february 3 2009

First of all, some great news: the club is moving at the end of February or beginning of March.
The next session will therefore take place either in the usual premises, or near the Porte de Clichy.
You can find out more on the club's website, which the President will be sure to update (http://pagesperso-orange.fr/ascbpsl.echecs/htlm/ECHECS%20p02.html)

For this session, the common neuron of the listeners was a bit trapped in the ice, one of the studies resisted very well.

As a warm-up, a Platovian position.

1 - White to play and win


W.: Kh4, Be2, Nb2 and c4, pb4 and g6
B.: Ka6, Qe8, pa7 and g7

the 2nd move is surprising

Platov v

Rest for Daniel: only two helpmates. Each in 3 moves, with "set play", which means they are also 2.5# helpmates (white to move). Peder Larsen's is absolutely brilliant.

More "orthodox" training: a 2#, a 3# and two long, fairly easy problems (I give the solution of the latter two for the "tired born"). Finally an incredible PG for Eric.

A platovian neuron cleaning. Another one, troïtzkian.

   A Ornsteinscandinavian deviation, one of the few modern studies that is presentable. The difficulty of the first move forced the speaker to postpone the planned 4th study.

Kramnik 4

There is something fascinating about today's game: how can the loser, imitated by other great players (like the last Russian champion), reach such an obviously desperate position, having already had the same disastrous experience twice in the same opening? What siren song attracts them?


Furthermore, a "Mandlerian" phenomenon that should delight all aesthetes: when the bR is on a8, White must play Ne8 rather than Nf7+. When it is on b8 (which was the case in reality), he must play Nf7+ rather than Ne8. This finding is in Bareev's book, poorly supported by an aberrant variant which made me doubt it, but apparently correct.

See you in just one month (March 3). Have a good rest.

The second study is lighter in material but full of pure geometric patterns.

2 - White to play and win


W.: Kb1, Qc2, pb7
B.: Ke7, Qc7, Bc4

Very clean and pleasing

It was the third and final study that caused concern.
A modern study composed by a former top player.

3 - White to play and win


W.: Kd8, Rg7 and h3, Nb4, pb5 and c5
B.: Ka8, Qc1, Be3, pf7

Again, the second move (as in 1) is hard to find, but after that it goes well.

Today's game shows how to slaughter great players.

4 - game of the day

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 (4. Qc2 is more "modern") 0-0 Bd3 d5 6. Nf6 c5 0-0 cd (dc 8 Bxc4 Nbd7 is another way to play) 8. ed dc 9. Bxc4 b6 (A good example of absolute transposition is 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. ed cd 4. c4 e6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Nf3 Bb4 7. Bd3 dc 8. Bxc4 0-0 9 0-0 b6) 10. Bg5 Bb7 11. Re1 Nbd7 (Bxe3 12. bc Nbd7 13. Bd3 Rc8 14. Rc1 Qc7 15. Bh4) 12. Rc1 Rc8 13. Qb3 Be7 (Bxc3 14. Rxc3 h6 (! Boudre) 15. Bh4 Rc7 16. Ne5 Nxe5 ! 17. de Qxd4 !) 14. Bxf6 Nxf6 (Bxf6 15. Nb5 Bxf3 16. Qxf3 a6 17. Nd6 Rc7 18. Nxf7 Rxf7 19. Bxe6 Nf8 20. Rxc7 with relative equality) 15. Bxe6 fe ? (Rc7! 16. Ng5 Qxd4 17. Nxf7 Bc5 18. Nd8+ Kh8 Nxb7 probable draw) 16. Qxe6+ Kh8 17. Qxe7 Bxf3 18. gf Qxd4 19. Nb5 Qxb2 20. Rxc8 Rxc8 21. Nd6 Rb8 22. Nf7+ Kg8 23 Qe6 (small threat) Rf8 24. Nd8+ Kh8 25. Qe7 resigns (I did not note the variation 21. ... Ra8 )

At the table, the Master made a timid gesture towards his pocket to extract a diagram to present, but unfortunately, the PGs of the provocative contest  not allowed him to speak.

It remains for me to wish you all a good reading and to give you an appointment on March 3rd, that is to say in 4 weeks with perhaps a change of address at the end.

Yours sincerely

Le greffier 


Apart from 6 Nf3 in the game of the day, 11...Bxc3, 17...Qd4! (in 13...Bxc3) which you rectify by yourself, I don't see any mistake

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