A.Pallier (France)
 
Draw 2+4

1.Kb2 !

Thematic try n°1  : 1.Kb1 ? h4 ! 2.Rb3 (2.Kc1 h3 3.Kd2 h2 -+) 2…Nf4  3.Kc2 h3 4.Rb1 (4.Rf3 Bd6 -+) 4…Bd6 ! 5.Kd2 h2 6.Ke3 (6.Rh1 Ng6/2 7.Ke2 Nh4 -+) 6…Bc5+ ! 7.Kf3 Bg1 ! 8.Rb8+ Kg7 ! -+ (and not 8…Kf7 ? 9.Rh8 ! =)

Thematic try n°2 : 1.Rb3 ? Kf7 ! (1…Kg7 ? 2.Kb2 ! as in main line) 2.Kb2 Ke6 ! 3.Kc3 Kd5 ! 4.Kd2 (4.Rb5+ Bc5 5.Kd3 Nf4+ -+) 4…Bc5 ! 5.Rg3 Nf4 ! 7.Rg5+ Kd4 8.Rf5 Bb4+ -+

At last, 1.Rb1 ? Bf6+ ! (1…h4 ? 2.Kb2 ! =) 2.Ka2 Ke(f)7 ! (2…h4 ? 3.Kb3 ! h3 4.Rh1 Nf4 5.Kc2 ! Bd4 6.Kd2 ! Kg7 7.Rf1 ! h2 8.Rh1 Bg1 9.Ke1 =) 3.Kb3 Ke6 4.Kc2 Nf4 ! 5.Kd2 Bd4 ! 6.Re1+ Kf(d)5 -+ or 7.Rf1 Ke(f)5 -+

1…h4 !

2.Rb3 !!

2.Kc2 ? h3 ! and white King obstructs the action of the rook on second rank : 3.Kd2 h2 -+

2.Kc3(c1) ? h3 ! -+ because white Rook cannot reach b2 (3.Rb2 ? Bf6+ or 3…Ba3 -+)

2…Nf4

2…Bd6 3.Kc1(2) Nf4 4.Rb6 ! Ke7 5.Kd2 =

3.Kc3 !

3.Kc2 ? h3 ! 4.Rb1 Bd6 ! 5.Kd2 h2 see tt n°1.

3.Rf3 ? Bd6 -+

3…h3

4.Rb1 !

Not the reverse order of moves : 4.Kd4 ? h2 ! 5.Rb1 Ne2+ ! 6.Ke3 Ng1 -+

Also fails 4.Rb8+ ? Kf7 ! (4…Kg7 ? 5.Kd4 h2 6.Rb1 Ne2+ 7.Ke3 Ng1 8.Kf2 ! h1=Q [8…Bc5+ 9.Kg2=] 9.Rxg1+ =) 5.Kd4 h2 and, if 6.Rh8 Bf6+ or 6.Rb1 Ne2+ -+

4…Bd6 !

4…h2 5.Rh1 Bd6 6.Rxh2 =

4…Bc5 5.Kd2 ! (5.Rf1 ? Be3 -+) 5…h2 6.Rf1(h)1 = or 5…Kf7 6.Rf1 ! =

5.Kd4 !

5.Kd2 ? see tt n°1

5…h2 !

6.Ke4 !!

6.Rf1 ? Kg7(8) -+

6…Ne2 !

6…Bc5 (without check) 7.Rf(h)1 =

7.Kf3

7.Rf1 ? (7.Rh1 ? Ng3+ -+)  7…Kg7(8) 8.Kf3 Ng3 ! -+

7…Ng1a

8.Kg2 =     Author