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1. V.Kondratev 1993

Shakhmatnaya poezia, 1st prize
Blancs jouent et gagnent

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2. Etude ou Finale Reti 1927

B jouent et gagnent

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3. A.Kotov - M.Botvinnik URS-ch22 Moscow 1955 /+

Noirs jouent et gagnent

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A first sight it looks as if White has an ironclad fortress. His king safeguards the passed b-pawn and his bishop protects the other pawns. But Botvinnik managed to land a fantastic blow: 59...g5!! 60.fxg5 (60.hxg5 h4 61.Bd6 [61.f5 Bxf5 62.Kxb3 h3 63.Bd6 Kxe3-+] 61...Bf5 62.g6 Bxg6 63.f5 Bxf5 64.Kxb3 h3-+) 60...d4+! Keeping the valuable b-pawn 61.exd4 Kg3 (61...Kg4? 62.d5 Bxd5 63.Bf2 spoils it.) 62.Ba3 (62.g6 Kxh4 63.Be7+ Kg4-+ and Black wins as his bishop can protect the b-pawn and stop the white pawns on one and the same diagonal. This is an important principle in bishop endings !) 62...Kxh4 63.Kd3 Kxg5 64.Ke4 h4 65.Kf3 Bd5+ and Kotov resigned. A possible finish is 66.Kf2 Kf4 67.Kg1 h3 68.Kh2 Be6 69.d5 Bd7 70.d6 Ke4-+

4. V.Topalov (2740) - A.Shirov (2710) Linares 1998 =/+

Noirs jouent et gagnent

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Shirov played the unbelievable 47...Bh3!! which is surprisingly the only move to win, e.g. 47...Be4? 48.g3 Kf5 49.Kf2 a3 50.Ba1 Bh1 51.Ke3 Kg4 and now: A) 52.Kf2? f5 53.Be5 a2 54.Bb2 f4 55.gxf4 Kxh4! 56.Ke3 Be4 57.Kf2 Kg4 58.Ke3 (58.Be5 Kf5 59.Ke3 g5-+) 58...Kg3 59.Ba1 Kg2 60.Be5 (60.Ke2 Bf5 61.Bd4 Bg4+ 62.Ke3 Kf1 63.Kd2 Be2 64.Kc1 Kg2 65.Kb2 Bc4-+) 60...Kf1 61.Bc3 Bf5
putting White in zugzwang 62.Kd2 62.Kf3 d4 63.Bxd4 Ke1 64.Ke3 Kd1-+) 62...Kf2 63.Bb2 Kf3 64.Be5 Bb1 65.Ke1 Ke3 66.Bb2 Kxf4-+; B) 52.Bxf6 Kxg3 53.Ke2 a2 (53...d4 54.Bxd4 Kxh4 55.Bf6+ g5 56.Kd2=) 54.Ke3 Kg4 55.Ke2 Kf5 56.Ba1 Ke4 57.Kd2 d4 58.Bb2 Bf3 59.Ba1 d3 60.Bf6 Bg4 61.Ba1 Bf5 62.Bb2 Kf4 63.Bc3 Kg4 64.Bf6 a1Q 65.Bxa1 Kxh4 66.Bf6+ g5 67.Ke3=; 47...Kd6? 48.Kf2 Kc5 49.Ke3= 48.gxh3 (48.Kf2 Kf5 49.Kf3 Bxg2+ 50.Kxg2 Ke4-+ [A.Shirov in Informant 72/415]) 48...Kf5 49.Kf2 Ke4 50.Bxf6 (50.Ke2 f5-+ [A.Shirov]; After 50.Bb4 Black's three passed pawns decide the outcome: 50...Kd3 51.Ba3 d4 52.Bb2 f5 53.Kf3 Kc4 54.Ke2 d3+ 55.Kd2 f4 56.Be5 f3 57.Ke3 f2 58.Kxf2 Kb3-+) 50...d4 51.Be7 (51.Ke2?! a3-+ [Ftacnik in ChessBase Magazine 64]; 51.Bg5 Kd3 52.Ke1 Kc2-+) 51...Kd3! 52.Bc5 Kc4! 53.Be7 until this point all Black's move were unique. Now he has a choice: 53...Kb3 (53...Kc3-+) and Topalov resigned due to 54.Bc5 d3 55.Ke3 Kc2 56.Bb4 a3-+ (Ftacnik)

5. Etude H. Neustadtl 1897

Blancs jouent et gagnent

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6. Etude - Gijs van Breukelen

B jouent et gagnent

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7. Vukovic-Anonymous, Simultaneous, 1937

Blancs jouent et gagnent

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8. A.Bokros - Z.Ilincic Budapest 2001

Noirs jouent et gagnent

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9. Karpov - Hort

Kasparov just played g5xh4, Karpov finds a better move that the evident g3h4

See the end of the game

10. Koremar-Poliak 1937

See the end of the game

11. Tal-Miller LA 1988

See the end of the game

12. ? (Cours Manuel A.)

B jouent et gagnent, solution ŕ ajouter plus tard


Reponses

1. Krondatev 1993

1.Ke6, with: 1…elQ 2.Be5+ Kg8 3.Rg7+ Kf8 4.Rb7 Kg8 5.Rb8+ Kh7 6.Kf5 wins, seeing that 'Qbl;' is not an option, or 1…f2 2.Be5+ Kg8 3.Rg7+ Kh8 4.Rf7+ Kg8 5.Rxf2 elQ 6.Rh2 wins.

"A fresh 6-man study with exquisite moves by wK and wR, leading to mate. It develops a 1928 study by Reti with the same material, but the original stalemate try is replaced by an echo variation."

2. Finale reti 1927

1.Kd7 Rh8 2.Kd6 Kc4 3.a4 [3.a3 Kd4 4.a4 (4.Ke6 Kxc5 5.a4 Kc6) 4...a5 5.Ke6 Kxc5 6.Kf6 Kd6 7.Kg7 Ke7 8.Kxh8 Kxf7] 3...a5 4.c6 [4.Ke6 Kxc5 5.Kf6 Kd6 6.Kg7 Ke7 7.Kxh8 Kxf7] 4...bxc6 5.Ke5 [5.Ke6 Kc5 6.Kf6 Kd6] 5...Kc5 6.Ke6 [6.Kf6? Kd6 7.Kg7 Ke7 8.Kxh8 Kxf7] 1-0

5. Etude H.Neustadtl 1897

1 Bh5!! Kg3/i 2 Bxg6 Kf4 3 h7 Rc8/ii 4 Be8/iii Rxe8 5 g6 and wins
i) 1...gxh5 2 h7 Rc8 3 g6 wins.
ii) 3...Rc3+ 4 Kb4 Rh3 5 Bh5 wins.
iii) 4 Bf7 Kxg5 5 Bg8 Rc3+ 6 Kb2 Rh3 and Black draws.

6. Etude "Outer Space"

1.Nf6+ Kg7 2.Nh5+ Kg6 3. Bc2+ Kxh5 4.d8Q Nf7+ 5.Ke6 Nxd8+ 6.Kf5 e2 7.Be4 e1N 8.Bd5 c2 9.Bc4 c1N 10.Bb5 10.Nc7 11.Ba4 and mate soon via Ba4-d1.

According with International Judge of Composition A. J. Roycroft, this study “is one of several versions all due to the Dutch composer Gijs van Breukelen, the first of which was published by Schakend Nederland in March 1990”. Whether van Breukelen is of extraterrestrial origin I decline to speculate.

7. Vukovic-Anonymous Simultanee 1937

1.Nf5!! threatening mate by 2.Nh6 or 2.Nxe7. 1…gxf5 is answered by 2.Rg4!+ fxg4 3.Qxg4+ Qg5 4.Qxg5# Therefore Black played 1…Qxh4 threatening mate on h2, but he was shocked by …2.Qh5!! After 2.Qh5 there are two motifs at work. There is interference on the h-file (2…gxh5 3.Nh6#), and diversion of the queen from guarding the e7-square. (2…Qxh5 3.Ne7#) Black resigned.

8. A.Bokros - Z.Ilincic Budapest 2001

1.Qd6!! 32.ed6 Ba1 33.Qa2 Bf6 34.g4 h6 35.Kg2 b5 suivi de b4, b3,... 0-1

10. Koremar-Polak Ukrainian ch 1937

1.Nb4! ab4 2.Qd6 Qd7 3.Qd5!! Kf8 (g6 4.Rge3) 4.Rg7!! Qd5 5.Rg8 Kg8 6.Re8 Rf8 7.Rf8##

11. Tal-Miller LA 1988

1.Nb5 Qe5 2.h4 Qg3 3.Rd1 Rf2 [ 3...c6 4.Rd3 Qb8 5.Rf3 Bg3 ( 5...Rxf3 6.Qxf3) ] 4.Qxf2 Bxf2 5.Rxd5 Qxh4+ 6.Bxh4 Bxh4 7.Nxc7+


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