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Champagne Tourney 1998

Awarded Problems

This quick composition tourney was held during the Saint-Petersburg meeting. The tourney called for proof games where one unit is captured in different ways.

The tourney attracted 12 entries. Awarded by Michel Caillaud.


1 - Andrei Frolkin
Champagne Tourney, Saint Petersburg Aug. 1998
(The problem was later found to be cooked)
1st/2nd Prize

[rn1qkbn1/ppp1ppp1/6b1/4p3/4P3/3P4/1PP2PP1/1N2KBNR]

11+14. Proof game in 9.0 moves. 2 solutions

[rn1qkbn1/ppp1ppp1/6b1/4p3/4P3/3P4/1PP2PP1/1N2KBNR]

Link: Solution


2 - Peter van den Heuvel
Champagne Tourney, Saint Petersburg Aug. 1998
1st/2nd Prize

[rnbq3r/p1p2ppp/2pn4/1k2p3/1P6/b4PP1/P1PPPK1P/RNBQ3R]

14+15. Proof game in 9.0 moves. 2 solutions

[rnbq3r/p1p2ppp/2pn4/1k2p3/1P6/b4PP1/P1PPPK1P/RNBQ3R]

Link: Solution


3 - Andrei Frolkin
Champagne Tourney, Saint Petersburg Aug. 1998
3rd Prize

[2b1kb2/2q2p2/n1rppn2/r6p/p7/4p3/1PPPPPP1/RNBQKBNR]

14+14. Proof game in 14.0 moves. 2 solutions

[2b1kb2/2q2p2/n1rppn2/r6p/p7/4p3/1PPPPPP1/RNBQKBNR]

Link: Solution


4 - Boris Tummes and Jonathan Mestel
Champagne Tourney, Saint Petersburg Aug. 1998
Honourable Mention

[2bq1b1r/2pBp3/n3Q1Pk/6r1/8/3P4/PPP2PPP/RNB1K1NR]

16+9. Proof game in 10.5 moves. 2 solutions

[2bq1b1r/2pBp3/n3Q1Pk/6r1/8/3P4/PPP2PPP/RNB1K1NR]

Link: Solution


5 - Igor Vereshchagin
Champagne Tourney, Saint Petersburg Aug. 1998
Special Commend

[rn1qkbnr/ppp1pppp/8/3p4/8/6Pb/PPPPPP1P/RNBQK1NR]

15+16. Shortest proof game? a) Diagram b) Bh3 -> e4 c) Bh3 -> b5

[rn1qkbnr/ppp1pppp/8/3p4/8/6Pb/PPPPPP1P/RNBQK1NR]

Link: Solution


6 - Marek Kolcak
Champagne Tourney, Saint Petersburg Aug. 1998
1st Commend

[rnb3nr/ppppbppp/3k4/4p3/4P3/8/PPPPP1PP/RNBQKBNR]

16+15. a) Proof game in 6.5 moves b) without Pe4: Proof game in 5.0 moves c) further Pg2 -> g6: Proof game in 5.0 moves

[rnb3nr/ppppbppp/3k4/4p3/4P3/8/PPPPP1PP/RNBQKBNR]

Link: Solution


7 - Allan Bell and Graham Lee
Champagne Tourney, Saint Petersburg Aug. 1998
2nd Commend

[rnbqk3/ppp1pp2/3r2pn/5P1p/7P/3R2P1/PPP1P3/RNBQK1N1]

14+14. Proof game in 9.5 moves. 25 variations!

[rnbqk3/ppp1pp2/3r2pn/5P1p/7P/3R2P1/PPP1P3/RNBQK1N1]

Link: Solution


Special thanks to Georgy Evseev for his precious help in testing the top problems.