january 15 2008

After the night walk home, which did not take place on the Champs-Elysées, the report is most difficult to fill in.
A few hairs may slip into the thick variants of the textual version.
Nevertheless, you will benefit from the electronic version of the Master, whom I thank in passing.

There was little attendance for this second session of the year, the participants of the previous session no doubt all regretting that the Master-Quark did not renew the demonstration of his talents.

To begin with, a demolished study, but as the Master says, demolition is sometimes at least as beautiful as the original solution.

1 - White to play and draw


W:. Kb2, Rd3, Nb7
B.: Kc4, pc7, d2 and d3

Big threat from pd2, so need to pull out the big guns.
As the study is demolished, there are 2 ways to achieve this.

To follow, here is the unique position where we manage to win with C+p against D and black on the line

2 - White to play and win


W.: Kb4, Qc5, Nb7, pb6 and g4
B.: Ka8, Qh3, Rh8

Master's words


Only two helpmates, the only difficulty being in the second solution of the h#5. Two remarkable 3# direct: in one, there is pinning in the air; in the other, it would be more like battery.

W pauly 1

Two 5-moves selfmates, one fairly easy, the other a little less so, involving a twin (this is common for the aided, but quite rare for the inverses). The latter problem was co-authored by a famous French chronicler, who gave many players a taste for both the game and the problem. On reflection, I believe that the writer of these lines is one of them. And perhaps also our super-grandmaster of the problem.

Finally, a magnificent selfmate maximum (Black is obliged to play the longest moves) also with a twin, from another genius, from a country that does not always give us such gifts. The only help is that the mates are models in both cases and have an air of kinship, without constituting a real echo.

ProkesSometimes, a demolished study is more interesting than if it were correct, witness the one of Prokes. Mitrofanov's study is the best version, if not a "Letztform", of the famous puzzle in the form of a challenge (the win with N+P against Q) proposed on France-Echecs during summer 2006, then vampirised by the arrogant megalomaniac from across the Channel on the "Chess base" website, which megalomaniac, very elegantly, passed the name of the author (and his predecessors) under silence. Finally, the main course is Gelfand shirov

inspired by a fortress invented by the almost homonymous "fake-master".

The daytime part essentially demonstrates the interest of night-time walks around the Champs-Elysées. To find out more, read the comments.

Have a good time. See you in a fortnight.


Great art

And finally, to close the series of studies, an Esclaponesque position that will please you.

3 - White to play and win


W.: Ke5, Rb3, Na7
B.: Kc7, Bd2, pa2 and f5

If you really dig deep, there are subtleties.

And now, a fight between men

4 - game of the day

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. g3 (a gambit, the other main choices are Bg5 or e3) dc 6. Bg2 b5 7. Ne5 Nd5 8. a4 f6 (8. ... Bb4) 9. Nf3 b4 (9. ... Bb4) 10. Ne4 Be7 11. 0-0 0-0 12. Qc2 Ba6 (12. ... f5 13. Nc5) 13. Bh3 f5 14. Neg5 b3 15. Qd1 Rf6 (15. .... Bc8) 16. e4 Nb4 17. ef ef 18. Re1 Nc2 (18. ... Nd3 19. Nxh7 Kxh7 20. Ng5+ Kg6 21. Re6! (21. Ne6 Qd5 (21. ... Qh8 22. Bxf5+ Rxf5 (on Kxf5, the greffier had dropped the pen) 23. Qg4+ Bg5 24. Nxg5 Nxf2 25. Re6+ Rf6 26. Rxf6 gf 27. Qe6 Nd3 28. g4) 22. Re5? Qh1!!) Qxd4 22. Be3 (22. Rxe7 dxf2= 23. Kh1 Qc5) Qd5 23. Rxe7 Nxb2 24. Bxf5+) 19. Nxh7 Kxh7 20. Ng5+ Kg6 21. Ne6 Qh8 22. Bxf5+ (the whites take out the equipment and put it on the table) Kxf5 23. Qf3+ ? (23. Nxg7+ ! (found during the walk on the Champs-Elysées) Kg6 (23. ... Qxg7 24. Qh5+) 24. Rxe7)  24. Qe4+ Kf7 25. Ng5+ Kg8 26. Qxe7 Qh5 (26. ... Nd7 27. Re6 Rxf2) 27. Ne6 Rxe6 28. Rxe6 Nxa1 (28. ... Nd7 29. Qxd7 30. Rf8 Bh6 Qf7 =) 29. Bh6 ! Qf7 30. Qg5 Kh7 31. Bxg7 ? (Re7 ! Qxe7 32. Qxe7 Kxh6 33. f4 c3 34. f5 Be2 35. Qh4+ Bh5 36. g4 g6 37. fg c2 38. Qxh5 =) Qxe6! 32. Be5 Qg6 33. Qd8 Nd7 34. Qxd7 c3 resigns

A real gladiatorial battle.

The restoration part allowed us to discover some more of Master Guy's masterpieces composed in the shower or elsewhere.
What a talent!
As usual, only the table was able to enjoy them, the greffier refusing to broadcast them.

For his part, the Master presented us 2 positions with Imitator by the same composer

5 - h=2 with Imitator 2 solutions
helped stalemate : black plays first and helps white to stalemate them
imitator : a piece of breadcrumbs (or other) that makes a movement equipollent to the playing piece. if this movement is impossible, the move is illegal
2 solutions : there is 2 distinct way to statisfy the staement


W.: Kf5, Qg7, If4
B.: Kd7, Qa4

and the last one

6 - h#2 with Imitator and twin


W.: Ka5, Rc6, Be2, Ig3
B.: Kd5, Bd4, pa7, and b7

a) staement position
b) Ig3 --> c3

Good reading to all and see you soon for the corrections.

Yours sincerely

Neanderthal hair

1st study: wR is on e3, not d3

2nd study: Black to move, but also not in check.

Game of the day, variation 18...Nd3 then 21 Ne6? Qh8? then 27...Nd3 the correct move is 28 Qf7+ (and not 28 g4? as suggested 
because of Nxc1!). I forgot to mention this in the electronic version.

The parenthesis 23...Qxg7 24 Qh5+ follows, of course, 23 Nxg7+! (the "forgotten" move).

After 34 Qxd7+, the move c3 is illegal but Kg8 35 f4 c3 is conclusive.

Have fun


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