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Vitaly Halberstadt
Number of games in database: 7
Years covered: 1928 to 1953
Overall record: +1 -4 =2 (28.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Mar-20-1903, died Oct-1967, 64 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality France)

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Vitaly Halberstadt was a chess player, problemist and a noted endgame study composer.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Halberstadt vs R Crepeaux 1-0251928ParisE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. Tartakower vs V Halberstadt 1-0411930ParisA07 King's Indian Attack
3. V Halberstadt vs W Orbach  ½-½801938Paris L'EchiquierE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
4. M Romi vs V Halberstadt  1-0331938Paris L'EchiquierD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. V Halberstadt vs L Monosson  0-1361938Paris L'EchiquierD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
6. A Gromer vs V Halberstadt  ½-½691938Paris L'EchiquierC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
7. Tartakower vs V Halberstadt 1-0201953ParisA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
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Jun-05-10  capanegra: Vitaly Halberstadt (20 March 1903, Odessa 25 October 1967, Paris) was a French chess player, problemist and above all a noted endgame study composer. Here is a small bio with picture included:

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  vonKrolock: V. Halberstadt
"Clube de Xadrez de So Paulo Ty" 1955/6
1st Prize

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Mate in 5

Jun-06-10  capanegra: <vonKrolock> I took a few hours trying to get the answer but, alas, with no success. :(

My first instinct was 1.Rf8 Kc7 (only move) 2.Rf7+ Kd8! 3.Kc6, but then 3Bd5+! forces the King to move again and delays the mate one move.

My second thought was that the key move might be 1.Kb6 d5 2.Rc8 Kd6 3.Rc7 Bd7 and again the mate in five is impeded.

So, any help will be appreciated!

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  vonKrolock: <capa> Try 1.♔b6, but d5! ▢ 2.♔c5 d4! 3.♔b6 d3!; try 1.♔a6? but ♗d5! ▢ 2.♔b6 ♗c4! ▢ etc; key 1.♔a5!! ♗d5 2.♔a6 ♗c4 3.♔b6 ♗d5 4.♖f8! and mate to follow. White shall find the right ♔ moves to win tempi
Jun-06-10  capanegra: <vonKrolock> Muito obrigado!

Beautiful conception; needles to say that it had never crossed my mind the possibility of a King triangulation with ♕ and ♖ on board, but I suppose that's the reason why my name is not V. Halberstadt.

Now that the cards are flipped, another sub-variation that might occur is 1.Ka5!! d5 2.Kb6 (the very same position than after 1.Kb6? d5! with the big difference that now it is Black's turn to move!!) 2...Kd6 (2d4 3.Qb5+ Kd6 4.Qc5+ Kd7 5.Qe7#; or 2Bg8 3.Qe5) 3.Qh2+ Kd7 4.Qb8 and mate next move.

Oct-08-13  Karpova: Two 4-player tournaments in Nizza, 1926:


1. Halberstadt 5.0
2. Reilly 4.0
3. Renaud 2.5
4. Comte de Villeneuve-Esclapon 0.5


1. Renaud 4.5
2. Halberstadt 4.0
3. Reilly 2.5
4. Duchamp 1.0

From page 362 of the November-December 1926 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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