january 8 2013

Daniel's words

In the absence of the Master Greffier who had informed us that he was forced to make a faux-bond (which is the last straw for a master cat), I will do what I can, at a moment's notice (a raised paw is not said) and without trying to imitate Remy, because the comparison could only make me look like a fake good.

In spite of a difficult start between 6 and 6.45 pm, the first meeting saw its attendance reach 5 souls:
* The Master, of course, without whom nothing would be possible,
* yours truly, whose presence is almost indispensable (since I have the keys!),
* Gregory, whose presence reassures me every time I am threatened to be the only listener (i.e. every time), because with him I know that we will reach the part of the day, whereas alone I would remain stuck at the stage of preliminary studies 
* Antoni, who arrived in great shape and whose desire to understand everything that was not explained led us to know everything about Karpov's game
* and as a guest star, the almost unexpected appearance of the great Guy! 

The wishes were exchanged between the members of this assembly, which was as valiant as it was happy to be together. The Master wished "Health, love and passion" and asked what to add, to which our neighbour in the room, in this case a Qi Gong teacher, replied in a way as brilliant as lapidary "the best, and in abundance".
This is also what I wish you all.

Let's move on to the lesson, or more precisely to its opening phase, namely the correction of the two assignments given last year.
(I hope that the diagrams appear in the text!).
Editorial note to possibly explain the following: I stopped writing this report at 12pm to deal with a 600g entrecôté and a bottle of St Julien château Leoville Las Cases 2004 with my brother-in-law. It's 5pm and I'm still overwhelmed with emotion!


 Master's word


Health, love and passion. What more could you wish for on the threshold of this new adventure?

An helpmate already presented in the report when it was original, but which has just been awarded a prize. And a few original ones that didn't have time to be awarded. All entertaining. The Macedonian and the Finn have two solutions, but one is much simpler than the other.

BakcsiSchmitt o

Two amazing 3#, two 4# with the bK almost alone, one kilometer from a French specialist, and finally, for once, a serial selfmate. We "forget" to remove the solution of the last two out of the goodness of our hearts, but beg you to hide it.

Can two bishops win against a rook alone? No. But against a rook and pawn, then certainly!    

A study of conjugated squares composed in 2011? And with only 4 pawns? Yes, it is incredible, but it exists.  

Timman 1Karpov 14

Short but good: a spiritual move to save the figures in perdition. To end with a "Vendôme column".
One mistake in the opening and it's all over? There is some truth in it, but it is not that simple... Some variations, but not too many, belong to the "world of Matrix and Terminator", according to the nice formula of Boris Gulko's last book.

As you know, January is traditionally a busy month. Our next appointment, God willing, is next week on Tuesday 15 January.


Have a good time.

Exercice 1. N Ryabinin. 1999. White to play and win.
For once I had done the homework, which does not mean that I had passed.
Here I had found: 1:b7 g2; 2:Be3 g1=Q; 3:Bd3+! (to put the K in g2) Kg2; 4:Bxg1 Rb4; 5:Bc5 Rb3; 6:Bc4 +-
and this is not wrong, but I had missed a big B-defence on the 2nd move which makes this a really nice study that I advise you to look for.
Besides, when we finally solved it, we don't understand why this study only got a simple recommendation!
Exercice 2. Beikert. Gain B.

I had made some observations which turned out to be correct, and which I give to the reader to help him find the solution.
** If the wK reaches the e4 square the Ws win because they will "classically" lead their P to d7 with wK d6 and bK d8, the Bs will have to play a6 or a5 and the Ws will mate after the promotion to D/T at a8.
** If the W's try to get their K to e4 as soon as possible, the B's have the following defence plan:
1:Kb1/b2/b3 Kd6/d7 2:Kc2/c3 Kc7 3:Kd3 Kb7 4:d5 a5! (draw) 5:ba Ka6 6:Ke4 b5 7:Ke5 b4 8:d6 Kb7! 9:Ke6 b3 =
So B has a draw manoeuvre by a5 when W has Ke4 and Pd4. But then: what can W's do with this manoeuvre?
** When the bK is on c7, the W's must be able to play Kc4 in order to answer Kb7 with Kd5!
** If the wK is on d3, the Bs draw by playing Kd5
   If the wK is on c4, the Bs draw by answering Ke6 (be careful, the side to move is important).
   If the wK is on c3, the Bs draw by answering Kd6! because then they can answer Kd3 with Kd5 and Kd2 with Kc7! as already seen.
** Don't let the bK come to c4 unthinkingly.

There, I had found that, now I had to find the solution.

Then comes the study of the day.

Akerblom, 1978. White to play and draw.

If I had this position in the game, I would obviously not be reassured. However, if you have to play, with the W's it's quite easy because you just have to play each time the move that doesn't lose immediately. So the study is quite easy and humanly very accessible, but the difficulty is to consider the strongest black moves.
So without revealing everything, I advise to consider in first B move (after the key) the Queen moves of the rectangle defined by the diagonal b7-c5.

I don't know if the Master planned to broadcast the exercise given for the next lesson (WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT TUESDAY) or if he thought to reserve it to the only audience present. So here it is 

White to move draw.
And now the game Karpov - Timman.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 Bb4 6.Bg5 [if one does not know, one can also play 6.e5 Nd5 7.Bd2]

6...c5 7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Qa5 10.Nb5

[The old variation was 10.Bxf6 Qxc3+ 11.Kf1! Qxc4+ (11...gxf6 12.Rc1!) 12.Kg1! Nd7 13.Bxg7 Rg8 14.Rc1 Qa6 15.a4! with the idea of Nb5 as in the old days they already knew how to laugh]


10...Bd7 A theoretical novelty of Timman, which must have surprised Karpov.

Until now the known moves were 10:. Ne4 and 10:... a6. Let's mention in passing 10...a6 11.Nd6+ Ke7 12.Qd2 Nc6 13.Rd1 Rd8 14.0-0 Qc5 15.e5 Qxe5 16.Bf4 Qc5 17.Qb2 b5 18.Be3 Qe5 19.Qa3 Ng4 and the game was of course a draw, which will surprise no one since the B's were held by Trifunovic, who is known as the king of draws.  ("Ha, mais lis!") Note however that W here avoided the formidable trap 20.Nxc8+? Kf6! 21.Bg5+ Kg6!! and win


11.Nd6+ Ke7 12.Qd2 Bc6 13.f4 Nbd7 14.Rd1! (threatens 0-0) 14...Rhd8 15.Qd4 [Threatening e5 again which is momentarily prevented 15.e5? Nxe5!]

15...h6 16.Bh4 Qh5! 17.Bf2 Kf8 18.e5 Nd5 19.0-0 Qg4?! The threat was Rd3-Rh3. The idea of this move is therefore to parry the threat by attacking f4 and thus forcing g3.

Note that, although W's are better, Nd7-b6 held.


20.h3! the bad surprise because if 20...Qxf4? 21.Bxd5! Qxd4 22.Bxd4 Bxd5 23.Rxf7.


20...Qh5 21.f5+- Kg8 22.Rd3 [Let us signal here the formidable efficiency of the computer which indicates 22.Bh4! Rf8 23.Rd2! with the threat Be2]

22...N7b6 23.Bxd5 Karpov gratifies this move with a "!" which is understandable because it initiates a human strategic conception of invasion on the B-squares.

The computer indicates 23.Bb3 with the threats Bd1 and Bh4 or Rg3 and Bd1 which is very respectable.


23...Bxd5 [23...Nxd5 offered better resistance]

24.Rg3 Rd7 25.Be3 (threatening Rf4-h4)

25...Bc4 26.Rf4 f6 27.exf6 e5 28.Qxe5 Qd1 29.Kh2 Qxd6 30.f7+! Kxf7 31.Qxg7+ Ke8 32.Qh8+ Ke7 33.Re4+  1-0


Finally, to end the evening, we found ourselves at dinner very late.

This explains why, after Guy had graced us with his presence for the aperitif, I found myself alone with the master to look for the fairy lights, which, in view of my efficiency, ended up being one, as follows.




h#2, 2 solutions, Immune Chess

(i.e. a piece can only be captured if its circe rebirth square is free. For example, if the B's play Qg1, they cannot play Kxd4).

Easy but very clean and nice problem by the pair Pierre Tritten, Jacques Rotenberg.


Here at last is the Master's account, available from 2.30 am on Wednesday morning : it's magic, how does he do it ? 


The medoc unleashes the humour of the acting Master Clerk. The incumbent no doubt does not have the same biblical freedom in his place of work, which does not prevent him from usually delivering a few (dry) jabs.

This report is remarkably well done, with only minor points of detail to be seen. The diagrams are, as usual, impeccable.

The author of exercise 2 is Richard Becker. The medoc activated memories of the success of the great Rouen team, hence the mention of Günther Beikert, also very talented.

Game of the day: In the continuation given on 10...a6, Black was held by Vladimir Akopian, one of the few world-class grandmasters who is also a problem player. Mastering the consequences of a double check did not frighten him. But it was a tribute, voluntary or not, to Petar Trifunovi?, the first to my knowledge to introduce this kind of royal exhibitionism.

On reflection, it seems that in the sequel 20...Qxf4? one can play 23 c4 Bc6 24 Nxf7, even more convincing than 23 Rxf7+.

Enjoy. See you next Tuesday.


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