On behalf of GGG - Global Gumption Game Kaszczyniec - gry internetowe limited partnership, the sponsor of this year's awards in Icegame, and the award for the most beautiful game of the Festival, I would like to welcome all chess players and supporters of Icegame to our corner.
Icegame /live game with Chess Elite Educational Computer chess program; in short CEEC/ is fun, yet intellectual and sporting competition with cash prizes. Players' task is to win with CEEC program in a certain number of moves, starting with a given position. Icegame is also about searching for talents, promotion of intellect and chess mastery.
This year there were two separate tasks: the harder one for GMs and IMs, and the easier one for other chess players. The results were beyond my wildest dreams. First of all, chess players have proved that it is possible to win with CEEC, moreover, in both solutions they have achieved an absolute perfection, which means that these positions can no longer be shortened, won in fewer moves. Both solutions, particularly the one by Piotr Niedbał from Szczecin, 2nd cat. due to their exceptional beauty, will be put in Icegame Annals, in the Index of Eternal Games.
This is the third year of Icegame's presence at the Chess Festival in Rewal. This year's edition was unique and full of creativity. There is also something very pleasant that happened to me - the Game author. When playing white in a friendly game I have tied with the junior world champion Nastassia Ziazulkina herself. WOW! Here is that game.
Leszek Kaszczyniec - Nastassia Ziazulkina
1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. e3 Bb4 4. d4 Nc6 5. Nf3 e4 6. Nd2 Qe7 7. a3 Bxc3 8. bxc3 d6 9. Be2 O-O 10. O-O Re8 11. Re1 Bf5 12. Nf1 Qd7 13. h3 Bg6 14. Ng3 Ne7 15. f4 exf3 16. Bxf3 Nc6 17. e4 h6 18. Bf4 Rad8 19. Rb1 Na5 20. Qd3 Re7 21. Qf1 Rde8 22. e5 Bxb1 23. Rxb1 dxe5 24. dxe5 Rxe5 25. Bxe5 Rxe5 26. Bxb7 c6 27. Ba6 Rg5 28. Rb8+ Kh7 29. Qf4 Qe7 30. Bc8 Nxc4 31. Bf5+ g6 32. h4 1/2-1/2
Grandmasters' task. Prize: 1500zł.
Grandmasters and international masters played a position from the last year again. Then it was - checkmate in 32 moves. In 2010 the task was solved by GM Paweł Jaracz who used a different continuation. Coming back home from the Festival I thought that since there is a dual, two different solutions in 32 moves, also a third one, in a smaller number of moves, must be possible. And I did it. I checkmated in 30 moves. And that was the task for grandmasters and IMs. I would like to mention that, naturally, everyone used strong Polish and Russian chess programs, but it did not help anyone. For it is not the proper way. The winner was IM Korneevets Alexander from Belarus, ranking 2266, who thought independently. Moreover, he checkmated in 28 moves, two moves earlier. Congratulations! And here is the position and win by IM Korneevets.
1. d3 Nf6 2. c3 Nc6 3. Bg5 Ng4 4. e4 d5 5. Be2 Nf6 6. Bxf6 gxf6 7. Nd2 Rg8 8. Bf3 Ne5 9. exd5 Nxd3+ 10. Kf1 Bf5 11. Nc4 b5 12. Ne3 Nxb2 13. Qb3 Bd3+ 14. Be2 Bxe2+ 15. Nxe2 Na4 16. Qxb5+ Qd7 17. Qd3 Rg7 18. Nf4 Rb8 19. Rd1 Rb2
Solution (IM Korneevets)
20. Ne6 fxe6 21. dxe6 Qxd3+ 22. Rxd3 Nxc3 23. Nd1 Rb1 24. Rxc3 Rxd1+ 25. Ke2 Rxh1 26. Rb3 Rd1 27. Kxd1 Rxg2 28. Rb8# 1-0
Task 2 /for other chess players/. Prize: 1500zł.
Players' task was to win in 30th move.
I believe that brilliant things are brilliantly simple. And Piotr's solution is exactly like this.
Piotr Niedbał has finely checkmated CEEC in 28th move, and another player, Damian Śliwicki, has shortened this solution by 1 move, which meant checkmate in 27th move. In this case the prize was divided As an intellectual author Piotr Niedbał has received 1000zł, and Damian Śliwicki 500zł.
Here is the position and the game.
1. h3 Nf6 2. g4 h5 3. f3 hxg4 4. fxg4 Nxg4 5. Bg2 Ne5 6. d4 Nc4 7. Qd3 d5 8. b3 Nb6 9. Qg3 Nc6 10. Nf3 Nb4 11. Na3 Qd6 12. Qf2 Qc6 13. O-O f6 14. Ng5 fxg5 15. c4 g4 16. Nb5 gxh3 17. Bf3 a6 18. Nc3 Qg6+ 19. Kh2 dxc4 20. a3 Qd6+ 21. Kh1 Nc2
22. d5 Nxa1 23. Bh5+ Kd8 24. Qxf8+ Rxf8 25. Rxf8+ Kd7 26. Be8+ Kd8 27. Bc6# 1-0
The most beautiful game of the Festival. Prize: 1000 zl.
From several suggestions as the most beautiful we /a committee composed of GM Jurij Zezulkin and Leszek Kaszczyniec/ have chosen the game played by Downgird Filip against Śliwicki Damian /black/ in which two knights win against two rooks and a pawn checkmates, which is both beautiful and rarely seen at chess tournaments.
Here it is.
Filip Dowgird - Damian Śliwicki
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 Bg7 6. h3 e5 7. Be3 b6 8. Nbd2 Ne7 9. a3 a5 10. Nc4 Qc7 11. b4 Nd5 12. bxc5 Nxe3 13. fxe3 bxc5 14. Rb1 Ba6 15. Nfd2 O-O 16. O-O Rad8 17. Rb6 Bb5 18. Qa1 a4 19. Qc3 Rfe8 20. Qa5 Qd7 21. Nb2 Ra8 22. Qc3 Bh6 23. Ndc4 Qc7 24. Rf3 Bg5 25. Kh1 Bd8 26. Nd1 Re7 27. Rf6 Kg7 28. Rd6 f6 29. Qb2 Qa7 30. Rxb5 cxb5 31. Qxb5 Rb8 32. Qc6 Rc7 33. Qd5 Be7 34. Nc3 Bxd6 35. Qxd6 Rd7 36. Qc6 Qc7 37. Qxa4 Rdd8 38. Qa6 f5 39. Nd5 Rb1+ 40. Kh2 Qf7 41. Nxe5 Qf8 42. Qa7+ Kh6 43. Nf7+ Kh5 44. Nf6+ Kh4 45. g3# 1-0