Award in SuperProblem - 2020 Informal Tourney | Fairies
Published: November 13, 2021
Опубликовано: 13 ноября 2021
Awarding this important tournament was a difficult job for me, but also a pleasure and a good intellectual challenge. 82 entries took part, the general level of which was significantly above average; the prizewinners are excellent. I decided to divide the tourney into two sections according to the number of pieces.
I avoided аwarding compositions with many (3 or more) fairy conditions or different types of fairy pieces
Miniatures | Миниатюры
Prize - G309 Éric Huber (Romania)
Three chameleon echo mates by specific batteries. Mate with double checks in which nB threatened by bK and nS threatened by nR
1st Honorable mention - G317 Sergej Smotrov (Kazakhstan)
White R-minimal in miniature. Chameleon echo mates with transformation of white King in Bishop-king (on white and black field). An additional aesthetic element is bicolor Bristol in both phases
2nd Honorable mention - G284 Éric Huber (Romania)
Chameleon echo mates with thematic tries.
Commendation - G272 Jaroslav Štúň (Slovakia)
Stalemates in 3 different corners in 3 solutions. It looks better to me than the 4 twin version
Commendation - G311 Ya'aqov Mintz & Jacques Rotenberg (Israel)
Smart white-play with an extended switchback of wK and three different (minor) promotions
Commendation - G320 Vladislav Nefyodov (Russia)
1...PDf2! 2.Sh1 Rg3+ 3.Kh2 PDg2#
A witty echo
Main section | Общий раздел
I singled out 3 extraordinary compositions, which belong to different genres: antagonistic , help and serial play. It is impossible to compare them. I excluded my personal affinities, so I awarded them the first prize, which they share equally.
1st-3rd Prize - G300 Franz Pachl (Germany)
A wonderful "Chinese" twomover. The thematic fields are f6, g4 and h6, controlled by PAf4, VAe6 and NAd4 respectively. After departures in the 3 tries and the solution, WPAf5 always releases all three thematic fields! Defenses are 1…Kxf6, Kxg4, Kxh6. The mate is only with an anti-battery, which is activated by the cyclic arrival of a Chinese piece on the same field f5! In the tries, WPAf5 enables the neutralization one of the anti-batteries! So one of above defense is always a refutation. Four departures and cyclic white activation of anti-batteries with 3 different arrivals on f5!
1st-3rd Prize - G319 Lev Grolman (Russia)
Very clever cyclic mechanism of a 4 white and one black Lion-type fairy pieces with Patroulle condition. Each of these white pieces (LId4, RLIe5, BLIc6 and BLIe6) surrounds the BK and could give a check (or mate), but only if supported with a piece of the same color (the Patroulle rule). Due to that condition, BK can’t take any of them, because no black piece supports him. The supporting white piece also must be one of the above, but after its movement the field next to the BK is unblocked! The thematic black RLia2 (Rook Lion) in move B2 needs to blocks that field for the mate. This scenario is repeated 4 times with cyclic change of pairs and functions of pieces. Set-play shows a nice addition in which RLia2 neutralizes its Pf3. All black moves (9) are with Rook-Lion on a2, and they are all completely different!
1st-3rd Prize - G331 Valery Semenenko (Ukraine)
Constructional masterpiece: stalemate with 5 (!) pinned promoted pieces (B-R-B-R-B). Task! The only “black officer" in the initial position is captured, and 5 promoted are pinned. Computer test: V. Kotesovec, Popeye Windows-64Bit v4.85 (Time = 281:54:16 h:m:s)
4th Prize - G313 Ladislav Salai jr., Emil Klemanič (Slovakia) & Michal Dragoun (Czech Republic)
Fine 3 white tempo moves in a cyclic order. Three mates with Grasshoppers are possible, but only after blocking one field in B2. In B1 move Black has to take one of three white thematically pawns. So, in every solution, one pawn is taken, one is moveless, and one moves for the tempo in W1!
5th Prize - G290 Vlaicu Crisan (Romania), dedicated to Sebastien Luce & Pierre Tritten
Promotion, “en passant” capture and castling or Valladao task! Yes, but much more. The problem shows a special kind of Cyclic Zilahi theme with three thematically pieces of different colors: BPb7, BSc4 and WPa7. All three sacrifices are active, but one mat is passive (!) enabled by Masand condition. Of course, this condition is well applied in all 3 solutions. Unfortunately, same black castling-move is repeated in two solutions.Very original concept.
Special Prize - G329 Michal Dragoun (Czech Republic)
Cyclic mutual hopping of 3 (Hurdle Colour Changing) pieces (hccLIe3, hccBLb3 & hccNLc2). Each time the hurdle from B1 changes colour of the next piece in W1. Finally in W2 the hccLIe6 gives a mate on 3 different fields. Nice 3x3 HCC moves. Unfortunately, in each twin one of the above pieces has no role (it can be removed, except for hccBLb3 in c, which can be replaced with BP).
1st Honorable mention - G299 Franz Pachl (Germany)
Perfect ODT with 4 neutral line-pieces (2 x R&B). Neutral Grimshaw on f6, and neutral self-pinning. Simple, but I like this!
2nd Honorable Mention - G280 Branko Koludrović & Ivo Tominić (Croatia)
Extended or Super ‘Babson’ - Q + R + B + S + Zebra + Lion. This is not a task, because there are examples with 8 and 9 promotions, but this presentation looks very good and attractive
3rd Honorable Mention - G269 Franz Pachl (Germany)
Remarkable twomover with a play of 5 neutral Queens in tries and solution. 4 tries are with a moves of 4 different nQueens on f3. In solution, after the key move 1.Bxf3! all defenses (4 of them are the refutations in tries) and all mates are with the same neutral Queen (nQa8)!
4th Honorable Mention - G339 Hubert Gockel (Germany)
An interesting twomover with an unusual anti-dual play. Three pairs of variants with 'dual avoidance' in seemingly the same pairs of defenses (1...Sxd5 and 1...Sxc6), but for different removal of white pawns (f4, f2, c4) based on BretonAdverse condition
5th Honorable Mention - G277 Igor Kochulov (Russia)
Cyclic double checks of 3 not moving Knights
Special Honorable Mention - G316 Sergej Smotrov (Kazakhstan)
Logical selfmate with Berlin theme (Main plan does not work due to the other side's mate). Extraordinary round trip of bK (21 moves): g1-f2-e3-f4-e5-f4-g5-f6-g7-g8-f8-e8-f8-g8-h7-g6-h5-g5-f4-f3-f2-g1 with coordinated circular maneuvers of wQ and wN. The reason is the necessary arrival of wBh4 to the field b2. This is an "almost orthodox” selfmate in which the only fairy pieces (nightrider) is not the main actor, but the "most attractive helper". WSg3 would be sufficient for the Main plan, but wNg3 is necessary for its realization.
Commendation - G263 Anatoly Stepochkin (Russia)
Valladao task, a one of favorite topics of the author in 2020. The similar problem with S promotion is published in the journal Shakhmatnaya kompozitsiya: 8/2k2Ppr/8/1p5P/8/p3p3/p3P3/R3K3, s#2 Maximmumer
Commendation - G295 Yevhen Trakhtman (Ukraine)
A welldone play of 4 line pieces (B-B-Q-R) in all corners.
Commendation - G296 Yevhen Trakhtman (Ukraine)
A witty fairy chess puzzle with 3 bS promotions
Commendation - G314 Alberto Armeni (Italy)
King's echo-mates after both castling and self-blockade of the initial fields: 2 x e8 + 1 x d8
Commendation - G315 Kostas Prentos (USA)
Black and white Indian. Where White’s is not pure, because 1.Bd4 is anti-critical move with blockade. Klasinc theme and Umnov effects. Nice solution with complex cooperative strategy.
Commendation - G327 Borisas Gelpernas (Lithuania)
Three Indian maneuvers combined with a castling condition
Judge of the section: Borislav Gadjanski (Serbia)Судья раздела: Борислав Гаджански (Сербия)
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