Final Award in Quick Composing TT-193 | Окончательные итоги блицконкурса TT-193

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Theme | Тема

51 entries were received from 14 authors representing 8 countries | На конкурс поступила 51 композиция от 14 авторов из 8 стран

EN <-> RU

I received 51 entries in total, distributed on 22 S#, 5 R# and 24 HS#, for this tourney. I think the overall quality was a bit uneven – there were some excellent implementations, but also quite many with no clear theme and/or very forced or mechanical play. There were also rather many entries where the Black and White solutions were practically identical – in some, they even had the exact same moves, in the exact same order.
I was aware that it was a rather difficult theme, at least when it comes to implementing it in selfmates and reflexmates – but I still hoped that a few more entries of these types would succeed in showing some more interesting content, primarily an interesting theme.
I considered splitting the award into two parts, one for 'antagonistic' stipulations (S# and R#) and one for HS#, but in the end, I did not find the overall quality of the 'antagonistic' entries good enough for making a separate award. So, I decided to make one award for all stipulations.

My main criteria for judging have been the following:
- Consistency: The White and Black solutions should preferably feel consistent, i.e. they should have some kind of common theme, and also be well balanced. If e.g. the White solution is excellent, but the Black solution is poor, then the Black solution does not really make any sense, and that, of course, lowers the overall impression.
- Artistic effect: Elegant, original and unexpected solutions are always most welcome.
- Difficulty of the theme: As mentioned above, I am well aware of the difficulty in implementing this theme in a S# or R#. Therefore, I have given special consideration to the entries of these types, when placing them in the same award as the HS# entries.
- Economy: Of course, this is always an important factor – cumbersome positions don't give a good impression.

As always, it has been difficult to make a good, fair award, when the entries are quite many and very different. So, I hope that all participants (and other readers) can at least find my award and motivations acceptable!
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 excellent work, and for letting me judge this tourney.
Thank you all, and congratulations to all awarded composers!

Award is the following | Отличия распределились следующим образом

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 13
Karol Mlynka (version)
TT-193, SuperProblem, 07-08-2017
2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 10
Karol Mlynka
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017
1st Hon. mention, 3rd Place - No 38
Aleksandr Kostyukov
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 13, Karol Mlynka (Slovakia), versionb7/8/8/8/5p2/BB1p4/2PPN3/1kr1RK2

1.Sg3 Rc1-d1 (a) 2.Bc1 Rxd2 (b) 3.Re1-d1 (A) fxg3 4.Ba3+ Rxd1#

1.Rc1-d1 (a) Sc1 2.Rxd2 (b) Re1-d1 (A) 3.Bg2+ Ke1 4.Re2+ Sxe2#
A task very rich of content. First of all, the field d1 is used in a really nice, original way. Both the Rooks are going here in both solutions, and the Black Rook even makes a switchback here! Also, the fact that White unpins the Black Rook on c1 with different pieces in the two solutions is really nice and cleverly implemented, and the unpinning piece also makes a switchback on White's last move in both solutions. The fact that the entry also shows a Zilahi adds even more to the consistency between the two solutions. Finally, the economy is also very good.
Most importantly, I think this is a very well balanced entry, extremely rich of content, and therefore, I present it with a very well deserved 1st Prize!
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2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 10, Karol Mlynka (Slovakia) 8/8/8/8/8/1B2p3/NpPP2p1/kr1RK1b1

1.c3 exd2+ (a) 2.Kxd2 Be3+ 3.Kd2-c2 g1Q 4.Rxb1+ Qxb1#

1.Rbc1 Sxc1 2.Kb1 Ba2+ 3.Kb1xc2 Se2 4.exd2+ (a) Rxd2#
This entry has two quite unexpected solutions. At first glance, it looks quite likely that the two Kings will be mated on the fields that they stand on in the diagram position – but instead, they are both mated on c2, of all fields! The fact that White captures the Black Rook in the first solution, is also something I find rather unexpected, as this Rook seems likely to be the mating piece. The good economy and the two well-balanced solutions are of course also good features, and grant this entry a well-deserved Prize!
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1st Honorable mention, 3rd Place - No 38, Aleksandr Kostyukov (Russia) r3k3/QRb3P1/B4pP1/1pp1pPq1/r1p2n2/n4P2/1PP5/R3K3

1.g8R+! Kd7/Ke7 2.Rxc7+ Kd6 3.Qb6+ Kd5 4.0-0-0+ Sd3#

1.Qg1+! Kd2 2.Ba5+ b4 3.cxb3 e.p.+ c3 4.0-0-0+ Rd7#
This is one of rather few 'antagonistic' entries with a clear, good theme! A Valladao task, including a minor promotion, and also both castlings and battery mates by both parties!
The play is rather forced, and the position a bit heavy, but in a duplex S#4, I think that this can be accepted, as long as the theme is interesting. As mentioned in the preface, entries of this type gain several bonus points on the difficulty, and therefore, it is presented with a well-deserved Honorable Mention!
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2nd Honorable mention - No 29
Ladislav Packa
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017
3rd Honorable mention - No 12
Karol Mlynka
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017
4th Honorable mention - No 27
Mikhail Halma
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017

2nd Honorable mention - No 29, Ladislav Packa (Slovakia) 2b2R2/8/8/8/6r1/7K/4pB1P/5k2

1.Rf5 (A) Rg1 (a) 2.Bh4+ (B) Bxf5# (b)

1.Bf5 (b) Bh4 (B) 2.Rg1+ (a) Rxf5# (A)
This entry shows the same moves in both solutions – but in reverse order! Very cleverly done!
The solutions are very consistent, with an interception and a self-block on the first move, and a discovered check creating a self-block on the second move, while forcing a selfmate.
Also very good economy. Very good!
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3rd Honorable mention - No 12, Karol Mlynka (Slovakia) 8/8/8/8/2N4p/1PP1p2P/1Pp1PNpP/2kr1QKR

1.b4 Re1 (a) 2.Sd1 Rxe2 3.Qe1 gxh1B 4.Sf2+ Rxe1#

1.Re1 (a) Sxe3 2.Kd2 Sd3 3.gxh1Q+ Kf2 4.Rxe2+ Qxe2#
This entry, and two others (no 9 and 11) were rather similar, so I decided to pick only the best of them (this one) for the award.
Two fine, and rather advanced solutions, especially the first one with double switchbacks. The two different promotions by the Black Pawn is also a very nice feature.
However, I don't think the solutions here are quite as consistent as in the Prize winners (which this entry resembles a bit), and the economy is also worse. Therefore, it is ranked a little bit lower. Still, it is a very good achievement, well worth an Honorable Mention!
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4th Honorable mention - No 27, Mikhail Halma (Ukraine) 6R1/4R3/5K2/3Q4/4Pk2/8/p7/6r1

1.e5 a1R 2.e6 Raf1 3.Qe4+ Kxe4#

1.a1Q+ Qd4 2.Qa2 Rf7 3.Qe6+ Kxe6#
A nice entry, with battery mates by the Kings in both solutions, and two different promotions by the Black Pawn! Good economy, even though the Rooks on the g-file are quite passive. Considering the few pieces, it is also impressive that both Kings are mated near the center of the board! Very good!
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5th Honorable mention - No 41
D. Müller & M. Schreckenbach
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017
6th Honorable mention - No 16
Gábor Tar
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017
hs#3duplex   b) bSc8(7+7)
7th Honorable mention - No 21
Gábor Tar
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017

5th Honorable mention - No 41, Dieter Müller & Michael Schreckenbach (Germany) 4n3/6P1/6Kp/8/3N1r2/2Q5/k5pr/8

1.g8Q+? Rf7 2.Qh7 Rf6#, 1...Kb1! (a) 2.Qgb3#
1.g8B+! Rf7 2.Bh7 Rf6#
1...Kb1(a) 2.Bh7 Rf6#

1.g1Q+? Qg3 2.Qa1 Qb3#, 1...Kh7! (b) 2.Qxg7#
1.g1R+! Qg3 2.Ra1 Qb3#
1...Kh7(b) 2.Ra1 Qb3#
A well done 'antagonistic' entry! Very good use of the R# condition in the try play, forcing two different minor promotions! Two very consistent solutions and tries, even though the play is rather forced and straightforward. But, just as with the 1st HM, the difficulty of making a duplex R# gives several bonus points, and thereby grants this entry an Honorable Mention!
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6th Honorable mention - No 16, Gábor Tar (Hungary) 2b5/B7/4pN2/1Rp5/4Nk2/3p2p1/4PpP1/5K2

a) diagram:
1.Sxc5 Bb7 2.e4 Bxe4 3.Sxd3+ Bxd3#

1.Bb7 Sxc5 2.Be4 exd3 3.Bxd3+ Sxd3#

b) bSc8:
1.Bxc5 Sd6 2.Bb4 Sxe4 3.Bd2+ Sxd2#

1.Scd6 Bxc5 2.Sxe4 Bb4 3.Sd2+ Bxd2#
This is the only entry in the tourney using twins. The solutions are also very consistent: in a) Black plays his Bishop in all moves, while White plays his Knight, and in b) it is the other way around! The downside is, that in both a) and b), the White and Black solutions are very similar; in b), the moves are even the exact same in both solutions. However, I think that the achievement of making such well balanced and consistent twins in a duplex problem is impressive, and well worth an Honorable Mention!
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7th Honorable mention - No 21, Gábor Tar (Hungary) 8/6pr/8/7B/p7/kP4n1/p3r3/K4Q2

1.Qf8+! (A)
1...Kxb3 2.Be8 Re1# (B)
1...Re7 2.Bf7 Rh1#

1.Re1+! (B)
1...Bd1 2.Se2 Qf8# (A)
1...Qxe1 2.axb3 Qa5#
This fine 'antagonistic' entry has rather forced play, but otherwise it is very nice! Two well-balanced solutions, where the key in one solution becomes a mating move in another one. Also self-interferences by both White and Black in different solutions, and good economy. Very good!
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1st Commendation - No 30
Ladislav Packa
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017
2nd Commendation - No 17
Gábor Tar
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017
3rd Commendation - No 14
Gábor Tar
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017

1st Commendation - No 30, Ladislav Packa (Slovakia) 6n1/Pp6/1P4p1/4p1p1/4k1Kb/3pP1pP/3P2Pp/3R4

1.a8Q h1S 2.Qxg8 Sf2#

1.h1R a8B 2.Rxd1 Bxb7#
A nice AUW, and one of very few HS# entries, which forces mate through zugzwang!
However, the position is a bit heavy, and the White Rook and Black Knight, which are only used as passive sacrifices in one variant each, and completely unused in the other one, are also lowering the impression a bit. Therefore, this entry 'only' gets a Commendation.
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2nd Commendation - No 17, Gábor Tar (Hungary) RQ6/B7/8/1R5n/4p3/1B1b2p1/2p1q2p/k1K1b2r

1.Qe5+? Bc3+! (2.Bg1#)
1.Qh8+? Sg7/Sf6 2.Bb8+ Ba5#, 1...Bc3+!
1.Rb6? – 2.Qe5+ Bc3#, 1...Qf2! (a)
1.Rc5! – 2.Qe5+ Bc3#
1...Qf2 (a) 2.Ra5+ Bxa5#

1.Bb4+! Bg1+ 2.Ba3+ Rxa3#
This S# has a very well done White solution, with a non-checking key, and several good tries.
However, the Black solution has completely forced play, with several inactive pieces, and that makes this entry rather unbalanced. Still, I definitely think that the fine White solution – clearly the most advanced one in any of the selfmate entries - deserves attention, and thereby, this entry is granted a Commendation.
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3rd Commendation - No 14, Gábor Tar (Hungary) bb6/8/8/8/R2P1P2/8/4Nqn1/4nk1K

1.Ra3 Sh4+ (Sxf4+?) 2.Rf3 Sf5 3.Sg3+ Sxg3#

1.Sxf4+ d5 2.Sh5 Rf4 3.Shg3+ Sxg3#
Two different Knight walks by Black, with a fine dual avoidance. The White Rook pins the Black Queen from two different fields. Not that advanced play, but nice!
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4th Commendation - No 19
Gábor Tar
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017
5th Commendation - No 37
Aleksandr Kostyukov
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017
6th Commendation - No 7
Roman Zalokotsky
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017

4th Commendation - No 19, Gábor Tar (Slovakia) 8/Q4Bp1/2r2P2/2bbpk2/2P1Np1B/5P1n/r3nP2/3KN2R

1...Rxd6 2.Bg5 Sxf2#
1...Bxd6 2.cxd5 Rc1#

1...Sxf2 2.Be4 fxe4#
1...Bhxf2 2.gxf6 Rh5#
A nice r#, with two well-balanced variants, double sacrifical keys, and four different mates. Rather forced play, but nice!
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5th Commendation - No 37, Aleksandr Kostyukov (Russia) 2Q5/3p1Pp1/3k2P1/6P1/3K4/8/6p1/2q1n3

1.f8Q+! Ke6 2.Qf7+ Kd6 3.Qd5+ Ke7 4.Qe4+ Kd6 5.Qc5+ Qxc5#

1.g1Q+! Ke4 2.Qge3+ Kf5 3.Qh3+ Ke4 4.Qe6+ Kd4 5.Qc5+ Qxc5#
Rather forced play, but otherwise quite nice. Both White and Black need to make some precise maneuvers in order to get the promoted Queen in place, while being careful not to lose control of the opponent's King. Also a small plus for the fact that White's king is forced to f5, and then back to d4 again! Good!
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6th Commendation - No 7, Roman Zalokotsky (Ukraine) 5N2/5N2/5pp1/1b3k2/1Q3p2/3PpK2/4P1P1/8

*1...Bxd3 2.Qe4+ Bxe4#
*1...g5 2.Qa5 (A) g4#
1.Qa5! g5 2.d4 g4#

1.Bc6+! Qe4+ 2.Bxe4+ dxe4#
Rather simple play, and also a bit unbalanced solutions. However, unlike several similar entries, the author has managed to add some valuable consistency, as some moves from the set play in the White solution appear in the Black solution – but now, the opposite side is mated instead! Also, unlike many other selfmates, the author has at least managed to make one solution with quiet play, and also a not too heavy position. This is good enough for at least granting this entry a Commendation!
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7th Commendation - No 16
Gábor Tar
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017
8th Commendation - No 8
Karol Mlynka
TT-193, SuperProblem, 28-07-2017

7th Commendation - No 16, Gábor Tar (Hungary) 8/7Q/8/8/rp1p4/k7/2p5/K7

1.Qd3+! b3 2.Qxb3+ Kxb3#

1.c1Q+! Qb1 2.Qb2+ Qxb2#
Miniature and White minimal! No other S# in the tourney has managed to fulfill any of these achievements, so I think it is at least worth a Commendation, despite the quite forced play.
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8th Commendation - No 8, Karol Mlynka (Slovakia) 8/8/4p1p1/1p6/1P2P1P1/Bp2p1p1/pP2P1P1/kr1RKB2

1.Rd1-c1! (A) zz
1...e5 (a) 2.g5 (B) Rxc1# (c)
1...g5 (b) 2.e5 (C) Rxc1# (c)

1.Rb1-c1! (c) zz
1...g5 (B) 2.e5 (a) Rxc1# (A)
1...e5 (C) 2.g5 (b) Rxc1# (A)
One of very few S# entries, where all play except for the mating move is quiet. In such an entry, of course, it is not easy to avoid that the White and Black solutions become quite simple, and also very similar. However, unlike the similar entries, the author has managed to add some consistency in terms of keys to the same square, and mates also on this same square, in both variants. Also, the solution is short, which means that the play does not become too mechanical. This, together with the difficulty of making such a problem, is good enough to grant this entry a Commendation.
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Participants | Участники

Hadži-Vaskov G. – No 26
Halma M. – No 22, 23, 24, 25, 27
Kostyukov A. – No 36, 37, 38
Kuhn R. – No 42, 43
Medintsev V. – No 46, 47
Miloseski B. – No 44, 45
Mlynka K. – No 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Müller D. – No 39, 40, 41*
Nefyodov V. – No 28
Ozols I. – No 31, 32, 33, 34, 35
Packa L. – No 29, 30
Schreckenbach M. – No 41*
Tar G. – No 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Zalokotsky R. – No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 48, 49, 50, 51

The Winner | Победитель

Karol Mlynka
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Judge | Арбитр

Ingemar Lind

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Aleksey Oganesjan

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