Final Award in Quick Composing TT-210 | Окончательные итоги блицконкурса TT-210

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Theme | Тема

39 entries were received from 15 authors representing 10 countries | На конкурс поступило 39 композиций от 15 авторов из 10 стран

EN <-> RU

First of all, I would like to thank Aleksey Oganesjan for having invited me to propose the theme and to judge this tourney. I take this opportunity to congratulate Aleksey for his work as director of the Quick Composing Tourneys of SuperProblem.
I received from him (thanks again) 39 entries in anonymous form. The proposed theme: “Black creates a helpful effect, which is immediately eliminated by White in the following move”. These words must be interpreted considering the aspects and characteristics of the helpmate genre. Failing in doing so may have led some authors to compose a few non-thematic problems: No 9 (Ke5-Kh4), No 15 (Kd1-Kg2), No 16 (Kg8-Kf4), No 18 (Kf1 Kd5, 5+5), No 19 (Kf1-Kd5, 8+11), No 20 (Kh8-Kb2), No 21 (Kb3-Ke4), No 22 (Ke1-Ke4), No 25 (Kh3-Kd4), No 26 (Kd1-Kg4), No 30 (Ka7-Ke4), No 33 (Kb5-Ke4), No 34 (Ka3-Ke8), No 35 (Kg1-Kf6), No 36 (Ke1-Kg1), No 37 (Ka1-Kd5), No 38 (Ka5-Kc2), No 39 (Kb7-Kg4).
11 problems were included in the award and they were ordered based on the development of the theme. Were this a free theme tourney, the order would certainly be different.

Award is the following | Отличия распределились следующим образом

1st-2nd Prize, 1st-2nd Place - No 24
Menachem Witztum
TT-210, SuperProblem, 28-08-2018
1st-2nd Prize, 1st-2nd Place - No 29
Emanuel Navon
TT-210, SuperProblem, 28-08-2018
h#2b) wRg5(9+11)
3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 5
Vitaly Medintsev
TT-210, SuperProblem, 28-08-2018
h#2b) Bb2->c5(8+13)

No 24 and No 29 are respectively the best helpmate and the best presentation of the theme.

1st-2nd Prize, 1st-2nd Place - No 24, Menachem Witztum (Israel) 4q1r1/p2Bnp2/p2B1b2/P1K5/3Rr3/k1p1p3/Pn6/8

1.Sd1 (Sc4?) Rd2 2.Rc4+ (Re6+?) Kxc4#
(Sc6?) Be6 2.Qc6+ (Qf8? Qd8?) Kxc6#
A black piece abandons control over the square the wK will move to when firing the mating battery and a white piece restores this control by opening the line of another black piece when moving to guard a2 (or a2 and b2). A nice subtlety is the fact that development of the theme is not focused on the mating battery itself (but on the square the wK moves to) and a bonus is the dual avoidance at B1.
EN <-> RU

1st-2nd Prize, 1st-2nd Place - No 29, Emanuel Navon (Israel) BB4b1/3Pp2p/3qp3/2PRn1Np/5k1p/K6P/3r3P/3r4

a) diagram: 1.Sf7 Re5 (Rd3 2.Qe5?) 2.Qd4 Sxe6#
b) wRg5: 1.Sd3 Rge5 (Rg3 2.Qe5?) 2.Qb6 Rd4#
The most original presentation of the theme: the single entry in which the helpful effect involves two quite different strategies. By leaving the half-pin, the bS indirectly pins (1) the bQ and eliminates its control over the mating squares. However the bQ is immediately unpinned by W1, thus restoring the previous control. There is nothing left to the bQ but to move away and unguard (2) these squares. Very nice considering the thematic exigency.
EN <-> RU

3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 5, Vitaly Medintsev (Russia) n7/rBrN3K/ppP1P3/2pk4/4N3/3q1p2/pBR5/1bn3b1

a) diagram: 1.Rxc6 Bc8! 2.Sc7 S(d)f6#
b) Bb2->c5: 1.Qc4 Re2! 2.Sd3 S(e)f6#
This entry combines the theme with a nice content: block of a square that will be unguarded, creation of an indirect white battery, unpin with FML effect and mate by different wSs on f6. This was enough to become a prizewinner, despite the unpleasant twinning (which I failed in eliminating) and the fact that a group of four pieces is used in each solution and the interaction occurs only within each group.
EN <-> RU
1st Honorable mention - No 13D
Rolf Wiehagen & Christer Jonsson
TT-210, SuperProblem, 28-08-2018
h#2b) –Pd7(3+13)
2nd Honorable mention - No 6A
Vitaly Medintsev
TT-210, SuperProblem, 28-08-2018
3rd Honorable mention - No 27
Menachem Witztum
TT-210, SuperProblem, 28-08-2018

1st Honorable mention - No 13D, Rolf Wiehagen (Germany) & Christer Jonsson (Sweden) 4kb2/2ppp3/4n3/1K1R3r/2Bp1r1p/5p2/4bp2/8

a) diagram: 1.c5 Rxc5 2.Sg5 Rc8#
b) –Pd7: 1.d3 Bxd3 2.Rc4 Bg6#
Here we have another example where the theme is presented in a special way: the helpful effect (unpin of a white piece) at B1 is just illusory. The real motivation for the move is clearing the line for the wR (Rc5->c8) in (a) and for the bR (Rf4->c4) in (b). Though illusory, the effect is still thematic as it is not a simulation. I expected a richer content and I think this might be achieved in a h#3-setting.
EN <-> RU

2nd Honorable mention - No 6A, Vitaly Medintsev (Russia) 8/3K1b2/1p2N1B1/1r2B3/1R2P3/5k1p/1P3p2/6R1

1.Ra5 Sf4 2.Bb3! Rxb3#
1.Bg8 Bf4 2.Rh5! Bxh5#
Successive short and long moves to unguard the mating squares (moving away + active sacrifice) are presented with good reciprocal play and interplay.
EN <-> RU

3rd Honorable mention - No 27, Menachem Witztum (Israel) 8/1Bp2b2/p4pN1/r3p2K/p1p5/2Ppk3/3p3B/6Nq

1.Qg2 (Qe4?) Bxe5 2.f5 (c5?) Bd4#
(Be6?) Sxe5 2.c5 (f5?) Sg4#
A second pin is in the way of the mating piece and the successive unpins (direct / indirect) are ornamented with dual avoidance.
EN <-> RU
4th Honorable mention - No 7A
Vitaly Medintsev
TT-210, SuperProblem, 28-08-2018
5th Honorable mention - No 3
Vitaly Medintsev
TT-210, SuperProblem, 28-08-2018
Commendation - No 1
Vitaly Medintsev
TT-210, SuperProblem, 28-08-2018

4th Honorable mention - No 7A, Vitaly Medintsev (Russia) 7b/2pp2B1/3q3p/2pN4/p3k1P1/rR5N/p4p1r/K2n3n

1.Qg3! (a) Bb2! (b) 2.Bf6 Sxf6#
1.Sb2! (b) Rg3! (a) 2.Rc3 Sxc3#
A black piece moves away with dual avoidance (obstruction) and a second one performs active sacrifice. A nice visual effect enhances the value of the helpmate (B1 and W1 exchange arrival squares).
EN <-> RU

5th Honorable mention - No 3, Vitaly Medintsev (Russia) b6b/3N2Rp/B1kP4/7r/4P2r/3N3p/n7/3K4

1.Sc1! (Sb4?) e5 2.Rb4 Sxb4#
(Re5?) Rg6 2.Be5 S3xe5#
Another entry in which a black piece moves away with dual avoidance (obstruction) and a second one performs active sacrifice.
EN <-> RU

No 1, 4 and 31. The same white piece eliminates and restores the helpful effect introduced by Black. Unfortunately these very nice helpmates were downgraded because the theme of the tourney loses importance in the solutions (recovering the positive effect is not a motivation for W2 as it is for B2 when Black plays this role – see prizes and honorable mentions).

EN <-> RU

Commendation - No 1, Vitaly Medintsev (Russia) 2b5/K5br/3N4/1N1B4/kP2n2R/4r3/5q2/2n5

1.Sc3 (Se2?) Be4 2.S1e2 Bc2#
(Sd3?) Se4 2.Sd3 Sec3#
Commendation - No 4
Vitaly Medintsev
TT-210, SuperProblem, 28-08-2018
Commendation - No 31
Emanuel Navon
TT-210, SuperProblem, 28-08-2018
h#2b) wRe2(6+8)

Commendation - No 4, Vitaly Medintsev (Russia) 8/p2p1K2/P2b4/1P5P/2k2P1R/2N2rp1/N1B1n3/2r2bB1

1.Sxf4! (S~?) Be4 2.Bd3 Bd5#
(B~?) Se4 2.d5 Sd6#

Commendation - No 31, Emanuel Navon (Israel) 8/5K2/6rr/4Pk2/2Ppnq1p/5b2/3NB3/2B5

a) diagram: 1.Bh5 Sf3 2.Qxe5 Sxh4#
b) wRe2: 1.Sf6 Se4 2.Qg4 Sd6#

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Sections | Разделы

H# (helpmates | коопматы)

Participants | Участники

Abdurahmanovic F. – No 8
Baier S. – No 38*
Halma M. – No 23
Jonsson C. – No 10*, 11*, 12*, 13A*, 13B*, 13C*, 13D*, 14*
Kostyukov A. – No 22
Lind I. – No 33, 34, 35, 36
Martin L. M. – No 37
Medintsev V. – No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6A, 6B, 6C, 7A, 7B
Mlynka K. – No 16
Müller D. – No 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 32*, 38*
Navon E. – No 29, 30, 31
Onkoud A. – No 39
Tar G. – No 9
Wiehagen R. – No 10*, 11*, 12*, 13*, 13B*, 14*, 32*
Menachem W. – No 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

The Winners | Победители

Menachem Witztum

Emanuel Navon
Congratulations! | Поздравляем!

Judge | Арбитр

Ricardo de Mattos Vieira

Director and editor
Директор и редактор

Aleksey Oganesjan

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