january 16 2007

friend Guy was in Germany for the STO, he missed this session and incidentally we missed him a lot at the time of the meal 
to show us his creative talent.

Others were present but not the population of problemists of the last session.

You will find the electronic version of the Master at the end of this email. Thanks to him.

As an appetizer (without any connotation, as usual), a small study with some nice touches.

1 - White to play and win


W.: Kc1, Rd1, Bf1, pa2, c6, e4 and f4
B.: Kg8, Rb8, Be6, pa6, c4, c5, f7 and g6

Good footwork is required.

For the rest, a funny position that will delight you.

2 - White to play and win


W.: Kc6, Na1, pe4 and f6
B.: Kd4, Bf1, Na3, pb4 and g3

Very surprising.

An 8# helpmate for Daniel exhausted (actually there are two more, but too easy to include in the report).

Grigoriev 1Everything you always wanted to know about the Radjabov-Karjakin endgame, planned 90 years in advance by dear old Nikolai

Smyslov 3A study by Smyslov that perfectly meets the criteria of the "Dvoretzky-60" competition on "natural positions" 
and, like most of Smyslov's recent studies, not found by the fritzoids.


Mitrofanov's study illustrating the position of the "puzzle 5" of chessbase presented by the inevitable albionesque megalomaniac who dares to add "unknown source" when he knows very well, as a constant user of the Van der Heijden database, that three studies illustrate this theme, Mitro's being the best of the three. The rectification has been sent to "chess base", we will see if it will be published.

A classical-relaxation by Fred, then a not precisely "technical" pawn endgame by the young Ukrainian gifted, who could have participated in the above-mentioned contest.

The solution of the "holiday homework" on which only two "kids" have seriously thought about: all dunces!

Curiously, the game of the day was the 3rd example to contain the wPf6/bPf7 couple enclosing the bKf8. A "theme of the evening" quite involuntary.

Finally, the only fairy position of the meal, a very nice isardam. Drinking and searching, yes, but the Pierrodanielian humour takes
time to be tasted as it should be.

Enjoy the meal.


The big piece with a remarkable study.

3 - White to play and win


W.: Kd7, pd4, d6, e2, f6 and h3
B.: Kf8, pa5, b5, d5, f7, g2 and g6

Great art.

The Norman hole (without any connotation again) with the position below

4 - tactical exercice


W.: Kc1, Qh6, Rd1 and g1, Bd4 and e2, pa2, b2, c2, e4, e5, g5 and h2
B.: Kg8, Qa5, Ra8 and c8, Bc6 and e7, pa7, b4, d5, d6, f7, g7 and h7

For those who are mad

Today's game is not very long, but as it is Chirov, you should enjoy it.

5 - game of the day

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. g4 dc (7. ... Nxg4 8. Rg1 Nh6 9. Rxg7 Qf6 10. Rxh7 Rxh7 11. Qxh7 Nf8 and it's all over but 8. Bd2 holds) 8. Bxc4 e5 9. Bd2 cd 10. Nxd4 Ne5 12. Be2 Bxg4 (11. ... Nfxg4 was played in the game Guelfand - Dominguez)
12. f4 Ng6 13. Bxg4 Nxg4 14. Nf5 Nh4 (14. ... 0-0 15. Ne4 Bxf4 16. ef Qd5 17. Nfg3 f5 18. h3 followed by Ng5 and everything is in order) 15. Nxg7+ Kf8 16. 0-0-0 Nf2 17. Ne4 Nxd1 18. Rxd1 Be719. f5 Qb6 20. f6 ?! (20. Qc3 !)
Bb4 21 Bxb4 Qxb4 22. a3 Qa5 23. Nc5 h6 24. Nf5 Ng6 25. Nd7+ Kg8 26. Ne7+ Kh7 27. Nxg6 fg 28. Ne5 resigns


Only one dessert/digestive this time, you need to go on a bit of a diet after the festivities.

6 - h=5 Isardam
helped stalemate : Black plays and helps White to stalemate them
isardam : any mutual control of two opposing pieces of the same kind is illegal


W.: pb7, c7 and g5 (hey yes! no white king, what would be the point of putting one?)
B.: Kg8, pa2, d2, e2, f2, g2 and g2

A fantastic stalemate picture

It remains for me to wish you all a good reading and to give you an appointment on Sunday at the SAI for the participants and
30 January for the others.

Yours sincerely



Study 1; the bK is on f8 and not g8.

Study 2; the bB is in e2 and not f1.

Very little, in short.

Good reading


Guy's return

Dear Rémy,

Teutonia deprived me of a course, then of a fairy dinner, but I do not want to fail completely.

I therefore took advantage of an hour's flight (2 hours round trip minus an hour's sleep), to produce the "Marquis' problem" for this session.

W. : Kf1 Rh5

B : Pe5 Transmuted King c6

h‡3,5 (2+2)

2 solutions

Parrain Circe




Parrain Circe (nothing more simple...)



The single move following a capture, the piece which has just been captured (except the King) makes, from the square where it has been captured, a
from the square where it has been captured, an equipollent path to the playing piece. If the destination square is occupied or if the path takes it off the board, the
the captured piece disappears.



Transmuted king:



When in check, it moves only as the piece(s) that threaten it (a real soapbox!).







To make up for this absence, I enclose the solution of this light problem.




1…Ke2 2.Kc5 R×e5+ 3.Kc1(Ne1) Rd5 4.Nc2 Rd1‡

1…Kg2 2.Kd5 R×e5+ 3.Kd2(e2) Rh5 4.Ke1 Rh1‡




Yours sincerely.




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