Final Award in Quick Composing TT-167 | Окончательные итоги блицконкурса TT-167

Zugzwang And No Captures | Цугцванг и никаких взятий

Theme | Тема

79 entries were received from 25 authors representing 13 countries | На конкурс поступило 79 композиций от 25 авторов из 13 стран

EN <-> RU

The hs#-genre is one of my most favorite. In this genre there is something unusual, which is not in other genres. What I mean? In the vast majority of other genres White and Black has his own unchangeable target during all the solution. For example, in helpplay-genres this target is the same for both sides; in #N and s#N Black oppose White.
But in unusual hs# genre everything is different: during most of the solution both sides has the same target, and only on last move their targets change dramatically. This reminds me a “track stand” (“standstill”, “surplace”) in sprint cycling track when both cyclists at first drive slowly and do not try to get ahead of the opponent – vice versa, each of them try to stay behind the opponent, on more profitable position for maneuvers; and only then, closer to the end of the race, both sportsmen accelerate and try to beat each other.
And two strict conditions of the TT – absence of captures and mate by zugzwang – well stress an “atmosphere” of the “track stand”.
A large number of sent problems (79!) indicates that this genre is favorite for many composers. And the announced theme, despite the apparent “boredom”, gives huge scope for creativity and imagination – it was shown by authors of all sent problems. I had to restrain myself not to include all 79 problems in an award. Of course it’s a joke but a quantity of high-quality and interesting entries is so large that it was not easy to choose the best of them.

Some words about unmarked problems:
- No 16 (Kd1-Kf5), No 47 (Ke1-Ka8), No 67 (Kd1-Ka5), No 74 (Kd1-Kf5). The scheme of mixed AUW with creation of batteries from promoted pieces is realized in some problems – pdb/P1072311, pdb/P1072310 and pdb/P1193482, – and 1st of them is miniature;
- No 19 (Kf5-Kf3), No 41 (Kd2-Ka1), No 79 (Kd2-Kb4). I think that dual mate (for example, mate by random move of front piece of a battery) is very big shortcoming in hs# (unlike s#). All the more so in 1st and 2nd mentioned problems there is a 2nd phase in which a mate is perform by exact (single) battery move! So I will let the authors to modify their creations which will get high distinctions in other tourneys;
- No 60 (Ke1-Kc3). Difficult task design with 5 echo-mates by Pawn in twins form. Unfortunately, in every twin there are excess white pieces: in a) – one, in b)-e) – even two or three! I think that it is too big fee even for task design.

Award is the following | Отличия распределились следующим образом

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 2
Ladislav Packa
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 26
Mario Parrinello
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
hs#3.5b) Rg4->b2(10+7)
3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 14
Vitaly Medintsev
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 2, Ladislav Packa (Slovakia) 2k5/RR3Np1/7P/5p1Q/2r3pK/8/8/8

1...Rc6 2.Qg5 Rg6 3.Qf4 Rg5 4.Rb3 (Ra3?) g6 5.Rg3 Rh5#
1...g3+ 2.Kh3 g5 3.Qf3 Rg4 4.Ra2
(Rb2?) f4 5.Rg2 Rh4#
Absolutely exact dynamic echo of chameleon mates includes 7 pieces!! Also there is function permutation of White Rooks (active blocking-square and guarding two squares) with subtle dual-avoidance choice on 4th move. It is very complicated and beautiful design with good economy! Great!
I congratulate Slovak author with a huge creative success. His creation is deserved and unconditional winner of the tourney!
EN <-> RU

2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 26, Mario Parrinello (Italy) 6b1/1pB2p2/1p3P2/bP1PK3/3P2R1/2p2N2/2P2Q2/7k

a) diagram: 1...Bh7 2.Kd6 Bf5 3.Rh4+ Bh3 4.Se5 Bb4#
b) Rg4->b2: 1...Bb4 2.Ke4 Ba3 3.Rb1+ Bc1 4.Be5 Bh7#
Difficult and ingenious idea: 1st Black move in one phase become mating move in another! The “degree” of this paradoxicalness is slightly reduced in view of Black has only two these moves in diagram position. But the fact remains…
Function permutation of Black Bishops – snake for self-pinning and mate. Function permutation of White Bishop and Knight – active (on the same square e5) and passive blocking-square. Everything is made on very high level, with excellent economy and loading of pieces. Congratulations to the author!
EN <-> RU

3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 14, Vitaly Medintsev (Russia) b1Q5/1NP5/5p2/3K3R/2BR3p/4p2P/4P1n1/5k2

1.Ke6! (Kd6? Kc5?) Se1 2.Sd6 Bh1! 3.Rc5 Sg2 4.Kd5 Ke1 5.Qf5 Sf4#
When we first look at the diagram position, we almost sure: it is need to neutralize (capture, pin or incarcerate) Sg2 and force to Bxb7#. That is why initial moves of the solution seem unexpected. After all, White king leaves his place and Black Bishop released to freedom – but only for incarceration it in another corner by dint of another Knight – the same Sg2! As a result this Knight forced to execute a battery model mate in a center of a board.
The problem has many strategic elements:
- initial moves of both sides contain the anti-ziel elements: ultimately wQ must move on f5 and bK – on e1, but on 1st move wK and bS , respectively, temporarily prevent these goals;
- the key is successfully complemented by its subtle choice – wK cannot move on d6 and c5 because further another white pieces will block these squares;
- both in the White and in the Black play there is a Klasinc theme.
Without a doubt, this problem is the best among one-phase problems in the tourney. The content is very rich and beautiful, and it is quite enough for such high distinction, in my opinion. Congratulations to the author!
EN <-> RU
4th Prize - No 22
Gábor Tar
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
hs#3.5b) Pb4->h3(13+8)
5th Prize - No 21
Miodrag Mladenović
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
6th Prize - No 57
Aleksandr Kostyukov
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016

4th Prize - No 22, Gábor Tar (Hungary) 5B1Q/5p1P/3P1p2/3PbP2/1ppn2P1/2P1kP2/1P2p3/2N1K2B

a) diagram: 1...Sb3 2.f4 Sa1 3.Bh6 b3 4.Qe8 Sc2#
b) Pb4->h3: 1...Bh2 2.d7 Bg1 3.Bc5 h2 4.Qb8 Bf2#
This problem is similar to 2nd Prize: also there is function permutation of both White (Qh8/Bf8 – guarding f4 and pinning) and Black (Sd4/Be5). But this problem has two shortcomings:
- in both phases a pinned Black piece is no need for a mate (in 2nd Prize it guards two squares);
- the twinning is shifting of very important Black Pawn which further will limited mobility of mating Black piece (in 2nd Prize the twinning is shifting of pinning wR, that is less shortcoming).
Nevertheless, everything is realized very precise – that is why the problem is deserved for a Prize.
EN <-> RU

5th Prize - No 21, Miodrag Mladenović (Serbia) R5b1/1PP1PP2/1r2k3/B7/8/1p6/8/KN1Q4

1.e8B Ke7 2.f8R Bd5 3.c8S Kd8 4.b8Q b2#
Apparently, in this problem pure White AUW in a single solution (without fairy pieces and conditions) is realized for the first time! And, besides that, it is realized in minimal quantity of moves – 4. I think any record designs should be evaluated highly, and implemented for the first time – all the more so!
The solution itself looks quite pretty: after execute a “pat” for bK (which stands between 4 promoted White pieces) Black forced to execute a model mate with participation of two their pinned pieces. Also it is pleasant that there are no other White Pawns except four thematic the ones which are unblocked in initial position! But, of course, unfortunately technical wR does not allow to giving more high distinction to the problem. Very pity…
EN <-> RU

6th Prize - No 57, Aleksandr Kostyukov (Russia) 4N3/2B5/2p3p1/2RN2k1/K2PP3/2p4Q/p1p2p2/2R2B2

1...a1S 2.Ba6 f1S 3.Ka5 Se3 4.Sb6+ Sd5 5.Sa4 Sb3#
1...a1B 2.Bb5 f1B 3.Ka3 Bc4 4.Sb4+ Bd5 5.Ba4 Bb2#
Complicated and unusual design: one of two the same type promoted Black pieces executes a self-pinning on d5 (by “replacing” wS on this square) and another piece forced to execute a model mate. In both phases wS after battery play and wB blocks the squares around wK.
Of course, the only shortcoming is evident – wRc1. To tell the truth, here the role of this Rook is more significant than in previous problem – here the Rook is critically need for forcing a mate in this scheme. But the requirements to White pieces in hs#-genre are very high, and the blocking of bPc2 still cannot be considered as a sufficient loading. So, a distinction of the problem is reduced, but a complexity of the design and precise, homogeneous play allow to remaining it in the Prizes.
EN <-> RU
7th Prize - No 42
Zoltán Laborczi
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
Special Prize - No 49
Victor Zheglov
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
1st Honorable mention - No 1
Ladislav Packa
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
hs#3b) Qf1->h3(5+3)

7th Prize - No 42, Zoltán Laborczi (Hungary) 8/2p5/2P5/1Bp1p3/2P1P3/p1p5/pk6/R3K3

Initially everything is in readiness: *1...Kb3 2.0-0-0 a1B 3.Ba4+ Ka2 4.Bc2 Bb2#, and so it seems that the solution will be shorter than it is indicated. But actually together White and Black must find 3 (!) waiting move for the implementation of specified play!
White King and Rook switchbacks are not possible either because white would lose the right to castle. So, only a Bishop is suitable for White and only a King – for Black. Here goes!
1.Ba6! After 1.Ba4? Black would not have any waiting move.
1...Kc2! After 1...Kb3? 2.0-0-0 a1B 3.Bb5 Ka2 4.Ba4 ?? Black would not have any waiting move again for 5.Bc2 Bb2#.
2.Bb5! Now everything will turn out!
2...Kb3 3.0-0-0 a1B 4.Ba4+ Ka2 5.Bc2 Bb2#
Perhaps it is the most unusual problem of the tourney! Castling, underpromotion and, of course, very interesting play with three tempo-moves at the beginning! Excellent economy and loading of pieces. Bravo to the author for non-standard idea!
EN <-> RU

Special Prize - No 49, Victor Zheglov (Russia) 2R2Q2/1p6/8/1k6/8/KBB5/8/8

1.Rc7 Kb6! (tempo) 2.Ka4 Ka6 3.Qa3 b6 4.Bb4 b5#
1.Qf2 Ka6!
(tempo) 2.Qa2 b5 3.Bb2 Ka5 4.Rc6 b4#
And, again, here we see an exact dynamic echo of chameleon mates – as in 1st Prize!
On the one hand, this problem is clearly made less impression on me than 1st Prize. The fact is that these echo-mates have more simple construction and they are more typical for s#-genre in which this material have become a classical. (For example, it suffices to recall many miniatures and gravures of Andrey Selivanov with two or even three echo-mates by Black Pawn.)
On the other hand, in this problem everything is made excellent, without reference to its genre. And also the main idea of echo-mates is enriched by additional interesting nuances: tempo-moves of bK and anti-critical moves of wQ – only after these moves wBc3 can block a square near wK.
And, of course, it should be said about economy – it is a miniature!
All of the above resulted in Special Prize! Congratulations to the author!
EN <-> RU

1st Honorable mention - No 1, Ladislav Packa (Slovakia) 8/8/8/8/2k5/3R4/pPp1P3/2K2Q2

a) diagram: 1.Ra3 a1B 2.b3+ Kc3 3.Qf4 Bb2#
b) Qf1->h3: 1.Rg3 a1S 2.e3 Kd3 3.Qg4 Sb3#
Very economic form. Indian motifs with a play of Rook and Pawns which close the Rook, with reciprocal change-functions of these Pawns.
Pity that apparently in this scheme there is no an “universal” square for wQ to turn in multi-solutions form.
The scheme of the problem is slightly similar to yacpdb/326406, but in last problem there are no Indian motifs and the play of both sides is heterogeneous and unbalanced (for example, Promotions are on different moves).
EN <-> RU
2nd Honorable mention - No 66
Vitaly Medintsev
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
3rd Honorable mention - No 18
Ralf Krätschmer
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
hs#3.5b) bRe4(9+5)
4th Honorable mention - No 15
Vitaly Medintsev
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016

2nd Honorable mention - No 66, Vitaly Medintsev (Russia) 4b3/1p6/p2PP3/7r/2kPK2R/B7/1PB5/8

1.Bb1! Ra5! 2.Bc5 Kb3 3.Kd5 Ba4! 4.Re4 b5 5.Ba3 b4#
It’s very original idea – “double Indian”: after long critical moves of black liner officers, they are at first closed by Black Pawn and then, on mating move, played by dint of the same Pawn with both two created batteries – direct and indirect! Also on mating move there is a wB shut-off which executes a switchback.
EN <-> RU

3rd Honorable mention - No 18, Ralf Krätschmer (Germany) 8/8/6p1/6P1/4b1PP/PP1p1N2/KpkP3R/8

a) diagram: 1...Bd5 2.Rh1 Bg8 3.Rb1 Bh7 4.b4 Bg8#
b) bRe4: 1...Re1 2.Se5 Rb1 3.Sc4 Kc1 4.Se3 Ra1#
There is even some highlight that bB and bR choose different edges of a board for its incarceration – in my opinion, it looks unusual and “fresh”. Also there is function permutation of wS/wR.
Overall, I like the problem, despite some inhomogeneity of the play in phases.
EN <-> RU

4th Honorable mention - No 15, Vitaly Medintsev (Russia) 2k5/8/6p1/8/4K1nr/1N4p1/6P1/1RBB1R1n

1.Sa5! (Sc5?) Rh5! 2.Rb7 Rf5 (2...Se3? 3.Bg4+ Rf5 4.Bg5/Rc1+??) 3.Bg5 Se3 4.Bg4 Sc2 5.Rc1 Sf2#
Ready battery is destroyed, pieces of this battery are self-pinned – and we see a model mate in a center of a board.
“Immanent” feature of the problem is subtle choice of moves and its order by both sides. For example, a meaning of 1.Sa5! (instead of 1.Sc5) will be clear only at the end – wS does not prevent wR to pin bS from c1.
EN <-> RU
5th Honorable mention - No 77
Ingemar Lind & Dieter Müller
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
6th Honorable mention - No 44
Zoltán Laborczi
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
Special Honorable mention - No 27
Victor Zheglov
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016

5th Honorable mention - No 77, Ingemar Lind (Sweden) & Dieter Müller (Germany) 7k/6R1/8/8/Npp5/P1B5/1Kp5/8

1.Ka1 c1S 2.Sb2 Sb3+ 3.Ka2 Sa1 4.a4 b3+ 5.Ka3 Sc2#
Cyclic Platzwechsel of Sa4, Kb2 and Pa3.Peciculiar rundlauf of bPc2 which returns on c2 as a Knight. Gravure with model mate.
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6th Honorable mention - No 44, Zoltán Laborczi (Hungary) K4B2/2P2P2/6p1/2n5/8/1p3B2/1p4pR/2k5

1...g1R 2.Bh6+ Rg5 3.f8R b1R 4.Rb8 b2 5.c8R Ra1#
Task: Meredith with 4 (!) promotions in Rook, what is more all 4 Rooks has different functions – self-pinning, pinning, square-blocking and mate.
Compare to pdb/P1255740 where all 4 promoted Rooks execute a guarding, what is more they do it by the same way.
EN <-> RU

Special Honorable mention - No 27, Victor Zheglov (Russia) 8/4R3/3K4/3B1k2/Q2b4/8/8/8

1.Rd7 Ba1 2.Kc5 Ke5 3.Kb4 Kd4 4.Ka3+ Kc3 5.Ba2 Bb2#
1.Bg8 Bg7 2.Re5+ Kg6 3.Ke7 Bh8 4.Kf8 Kf6 5.Qe8 Bg7#
Echo-mates in opposite corners. Special distinction for a miniature.
EN <-> RU
1st Commendation - No 39
Aleksandr Kostyukov
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
2nd Commendation - No 10
Dieter Müller & Ingemar Lind
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
3rd Commendation - No 24
Ivo Tominić
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
hs#3.5b) wPf4(3+5)

1st Commendation - No 39, Aleksandr Kostyukov (Russia) B7/P7/8/2p5/2P5/3kP3/p1pP2R1/b1K5

1.Bf3 Bd4 2.a8Q (a8R?) a1S 3.Qd5 (Rd8?) Sb3#
1.Bd5 Bc3 2.a8R
(a8Q?) a1B 3.Ra3 (Qa3?) Bb2#
Mixed AUW with a choice of White promotion is complemented by duel of Bishops – each of them must choose an exact square. There is a shortcoming: after 1.Bf3 this wB does not participate in the play – he is no need for a mate in this solution.
Nevertheless, in my opinion, this problem has slightly more deep design than next problem which is shorter for a half-move. That is why a distinction of this problem is slightly high.
EN <-> RU

2nd Commendation - No 10, Dieter Müller (Germany) & Ingemar Lind (Sweden) 8/7P/8/8/3R1RP1/4k3/5p1p/5K1b

1...Be4 2.h8Q (h8R?) h1S 3.Qe5 (Re8?) Sg3#
1...Bf3 2.h8R
(h8Q?) h1B 3.Rh3 (Qh3?) Bg2#

3rd Commendation - No 24, Ivo Tominić (Croatia) 4r3/8/8/B7/5pp1/8/2B2kpK/8

a) diagram: 1...Re3 2.Bd3 Rg3 3.Bb6+ Kf3 4.Bg1 Rh3#
b) wPf4: 1...Re1 2.Bd1 Rg1 3.Be1+ Kf1 4.Bg3 Rh1#
There is some symmetry, but nevertheless a combination of two phases with incarceration of bR makes a good impression. Gravure with witty twinning.
EN <-> RU
4th Commendation - No 13
Vitaly Medintsev
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
5th Commendation - No 12
Rodolfo Riva
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
6th Commendation - No 65
Kostas Prentos
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016

4th Commendation - No 13, Vitaly Medintsev (Russia) 8/8/8/8/3B4/1K5p/r5k1/r7

1.Bb2 Rh1! 2.Kc2 Kg1 (h2?) 3.Kd1 (Kd2?) h2 4.Bd4+ Rf2 5.Ke1 Kg2#
Indian motifs in a Black play. Precise choice of moves by both sides. Switchbacks of wB and bK. Minimal miniature.
The form and the content of this problem remind me one-phase moremover helpmates of Linss and Paliulionis with similar nuances – Indian, line-closing for passing a King, line-opening and etc. The author of this problem managed to transfer such motifs to another genre, and the result looks interesting...
EN <-> RU

5th Commendation - No 12, Rodolfo Riva (Italy) 8/8/8/5N2/7R/2pkB1Q1/8/4K3

1...Kc2 2.Bf4! Kb3 3.Kd1 Kc4 4.Qe1 Kd3 5.Bc1 c2#
Miniature with rundlauf of bK and Wigwag theme (in a play of wB – Be3-f4-c1) which was proposed last year by the author of previous problem.
Unfortunately technical wSf5 does not participate in the solution.
EN <-> RU

6th Commendation - No 65, Kostas Prentos (USA) 7B/7B/8/8/2k5/5R2/p1p5/2K5

1.Rd3 a1B 2.Rd4+ Kc3 3.Bg8 Bb2#
1.Re3 a1S 2.Re4+ Kd3 3.Bb2 Sb3#
Miniature with two balanced solutions and echoed effects.
EN <-> RU
7th Commendation - No 36
Rainer Kuhn
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016
hs#3b) –Pc2(8+9)
Special Commendation - No 62
Ilija Serafimović
TT-167, SuperProblem, 10-07-2016

7th Commendation - No 36, Rainer Kuhn (Germany) 8/3p4/3P1p2/1p1P1P2/kPp3p1/1pP1K1b1/1Pp3P1/8

a) diagram: 1.Ke2! (tempo) Bh4 2.Kd2 g3 3.Kc1 Bg5#
b) –Pc2: 1.Ke4! (tempo) Bh2 2.Kd4 g3 3.Kc5 Bg1#
Tempo-moves of wK before a “hike” to a mating cage. But the position is slightly heavy.
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Special Commendation - No 62, Ilija Serafimović (Serbia) 2Q5/k2PP1b1/1pP5/1p6/5K2/1P6/8/8

1.e8S! Bh6+! 2.Ke5 Bd2 3.Kd6 Ba5 4.Kc7 b4 5.Sd6 b5#
Simple problem with some nuances:
- underpromotion with light effect of foresight – promoted Knight blocks a square only 4 moves after;
- bB can come to a5 for two move, but he must come by a sidewind in view of passing of wK.
It is pleasant that young author (he has celebrated 12 years old at July, 3!) try their hand in different genres, including such difficult genre hs#. Good luck, Ilija!
EN <-> RU

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Participants | Участники

Brzozowicz J. – No 67, 75
Crişan V. – No 40*, 41*
Huber E. – No 40*, 41*
Jonsson C. – No 37, 38
Koci V. – No 68
Kostyukov A. – No 20, 39, 57, 60
Krätschmer R. – No 17, 18
Kuhn R. – No 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35A, 35B, 36, 69, 70, 71
Laborczi Z. – No 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48*
Lind I. – No 9*, 10*, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 76*, 77*
Medintsev V. – No 13, 14, 15, 16, 66
Mladenović M. – No 21
Mlynka K. – No 3, 4, 5, 6
Molnár J. – No 58, 59, 78
Müller D. – No 7, 8, 9*, 10*, 50, 72, 73, 74, 76*, 77*
Navon E. – No 79
Packa L. – No 1, 2
Parrinello M. – No 25, 26
Prentos K. – No 63, 64, 65
Riva R. – No 11, 12
Serafimović I. – No 61, 62
Tar G. – No 22, 23, 48*
Tominić I. – No 24
Witztum M. – No 19
Zheglov V. – No 27, 28, 49

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Ladislav Packa
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