second one is another pair of handles. Of cybernetic origin, this study was proposed by Anand in Bastia (according to J.-C. Galli) in 2002. Karpov, Shirov and a few other tenors dried on it, notwithstanding the Corsican wine and a few other sweets.


Clearly, this is one of the positions that impressed Anand most in his entire life as a chess champion. Although I don't share -- by far -- his qualities, I must say that I am in the same case. At the moment, I am approaching 10 hours of analysis (assisted by fritzoid) and I am just beginning to understand her, and therefore to appreciate her. But every time I capture it, I discover new finesses. So, at some point, I must stop the expense, as we say colloquially, and give you the state of the situation, it's up to you to correct me...



An attacking game of a "sacrifice obsessed" who never ceases to delight us. It lasts only 13 moves (the first 20 having already been played 5 years earlier in Lyon) but seems longer, especially with the virtual game. To the White player, as to his predecessor Tal, can apply the sentence: "We are all born crazy; some remain so" (S. Beckett). 


Have a good read. May God bless you.

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