Final Award in Quick Composing TT-168 | Окончательные итоги блицконкурса TT-168
Theme | Тема
43 entries were received from 22 authors representing 13 countries | На конкурс поступило 43 композиций от 22 авторов из 13 стран
EN <-> RU
I received 43 entries in anonymous form for this tourney. The amount of entries definitely exceeded my expectations, as the theme – at least in my opinion was rather difficult. And among these 43 entries, there were also several very interesting and different renderings of the theme. So, judging this tourney has definitely been interesting!
Some words about my evaluations when judging:
- Substantial play. This is a most important factor. As White (in all entries except one, where Black actually performs the theme!) does not do much more than walk all the way with his Pawn, substantial Black play is a definite must for a high-ranked entry. In some entries, Black does not do much more than long King walks, and such entries are definitely not as interesting as entries with dynamic play by several pieces;
- Economy. Also a very important factor. If several pieces are static in at least one of the solutions, the overall impression is clearly decreased.
- Motivation for the slow Excelsior. This is also a factor which I think is important. If, for example, the slow excelsior is performed by capturing a static piece on the first or second move, because that is the only way to reach the desired promotion field, the reason for the slow Excelsior is usually rather obvious, and not very interesting. An interesting motivation is rather one that does not become obvious until near the end of the solution. One example could be, that White seems to be able to do a waiting move with his King instead – but not until at the end of the solution it becomes clear, that all such waiting moves have their defects, and therefore, a single first step with the Pawn is the only right way;
- Originality is most welcome.
- Some common theme that binds the two solutions together, is also a most welcome asset. Also, I excluded entry No 2 (Kb6-Kg2), as that one is unthematic (it uses twinning with only one solution per variant).
It was not easy to find a clear winner – I think that all the entries rewarded with a Prize would be most worthy of the 1st Prize. Anyway, I finally decided on the following (see below).
Finally, I want to thank all participants for all their fine entries, and last but not least, I want to thank the SuperProblem tourney director Aleksey Oganesjan for his fine work, and for letting me judge this tourney.
Thanks to everybody, and congratulations to all awarded composers!
Award is the following | Отличия распределились следующим образом
1st Prize, 1st Place - No 37, Torsten Linß (Germany) K7/n1k5/2r5/8/8/8/2P5/81...c3 2.Rd6 c4 3.Sc6 c5 4.Sb8 c6 5.Kc8 c7 6.Rd7 cxb8Q#
1...c4 2.Ra6 c5 3.Ra5 c6 4.Kb6 c7 5.Ka6 c8R 6.Sb5 Rc6#
Excelsior is very good: it is absolutely not obvious from the starting position, that White will never get the time to make a tempo move somewhere during the first solution.
The fact that White promotes to Queen and Rook (instead of Queen and Knight, which is by far the most common in this tourney), is also a plus.
The only very small weakness I can find is that the first solution does not end in a model mate, but considering the very rich contents, it is definitely not disturbing.
All in all, this is a most impressive piece of work, and I congratulate the author to a well-deserved 1st Prize!
2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 40, Viktoras Paliulionis (Lithuania) 8/8/4k1q1/r2bnn2/r4p2/8/P4Kp1/81...a3 2.Rb4 axb4 3.Rc5 bxc5 4.Sd4 c6 5.Qd3 c7 6.Kf5 c8S 7.Ke4 Sd6#
1...Ke1 2.Rd4 a4 3.Rb5 axb5 4.Be4 b6 5.Kd5 b7 6.Kc4 b8Q 7.Kd3 Qb3#
White's move 1...Ke1! in the second solution. It is far from obvious why the King must move to this specific field until the end of the solution.
Another small plus is that the promoted White pieces both get to make one move each – this is also something that very few authors have managed to achieve.
One small weakness in this entry, is that the Black Knights and Queen are very static in the second solution. However, the Knights are obvious cook-stoppers in this solution, and therefore, I don't find this fact very disturbing.
Also, it is a bit sad that the Pawn on g2 is there, as it prevents an ideal mate in the first solution...
Anyway, just like the 1st Prize, this entry is most impressive, and another well-deserved Prize!
3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 6, Zlatko Mihajloski (Macedonia) n6K/1n6/1bk3q1/2r5/8/8/b2P4/81...d4 2.Be6 d5+ 3.Kb5 dxe6 4.Qf7 exf7 5.Ka5 f8Q 6.Rb5 Qa3#
1...d3 2.Bc7 d4 3.Kb6 dxc5+ 4.Ka7 c6 5.Bb8 c7 6.Qa6 c8S#
I am especially impressed by the use of the Black Queen in this entry. At first sight, it seems to only be included in order to prevent White from making a tempo move with the King – but in fact, it takes an active part in both solutions, by sacrificing itself in the first solution, and by blocking a flight square in the second one. Just like the Queen, the Rook and black-square Bishop also act as sacrifices in one solution and as blocker in the other one, and this adds some further homogeneity to the two solutions.
Unlike the 2nd Prize, however, the Black King gets mated at the edge of the board in both variants here, and this lowers the overall effect a bit, when compared to that entry. Also, the Black Knights are very static in the second solution.
Anyway, this entry is also a very good implementation of the theme, and also well worth a Prize!
4th Prize - No 32, Gábor Tar (Hungary) 8/8/1K2n1q1/4p3/2rrk3/8/2P5/81...c3 2.Rc7 c4 3.Rcd7 c5 4.Kd5 c6 5.Kd6 c7 6.Rd5 c8S#
1...Kb5 2.Rc6 c4 3.Sd8 c5 4.Re6 c6 5.Kd5 c7 6.Kd6 cxd8Q#
Another fact that I find most interesting with this entry is that the Black King is mated on the same field in both variants - but still, the Black play is completely different in the 2 solutions!
One weakness, however, is that there are several repeated White moves in the two solutions. In this case, however, I don't find it very disturbing – I rather think that it is fascinating, that the Black play and the resulting mate become completely different, just because the white King stands on b5 instead of b6 in the second solution!
So, in conclusion, this is another very well-deserved Prize winner!
1st Honorable mention - No 41, Viktoras Paliulionis (Lithuania) 8/r1n4p/3k2p1/4p3/2b1n3/4q3/2K3P1/81...g4 2.h5 gxh5 3.Sd5 hxg6 4.Rf7 gxf7 5.Kc5 f8S 6.Kd4 Se6#
1...g3 2.Qf4 gxf4 3.Kc6 fxe5 4.Sd6 exd6 5.Kb7 dxc7 6.Ka8 c8Q#
2nd Honorable mention - No 13, Rodolfo Riva (Italy) 6n1/2p3p1/2b5/p1p2k2/7r/8/2P5/6K11...c4 2.Bd5 cxd5 3.Kg6 d6 4.Kh7 d7 5.Kh8 d8S 6.Rh7 Sf7#
1...c3 2.Rb4 cxb4 3.Ke6 bxa5 4.Kd7 a6 5.Kc8 a7 6.Bd7 a8Q#
Just like the 1st HM, though, I don't find the artistic effect quite as high as in the Prize winners, but it is definitely worth an Honorable mention!
3rd Honorable mention - No 39, Viktoras Paliulionis (Lithuania) 5n2/8/5K2/7B/4p3/8/4P3/2k51.Se6 e3 2.Sd4 exd4 3.e3 d5 4.e2 d6 5.e1R d7 6.Re2 d8Q 7.Rb2 Qd1#
1.Kd2 Bf3 2.exf3 e4 3.Ke3 e5 4.Kf4 e6 5.Kg4 e7 6.Kh5 exf8R 7.Kh6 Rh8#
A good achievement, and another well worthy Honorable Mention!
Editorial: compare 2nd solution with yacpdb/410306.
4th Honorable mention - No 36, Boris Shorokhov (Russia) 4K1n1/2r3p1/6kb/1p1p1r2/2p4n/8/1P6/1b61...b3 2.Kh7 bxc4 3.Sg6 cxd5 4.Sh8 d6 5.Re7+ dxe7 6.Rf8+ exf8S#
1...b4 2.Rc5 bxc5 3.Kf6 c6 4.Ke6 c7 5.Re5 c8R 6.Bf5 Rc6#
Apart from that, I am also impressed by the way the author has avoided cooks, by good positioning of the White King. In the first variant, the Rook moves must wait until last because of checks, and in the second solution, Black must protect the White King from checks with his own King, before the Rook can move to e5. The mate at the middle of the board in the second solution is also a plus.
I don't think the artistic effect is quite as good as in the Prize winners, and also, the position is a little bit heavier than in most other entries. But anyway, it is well worth an Honorable Mention!
5th Honorable mention - No 4, Sébastien Luce (France) 6bb/4p1nk/6p1/8/6p1/3np1pp/3P1p2/7K*1... ... 2.Sc5 d4 3.Bf7 dxc5 4.Kg8 c6 5.Kf8 c7 6.Ke8 c8Q#
1...dxe3 2.Sf4 exf4 3.f1S f5 4.Se3 f6 5.Sef5 f7 6.Sh6 f8S#
The actual play has perhaps not the same artistic effect as in most other Honorable Mentions, and some of the Black Pieces are rather static in both solutions. But still, I think this entry gains several bonus points on the difficulty of using set play + solution for the theme. And as the two variants are both interesting, I think the entry is well worth an Honorable Mention!
6th Honorable mention - No 14, Yuri Bilokin (Ukraine) 4K3/8/4k1p1/3r1p2/4p3/8/5P2/81...f3 2.Kf6 fxe4 3.Kg7 exf5 4.Kh8 f6 5.Rh5 f7 6.Rh7 f8Q#
1...f4 2.g5 fxg5 3.e3 g6 4.e2 g7 5.e1R g8R 6.Ree5 Rg6#
Special Honorable mention - No 19, Fadil Abdurahmanovic (Bosnia) 1rqb1K1n/1p6/1np4p/8/2p1b3/3k4/5P2/3r41...f4 2.Bg6 f5 3.Ke4 fxg6 4.Kf5 g7 5.Kg6 g8R+! 6.Kh7 Rg7# (5... ?? 6.Kh7 g8Q# – but lack of tempomove!)
1...f3 2.Kd4 fxe4 3.Kc5 e5 4.Rd7 e6 5.Kd6 e7 6.Kc7 e8S#
Also, in this first solution, Black plays two different pieces to g6 - and the White pawn also passes that field!
However, the large mass of inactive Black pieces in the first solution also prevents the entry from receiving an ordinary distinction.
Anyway, the fact that the predecessor uses twinning for achieving the AUW, gives the 4 entries for this tourney at least partial originality, and therefore, they are presented with a Special HM.
Special Honorable mention - No 7, Vlaicu Crişan (Romania) bn5K/k1n5/p2p4/1p2p3/5p1b/8/7P/81.Bg5 h4 2.f3 hxg5 3.f2 g6 4.f1B g7 5.Bfg2 g8Q 6.Bgb7 Qg1#
1.Bg3 hxg3 2.b4 gxf4 3.b3 fxe5 4.b2 exd6 5.b1R dxc7 6.Rb7 c8S#
Special Honorable mention - No 17, Christer Jonsson (Sweden) rb6/k1p5/2P5/8/1p5K/7n/4P1p1/81...e3 2.Sf4 e4 3.Sd5 exd5 4.g1R d6 5.Ra1 dxc7 6.Ra6 c8S#
1...e4 2.b3 e5 3.b2 e6 4.b1B e7 5.Bd3 e8Q 6.Ba6 Qe3
Special Honorable mention - No 28, Anatoly Stepochkin (Russia) bb5K/k5p1/p7/7p/2p3p1/8/3P4/81...d3 2.g3 dxc4 3.g2 c5 4.g1R c6 5.Rb1 c7 6.Rb7 c8S#
1...d4 2.h4 d5 3.h3 d6 4.h2 d7 5.h1B d8Q 6.Bhb7 Qd4#
Special Honorable mention - No 42, Mario Parrinello (Italy) bn3K2/k7/p7/1p5p/2p5/8/3P4/81...d4 2.h4 d5 3.h3 d6 4.h2 d7 5.h1B d8Q 6.Bhb7 Qd4#
1...d3 2.b4 dxc4 3.b3 c5 4.b2 c6 5.b1R c7 6.Rb7 c8S#
1st Commendation - No 20, Fadil Abdurahmanovic (Bosnia) 1n6/1n6/8/4r3/3k1p2/8/4P3/1K61.Ra5 e4 2.Kc5 e5 3.Kb6 e6 4.Ka7 e7 5.Ka8! e8S 6.Ra7 Sc7#
1.Rh5 e3+ 2.Ke5 exf4+ 3.Kf6 f5 4.Kg7 f6+ 5.Kh8! f7 6.Rh7 f8Q#
2nd Commendation - No 34, Antal Harl (Hungary) K7/8/4r3/5kn1/7n/7b/4P3/81...e4+ 2.Kg4 e5 3.Rh6 e6 4.Kh5 e7 5.Bf5 e8S 6.Bg6 Sf6#
1...e3 2.Rc6 e4+ 3.Ke6 e5 4.Kd7 e6+ 5.Kc8 e7 6.Rc7 e8Q#
However, the second solution is a bit simple, and 3 of the Black pieces are completely unused in that one. It also ends in a non-model mate.
Anyway, it is a quite good miniature, and well worth a Commendation!
3rd Commendation - No 25, Michael Schlosser & Rainer Kuhn (Germany) 1n6/1p4n1/1b5K/8/2k5/8/4P3/81...e4 2.Kb5 e5 3.Ka6 e6 4.Ka7 e7 5.Ka8 e8S 6.Ba7 Sc7#
1...e3 2.Kd5 e4+ 3.Ke6 e5 4.Kf7 e6+ 5.Kg8 e7 6.Sh5 e8Q#
4th Commendation - No 29, Pietro Pitton (Italy) q4n2/1p5p/p7/3ppp2/2pk4/8/1P6/6K11...b3 2.Kc5 bxc4 3.Kb6 c5+ 4.Ka7 c6 5.Sd7 c7 6.Sb8 c8S#
1...b4 2.e4 b5 3.Ke5 bxa6 4.Kf6 axb7 5.Kg7 bxa8Q 6.Kh8 Qxf8#
5th Commendation - No 18, Aleksandr Kostyukov (Russia) 8/8/8/4kp2/2p5/8/5n1P/2Kn3r1...h3 2.Sg4 hxg4 3.Kf6 gxf5 4.Kg7 f6+ 5.Kh8 f7 6.Rh7 f8Q#
1...h4 2.Kd4 h5 3.Kc3 h6 4.Kb3 h7 5.Ka2 h8R 6.Ka1 Ra8#
Special Commendation - No 38, Torsten Linß (Germany) 6K1/3p4/8/B7/8/8/8/kn61.d5 Kf7 2.d4 Ke6 3.d3 Kd5 4.d2 Kc4 5.d1R Kb3 6.Rd2 Bc3+ 7.Rb2+ Bxb2#
1.d6 Kf7 2.d5 Ke6 3.d4 Kd5 4.d3 Kc4 5.d2 Kb3 6.d1S Bc3+ 7.Sb2 Bxb2#
It also has excellent economy – only 5 pieces! - but also the exact same, not very advanced, play by White in both solutions.