Final Award in Quick Composing TT-208 | Окончательные итоги блицконкурса TT-208

The King’s Feed | Царь трапезничать желает!

Theme | Тема

39 entries were received from 16 authors representing 9 countries | На конкурс поступило 39 композиций от 16 авторов из 9 стран

EN <-> RU

I have received 39 anonymous problems. The level of the tourney did not please me because there are much monotony in tactic ideas and many twomover threats that lead to forced combinations.
I could give a Commendation for No 16 (Kf2-Kd5), but I propose its author to work on key. In a diagram position of the problem wQ is already stands under double attack by Black pieces. But if wQ moves on this square and execute 1-2 sacrifices then it would be a problem of more high level. Also wSh2 is passive.
The theme of the tourney attracted novice authors, and they trained in composing. I am planning to use published problems at my lessons with pupils and in my methodical brochure “Increase of combination skill among young chess players”. In this brochure, I tried to tell about my experience of my work as a chess trainer. I include a chapter “How to solve chess problems” in this brochure, and I had an idea to help young solvers to better understand in chess composition.
I want to say that during the TT-208 judging, I preferred problems with active sacrifices (passive the ones looked not very good). Also I didn’t mark the problems with one sacrifice. It’s few! For example, 10 pieces problem No 10 (Kd2 Kf6) has three model mates, but only one sacrifice. This problem can be send to the tourney “Gravure”. I preferred problems with sacrifices of pieces compare to sacrifices of pawns.
Besides that, I consider the problems of this TT from the point of view of using its during my chess lessons. I think that a training of combinative vision with chess problems is useful for chess players.

Award is the following | Отличия распределились следующим образом

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 4
Anatoly Stepochkin
TT-208, SuperProblem, 08-06-2018
2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 15
Yury Gorbatenko
TT-208, SuperProblem, 08-06-2018
1st Hon. mention, 3rd Place - No 21
Aleksandr Kostyukov
TT-208, SuperProblem, 08-06-2018

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 4, Anatoly Stepochkin (Russia) 4B3/n7/R5Qn/3pPr1p/3Pk3/1K2B2p/5P2/2N3N1

1.Bf7! – 2.Sf3 – 3.Sd2#/Sg5#, 2...Kxf3 3.Bxd5# (A)
1...Sxf7 2.Sd3 – 3.Sc5#, 2...Kxd3 3.Qxf5# (B)
1...Sb5/Sc6 2.Bxd5+! (A) Kxd5 3.Qc6#
1...Sg4 2.Qxf5+! (B) Kxf5 3.Bg6#
Threemover with the most quantity of thematic variations. Sactifices of pieces are executed by Star and untied by pairs of tactic ideas. Two quiet sacrifices of Knights, sacrifices of Queen and Bishop. Sacrifices of Queen for a Rook looks not very pleasant. But the problem has a substantial merit – 2nd White moves of 1st pair become mating moves of 2nd pair.
EN <-> RU

2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 15, Yury Gorbatenko (Russia) B2B3K/p5p1/Pp1k4/2p1p1P1/r1p3Qp/8/7r/4N3

1.Sf3! – 2.Qc8 – 3.Qc6#
1...e4 2.Bd5! – 3.Qe6#, 2...Kxd5 3.Qd7#
1...b5 2.Bc6! – 3.Qd7#, 2...Kxc6 3.Qe6#
1...Rxa6 2.Sxe5 – 3.Sxc4#/Sf7#, 2...b5/Rc2/Ra4 3.Sf7#, 2...Rf2 3.Sxc4#, 2...Kxe5 3.Bc7#
The problem with good quiet threat. Sacrifices of Bishop in two variations with pseudo le Grand theme. Also there is third thematic variation with good sacrifice of Knight. The wS position is somewhat poorly because it prompts a key. Three thematic variations total.
EN <-> RU

1st Honorable mention, 3rd Place - No 21, Aleksandr Kostyukov (Russia) r3k2r/p1p2n1p/K3pP2/1RP3PB/1N1Q4/6BR/8/8

1.Qe4! – 2.Qxe6+ Kf8 3.Qxf7#, 2...Kd8 3.Sc6# / 2.Qxa8+ Kd7 3.c6#
1...0-0-0 2.Rb8+! Kxb8 3.Qb7#, 2...Kd7 3.Qc6#
1...Kd7 2.Qxe6+! Kxe6 3.Bg4#, 2...Kd8 3.Sc6#
1...0-0 2.Qxh7+! Kxh7 3.Bxf7#
1...e5 2.Qxa8+ Kd7 3.Bg4#
1.c6? – 2.Qd7+ Kf8 3.Qxf7#, 1...Rd8 2.Qxd8+! Kxd8 3.Rb8#, 1...0-0!
Author pointed out 4 thematic sacrifices but I see only 3 sacrifices for bK, and sacrifices for other Black pieces are consider as additional. In this problem I liked a variety of tactic ideas. I think that a similarity of the play in variations is more valuable in helpmate genre. Also the sacrifices looks attractive in this problem. The shortcoming is in weak loading of White pieces and of course in unpleasant double threat.
EN <-> RU
2nd Honorable mention - No 39
Aleksey Oganesjan
TT-208, SuperProblem, 08-06-2018
1st Commendation - No 14
Yury Gorbatenko
TT-208, SuperProblem, 08-06-2018
2nd Commendation - No 18
Dieter Müller
TT-208, SuperProblem, 08-06-2018

2nd Honorable mention - No 39, Aleksey Oganesjan (Russia) 1n5Q/P7/2p5/1NP5/1p6/1P1K4/ppP4p/kb5R

1.a8Q! zz
1...Sa6 2.Qxb2+! Kxb2 3.Qh8#
1...Sd7 2.Qxa2+! Kxa2 3.Qa8#
1...cxb5 2.Rxb1+! Kxb1 3.Qh1#
1.axb8Q(B)? cxb5! 2.Qbe5(Be5)?? – pat!
The problem of popular style with three homogeneous variations: on 1st move Black opens a line for one of wQ’s; then another White piece is sacrificed thematically with “expulsion” of bK out of a corner; after that the very same wQ goes to a former place of said White piece, via a move from corner to corner. (author.)

Wide moves of wQ’s are pleasant. It is the most interesting problem from point of view of demonstration to young chess players. The shortcomings are following: all sacrifices are with captures; the key is necessary but too strong.
EN <-> RU

1st Commendation - No 14, Yury Gorbatenko (Russia) 5K2/NR1p1B2/3pp2p/2pkpp2/5P2/1P2Q3/7b/B2r3b

1.Be8! – 2.Bxd7 – 3.Bc6#
1...e4 2.Qxc5+! Kxc5 3.Rb5#, 2...dxc5 3.Rxd7#
1...exf4 2.Qxe6+! Kxe6 3.Bf7#, 2...dxe6 3.Bc6#
Quiet good threat. After 1st move Bishop guards off control over e6, and it’s valuable because a little bit later wQ will be sacrificed on this square. Two effective sacrifices of wQ but both with captures of bP’s. Switchback. Two good thematic sacrifices with two additional the ones.
EN <-> RU

2nd Commendation - No 18, Dieter Müller (Germany) Q2b1N2/p7/pPn3p1/P2kB3/K1pPp1P1/2p1p1pr/2PN4/6n1

1.Sxe4? – 2.Sxc3#, 1...Se2!
1.Sxc4? – 2.Sxe3#, 1...Bg5 2.bxa7 – 3.Sb6#, 2...Bd8 3.Sxe3#, 1...g2!
1.bxa7! – 2.Qxc6+ (A) Kxc6 3.a8Q(B)#
1...Rh7 2.Sxc4! – 3.Sxe3#, 2...Kxc4 3.Qxc6# (A), 2...Bg5 3.Sb6#
1...Bxa5 2.Sxe4! – 3.Sf6#, 2...Bd8 3.Sxc3#, 2...Kxe4 3.Qxc6# (A)
Three thematic sacrifices but the key is unlucky. The threat is rough too. The merit of the problem is additional defenses in answer to 2nd White move in two thematic variations.
EN <-> RU
Special Commendation - No 9
Dieter Müller (after T. Clarke)
TT-208, SuperProblem, 08-06-2018
Special Commendation - No 20A
Mykhailo Halma (after C. Schlechter)
TT-208, SuperProblem, 08-06-2018

Special Commendation - No 9, Dieter Müller, Germany (after T. Clarke)2b5/1p1p4/1K1Q4/p2N4/P1pppP2/3k4/3p4/3B4

1.Sc3? zz 1...e3 2.f5 Kxc3 3.Qa3# (A), 2...e2 3.Qg3# (B), 1...Ke3!
1.Kxa5? - 2.Qb6 - 3.Qb1# (C), 2...c3 3.Qb5# (D); 1...b5 2.Qb4 - 3.Qb1# (C), 2...c3 3.Qxb5# (D), 1...c3!
1.Qxd7? - 2.Qb5 (D) - 3.Qb1# (C), 1...e3 2.Qh7+ Bf5 3.Qxf5#, 1...Bxd7!
1.f5! zz
1...e3 2.Sc3! Kxc3 3.Qa3# (A), 2...e2 3.Qg3# (B)
1...c3 2.Se3! Kxe3 3.Qg3# (B), 2...c2 3.Qa3# (A)
Two quiet pure sacrifices of Knight even with reciprocal change of 2nd and 2rd moves. Such moves of Knight is very popular among chess composers for a long time, and I found a strong anticipation. Also I think that a symmetry of White moves is a shortcoming of the problem. Besides that, main part of a matrix of the problem is symmetrical and almost repeats a position of anticipation. This problem is interesting for me both from point of view of demonstration to young chess players and from point of view of theory, as a comparison to anticipation from 19th century – yacpdb/369650.
EN <-> RU

Special Commendation - No 20A, Mykhailo Halma, Ukraine (after C. Schlechter)1b6/8/1p2N3/3k3K/Bp2p1N1/6P1/2PP4/1Q6

1.Qf1! – 2.Qb5+ Kd6/Kxe6 3.Qd7#
1...e3 2.Qd3+ Kxe6 3.Qd7#
1...Kxe6 2.Qf5+! Kxf5 3.Bd7#, 2...Kd6 3.Qe5#, 2...Ke7 3.Qf6#
1...Bd6 2.Qc4+! Kxc4 3.Se3#
Two sacrifices of Queen is good but these sacrifices were invented by C. Schlechter in yacpdb/122591. The author saved the original from double solution after rework of the matrix.
EN <-> RU

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#3 (threemovers | трёхходовки)

Participants | Участники

Armeni A. – No 1, 2, 3, 13
Atamanova M. – No 25*, 34, 35*
Barth M. – No 5*
Érsek T. – No 24
Gorbatenko Y. – No 14, 15, 16
Halma M. – No 19, 20A, 20B
Ignatenko G. – No 10
Koci V. – No 11
Kostyukov A. – No 21
Kozhakin V. – No 25*, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 35*, 36*, 37*, 38*
Labai Z. – No 12
Lind I. – No 22, 23
Müller D. – No 5*, 6, 7, 8, 9, 18
Oganesjan A. – No 39
Onkoud A. – No 17
Stepochkin A. – No 4
Utarova D. – No 36*, 37*, 38*

The Winner | Победитель

Anatoly Stepochkin
Congrats! | Поздравляем!

Judge | Арбитр

Grigory Atayants

Director and editor
Директор и редактор

Aleksey Oganesjan

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