april 8 2008

A small audience for this session, with the Master in great shape despite his sushi.
Let's note nevertheless the presence of a Daniel whose neuron has been degreased by the railway workers' competition and the return of Pierre after some
underground competitions.

Of course, you will find the electronic version of the Master at the end of this report. Thanks to him.

Some very nice studies for the warm up.

A light position to start with.

1 - White to play and win
W.:   Kf2, pc4 and h6
B.:   Kc3, pc7 and d3

The simplicity is only apparent.

A modern study to follow one of the greatest composers of the moment

2 - White to play and win
W.:   Ka7, Bb3 and g7, pf7
B.:   Kg4, Nf8, pb5, d5 and f2


The four helpmates for Daniel being too easy, I prefer to give you some excerpts from the 2008 English Championship, won by Professor Mestelovitch (Murdzia being the out-of-competition winner). The first 3-mover dries up the insufferable, puffed-up "ayatollah" that teratologists know so well.

Thank you Mr Williams. I also found the 4-moves difficult despite appearances, but got my revenge by not taking more than a minute for the 5-moves. The helpmate 4-moves suffered: Murdzia found only two solutions and Mestel... zero!

The selfmate seems to me a little easier. The study even more so.

Three short, gentle three-moves to rest. And one two-moves, just one.

Kling 1Horwitz

A modern study with a thematic try that we understand ten moves later. Answer to Daniel: even with the wQ on g8 instead of f8, Bd4 wins (...d1Q 13 Qg2+!) besides Bc3.

Two small revisions in the pawn and R/P endgame.

A Polish study "restoration" on a suggestion of your favourite "master-bidon", accepted by the author.

The game of the day pits two Japanese food lovers against each other. Although I almost lost my skin the night after a dinner in a Japanese restaurant, where I turned into an itchy elephant man, I don't blame them in the least. In fact, this incredible game tastes rather like sake.


Great art with a thematic try as a bonus

Now a Polish study restored by the Master (the Poles eat a lot of liquid, but the Master restores himself more solidly)

3 - White to play and win
W.:   Kd2, Ba5 and a6, Ne3
B.:   Ka3, Qb1, pa3

The theme is familiar, but it is nice to see with a new arrangement

To close the series, a very nice study, less modern but which gives beautiful aesthetic sensations.

4 - White to play and win
W.:   Kg1, Rf2
B.:   Kc1, pd3 and f6

A very nice rook run and a very nice coordination between the 2 white pieces.

The game of the day is what a fight should always be: no concessions, an idea that you follow to the end by putting all your energy into it.

5 - game of the day

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6, 3. g3 d5 4. Nf3 Be7 5. 5. Bg2 0-0 6. 0-0 dc 7. Qc2 (7. Ne5 Nc6 has already been played and rather interesting for Black) a6 (7. ... b5 8. a4 c6 9. ab cb 10. Ng5) 8. a4 (8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc2 Bb7 10 Bd2 is a variant to be studied in depth) Bd7 9. Qxc4 Bc6 10. Bg5 a5 Nc3 Na6 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. e4 Nb4 14. Rfd1 g6 15. Rac1 Re8 16. d5 ed 17. ed Bd7 18. Nd4 Rc8 ?!  (18. ...Qb8 is good but especially Be5 on which the 2 opponents agreed in post-mortem mode) 19. Ne4 Be5 (19. ... Bxa4 20. b3 Bd7 21. Ne6! fe 22. de Bxe6 23. Rxd8 Bxd8 24. Qf1) 20. Nc5 b6 21. Nc6 Bxc6 22. dc bc (22. Qe7 23. Rd7 Qf8 24. Ne4 Bxb2 25. Rcd1 h6 and Black is tied up but still holding on) 23. Rxd8 Rcxd8 24. Re1 Bd4 25. Rxe8+ Rxe8 26. Qb5 Kg7 27. Qxa5 (27. Kf1 Re5 28. f4 Re3) Re2 28. Qxc7 Rxf2 29. Kh1 (h4 Nd3 30. Qd8 Rd2+ 31. Kh2 Rd1 and a good smell of perpetual check floats over the position) Nd3 30. Qd8 ?! (30. Bd5! Ne5 31. h4! (31. Qc8 h5 32. Qh3 Ng4 33.c7 Re2 34. Qh4 Nf2= 35. Kg1 Nd3+ 36. Qxd4+ cd 37. c8=Q Re1+ 38. Kg2 and again it smells of perpetual check) Ng4 32. Bg2 h5 33. Qf4! Rxf4 34. gf Be3 35. a5 Nf2+ Kh2 Ng4+ Kh3 and one of the 2 pawns a or c is promoted) Rc2 31. Bf1 Nf2+ Kg2 Ng4 33. Kf3 Ne5+ 34. Ke4 Nxc6 35. Qc7 Nb4 36. g4 Rf2 37. Bb5 g5 38. a5  draw agreed

During the meal, our friend Guy presented some of his creations with a PG containing a world premiere.

To start with the problems brought by the Master, a kind of april fish.

6 - h#5 Madrasi
      helpmate : black plays and helps white to checkmate or stalemate according to the statement
      Madrasi : Opposing pieces of the same nature that control each other paralyze each other except for Kings where Rex must be specified Inclusiv
W.:   Ke1, Qd1, Rh1, Bc1 and f1, pc2, e2 and f2
B.:   the 16 pieces on their initial square

And finally, a problem containing a double AUW (2 times the 4 promotions)

7 - h#2 Isardam 4 solutions
      Isardam : any move that puts opposing pieces of the same kind in mutual control is illegal
      4 solutions : 4 different ways to satisfy the statement
W.:   Ke7, pb7 and d7
B.:   Kf3, Qf8, Rd2, Bh1 and f6, Nb4

Very nice

The next session is next Tuesday.

The greffier apologises for not being able to attend and is being replaced by friend Guy.

Good reading to all

Sincerely yours

Le greffier


the greffier was a bit off his game while writing the report (probably too much liquid during the restoration), but the Master is always there to put things right.

So here are the 2 corrected statements

3 - White to play and win
W.:   Kd2, Ba5 and a6, Ne3
B.:   Ka3, Qb1, pa4
(it was not necessary to have the pawn share the King's bed since "l'Alphil y dort")

7 - h#2 Isardam 4 solutions
      Isardam : any move that puts opposing pieces of the same kind in mutual control is illegal
      4 solutions : 4 different ways to satisfy the statement

W.:   Ke7, pb7 and d7
B.:   Kc6, Kc1, Rd2, Ba8 and c3, Nb4

The last problem is a big one.

Sorry for the big tuft of hair, but winter is still here.

Best wishes to you.

Le greffier


The restored study includes a bPa4 (not a3). As consistent as the food is, it is excessive to make the pawn share the
pawn the black king's bed.

Isardam: I seem to remember that the bB is on a8, the bQ on c1 and the bK on c6.

Have a good time.


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