Students Analysis (8)

“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

I sent my students the end of the year exam and gave them 1 week to solve it. The exam consists of 20 puzzles that require not only the correct solutions, but also annotations explaining them. One week is a generous time frame to solve 20 puzzles. It should allow anyone to put together some well thought answers that would show the knowledge accumulated during the year. I am going to let you be the judge and see for yourselves which answers I have received:

The d7-pawn is a monster. White also has the bishops’ pair that could decide the game. Unfortunately both bishops are trapped and of very little value at the moment. This should give the solver the idea to activate them as long as the passer is not in danger of being lost. You can solve the puzzle as well just for fun; then you can compare your solution with the ones provided below. Please move on after solving it. The annotations are by my students.




Solution – it should contain a positional analysis similar with the one I presented above, plus below winning line.
How would you score the above solutions?

Eugen Demian

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Valer Eugen Demian

Author: Valer Eugen Demian

The player – my first serious chess tournament was back in 1974, a little bit late for today’s standards. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play all forms of chess from OTB to postal, email and server chess. The journey as a player brought me a lot of experience and a few titles along the way: FIDE CM (2012), ICCF IM (2001) and one ICCF SIM norm (2004). The instructor – my career as a chess teacher and coach started in 1994 and continues strong. I have been awarded the FIDE Instructor title (2007) for my work and have been blessed with great students reaching the highest levels (CYCC, NAYCCC, Pan-Am, WYCC). I am very proud of them! See my website for more information. I have developed my own chess curriculum on 6 levels based on my overall chess knowledge and hands-on experience. A glimpse of it can be seen in my first chess app:
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