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<Sixth BCM Composing Championship 2009/11>
1st Jones 17.00; 2nd Shire 15.50; 3/5 Caillaud, Fomichev and Rice 13.50; 6 Jonsson 13.00; 7 McDowell 12.50; 8 Makaronez 11.50; 9 Wood 10.50; 10/12 Grafräth, <Kornin> and Onkoud 9.00 et until seventeen. Judge: Hans Gruber
It's pretty similar to <played> Chess, right? A ranking, points, soon problemists can have also a rating... But there's still a commitment: The communication of a message, aesthetic emotion. To tell the truth, my own choice while sending Editor David Friedgood my entries was not bearing in mind the <points> system, but just the fact that the mag is one sought by ordinary chessical folks ... The h#4: If there's another rendering of the same idea, I would like to know (comparisons between similar products are the real ultimate clash, so to say...). The 4-er carry the burden of counting just six pieces. A few years before it would earn a few more points...
"The British Chess Magazine"
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h#4 helpmate in four
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The <Az de Espadas ICT> ('ace of spades') was the first ever
International Round-Robin in Curitiba (and incidentally, my own first
- and only - so far) That defeat in the first round (due to time
troubles, I believed) was deceiving as it occurred, but my adversary
was already very experienced, forming in the Argentinian Ol-team, and
playing the strongest ever <Clarin> IT in Buenos Aires some time
before Z Kornin vs S Giardelli, 1983 Also white in the 2nd round, also deceiving (it was an easy draw...) - The adversary - then reigning chilean champion Z Kornin vs R Cifuentes, 1983 Then, in
the penultimate round, I was no longer in danger of repeating
Colonel Moreau s performance (I
mean: had at least already a couple of draws) But: still looking for
my first win Z Kornin vs C Braga, 1983
Match Paraná vs Rio de Janeiro in the students olympiads – last round.
We were leading, and a single point could be the ‘golden medal game’.
In such situations You would avoid hazardous play, right? Yes, and in
that specific event I was unbeaten so far – they joked: ‘Mr. Draw‘
... Well, after some magistral wood-shifting, we arrived to 23.♖d3 –
some nasty threats over the ♔ side, so... I won a ♙! Then, following
in the same – wise – adagio time... a second ♙! (well, this time
should be 33.♕ takes the ‘h4’ ♙ – to avoid h4-h3 and some
annoyances... Later (my 'zeitnot' again) he managed to obtain a series
of checks, I returned part of the advantage and it became a lenghty
♕♕s endgame – well, You know – white won (and – yes!- the golden
medal was won already too – to be the second board with Sunyé in the
first and Fukuda ('the samurai') in the third was so
[Event "JUBS - Bra U-26 Ol"]
[Site "João Pessoa"]
[White "Kornin, Zalmen"]
[Black "Machado Jr, Hermes A "]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.Nf3 Bd7
8.Bd3 Bc6 9.c3 Nd7 10.O-O Nb6 11.Re1 O-O 12.Qc2 Nd5 13.Rad1 h6 14.Qd2
Be7 15.Ne5 Be8 16.Bb1 Nf6 17.Nxf6+ Bxf6 18.Ng4 h5 19.Nxf6+ Qxf6 20.Re5
g6 21.Qh6 Qg7 22.Qf4 Rd8 23.Rd3 Rd5 24.Rxd5 exd5 25.Qxc7 Bc6 26.Re3 Qf6
27.Qe7 Qf4 28.Qe5 Qh6 29.Qf6 Re8 30.Rxe8+ Bxe8 31.f4 h4 32.Qg5 Qf8
33.Qxd5 h3 34.gxh3 Qh6 35.Qf3 Bd7 36.Be4 Bxh3 37.Bxb7 Qh4 38.Qg3 Qh5
♕♔ From the last round of the traditional International Open in
the ‘City of the Princes’ – he was playing for a win with black to
become a joint winner – I selected a lesser known variation – and
soon a very interesting motif appeared: 15.♗f4!! A piece ‘en prise’?
– offer another! – many pages of analysis searching to demonstrate
that the ♕ counter-sac was still the lesser evil... But after
20...0-0, the best finish was: 21.♘d5! (or to ‘e4’) ♔h8 (▢)
22.♘xf6 gxf6 23.♖xe5! ♖g8 24.♕f4 fxe5 25.♕xe5+ f6 26.♕xb8
♗h3!? 27.♕xb7! and wins) – Well, I won, but after a protracted
endgame full of vicissitudes and two time-scrambles ( My Botticelli
became a shaggy sketch... I will spare You of the moves here – “and
white won”) – thus: becoming myself a joint winner!... França Garcia,
from São Paulo, died still very young, in tragic circumstances, in the
early 80’s <note: "In 1982, at 26, from the consequences of a railway
position after 15...e5
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[White "Kornin, Zalmen"]
[Black "França Garcia, Antônio José"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 dxe5 5.Nxe5 e6 6.Bb5+ Nbd7 7.Qf3 Bd6
8.Nxd7 Nxd7 9.Ne4 Be7 10.O-O Qb6 11.Ba4 Qa6 12.Nc3 Rb8 13.Bb5 Qd6
14.d3 a6 15.Bf4 e5 16.Bxe5 Qxe5 17.Rfe1 axb5 18.Rxe5 Nxe5 19.Qg3 Bf6
20.Re1 O-O 21.Rxe5 Bxe5 22.Qxe5 Bd7 23.Qxc5 1-0