Isenegger Memorial Study Tourney (2)

10/13/2014 – The Swiss study composer Samuel Isenegger specialized in the David vs. Goliath theme, in which pawns fight pieces. To commemorate his anniversary the Dutch-Flamish endgame study society ARVES staged a tourney with this motif. In the first part of his report composition judge Yochanan Afek showed us the winning entires, today we get to enjoy further award-winning studies.

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ARVES Isenegger Memorial Tourney

Yochanan Afek , Bern WCCF congress 2014

This tourney commemorates the well-known endgame study composer Samuel Isenegger (2.11.1899 – 15.11.1964), who was born in Bern the Swiss capital and passed away fifty years ago. A repeating motif in his studies – pawns fighting pieces – was selected as the theme of this event. A Jenever tourney record of 33 entries by 20 composers from 11 countries. The general standard proved exceptionally high, especially for such a short deadline.

Composition GM Davit Gurgenidze, endgame experts John Roycroft, Harold van der Heijden

Pawns fighting pieces, in the spirit of David vs. Goliath encounters, have always been popular. However this event has shown that with and without the help of modern technology it is still possible to delve even deeper and enrich this sub-genre with new findings. Since the power of the pawns is at the focus of attention, play following promotion or underpromotion was not considered thematic. Quite a few composers have shown interesting realizations of the Festina Lente theme (choosing the shorter first move of a pawn). Thus this award might offer considerable contribution to the research of this theme.

In the first part of this report we brought you the compositions that won the first to fourth prizes. Today, in this second part, you can enjoy the studies that got a special prize and honorary mentions. Best study results are 2nd in study section of WCCI 2010-2012, 1st in study section of 2nd FIDE World Cup 2011, 1st in study section of 3rd FIDE World Cup 2013.

Special prize: Richard Becker, USA

Richard Becker, born 29.04.59, living in Oregon City, Oregon, USA,
is a technician in the aerospace industry.

The special prize is by no means a kind of "consolation", but rather aimed at emphasizing its unique contribution to the relatively small treasure of the chameleon-echo theme. Along each of the three thematic variations three echo positions are displayed – a remarkable record indeed! Normally I would not hesitate to rank this special achievement much higher. However, in order to do justice to the rest of the field I could not turn a blind eye to the fact that it somehow lacks the main requirement of the particular theme, namely there is no real subtle pawn fight here, as all white pawn moves are pretty much expected and forced.

[Event "Sp. Pr. ARVES Jenever Ty."] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Becker, Richard"] [Black "White to play and draw"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "6K1/8/3p4/k3Pp2/5P2/5P2/6P1/7r w - - 0 1"] [PlyCount "17"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. g4 fxg4 (1... d5 2. gxf5 d4 3. f6 {=}) 2. fxg4 Rg1 (2... dxe5 3. fxe5 Kb6 4. e6 Kc7 5. g5 Kd6 6. g6 Kxe6 {1st echo} 7. g7 Kf6 (7... Ke7 {stalemate}) 8. Kf8 Ra1 9. g8=N+ {=}) (2... d5 3. f5 d4 4. f6 d3 5. f7 Rf1 6. e6 d2 7. e7 d1=Q 8. e8=Q Qxg4+ 9. Kf8 {=}) 3. exd6 Rxg4+ 4. Kf8 Kb6 (4... Rxf4+ 5. Ke7 {(Ke8)} Re4+ 6. Kd8 Kb6 {2nd echo} 7. d7 Kc6 (7... Kb7 {stalemate}) 8. Kc8 Ra4 9. d8=N+ {=}) 5. f5 Kc6 6. f6 Kxd6 {3rd echo} 7. f7 Ke6 (7... Kd7 {stalemate}) 8. Ke8 Ra4 9. f8=N+ {=} 1/2-1/2

1st Hon. Mention: Yuri Bazlov, Russia

Yuri Bazlov, 67, is a journalist living in Naberezhnye Chelny (Tatarstan, Russia).
He is an International Master for Chess compositions.

Sacrificial pawn play based on blows and counter-blows in the good old romantic style, successfully meets an overwhelming material superiority to secure a decisive promotion.

[Event "1st HM ARVES Jenever Ty."] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Bazlov, Yuri"] [Black "White to play and win"] [Result "1-0"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "rb1k3q/p2P4/KPP5/1PP5/P7/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] [PlyCount "25"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. b7 Qa1 $1 2. c7+ $1 (2. a5 Qxa5+ 3. Kxa5 Bc7+ 4. Ka6 Rb8 5. Kxa7 Bh2) 2... Kxc7 (2... Bxc7 3. bxa8=Q+ Kxd7 4. c6+ Ke7 5. Qxa7 Qxa4+ 6. Kb7 Qxb5+ 7. Kxc7) 3. a5 Qxa5+ $1 (3... Kxd7 4. bxa8=Q Bc7 5. c6+ Ke7 6. Kb7 Qxa5 (6... Bxa5 7. Qxa7 Qe1 (7... Qc3 8. b6 Qc5 9. c7 Kd7 10. Qa6 Qd5+ 11. Kb8 Qe5 12. Qd3+ Kc6 13. Ka8 Qe6 14. Qc2+) 8. b6 Bd2 9. Qa4 Qh1 10. Qa3+ Ke8 11. Qd6 Be1 12. Ka7 Bg3 13. Qxg3 Qxc6 14. Qb8+) 7. Qxa7 Qxb5+ 8. Kxc7) 4. Kxa5 Kxb7 5. c6+ (5. d8=Q Bc7+) 5... Kc7 6. Ka6 Kd8 7. Kb7 Be5 8. Kxa8 Kc7 (8... Bd4 9. Kb7 Bb6 10. Kb8 Ba5 11. Kxa7) 9. Kxa7 Bd4+ 10. Ka6 Bf6 11. b6+ $1 Kxc6 12. b7 Be5 13. d8=Q 1-0

2nd Hon. Mention: Pavel Arestov, Russia

Pavel Arestov, 48, is a manager living in Krasnogorsk (Russia).

His submission is another instructive Festina Lente combined with a reciprocal zugzwang logical try, this time combined with the old shouldering manoeuvre.

[Event "2nd HM ARVES Jenever Ty."] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Arestov, Pavel "] [Black "White to play and win"] [Result "1-0"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/1n6/8/1P2Pk2/8/5K2/5PP1/8 w - - 0 1"] [PlyCount "21"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. g3 $3 ({Thematic try:} 1. g4+ $2 Kxe5 {zz, wtm} 2. b6 Nd6 $1 {zz, wtm} 3. Kg3 Kd5 4. g5 Kc5 {(Kc6)} 5. Kf4 Kxb6 6. g6 Ne8 7. Ke5 Kc6 $1 8. Ke6 Ng7+ $1 9. Kf6 Nh5+ 10. Kg5 Ng7 11. Kf6 Nh5+ $11) 1... Kxe5 (1... Na5 2. g4+ Kxe5 3. Kg3 { (Kg2) +-}) 2. g4 $1 {zz, btm} Nd6 (2... Na5 3. Kg3 $18) (2... Kd5 3. g5 Ke5 4. Kg4 $18) 3. b6 {zz, wtm} Kd5 4. g5 (4. Kf4 $2 Kc6 5. Ke5 Nc4+ $1 6. Ke6 Nxb6 $1 7. g5 Nd5 8. g6 Nf4+ 9. Kf7 Nh5 $1 10. g7 Nxg7 11. Kxg7 Kd5 12. Kf6 Ke4 $11) 4... Kc6 5. g6 (5. Kf4) 5... Ne8 $1 (5... Nf5 $2 6. Kf4 Ng7 7. Ke5 Kxb6 8. f4 Kc6 9. f5 Kd7 10. f6 $18) 6. Ke4 $1 (6. Kf4 $2 Kxb6 7. Ke5 Kc6 $1 8. Ke6 Ng7+ 9. Kf7 Nh5 10. f4 Kd5 $1 11. f5 Ke5 $11) 6... Kxb6 7. Kd5 $1 (7. Ke5 $2 Kc6 $11 ) 7... Kc7 (7... Ng7 8. Kd6 $1 Kb5 9. f4 $18) 8. Ke6 $1 Ng7+ 9. Kf7 (9. Kf6 $2 Nh5+ $1 10. Ke7 Kc6 11. f4 Kd5 $1 12. f5 Ke5 $11) 9... Nf5 $1 (9... Nh5 10. g7 Nxg7 11. Kxg7 $18) 10. Kf6 $1 (10. g7 $2 Kd6 {(Kd7)} 11. g8=Q Nh6+ 12. Kg7 Nxg8 13. Kxg8 $11 Ke5) (10. Ke6 $2 Ng7+ 11. Kf7 Nf5 {- loss of time.}) 10... Nh6 11. Ke6 $1 (11. Ke7 $2 Nf5+ 12. Kf6 Nh6 {- loss of time.}) (11. Kg7 $2 Nf5+ 12. Kf6 Nh6 {- loss of time.}) 1-0

3rd Hon. Mention:
Siegfried Hornecker, Germany

Siegfried Hornecker is 28 and an “independent gentleman” (by his definition). He lives in Heidenheim an der Brenz, Germany.

In the composition he submitted, with the paradoxical 2.Kb7!! the white monarch blocks his own pawn but stops the black king from approaching c6.

[Event "3rd HM ARVES Jenever Ty. "] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Hornecker, Siegfried"] [Black "White to play and draw"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/8/1K6/8/1P6/3Pk3/1r2P3/8 w - - 0 1"] [PlyCount "27"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. b5 (1. Kc5 $2 Kf4 $1 $19) 1... Rc2 $1 (1... Kd4 2. Kc6 $11) 2. Kb7 $3 (2. Ka7 $2 Kd4 3. b6 Kc5 4. d4+ Kc6 5. d5+ Kc5 6. b7 Ra2+ 7. Kb8 Kb6 8. d6 Ra7 9. d7 Rxb7+ 10. Kc8 Rc7+ 11. Kd8 Kc6 $19) 2... Kd4 3. b6 Kc5 4. e4 $1 (4. d4+ $2 Kxd4 5. Ka8 Kc5 6. b7 Ra2+ 7. Kb8 Kb6 $19) 4... Rh2 (4... Rc3 5. e5 $1 $11 (5. d4+ $2 Kxd4 $1 6. Ka8 Kc5 7. b7 Ra3+ 8. Kb8 Kb6 9. e5 Ra7 10. e6 Rxb7+ 11. Kc8 Re7 $19)) 5. d4+ Kb5 6. Ka7 $1 Ra2+ (6... Re2 7. e5 (7. b7 $2 Ra2+ 8. Kb8 Kb6 9. d5 Ra7 10. e5 Rxb7+ 11. Kc8 Ra7 12. e6 Kc5 13. Kd8 Kd6 $19) 7... Ra2+ 8. Kb7 Ra6 9. d5 $11 (9. Kc7 $11)) 7. Kb7 Ra6 8. e5 ({or} 8. Kc7 Rxb6 9. e5 $11) 8... Rxb6+ 9. Kc7 Ra6 10. Kd7 $1 (10. d5 $2 Kc5 11. Kb7 Rh6 12. d6 Rh7+ 13. Kc8 Kc6 $19) 10... Kc4 11. e6 Kd5 12. e7 Ra7+ 13. Kd8 Kd6 14. e8=N+ $11 1/2-1/2

4th Hon. Mention: Anatoly Skripnik, Russia

Anatoly Skripnik, 56, is a Chief Officer living in Rostov on Don (Russia)

The fight against a white squared bishop ends up in a battle against an opposite coloured one. An amusing idea.

[Event "4HM ARVES Jenever"] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Skripnik, Anatoly "] [Black "White to play and draw"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "b7/K3p3/P7/2k2p1P/p4p2/6p1/5PP1/8 w - - 0 1"] [PlyCount "23"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. f3 a3 (1... Bxf3 2. h6 {=}) 2. h6 a2 3. h7 a1=B $1 (3... a1=Q 4. h8=Q Qf6 ( 4... Qxh8 {stalemate}) 5. Qxf6 exf6 6. Kxa8 Kb6 7. a7 Kc7 {stalemate}) 4. Kxa8 Kb6 5. a7 Bh8 (5... Be5 6. h8=Q Bxh8 7. Kb8 Be5+ 8. Ka8 Kc6 {stalemate}) 6. Kb8 Be5+ 7. Kc8 (7. Ka8 {?} Ka6 8. h8=Q Bxh8 9. Kb8 Be5+ 10. Ka8 Bd4 {-+}) 7... Kxa7 8. Kd7 (8. Kd8 Bf6 {!} 9. h8=Q Bxh8 10. Kxe7 Kb6 11. Ke6 Kc5 12. Kxf5 Kd4 13. Kxf4 Be5+ {-+}) 8... Kb6 (8... Bf6 9. Ke6 Kb6 10. Kxf5 Kc5 11. Kxf4 Kd5 12. Kxg3 {=}) 9. Kxe7 Kc5 10. Ke6 Kd4 11. Kxf5 {zz!} Bh8 12. Kxf4 $11 1/2-1/2

5th Hon. Mention: Vladislav Tarasiuk, Ukraine

Vladislav Tarasiuk, 46, is a medical immunologist living in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine

A light and well presented version of the Festina Lente theme. An instructive example suitable for introducing the theme to a public of heterogeneous strength!

[Event " 5th HM ARVES Jenever Ty"] [Site "?"] [Date "2014.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Tarasiuk, Vladislav "] [Black "White to play and win"] [Result "1-0"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/2n5/8/1P6/5k1P/7K/1P6/8 w - - 0 1"] [PlyCount "19"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. b6 Na6 2. b7 $1 (2. b3 $2 Nc5 $1 3. b4 Nb7 $1 $11 (3... Nd7 $2 4. b7 Nb8 5. h5 $1 $16)) 2... Nb8 $1 3. b3 $1 {[ZZ]} (3. b4 $2 Nd7 $1 {[ZZ]} 4. b5 Nb8 5. h5 Kg5 6. Kg3 Nd7 7. Kf3 Kxh5 8. Ke4 Nc5+ $11) (3. h5 $2 Kg5 4. Kg3 Nd7 $1 5. Kf3 Kxh5 6. Ke4 Nc5+ $11) 3... Nd7 4. b4 Nb8 5. h5 $1 (5. b5 $2 Nd7 $1 $11) 5... Kg5 6. Kg3 Kxh5 (6... Nd7 7. Kf3 $1 Kxh5 8. Ke4 Kg6 (8... Nc5+ $5 9. bxc5 $16) 9. Kd5 $16) 7. Kf4 Kg6 8. Ke5 Kf7 9. Kd6 Ke8 10. Kc7 $16 1-0

Yochanan Afek (above left, with Davit Gurgenidze) is an Israeli chess player, composer, trainer and arbiter, the only person to possess international titles at four different facets of chess, being an International Master, International Master of chess compositions, International Arbiter and International Arbiter of the chess compositions.

– The final set of award winning studies from the Isenegger Memorial Tourney will follow soon –

The Alexander Rueb Vereniging voor SchaakEindspelStudie (ARVES), founded in October 1988 in Amsterdam, is a Dutch-Flemish Association for chess players who are specially interested in endgame studies.

The World Federation for Chess Composition (WFCC) works on disseminating and encouraging chess composition throughout the world.


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Steffen Nielsen Steffen Nielsen 10/14/2014 10:12
Genem,

Many of the endgame studies in this collection certainly seem too difficult to solve with limited time. But (easier) studies are indeed part of solving competitions (where Nunn is among the world's best solvers). As I remember it, there are also a few endgame study examples in his "Solving in style".

Endgame studies are different from other chess problems in two ways. For one thing the aim is not to mate in a specific number of moves, but rather to win (or draw) eventually. Secondly, study composers attempt to create magic from realistic starting positions. In that way studies typically appeal more to over the board chess players.
There are numerous endgame studies based on bishop promotions, but in real games these are very rare, there may only be a handful or so.
NothingIsForSho NothingIsForSho 10/13/2014 12:27
The second last game with the bishop promotion is a big example of why stalemate should be a win.

You could easily imagine white as an amateur making very straightforward moves, and black as a GM making the most accurate testing moves. However, the result is an unnatural draw.
genem genem 10/13/2014 09:33
Skripnik's study, with its 3...a1/B, is the first time I can recall seeing a case where the best promotion for a pawn is to a bishop. Cool.

I am unsure what is similar and different between (A) the type of chess studies in this article versus (B) the types of chess problems that John Nunn wrote about in his book - "Solving in Style".

Also, Nunn enters (and wins) competitions where the contestants must solve chess problems (not really like those of Fred Reinfeld); whereas the chess studies in this article seem designed only for the aesthetic demonstrations of novel themes (not as a challenge to solvers). Right?
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