Why is Kramnik Blindfolded

Why is Kramnik Blindfolded

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Why is Kramnik Blindfolded

It starts with me flicking through a chess book….it was this one.
Chess Book

and seeing this picture of a final position from the 1935 Euwe-Alekhine W.C. match.

Saying Black resigned.

I looked and looked again but could not quite get it. The photograph must be wrong!
And indeed I am right! The photograph is wrong The book gives this as the position:

With Black to play there is no White win there. Black can take the Bishop.

The is the actual final position from the 8th game of the 1935 match

Euwe has just played 69 Bc8-a6 if 69…Rxa6 70 Rd8+ and a1=Q. 1-0.

I can use that to kick off a moan about how many times you see illegal positions
when someone has painted a chess scene. It’s usually the first thing we look for.

So with the framework of a blog forming I searched the net for examples.

I stumbled upon this painted by a talented artist called Serkan Ergün

The board is OK (it’s often painted the wrong way round ) and this lad knows his chess.
Try to identify all the World Champions. They are all there. Steinitz to Kramnik and for
good measure he has included Judit Polgar plus some guy (the artist?) playing a kazoo.

But why is Kramnik wearing a blindfold? .

I pass this one over to you
red pawns

Following last week’s comedy started by Deep Thought who thought
(but apparently not ‘deep’ enough) that one puzzle had a few solutions.
I’m thinking I may have set it up wrong and agreed. Later Deep Thought
posted we (were did he get ‘we’ from) were both wrong. The position was OK.

So we start again and this time no cock up’s. (I’ve blocked Deep Thought.)

In my ultra serious days when I lived, breathed and ate chess if I played a game, even a
skittles games and missed a shot I’d sentence myself to half a dozen really tough puzzles.

Once again we are using this book. These are pretty easy.

In all positions it is White to play and mate in two. Good Luck

1. Reveal Hidden Content
1.Qxc6+ Bxc6 Nxe6 mate. This is from the game Spielmann - Walter, Teplice, 1928

2. Reveal Hidden Content
1.Qg6+ Nxg6 2. fxg6 Mate. The mundane 1.Qg4 not covered in the book also mates.

I can demonstrate two very good RHP examples with this idea.

Ed Harding - Court Jester .2005. White to play and mate in two.

Reveal Hidden Content
1.Qh5+ gxh5 2. g5 Mate

This next one has a smashing finish.

Alfa Girl - nicohoha RHP.2007

OK the fun bit is over back to the solving.

3, Reveal Hidden Content
1.Rh8 b6 2.axb6 Mate if 1….b5 axb6 en passant Mate

4. Reveal Hidden Content
1.Qxh7 + Qxh7 2. Nf7 Mate

I have a working example of puzzle No.4 from Red Hot Pawn.

Pylodictis olivaris - cb floyd 2007

red pawns

A nice fun game coming up with neat tricks buried within. The instructive points being:

Both sides could have and should have taken a perpetual check.

The drawbacks of using the Queen to safeguard pieces and squares.

Knight Forks that win games and Knight Forks that save games.

Celsius I - GoodKnight2U RHP 2012

Now I know what you are thinking. Does White have Rb1.

The same game and after a few relaxed and loose moves by White we reach here.

Celsius I - GoodKnight2U RHP 2012

red pawns

Usually end a bloggy thing with an RHP disaster but today I have something truly magnificent.

Rhymester - jansax RHP 2011

I’m still thinking about that Kramnik blindfold.
(is it because that artist lad cannot draw eyes).

The thread accompanying this blog is Thread 163530

Posted to The Planet Greenpawn

Show Comments (12)
Comments (12)

  • Posted 1709 days 14 hours and 53 minutes ago
    Hi Gezza,

    They saw what she wrote but knew what she meant.

    I was wearing the blindfold.....fixed.
  • Posted 1711 days 11 hours and 56 minutes ago
    Standard membergezza
    GP: In position 2, there is nothing on h to xg6. The solution is clearly:
    1.Qg6+ Nxg6 2. fxg6
    But then all of the clever chaps reading your blog clearly saw that ...
  • Posted 1716 days and 2 minutes ago
    A camera that doubles as a kazooo...that's cool.
  • Posted 1716 days 10 hours and 4 minutes ago
    If you are talking about the guy next to Kramnik, that is not a Kazoo, it is a camera.
  • Posted 1719 days 12 hours and 48 minutes ago
    Maybe Kramnik put the blindfold on himself in an effort
    not to be recognised appearing on this blog.
  • Posted 1719 days 17 hours and 56 minutes ago
    Standard memberData Fly
    I have to say, I think the picture is absolutely dreadful.
  • Posted 1720 days 5 hours and 5 minutes ago
    Standard memberShallow Blue
    No, it's Kasparov who is going to get himself shot by Josif Vissarionovich Putin's cronies, not Kramnik.

    I want to know why he painted our dear Machielis with that horrendous overbite.
  • Posted 1720 days 7 hours and 28 minutes ago
    Yes, "lank haired unemployable shiftless individuals"

    Poets, artists, sculptors, potters, clowns and buskers.

    The whole lot of them.

    Hi Deep Thought

    I can't block you. If I can I've no idea how.

    I can hide posts and that is what I should have done
    last week but I thought it was funny so let it run.
  • Posted 1720 days 8 hours and 42 minutes ago
    Standard memberDeepThought
    I wonder if I really am blocked?
  • Posted 1720 days 9 hours and 36 minutes ago
    Like poets? "lank haired unemployable shiftless individuals" ?
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