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Chess to Enjoy: Kasparian Print E-mail
By GM Andy Soltis   
December 17, 2010

Kasparian


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Genrikh Kasparian, best known as one of the greatest of endgame composers. But he was also an international master and ten-time champion of Armenia. In fact, he was considered the best-ever Armenian player until he lost a 1946 match to a 17-year-old named Tigran Petrosian. This month’s quiz features six positions from Kasparian’s career. In each diagram you are asked to find the fastest winning line of play. This will typically mean the forced win of a decisive amount of material. Solutions on page 69.

Problem I
Genrikh Kasparian
Vladimir Simagin
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White to play

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Problem II
Genrikh Kasparian
Mikhail Yudovich
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White to play

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Problem III
Georgy Lisitsin
Genrikh Kasparian
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Black to play

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Problem IV
Grigory Levenfish
Genrikh Kasparian
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Black to play

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Problem V
Vitaly Chekhover
Genrikh Kasparian
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Black to play

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Problem VI
Genrikh Kasparian
David Bronstein
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White to play

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