Chess Endgame Study: Mikhail Zinar, Sozyura 120 MT 2018. White to move and win.
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Original publication: 13 May 2018
Original description: Unfortunately it seems the new microphone has small audio issues, but I hope you still can understand everything. EDIT: There is an audio desync also. But it still should be understandable, I hope, only the moves show up a bit too late in the reprise.
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Chess Endgame Study: Mikhail Zinar, Cirtdan 2018, 1st honorable mention. White to move and draw.
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Original publication: 21 February 2019
(Spoiler Warning: The full solution is at the end of the description prior to the info that is necessary for legal reasons. If you don't want to see it, don't click on "Show more..." or don't look too far down.)
If you don't want to hear the introduction and go directly to the solution, it starts at 0:17
wKb3 Pf6 - bKh1 Pb5 Pf7 Chess endgame study: White to move and win Composer and source: Mikhail Zinar, Cirtdan 2018 (thematic tourney), 1st honorable mention (see the link below for the full award)
Mikhail Zinar is an endgame studies composer from the Ukraine. He is specialized in pawn endgame studies with promotion tasks, as well as classical pawn endgame studies. Together with Nikolay Grivoriev, Zinar is considered the greatest master in the composition of pawn endgames. As a great not only coinnosseur but real lover of pawn endgames, I am a great fan of the work of Mikhail Zinar and thus wanted to share this easy to understand but really beautiful composition with you quickly. I apologize for the occasional lengths in the video.
A quick video about the endgame study of Mikhail Zinar, 1st honorable mention at the Cirtdan 2018 thematic tourney. The tourney was for endgame studies with exactly five pieces (the usual term for this is the Russian "malyutka" for "baby"). The tourney was based on the Cirtdan fairy tale/legend, a type of David vs. Goliath story, from Azerbaijan. For further information, please search for "Jirtdan" and "Azerbaijan" in a search engine. Note that the spelling with J instead of C is more common. As of 22 February 2019, the "Azeribaijan International" magazine and website offer one of those short stories about Jirtdan in English from their magazine here (no fees, i.e. just an article on the website): https://azer.com/aiweb/categories/magazine/43_folder/43_articles/43_children.html
Note that while chess endgame studies might be copyrightable in some countries, there is no known case of a composer objecting to the re-publication of his works. If any composer does not want me to show his endgame study in a video, they are welcome to contact me and I will make the video private. If he thinks I misrepresent the solution, they also are welcome to send me suggestions and I can create a new video for that study.
Chess endgame study by Hillel Aloni and Yehuda Hoch, Thémes 64 1981, 1st/2nd prize. White to move and win First includes the chess endgame study by Georges Emile Barbier & Fernando Saavedra, [Glasgow] Weekly Citizen, 1895
With all the movements of the most powerful chess piece, the "Queen", in all directions or distances, the purpose is not to eliminate the pieces of your opponent, but to counter his plans and try to line up 4 queens is a row, horizontally, vertically or diagonally on a small board game of 5x5 squares. You could also use a regular chess game and simply use only a 5x5 section of the board, along with 6 white pawns and 6 black pawns or even checker pieces to obtain the same game result. At its simplest form, you could always use rocks or marbles on a piece of paper, or with lines traces directly in the sand, and still have fun.
ÉCHEC AVEC TOUTES DES REINES
Avec tous les mouvements possibles de la pièce d'échecs la plus puissante, la "Reine", dans toutes les directions et distances, le but n'est pas d'éliminer les pièces de votre adversaire, mais de contrer ses plans et d'essayer d'aligner 4 reines de suite, horizontalement, verticalement ou en diagonal sur une petite planche de jeu de 5x5 carrés. Vous pouvez également utiliser un jeu d'échecs régulier et simplement utiliser seulement une section 5x5 du plateau, avec 6 pions blancs et 6 pions noirs ou même des pièces de damier pour obtenir le même résultat de jeu. À sa forme la plus simple, vous pouvez toujours utiliser des pierres ou des billes sur une feuille de papier, ou avec des lignes tracées dans le sable directement, et de s'amuser quand même.