To win, white must promote a pawn to a Bishop 5 times!
Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for February 5, 2021.
For today’s episode, I present an absolutely brilliant puzzle as a tribute to the great chess problem composer Mikhail Afanasievich Zinar whom today, it was announced, has died. In my humble opinion, the two endgame study composers who mastered the pawn better than all the rest in history are Nikolai Grigoriev and Mikhail Afanasievich Zinar. And now as partial proof to this assertion, I present a puzzle by Mikhail Afanasievich Zinar first published in 1983.
For complete analysis of the solution, please watch the accompanying video.
Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.
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