Saturday, October 18, 2008

Nikos Pergialis (3)

We will see here helpmate problems by the "last rembetis" Nikos Pergialis. The problems have few pieces and some are accompanied by verses! (This is really artistic chess!)
The verses of rembetiko songs speak mainly about justice in life.
The verses here describe in a way the solution of the problem.

 (Problem 245) Nikos Pergialis, original, 2007, Helpmate duplex in 2. h#2 duplex (3 + 3) [8/8/8/8/8/8/2R2r2/1BK2kb1]

We note that duplex problems are helpmate problems with two solutions :
In one solution Black plays and helps White to mate Black.
In the other solution White plays and helps Black to mate White.

In the problem-245 we observe complete symmetry.

Key : 1.Kg2! Rc2xf2+ 2.Kh1 Be4#
Key : 1.Kb2! Rf2xc2+ 2.Ka1 Bd4#

 (Problem 246) Nikos Pergialis, original, 2007, Helpmate in 2. Two solutions. h#2, 2111, (5 + 3) [3K4/3B4/3k4/3p4/2PrP3/8/3S4/8]

In the problem we see symmetrical position.
The theme is Zilahi. (In one solution black captures the white piece, which checkmates in the other solution).

Key : 1.Rd4xc4! Sf3 2.Rc4-c5 e5#
Key : 1.Rd4xe4! Sb3 2.Re4-e5 c5#

 (Problem 247) Nikos Pergialis, original, 2008, Helpmate duplex in 2. h#2, duplex, (3 + 3) [2K5/3R4/B7/8/8/7b/4r3/5k2]

Relevant verses :
Re karfome'ni stratigi' (Hey you pinned generals)/
na min' anisihi'te (do not worry)! /
Tha'rthi i ano'mali stigmi' (An irregular moment will come) /
pou tha xekarfothi'te (and you will be unpinned)
.

Key : 1.Bg2! Rd7-d3 2.Re2-f2 Rd3-d1#
Key : 1.Bb7! Re2-e6 2.Rd7-c7 Re6-e8#

 (Problem 248) Nikos Pergialis, original, 2008, Helpmate duplex in 2. h#2, duplex, (6 + 4) [8/8/1P3K2/1QP1P3/qPp1p3/3k4/8/8]

Relevant verses :
Sto i'dio to tetra'gono (On the same square) /
sto i'dio to steno' (on the same narrow pass) /
kavgas' mega'los e'gine (a great quarrel happened) /
Diplo' to foniko' (and the murder was double)!

Key : 1.Kd4! Qxa4 2.Kd5 Qd7#
Key : 1.Ke6! Qxb5 2.Kd5 Qd7#

 (Problem 249) Nikos Pergialis, original, 2008, Helpmate duplex in 2. h#2, duplex, (3 + 5) [8/8/p7/K7/1R6/3p4/1b4r1/k3B3]

Key : 1.Rg2-g1! Bc3 (White pins a piece) 2.Rg1-b1 (Black blocks a flight of his king) Rb4-a4#
Key : 1.Be1-f2! Bc3 (Black pins a piece) 2.Bb6 (White blocks a flight of his king) Rg2-a2#

 (Problem 250) Nikos Pergialis, original, 1995, Helpmate in 2. Two solutions. h#2, 2111, (6 + 6) [4B3/4K3/1p2S2p/1P1rpr1P/4k3/8/8/4S3]

The symmetry of the position is maintained also as symmetry of the solutions. White needs to find a tempo move in each solution.

Key : 1.Rd5-d3! Bd7 2.Rd3-e3 Bc6#
Key : 1.Rf5-f3! Bf7 2.Rf3-e3 Bg6#

(This post in Greek language).