april 13 2010

The audience for this session was small, probably due to the repeated strikes of a certain category of railway staff.
It is possible that on 11 May, the date of the next course, this rehearsal will have come to an end.

To attack, a study of equal material with a number of pitfalls.

1 - White to play and win

W. : Kb2 Qf2 Ré3
B. : Kh7 Qg6 Ra6
+ (3+3)
 To help you out a bit, you need to climb a flight of stairs and rest a bit at the top of the steps to catch your breath.

Onkoud 1

NiemannTwo helpmate, one by our dear international master magazine editor and St-Lazare regular. The other is old, but was presented a month ago at the Albionesque championship. A training of various 3-moves, with sacrifices and strategy. A Bohemian 4# and a great 6#V marin

by a world champion. Finally, a classic large 4# already shown in St-Lazare but mentioned in a conversation.

A surprisingly accurate Czech six-piece study, yet dating from the pre-Basic era, seen today as prehistory. There is an anti-Turton manoeuvre, a logical foreground, a fantastic resting stroke, even an echo-chameleon.

Matous 1

Then a composition by the French-speaking Ukrainian genius, with a long suite that requires a foreground incomprehensible at first sight.

The game of the day is a great battle of universal scope: it concerns the players of 1 e4 and those of 1 d4... equally! A few comments from a world champion had to be reviewed quite a bit. One of them concerning an excessive gratification that he, usually so modest, grants himself...

See you, God willing, in a month's time, on 11 May.

Have a good meal


To follow, a magnificent fight with superb resources on both sides

2 - White to play and win

W. : Ka8 Pd6h6d5g5f3a2f2
B. : Kh8 Rg2 Ph7é5ç4a3
+ (8+6)

To play the first white move, you have to have analysed the rest, and afterwards; what a joy!

The game of the day is a piece of anthology

3 - game of the day
1.é4 é5 2.Nf3 Nç6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Bé7 6.Ré1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.ç3 0-0 9.h3 Ré8 10.d4 Bb7 (Zaïtsev variation) 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.a4 h6 13.Bç2 é×d4 14.ç×d4 Nb4 15.Bb1 Qd7 (15 ... c5 16 d5 Nd7 17 17 Ra3 c4 the fantastic Kasparov - Karpov game with the White Knight abandoned on a3) 16.b3 (16 Ra3 or e5)  g6 17.Bb2 Bg7 18.Qç1 (18 Bc3 c5 19 d5? Nxe4)  Raç8 19.Bç3 ç5 20.d5 Qé7 21.Nf1 Nh7 (Nd7)  22.B×g7 K×g7 23.Né3 h5 (23 ... Qf6 24 Ng4! Qxa1 25 Qxh6+ Kg8 26 e5 with idea Ng5) 24.Qd2 Kg8 (Nf6 can lead to a draw but you need the marquis' footwork: 25 Nf5+ gf 26 Qg5+ Kf8!)  25.a×b5 a×b5 26.Nd1 (26 Nc2 is more accurate) Na6 27.Nç3 b4 28.Nb5 Nç7 29.Bd3 N×b5 30.B×b5 Réd8 31.Bç4 (after a Spanish opening, we find ourselves in a Benoni scheme) Nf6 32.Qh6 Qf8 33.Qg5 Qg7 34.Ra7 Rç7 35.Ba6 Rb8 36.é5 Né8 37.R×b7 Rç×b7 38.B×b7 R×b7 39.Qd8 Qf8 40.Ra1 Nç7 41.Qd7 Qb8 42.Q×d6 ç4 43.b×ç4 b3 44.Rb1 (caution, the blacks are still there with resources) b2 45.Qç5 Rb3 46.Qd4 Qb4 47.Ng5 Rç3 48.Qf4 f6 49.é×f6 N×d5 50.f7+ resigns

An edifying part on the level of the great players, in this case Anand as White and Kamsky as Black.

For the dessert part, we are entitled to start with a geometrically very aesthetic production by MIchel
4 - s#4 Andernach Madrasi

W. : Kh7 Qé5 Rh8 Bb1 Pa7é7g5
B. : Kf7 Pç7g7g6
s‡4 (7+4)  White plays and forces Black to checkmate
Andernach :  when a piece captures an enemy piece, it changes colour
Madrasi : two opposing pieces of the same nature that control each other are paralysed

Finally, a production by Guy in association with a great Romanian composer/solver
5 - h#3,5 provocation chess

W. : Kf3 Rç3 Bd3 Pd6
B. : Ké8 Qç2 Tb6 Bç8 Nd4 Pb7d7a6é6g6b5é5f4
h‡3,5 (4+13) : the whites start and the blacks help them to the mate
Provocation Chess  : a piece can only capture if it is observed by an opponent piece

Many thanks to the Master for his electronic version.
Sorry for the delay beyond the control of the greffier who had been given too much to chew on.

Good reading to all.

Yours sincerely

Le greffier 

delayed sabotage

-- Despite the clearly perceptible difficulties in the Mestre's message, his re-reading of the report was able to take place. Fortunately they did not reply "send us an email" to the complaint about his access to the internet service, otherwise there would have been bloodshed. 

Another attempt to sabotage the St-Lazare course. But this time after its execution. My "telephone + internet" installation breaks down again, after a month's lull, at the precise moment when I wanted to read the master clerk's report. I look for a rare phone box to call the installer, but my phone card doesn't march (I don't have a mobile phone, don't usually need one and hate to succumb to the dictatorship of fashion). I go to the post office, where there are no more telephones (progress is never stopped). I'm told that the company where my card came from (although I bought it in a post office) has gone bankrupt. There is a procedure to make it work anyway, but they forgot about it. I used it for two short calls, which cost me 50 francs.

I ask for a new card, also 50 francs, but it is only valid for six months. I ask for a card with no time limit, saying that I only use it exceptionally. I am told that this no longer exists (progress is not stopped). So I capture this one, expecting to be ripped off again. I finally manage to contact the organisation that installed the system, and they tell me that there is a problem with the network (ah? thanks for the information) and that it may take three days (it's amazing how reassuring they are).

When I tell my (foreign-born) wife that "nothing works in France", she thinks I'm an old grouch and that I'm exaggerating. Or rather, she thought so. She's beginning to be convinced. After all, there are competent people in France. Our master-tabellion is a brilliant example. With the exception of the exchange axb5 axb5 omitted in the 24...Nf6 variation, it is a no-fault report.

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