january 28 2014

the same congregation of faithful was there, present at the service, to listen to the Master's sermon.
As an introduction, the solutions of the two exercises of the last time.

1 - black to play and draw

W. : Kf8 Ré8 Pé6g4

B. : Kf6 Ra7 Ph7
= (4+3)

it's just silly
1. ... h5! 2. g×h5 Rh7
1.... h6? 2. e7 Rb7 3. Ra8 Rxe7 4. Ra6+ Re6 5. RxR+ KxR 6. Kg7

The second exercise is reminiscent of Adams - Torre and is therefore quite accessible to the player
2 - White to play and win
W. : Kh1 Qé3 Pa6g2h2
B. : Kh8 Qé7 Bd6 Pç7g7h7é5
+ (5+7)

Rest for Daniel: no helpmate this time: he had his fill the day before yesterday at the solving championship!  


No matting in 2 either. But a 3# festival. A tribute to a great Australian problematic. This country is viscerally anti-French, of course, but it's still Crocodile Dundee's country, isn't it? Everything is prepared in the first two, nothing in the third. Yet it is the latter that is the easiest.

A little joke from a composer from Mulhouse, as a tribute to a faithful listener. All the same, 4 variations without a dual against a King... almost naked. Then a Norwegian composer I know since... the age of 15. Two spectacular ones at last, but very different.

Then three 4#. The first, of great clarity, was often presented in the solutions championship, to give the competitors a breather, and possibly to console them. The second is logical, the third more eventful.

Let's finish, as is traditional, with a selfmate. I'm not leaving the solution, because the key can be guessed, and so you still have to solve... 4 selfmates 2#.

A simple rescue, missed in the rook endgame in a topical game.

Akobia 2

A festival of Queen's sacrifices: a modern but pleasant study.

A new Georgian creation based on two ZZ with rook against 3 pawns, one very simple and the other... much less so. Not recommended for a tournament of solutions, but a curiosity that one manages to sense at first, to understand later.  



Teichmann 1The game of the day is a double one. A great player known for his calm and cautious style sets the board on fire twice. Rubinstein 3

In the first, everything happens on the right. In the second, everything seems to be on the left, but on the best defence, a conversion to the centre is necessary.

See you in a fortnight, on Tuesday 11 February. May God keep you.

Have a good time.

1.a7 Qd8
1. ...Qé8 2.Qb3 Bf8 3.Qd5 ç6 4.Qa5 Qa8 5.Qç7 Qé8 6.h3
2. Qf3? e4! 3. Qxe4 and we have the same line as the main variation but after Qf2 there is the resource Qd6
2. ... ç6 3.Q×ç6 Bb8 4.Qd7 (1st sacrifice) Qf8 5.Qf5 (2nd) Qd8 6.Qd3 (3rd) Qç8 7.Qç2 (4th) Qf8 8.Qf2

a rather impressive study to follow on the theme of 3 pawns against the rook

3 - White to play and win
W. : Ké2 Ré8 Pé6ç4d4ç2
B. : Kg1 Rh6 Pg2
+ (6+3)

There are ZZ positions

A diversion through the analyses of the Grand Masters
4 - GM Almasi's analyses give the draw. Can you do better with white?

W. : Ké6 Ph7g6
B. : Ké4 Rh1 Pé5
+ (3+3)

and exercice for next session
5 - white to play and draw
W. : Ké1 Bg4ç1
B. : Kg7 Rh8d3 Bh7
=                              (3+4)

6 - gameof the day Rubinstein - Teichmann
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. e3
There was the famous sweeper trap : 5. cd ed 6. Nxd5?? Nxd5!
5. ... Be7 6. Nf3 O-O 7. Qc2 b6
.. c5 Giffard - Villeneuve 1977
8. cxd5 exd5 9. Bd3 Bb7 10. O-O-O
10. h4 Alekhine
10. ... c5 11. h4
11. Ne5 or dc
11. .. c4
11. ... cd 12. Nxd4 Nc5 13. Bf5 g6
12. ... a6 Spassky - Bobotsov 1966
12. Bf5 Re8 13. Bxf6!
13. h5 h6 14. Bf4
13. g4 g6! 14. Bxf6 Nxf6 15. g5 Nh5 16. Bg4 Bd6 17. Bxh5 gh 18. Qe2 Qd7 19. Ne5 Bxe5 20. de Rxe5 21. Qxh5 Qf5

13. ... Nxf6 14. g4 Bd6? 15. g5 Ne4 16. h5 Qe7 17. Rdg1 a6 18. Bxh7+ Kxh7 19. g6+ Kg8
19. ... fg 20. Nxe4 de 21. Ng5+ Kh6 [ 21. ... Kg8 22. Qxc4+] 22. Nf7+!! followed by mat
20. Nxe4?!
20. h6 !! immediatly
20. ... dxe4 21. h6!! f6?
panic on board !
21. ... fg 22. Nh4! g5 23. h7+ Kf7 24. Nf5 Qe6 25. Rxg5 g6 26. Rh6 Be7 27. Nxe7 Rxe7 28. h8=Q
 21. ... ef 22. gf+ Qxf7 23. Qh7+ Kf8 24. Rxg7
22. hxg7  exf3 23. Rh8+ Kxg7 24. Rh7+ Kg8 25. Qf5
(top class) resigns

6bis - the twin game
 11. ... Rc8
12. Kb1 Re8 13. dxc5
13. ... bxc5 14. Bxf6 Nxf6 15. Bc4 and the blacks hold the position despite the optical effect
 14. Nd4 Ne4?
14. ... a6 15. g4 Nf8 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. g5 Bxd4 18. ed Rc7
15. Bxe4!
we can feel the pin that will rot the life of black people coming
15. ... dxe4 16. Ndb5! Ba6 17. Qa4 Bxb5 18. Nxb5 Bxg5  19. hxg5!
19. Nd6 must also be considered
19. ... Ree5 20. Nxf7 !
19. ...
Re7 20. Rd4 Qa8 21. b4
21. Rhd1 or 21. Nc3
21. ... Rc8
21. ... Rxg5 22. Rc1! h6 23. Nd6
22. Nd6 b5?
22. ... Rd8 23. g6!! hg 24. Qd1! Ne5 25. Nf5! Ree8 26. Ne7+ Kf8 27. Nd5 f5 28. Nc7
23. Nxc8 ! resigns
It's a shame to end up like this.


Let's move on to the restoration phase

7 - h#2 vertical Moebius with twin
W. : Kb1 Rf3 Pé4h2
B. : Kg5 Rd5 Pa6h5
h‡2 (4+4)
vertical Moebius : To summarise, if the White King was on a1, he could go to h8 or h7. Similarly, if he was on a8, he could go to h1 or h2

8 - serial h#8 with Querquisite (or Ulysse)
W. : Kf3 Nç8a5 Pç5a4 Qub6
B. : Ka6
Neutral : Pa7
sh‡8 (6+1+1)
Qu=Querquisite (Ulysse) catches the moving way of the file piece it is in
Here, Qub6 has the Knight's march.
We can note that if White was on the line, there would be mate in 1 move by nPa7-a8 with promotion to Neutral Querquisite!

Small remark: the White King is well in f3 contrary to what we had believed to see at the restaurant. If he was on the f1 square, the problem would be demolished (quadruple variation in the final phase)

A huge piece now

9 - h#2 2 solutions Circe Take&Make KoBul Kings
W. : Kf8 Rh1 Bf1 Nd4 Pb2
B. : Kh3 Rh2 Bg2 Ph4f2
h‡2 (5+5)
Circé : the captured piece is reborn on its original square if it is free
KoBul Kings : the King catches the march of the captured piece of his camp and keeps it
Take & MakeA capture is necessarily followed by a no-capture move of the same piece

This problem is quite exceptional: it seems that nothing is moving, and yet .....

The last composition is very elegant.

10 - serial self stalemate 8 moves exchange Circe
W. : Kf8 Bç5 Pb7a6
B. : Kb8 Ra8 Bf6 Né7d6 Pb6
ss=8 (4+6)
Exchange Circe (Platzwechsel circe): a captured piece is reborn on the starting square of the capturing piece's move

This is the end of this report.
See you on 11 February for the next service.
Thanks to the Mestre for the electronic version.

Good reading to all.
Yours sincerely
The greffier

cairote hair

Almost perfect account.

Akobia's study: the pawn is on d3, not d4.

Spassky-Bobotsov is 11...a6 (not 12).

In the problem with Ulysses, if the wK is indeed on f3, how come he is not in check when the animal goes to d5? The fairy tale is definitely too intellectual for me.

Enjoy it though.

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