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Champagne Tourney 1998

Saint-Petersburg, Aug. 1998 - SOLUTIONS

1 - Andrei Frolkin

i) 1. d3 h6 2. Bxh6 Rxh6 3. h4 Rxh4 4. a4 Rxa4 5. Rxa4 d6 6. Rg4 Bxg4 7. e4 Bf5 8. Qh5 Bg6 9. Qe5 dxe5

ii) 1. e4 h5 2. Qxh5 Rxh5 3. h3 Rxh3 4. a3 Rxa3 5. Rxa3 d6 6. Rah3 Bxh3 7. d3 Bf5 8. Bf4 Bg6 9. Be5 dxe5

Two harmonic solutions succeed to show the theme 7 times !

(PvdH later found cooks, e.g. 1.d3 h6 2.Bxh6 Rxh6 3.h4 Rxh4 4.a4 Rxa4 5.e4 Ra5 6.Rxa5 d6 7.Rf5 Bxf5 8.Qh5 Bg6 9.Qe5 dxe5.)


2 - Peter van den Heuvel

i) 1. g3 Nf6 2. Bh3 Ne4 3. Bxd7+ Kxd7 4. Nf3 Kc6 5. Ne5+ Kb5 6. Nc6 e5 7. f3 Ba3 8. b4 Nd6 9. Kf2 bxc6

ii) 1. Nf3 Nh6 2. Ne5 Nf5 3. Nxd7 Kxd7 4. g3 Kc6 5. Bg2+ Kb5 6. Bc6+ bxc6 7. f3 e5 8. Kf2 Ba3 9. b4 Nd6

Two lively solutions where contrast is cultivated in many details.


3 - Andrei Frolkin

i) 1. a4 e5 2. a5 e4 3. a6 e3 4. axb7 a5 5. h4 a4 6. h5 Ra5 7. h6 Na6 8. hxg7 h5 9. b8=Q Rh6 10. Qb4 Rc6 11. Qd6 Nf6 12. g8=Q cxd6 13. Qg4 Qc7 14. Qe6+ dxe6

ii) 1. h4 e5 2. h5 e4 3. h6 e3 4. hxg7 h5 5. a4 Rh6 6. a5 Rc6 7. a6 Nf6 8. axb7 a5 9. g8=Q a4 10. Qg3 Ra5 11. Qd6 Na6 12. b8=Q cxd6 13. Qb3 Qc7 14. Qe6+ dxe6

The longest entry. Everything falls in place perfectly.


4 - Boris Tummes and Jonathan Mestel

1. e4 a6 2. Bxa6 b5 3. Bxb5 Ra5 4. Qh5 Na6 5. Qxh7 f5 6. Bxd7+ Kf7 7. Qxg8+ Kg6 8. exf5+ Kh6

i) 9. d3+ g5 10. fxg6+ Rg5 11. Qe6

ii) 9. Qe6+ g6 10. fxg6 Rg5 11. d3

En passant or not en passant, that is the question.


5 - Igor Vereshchagin

a) 1. g3 d5 2. Bh3 Bxh3

b) 1. g3 d5 2. Bg2 Bf5 3. Be4 Bxe4

c) 1. g3 d6! 2. Bg2 Bd7 3. Bc6 d5 4. Bb5 Bxb5

The author supplied no less than 22 twins to this position! Here is an extract for the award ...


6 - Marek Kolcak

a) 1. f3 e5 2. Kf2 Qh4+ 3. Ke3 Qe4+ 4. fxe4 Ke7 5. Kf3! Kd6 6. Kf2 Be7 7. Ke1

b) 1. f3! e5 2. f4 Ke7 3. f5 Kd6 4. f6 Qe7 5. fxe7 Bxe7

c) 1. g4 e5 2. g5 Qxg5 3. f4 Ke7 4. fxg5 Kd6 5. g6 Be7


7 - Allan Bell and Graham Lee

1. h4 h5 2. Rh3 Rh6 3. Rd3 Rd6 4. g3 g6 5. Bh3 Bh6 6. Bxd7+ K/Q/R/B/Nxd7 7. f4 K/Q/R/B/N returns 8. f5 Bxd2+ 9. K/Q/R/B/Nxd2 Nh6 10. K/Q/R/B/N returns