february 13 2007

Several records were broken last night for the Masterclass:
- the record for the smallest number of listeners (3)
- the record for the duration of the course (Daniel had a lot to do with this)
- the record for the longest waiting time before getting to the restaurant table (1/2 hour with a view of a plunging neckline)
- the record for the amount of the bill (almost 50€)
Soon in the Guinness Book?

You will find behind the textual version the electronic version of the Master as well as productions of the friend Guy who,
although absent from the session, remains present in the report. Thanks to both of them.

To begin, a little warm-up with the following study.

1 - White to play and make the best of it


W.: Kc2, Rf5, Bg4, pc3, f2 and h3
B.: Ke4, Qh7, pb6 and b7

An anti Fritz study

Very nice finesses in the next one.

2 - White to play and make the best of it


W.: Kh1, Bh8, Nb1 and b6
B.: Ke2, pf2 and h4

Five helpmates for Daniel (he had nothing to do the previous session): three very easy and two long ones less difficult than the others by the same co-author. A modern 2# (a rarity in the record) not too intellectual (= undrinkable) with one or two false leads. A Bohemian 3-moves (a kind that even the English seem to discover, as if everything is possible) which I liked a lot about twenty years ago (and which I still like) neither for the key, nor for the number of model mates (4 and a pure non-economic mate), but for a reason that the researcher will discover by himself. A fairy composition (transmuted kings) already shown at the post-course restaurant, unpublished at the time, which has just been honoured with a 1st honourable mention: at Saint-Lazare, we are kept informed two years in advance!

SehwersTwo entertainments, one of which ridicules the Fritz family. And two "modern" studies which represent a salutary exception to the principle (which I have not failed to state myself) according to which one can now only obtain a first prize in contemporary competitions by a scientific and documented study on the sodomisation of dip- and beetles.

Fischer 11I cannot be suspected of being a 'modernist' or fashion-conscious. However, the game of the day, which is nearly 50 years old, is a curious symptom of what one could call the "Watsonian revolution" characterized by the axiom: "open positions benefit Knights" with the corollary that I add (and Karpov with his Be2 behind a chain of c4-d5-e4 pawns will not contradict me): "Bishops like closed positions". All this is in contradiction with the classical teaching, but didn't Lautréamont rewrite "Pascal's thoughts" by capturing systematically the opposite ... and without being wrong for all that?Meinking

Table evocations: the 3# (4 solutions) helpmate on which the "Fritz-problems" dries. At last a curious "entertainment" from 43 years ago, where 206 moves are needed to pass the move.

Have a good time.


A bigger piece now

3 - White to play and make the best of it


W.: Kh7, Qb7, Ne2, pg3
B.: Kh5, Qa1, pe4 and f5

A few tricks to find and some composure and you should be fine.

The last study is a little masterpiece.

4 - White to play and do it for the best


W.: Ka6, pa4, c6 and e7
B.: Kf6, Rd3, Nb5 and g3

Great art

The day's game is a beautiful fight where Whites are modern, second wave style before their time.

5 - game of the day

1. e4 (It's been a long time) c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 Bg4 (3. ... de 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Ne5 Bh7 8. Qh5 g6 9. Qf3 Nf610. Qb3 e6 11. Qxb7 Nbd7 12. Nxc6 Qc8 13. Ba6 end of hostilities, but of course you can improve on the black side by avoiding
playing Bf5)) 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 Nf6 6. d3 (6. e5 Nd7 7. e6 fe 8. d4 e5! Black equalizes) e6 7. g3 (7. a3 is also possible) Bb4 8. Bd2 d4 9. Nb1 Bxd2+ ( 9. ... Qb6 10. b3 a5 11. a3 Be7 12. Bg2 and Bg2 although locked up, will end up weighing on the position)
10. Nxd2 e5 11. Bg2 c5 12. 0-0 Nc6 13. Qe2 Qe7 (13. ... g5 had been played by the same player in a previous game and he had won, he probably feared an improvement)
14. f4 0-0-0 15. a3 Ne8 16. b4 cb (16. f6) 17. Nc4 ? ( 17. fe is the good move)
f6 ! 18. fe fe 19. ab Nc7 20. Na5 Nb5 21. Nxc6 bc 22. Rf2 g6 23. h4 Kb7 24. h5 Qxb4 25. Rf7+ Kb6 26. Qf2 (we see some tactical tricks) a5 27. c4 Cc3 (a rock) 28. Rf1 a4 29. Qf6 Qc5 (29. ... Qd6 is more dynamic)
30.Rxh7 Rdf8 31. Qxg6 Rxf1+ 32. Bxf1 Rxh7 33. Qxh7 a3 34. h6 a2. 35 Qg8 a1=Q 36. h7 Qd6 37. h8=Q Qa7 38. g4 Kc5 39. Qf8 (39. g5 Qae7 40. Qgg7 Qde6) Qae7 40. Qa8 Kb4 (not even afraid) 41. Qh2 Kb3 (severely burned the Black King) 42. Qa1 Qa3 43. Qxa3+ Kxa3 44. Qh6 Qf7 (target f3) 45. Kg2 Kb3 46. Qd2 Qh7 47. Kg3 Qxe4! 48. Qf2 Qh1 black offers a draw, they are fed up with it, yet they have a slight advantage after 49. Qg2 Qh6

Let's move on to the digestive part of the report.

6 - serial s=17 Exchange Circe
serial self stalemate n moves : white plays n moves in a row and forces black to stalemate them in 1 move
- exchange Circe : when a piece is captured, it is reborn on the starting square of the capturing piece's move


W.: Kc8, Bb4
B.: Ka1, Rh6, Bb6, pa2 and d3

Very cute

And to finish, a rather heavy digestif (not like the Jacoulot http://www.jacoulot.com/catalogue.php3)

7 - serial h=5 with Grasshopper
serial stalemate n moves : black plays n moves in a row and white stalemates them in 1 move
Grasshopper : a piece that moves like a Queen but needs a sautoir and lands just behind if the square is free or occupied by an opponent's piece


W.: Ke1, Rh1, Bc1, Nf3
B.: Kg4, pe2, Gh3

a) statement and position of the statement
b) serial h=16 with corsair in h3 (bouncer 2,5)
c) serial h=4 with 25 root bouncer (bouncer 0,5 ou 3,4)
d) serial h=6 with Giraffe on h3 (bouncer 1,4)
e) serial h=10 with Flamingo (bouncer 1,6)

A bit hard to swallow though!

It remains for me to wish you good reading and to give you an appointment for the next session on 6 March (and probably
before for the corrections).

Yours sincerely



To these 4 records I would add this one: record of the time needed to digest my lentil sausage (time still unknown).
In short, the more expensive, the worse...

And a 6th: no error, even a small one, in the report, the master clerk juggling easily with Qae7 and other

Denis Auray's protest was heard: no more hair, but a pan that doesn't stick; others, moved by yesterday's aperitif show (the term "décolleté" being a kind euphemism), prefer to say: a perfectly
smooth ass.

Game of the day: the variation refuted by Daniel with 10...Qd5 (which is not better) instead of 10...e6 has already been played in Lasker-H. Müller 1934 and in Ilin Jenevsky-Kasparian (yes, the great Kasparian) 1938.

See you, God willing, on 6 March


a word from Master Guy


Hello greffier!

In spite of my absence, I do not depart from the ritual "problem of the Marquis":

White : Ke3 Bg2

Black : Kb3 Pf2

Neutral : Imitator g6




a)Vertical cylinder

b)Horizontal cylinder






The Imitator imitates each move of an equipollent move. It cannot cross an occupied square, and must arrive on an
empty square.

A move is illegal if it cannot be accompanied by a legal Imitator move.

An Imitator cannot capture, nor be captured. It is in fact a shadow (sometimes more like a ball and chain...) that each piece must
drag behind it.
Its main and sad function is therefore to bump against the edges of the board, or against other pieces.



Vertical cylinder: Columns a and h are adjacent



Horizontal cylinder: Rows 1 and 8 are adjacent



The solution is below.




And a lighter problem, which is a puzzle, and where there is this time no variant calculation (or so few...):



W. : Kg7 Pc2

B. : Ka8 Nb8

Neutral : Imitator h7b1




With kind regards.






First problem:




1.Kb2{Ig5} Kd2{If4} 2.Kc1{Ig3}+ Bd7{Id8}‡


1.f1=I{Ig5,If1} Kf3{Ih5,Ig1} 2.Ka4{Ig6,If2} Kg4{Ih7,Ig3}‡



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