Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Part №1. Perturb the cerebral convolutions?!

«A touchstone of human mind» the great German poet and thinker Johann Goethe named this game. “The world which is not knowing neither vanities nor death» - it was called so by brilliant writer Erich Maria Remarque …

William Shakespeare was fond of this game as well as François-Mari Arue dе Voltaire, Alexander Pushkin, Dmitry Mendeleyev, Lev Tolstoy, Sergey Prokofiev, Michael Bulgakov

It is possible to sound very much and very long this list of the ingenious persons loving this game.

There is no question, I think, what game the speech goes about and it won’t cause special difficulties for you.

Yes, we speak about chess!

Game occurrence is shrouded with mystery of beautiful legends. Here one of the most impressing.

In ancient times in India there lived a very cruel tsar who did not have the ability to operate the country well.

But how to tell to the master without threat for life that he had to listen to councils of wise people?

And then one of the servants has thought up a game in which the leader means nothing without the aid of the citizens!

There is no mention, whether the hint has reached the tsar but he liked the game. Wishing to award the inventor, he promised to satisfy any of his requests.

In the answer the servant gave to the tsar "a modesty" lesson as well!

He has wished to receive in the award …. wheaten grains!

For the first section of a chessboard to give him one grain, for the second – two, behind third – four, and further to double quantity of grains with each section. The tsar, having counted such a desire trifling, ordered to pour “the fee” immediately. However it did not turn out to do it quickly: only the next day his court accountants informed the master, that it was not in their forces to pay off with the inventor.

The number of grains has appeared to be improbably big! For numbers’ fans – this quantity is equal to18 446 744 073 709 551 615. From this release we start a chess marathon under the name "Let’s Stir a Brain Crinkle".

It will appear on our site on Friday with periodicity once a week. In each release we will bring to your attention two problems and one etude.

The correct decision of each composition will be estimated by 5 points.

This marathon highlight is the question on a chess history. The right answer will be awarded by 3 points.

It is necessary to send the answers to the tasks to the address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The term sending – 5 days from the moment of the publication. Preliminary results of the marathon will be brought each four weeks.

And in the end of the year we’ll declare the absolute winner who will manage to receive a valuable prize. In case of equality of points of the first prize-winner the additional task will define.

Well, dear fans of chess! Shall we will stir a brain crinkle?!

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    #2                                                      4+6 #3                                                       8+3 Выигрыш                                         4+3


№4. A chess question.

As it is known, a special Odessa dish is the well-known stuffed fish. Having arrived to Odessa, one world chess champion has ordered some portions of this delicacy for himself.

The matter is that in his country, well known for the seafood, the similar culinary masterpiece is not present. Alas, the stomach of the chess king could not master such a quantity of this delicacy and punished his master with terrible diarrhea …

On a final banquet our hero ate only dried crusts. Name the surname of this chess player.

Meet you in a week!
Your heading leader, Honoured Chess Master of Sports of Ukraine Sergey Tkachenko.