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Double Cooked Pronlems

Joost de Heer, 17 Oct 1995

Found in 'Nieuwe Schaakcuriosa' (T.Krabbe)
+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+        TB. Gorgiev
|  |  |  |  |  | N|  |  |        
+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+        1958
|  | P|  |  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+        White wins
|*K|  | P|  |  | P|  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  | P|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  | N|  |  |*R|  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |*P|  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  | K|  |  |*B|  |
+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+
Solution :
1. Ne3 f1=Q+ 2. Nxf1 Rxf1+ 3. Ke2 Rf2+ 4. Ke1 Rb2 5. Ne6 Bf2+ 6. Kd1 Bg3 7. f7
Rf2 8. Nf4 Rxf4 9. b8=Q Rf1+ 10. Ke2 Rf2+ 11. Ke3 Bxb8 12. Kxf2 Ba7 13. f8=B
{13. f8=Q Bxc5+ 14. Qxc5 stalemate} Bb8 14. Bd6 wins.
But after some time someone, named Preuyt found out that black can reach a draw
on the 13th move : Instead of playing Bb8?, he should play 13. .. Bb6!!. For
instance : 14. cxb6 Kxb6 =
           14. Bd6 Ba5 15. c7 Kb7 =
           14. Ke3 Kb5 15. cxb6 Kxb6 =
So Gorgiev did what could be expected : He turned the position 180 degrees,
and gave it the stipulation 'White plays an draws'.
W: Kh3, Rc5, Bb8, c6.
B: Ke8, Nf7, Nc1, a7, c3, f4, f3, g2.
Solution:
1. c7 Nd6 2. c8=Q+ Nxc8 3. Rxc8+ Kd7 4. Rc7+ Kd8 5. Rg7 Nd3 6. Bxa7 c2 7. Bb6+
Ke8 8. Rc7 Nc5 9. Rxc5 g1=Q 10. Rc8+ Kd7 11. Rc7+ Kd6 12. Bxg1 Kxc7 13. Bh2
c1=B 14. Bg3 Kd6 15. Kg4 draw.
This problem won the first prize in the competition of 'Tijdschrift KNSB' in
1958. Published under the names 'TB Gorgiev & G Preuyt'.
Gorgiev also published it in his book 'Collected endgames' (? This is trans-
lated from Dutch, I don't know if it's the exact title), but without the name
'G Preuyt'. But what Gorgiev didn't know was that Preuyt looked at the compo-
sition once again and found yet another error in the draw study : Instead of
being greedy and capturing the rook, thus allowing the draw finesse, black
could win with 12. .. f2!. Normally an incorrect composition would be disqua-
lified, but in this case there was something special : The original problem
wasn't cooked at all!
But the jury decided to disqualify the composition after all.
but the story goes on : A year later 'tijdschrift KNSB' organized a new
tournament, and which composition was sent in by Gorgiev? Indeed, the correc-
ted correction! And the study still was beautiful. So Gorgiev won the 1st
prize for the second time. Only again withot naming Preuyt.