march 6 2007

No record this time, except perhaps the weight of the prime rib at the new address we tested.
As it should be, the electronic version of the Master and Guy's contribution follow the text version of the report.

Thanks to them.

One thing to note: a proposal by Daniel to contribute to the strengthening of Europe, by making the English magazine Orbit and the German magazine Die Schwalbe collaborate to become one Orbit - Die Schwalbe!
From the great Daniel

(a note from the Master: Orbit is Macedonian, although it is published in English)

To begin with, a few boxes to conjugate to make the best of it.

1 - white to play and make the best of it
W.:   Ka4, Bg4, pb4, d6, f4 and f5
B.:   Kc8, Rd4, pb6, f2 and g6

Quite tortuous after the introduction

the following is a very simple composition by Ronald Turnbull, who is not particularly expected on this territory.

2 - same statement
W.:   Kf2, Bc8, Nd7
B.:   Kg4, Ng7, pb2

Bull 1Shinkman 1

Rest for Daniel: no helpmate this time. Five directs in 3 moves by the genius Cecil Bull (1869-1935), a specialist in model mates, the "South African Havel", so to speak, whose best works are collected in a book with a charming title: "Sonatas in chess". The last one is, I think, the only difficult one. A reverse of the last century and a brilliant PJ, obviously of the 21st century.

A study of conjugated squares (but not concerning the Kings .....) and two amusettes, one of them by a particularly eclectic composer. In the first one, I could not find the continuation after 2 Be2? Rd1! 3 Bb5 Rg1, for a good reason: there is none, and 3...Rg1 wins, as does 3...f1Q, besides the expected move 3...Rxd6. The thematic test is worthless, which does not detract from the interest of the continuation, where we draw with one less rook. Another proof that commentators read the solutions without understanding them, without discussing them. And my vigilance was, once again, surprised. If at least no more players trusted the published analyses from today onwards, we would not have wasted our time.

A homework assignment based on a very recent game. We need to find a rescue with Black. A real rescue, not an endgame where White can torture for 30 moves. 

The game of the day is a rather short draw but full of twists and turns. A magnificent game, which certainly would be despised by the head-choppers who flourish on French soil, who outrageously pretend to forbid the most natural result of a well played game of Chess on both sides.

In the restaurant, it was alluded to quadruplets (normal chessboard, vertical cylindrical, horizontal cylindrical, toric). The masterpiece of the genre was already included in a report. I give it again.

Vladimirov 1

24 years ago, in "la Revue des Echecs" (where the solutionist champion was an unknown Guy Sobrecases), I published an article on Vladimirov. Without computer, I was unaware that a quarter of these problems (5 out of 20) were incorrect; I succeeded in correcting three of them; it may be that these corrections (or other better ones) were already discovered by the author or others. But I don't have Chloe's collection, or Daphnis' for that matter. I am giving, exclusively for the readers of the review, the 3 problems in question, with the solutions so as not to torture the said readers (but you know that you always have to look, at least a little, to fully appreciate).

The next three courses remain on schedule. But I propose, for the last two, May 29 (instead of 15) and, for the fairy course, June 5 (instead of 12).

Have a good read and enjoy.


A well-crafted piece of work

To conclude the studies, the following position is not without its pitfalls.

3 -  same statement
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W.:   Kg2, Bb5 and b8, Ng6, pb7
B.:   Kd8, Qe6, pa6 and b6

Very elegant picture.
The 4th position is an exercise.

4 - Black plays and defends for the best.
W.:   Kh2, Qe5, Rg1, Bf2 and f3, pa3, c4, d4, f4, h3 and h5
B.:   Kg8, Qa6, Rd8, Nf5 and f6, pa7, c6, e6, f7 and g7

Some things were cleared up during the course, but there is still work to be done until the next course.

5 - game of the day

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cd 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3  Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. 0-0-0 h6 9. Be3 Be7 10. f4 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 b5 12. Kb1 Bb7 (the attempt of capture in e4 is not too advised, the Knight would be well in a4 and the g7-pawn in bad posture) 13. Bd3 0-0 14. e5 de 15. fe Nd7 16. Nxe4 Bxe4 17. Bxe4 Rb8 (analysed at home) 18. Ba7 (18. c3 Qc7 19. Bc2 Nxe5 20. Rhe1 Bd6 21. Qe2 f6  22. Qe4 Rfd8 23. Qh7+ Kf8 and the blacks are quiet despite their visually cramped position) Nxe5 19. Qc3 Bd6 20. Qd4 Bc7 21. Qc5 Qc8 22. Rhe1 Nc4 23. Bxb8 Qxb8 24. g3 (24. Bd3 Bd6 25. Qd4 Be5 26. Qe4 f5 27. Qc6 Bxb2 28. Qxe6+ Kh8 29. Bxf5 Bf6 and everything is in order with a few black threats) Be5 25. c3 Rc8 26. Qe7 b4 (26. ... Bf6 27. Qb7 is not so good) 27. Qxb4 (27. Rd7 bc without any fear) Qc7 28. Qb7 Na3+ ! (chief's surprise) 29. Kc1 (29. Ka1 Nc2+ and Be4 is scotched) Bf4+ 30. gf Qxf4 31. Rd2 Rd8 32. Rd1 Rxd2 (32. ... Ne4 33. Qc7 ! the other chief's surprise) 23. Rxd2 draw agreed

A very nice fight

To digest all this, our friend Guy presented us with some of his high-class works which, for the usual reasons, 
you will not find in this report, except for the one he dedicated to the Marquis' course, the details of which are given

The Master for his part made us look for 2 very beautiful problems in totally different genres.

6 - h#3 with Choppers
      helpmate : Black to play and help White to checkmate them
      Chopper : Grasshopper that changes the colour of the sautoir
W.:   Ke4, Rf4, pa3, Chg2
B.:   Kc5, pa4, a5, b7 and c6, Chh3

a) the position
b) Rf4 --> Bf4

a very nice diagonal - orthogonal echo as you can imagine between the 2 twins.

7 - #2 Masand
      Masand : when a piece checks, it causes all the pieces it controls to change colour (except Kings, of course)
W.:   Kd8, Qe2, Bb1, Nb7 and b8, pf6
B.:   Kd5, Qa5, Rc4, Nb2 and h8, pa4, b6, c7, f7 and g4

Pure acrobatics, a delight.

It remains for me to wish you a good reading and to see you in two weeks.

Yours sincerely

Here is the special Saint-Lazare composition of our friend Guy

Dear Rémy,

Here is the "Marquis problem", which takes up the theme of the Bishop's batteries.

With kind regards.


W. : Ke4 Bc6 Pe2
B. : Ke6 Bc7 Pc5b4
h‡4,5 (3+4)

1…Kd3 2.Be5 Bg2 3.Bd4 Bf1 4.Kd5 Kc2
5.Kc4 e4‡

1…Bd5+ 2.Kd7 Ke5 3.Kc8 Kd6 4.Kb8 Kc6
5.Ka8 Kc7‡




The appetite comes with eating, so the greffier still wants to eat what is on the e4 square in the day's game: but
there is nothing, it is only 16 Ne4.
Variation 24 Bd3: I think 27...Nxb2 is better than Bxb2.
Finally, the "other chief's surprise" is 32...Nc4 33 Qc7!

It seems to me that there is something missing in the Masand problem. A bPd4 perhaps?
Have a good feast


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