Final Award in Quick Composing TT-215 | Окончательные итоги блицконкурса TT-215

White Pawn square | Пешечный белый квадрат

Theme | Тема

112 entries were received from 50 authors representing 18 countries | На конкурс поступило 112 композиций от 50 авторов из 18 стран

EN <-> RU

General explanations for all sections from the arbitrator. Thematic tourneys have its own specifics. In such tourneys it is important not only to perform a theme formally but also to realize the theme as fully as possible! “Pawn White square” is even not a theme but only a “scheme”, and participants of the tourney were need to fill this “scheme” by interesting content. I. e. at first it was necessary to justify a presence of 4 White Pawns in square. And after that it was necessary to come up with some idea in which thematic White Pawns will play main roles. The problems, in which there is an ideological concept, are easy to demonstrate and comment. But if there is no an idea then there is only a position but there is no a composition!

Award is the following | Отличия распределились следующим образом

19 entries were received from 16 authors representing 10 countries | На конкурс поступило 19 композиций от 16 авторов из 10 стран
EN <-> RU

I didn’t include following compositions in the award in view of different reasons:
- No 7 (Kh3-Ke5) – unequal twins;
- No 12 (Kb2-Kg8), No 19 (Kb2-Kd6), No 43 (Kg5-Ke4), No 48 (Kd5-Kh3), No 101 (Kd1-Ke5), No 112 (Ke7 Kg4) – a specifics of White Pawn square is not showed;
- No 88 (Kc2-Kc4) – key with check is not a hindrance but the concept itself is schematic. Moreover, thematic wPc5 can be removed;
- No 100 (Kc4-Kc6) – 5 promotions in Knight were realized in yacpdb/254184 (1886).

I didn’t include following compositions in the award in view of an artificiality of Pawn square:
- No 24 (Kc1-Ka1) – wPg6 can be shifted on g3 (in this case wPh6 is excess);
- No 38 (Kc5-Ka5) – wPa7 is apparently excess because tries are refuted by the same bK move, and White has no answer on this move in diagram position;
- No 45 (Kb5-Kd4) – wPf4 can be replaced with wB (in this case wPf2 is excess);
- No 55 (Kb6-Ke5) – wPc6 can be replaced with bPb7.

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 87
Zoltan Labai
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 59
Yury Gorbatenko
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
1st Hon. mention, 3rd Place - No 105
Solaiappan Manikumar
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 87, Zoltan Labai (Slovakia) 3b1B2/3Npb2/2RpPPp1/3kPPR1/3Np3/2P4B/8/5K2

1.fxg6? (A) – 2.exd6# (B), 1...exf6 (a) 2.exf6#, 1...Bxe6 (b) 2.Bxe6#, 1...dxe5 (c) 2.Rxe5#, 1...Bxg6!
1.exd6! (B) – 2.fxg6# (A), 1...exf6 (a) 2.Rc5#, 1...Bxe6 (b) 2.fxe6#, 1...gxf5 (d) 2.Rxf5# [1...e3 2.Bg2#]
Maximal loading of White Pawn square! The author managed to achieve change-mates on two defenses with additional Salazar effect and one variation with random change-play in every phase. It is the most difficult concept in this section!
EN <-> RU

2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 59, Yury Gorbatenko (Russia) 8/1nK2B2/5p2/p3kp2/8/B1b1PP2/4PP2/8

1.Bc1! – 2.f4+ Ke4 3.f3#
1...f4 2.exf4+ Kf5 3.e4#, 2...Kd4 2.Be3#
1...Bd2 2.Bb2+ Bc3 3.Bxc3#
Three model mates. (author.)

Combination of three rarest model mates – it’s finding! Pawn square works with pair of Bishops as a unified organism.
EN <-> RU

1st Honorable mention, 3rd Place - No 105, Solaiappan Manikumar (India) 7b/4pPPb/R4PPk/8/7K/8/8/8

1.f8Q! – 2.gxh8S#
1...Kxg6 2.fxe7#
1...Bxg6 2.gxh8Q(R)#
1...Bxg7 2.Qxg7#
Gravure! Here Pawn square is very active too. Battery mates are especially good.
EN <-> RU
2nd Honorable mention - No 27
Pavel Arestov
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
1st Commendation - No 29
Miroslav Svítek
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
2nd Commendation - No 30
Gennadi Chumakov
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018

2nd Honorable mention - No 27, Pavel Arestov (Russia) k7/b7/K2PP3/3PP3/8/8/8/8

1.e7! Bb8! 2.e6! Bс7 3.e8Q+ Bb8/Bd8 4.Qc6/Qxd8#
2.e8Q? – pat
2.d7? Bc7 3.e8Q+ Bb8! 4.Qc6#??

1.d7? Bb8! 2.d6 Bxd6 3.d8Q+ Bb8 4.Qd5#, but 2...Bc7! 3.dxc7 – pat.
Miniature! All White Pawns are loaded in the solution or in the try, i. e. every Pawn execute at least one move.
EN <-> RU

1st Commendation - No 29, Miroslav Svítek (Czech Republic) 7N/6Q1/4PP1p/4PPnR/2K1k1p1/5NPb/6p1/3B2B1

*1...S~ (c) 2.Qb7#
1.Qd7? – 2.Qd3#, 1...Kxf5 (a) 2.Bc2# (A), 1...Sxf3 (b) 2.Qd5# (B), 1...gxf3!
1.f7! zz 1...Kxf5 (a) 2.Qg6# (C), 1...Sxf3 (b) 2.Bc2# (A), 1...S~ (c) 2.Sd2#, 1...gxf3 2.Bc2#
There is a change-play. But thematic Pawns mostly play only auxiliary roles.
EN <-> RU

2nd Commendation - No 30, Gennadi Chumakov (Russia) 8/5B2/3p2p1/2pPk1K1/8/2PP4/2PP2P1/8

*1...c4 2.dxc4 Ke4 3.Bxg6+ Ke5 4.d4#
1.c4! Kd4 2.Kf6 g5 3.Bg6 g4 4.c3#
The only block-problem in this section. It’s amusingly that in both phases the mate are executed by Pawns of “second tier”.
EN <-> RU
83 entries were received from 44 authors representing 16 countries | На конкурс поступило 83 композиций от 44 авторов из 16 стран
EN <-> RU

It is the biggest section – 87 problems (include versions)! That is why in this section I made high demands for a “decor” of the concept. I didn’t include following compositions in the award in view of an artificiality of Pawn square:
- No 1А (Ka7-Kf6), No 3 (Ka1-Ke5), No 61 (Ka8-Kf5) – two “lower” Pawns can be replaced with wK (the authors have been notified);
- No 37 (Ke3-Kh6) – wPd4 is excess;
- No 51 (Ka2-Kc4) - wPc6, wPd6 are excess (bPe7→d7, wPb2→d2);
- No 68 (Kh6-Kc5) – wPf5 is technical;
- No 72 (Ke8-Ke5) – wPf6 is excess;
- No 95 (Kg8-Kb5) – wPе2 is technical;
- No 108 (Kc3-Kf1) – wPе2 can be replaced with bPg5.

Moreover, there are valuable (in arbitrator’s opinion) shortcomings in following problems:
- No 1В (Ka7-Kf6), No 2 (Kb7-Ke5), No 56В (Kc3-Ke5), No 69В (Ka8-Kf4), No 76 (Kd3-Kf6) – repetitive moves;
- No 8 (Kb1-Kf5), No 10 (Kb3-Ke6), No 16 (Ka1-Ke3), No 22 (Kc5-Kh6), No 23 (Ke1-Kg7), No 39 (Kf8 Kc5), No 54 (Ka1-Ke5), No 58 (Kh6-Kd3), No 62 (Kf6-Kd5) – symmetry;
- No 41 (Kd2-Kg6), No 42 (Kd2-Kd5) – the twin b) is non-thematic because in its initial position there is no a Pawn square;
- No 56А (Ka4-Ke5), No 99В (Kc1-Kh1) – disbalance in solutions;
- No 46 (Kh2-Kd1), No 91 (Kg2-Kc4), No 93 (Ka4-Kg4) – one pair of solutions is weakly connected with Pawn square;
- No 25 (Kb5-Ke2), No 35 (Kg1-Kd5), No 63 (Kf3-Kf5) – there is not enough homogeneity;
- No 52 (Ka2-Kc7) – bS is not need (see No 20 – 3rd Special Comm.);
- No 69A (Ka8-Kf4) – extra set pieces;
- No 83 (Kb4-Kd4) – unlucky form of twins (zero) for not very difficult concept;
- No 96 (Ke7-Kc2) – is inferior than No 97 (1st HM) in tactics;
- No 111 (Kg5-Kd5) – this scheme is realized more interestingly in block-problem in… direct (!) mates (see No 30 – 2nd Comm.).
I want to say about my attitude to problems, the content of which based on unprincipled “mate-building”. Unlike a Bohemian school (in direct and selfmates), in h#-genre model mates is only an evidence of purity and economics of finals – these mates by themselves don’t form an ideological concept. In “mate-building” only combination of echo-, echo-chameleon and ideal mates without symmetry has some value and interest.
- No 9 (Kd2-Kc6), No 17 (Ka1-Kc1), No 18 (Ke7-Ke5), No 26 (Kf3-Kd7), No 40 (Kd1-Ka2), No 49 (Kc2-Ke6), No 50 (Kc1-Kf6), No 52 (Ka2-Kc7), No 60 (Ka5-Kf5), No 66 (Kf1-Ke3), No 67 (Ke8-Kh4), No 70 (Ka4-Ke5), No 71 (Ke1-Kd3), No 79 (Kc6-Ke5), No 80 (Ka4-Kc4), No 85 (Kf7-Kd1), No 86 (Kg3-Kc4), No 99А (Kc1-Kh1), No 107 (Ke2-Kd4), No 109 (Kb7-Ka3) – mate-building.

As a result, I selected only the most interesting and harmonic (in ideological and constructive sense) compositions (30).

After a publication of provisional award, the problems No 36 and No 81 was excluded by request their authors ¬– in view of No 81, the distinction of which was upgraded to Special Prize, became joint problem of 4 (!) authors.

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 74
Anatoly Skripnik & Ivan Antipin
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 94
Emanuel Navon
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
h#2.5b) wBg6(11+10)
3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 75
Anatoly Skripnik
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
h#3b) Bh3->g1(5+7)

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 74, Anatoly Skripnik & Ivan Antipin (Russia) 8/5r2/2pbp3/2r1kq2/6n1/3PP3/3PP3/1n1K1b2

1.Sxd2 e4 2.Kd4 Kxd2 3.Se5 e3#
1.Bxe2+ Kxe2 2.Rd5 d4+ 3.Ke4 d3#
1.Sc3+ dxc3 2.Qf4 exf4+ 3.Kd5 e4#
1.Qe4 dxe4 2.Rf3 exf3 3.Sf6 d4
Avanta is a play of two neighboring Pawns (wPd2, wPe2) on all 4 available squares! This theme was realized in h# many times. But in this case there is a hindrance above Pawns d2 and e2. The authors coped brilliantly with difficulties and realized the concept without additional White pieces. Zilahi theme in 1st pair (wPd2, wPe2) increases a value of the problem. Additionally: in mating finals bK stands on square d4-e4-d5-e5. Bravo!
EN <-> RU

2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 94, Emanuel Navon (Israel) 1K5R/Q7/2b2PR1/Bp4P1/3PP1np/p2PPp2/3pk3/3nb3

a) diagram: 1...Rxh4 2.Kxe3 d5+ 3.Kf4 Bc7#
b) wBg6: 1...Rc8 2.Kxd3 e5+ 3.Kc4 Qf7#
Optimal loading of Pawn square and original scheme with non-standard reciprocal change of functions of wQa7/wBa5. On the whole the problem looks powerfully (the form) and interestingly (the content)!
EN <-> RU

3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 75, Anatoly Skripnik (Russia) 8/3K4/5p2/5krp/8/3pPPpb/4PP2/8

a) diagram:
1.Ke5+ Kc6 2.Be6 exd3 3.Rf5 d4#
1.h4 f4 2.Kg4 Ke6 3.Rh5 f3#

b) Bh3->g1:
1.Rg4 exd3 2.Re4 fxe4+ 3.Ke5 f4#
1.Rg6 fxg3 2.Bxe3 Kd6 3.Bg5 e4#
Synthesis of Pawn square with bR cross in quite rare performing: two times Rook plays on 1st move and two times – on 3rd. White has only thematic Pawns – this fact reinforces the impression of the problem!
EN <-> RU
4th Prize - No 73
A. Skripnik, I. Antipin, V. Medintsev
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
h#4b) Ke1->c2(5+5)
5th Prize - No 4
Fadil Abdurahmanovic
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
Special Prize - No 21
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018

4th Prize - No 73, Anatoly Skripnik & Ivan Antipin & Vitaly Medintsev (Russia) 8/3q4/8/3k2p1/6p1/3PP2r/3PP3/4K3

a) diagram: 1.Ke5 Kf2 2.Qd4 exd4+ 3.Kf4 e4 4.Re3 dxe3#
b) Ke1->c2: 1.Qb5 d4 2.Kc4 e4 3.Rb3 e3 4.Rb4 d3#
Gravure. Two finals with displacement of Pawn square by vertical. There is a paradox: Pawn squares are combined from different Pawns! Change of functions of bQ/bR (active sacrifices / active blockings) – Chumakov theme.
EN <-> RU

5th Prize - No 4, Fadil Abdurahmanovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) 1b6/2PPn3/2PPkp2/8/8/8/2R5/6K1

1.Bxc7 Rc5 2.Bxd6 d8S#
1.Sxc6 Rxc6 2.Kxd7 c8Q#
1.Kxd6 cxb8R 2.Kc7 d8Q#
Zilahi paradox (term by A. Ivunin). In 1st and 2nd solutions one of Pawns (c7 or d7) checkmates, another – is captured. In 3rd solutions the mate is executed by participation of both Pawns (promoted in different pieces).
EN <-> RU

Special Prize - No 21, Valery Gurov (Russia) & Michel Caillaud (France) & Ivan Antipin (Russia) & Anatoly Skripnik (Russia) 8/8/8/3p4/2r4k/q2nPP1r/4PPK1/8

1.Qe7 f4 2.Kg4 e4 3.Rh5 e3 4.Qh4 f3#
1.Rg4+ fxg4 2.Sf4+ exf4 3.Qf3+ exf3 4.Rg3+ fxg3#
Pawn square shifts up in one solution and diagonally – in another.
EN <-> RU
Special Prize - No 57
Viktor Yuzyuk
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
1st Honorable mention - No 97
Emanuel Navon
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
h#3b) Sc2->b2(8+13)
2nd Honorable mention - No 106
Solaiappan Manikumar
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018

Special Prize - No 57, Viktor Yuzyuk (Ukraine) 8/8/8/3kpp2/5p2/2PPpK2/2PP1p2/8

1.f1R+ Ke2 2.Rd1 dxe3 3.Rxd3 c4+ 4.Ke4 cxd3#
1.f1B d4 2.Bc4 Kg2 3.Ke4 d5 4.Bxd5 d3#
Kindergarten = educators (Kings) + children (Pawns). The author managed to add two underpromotions. It is pity that a mate in 1st solution is not model – it affected the rank of distinction.
EN <-> RU

1st Honorable mention - No 97, Emanuel Navon (Israel) 8/8/8/2Ppbp2/bp4p1/1qRPP1p1/r1nPP1Kn/r2Nk3

a) diagram: 1.Kxe2 Rc4 (Rxc2?) 2.Kxd3 Rc3 3.Ke4 d3#
b) Sc2->b2: 1.Kxd2 Sf2 (Sxc2?) 2.Kxe3 Sd1 3.Kd4 e3#
White two times on 1st move play exactly in order to mating Pawn will not become pinned. Original!
EN <-> RU

2nd Honorable mention - No 106, Solaiappan Manikumar (India) 8/Q7/1n1pp3/3PP3/1P1PP3/1P2k1P1/R7/K7

1.Kxd4 Re2 2.Kxe5 Qg7#
1.Kxe4 Rd2 2.Kxd5 Qb7#
1.dxe5 Qa6 2.exd4 Qe2#
1.exd5 Qc7 2.dxe4 Qc3#
Zalokotsky theme. bK and bP’s move on counter routes.
EN <-> RU
3rd Honorable mention - No 31
Gennadi Chumakov
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
4th Honorable mention - No 44
Tibor Érsek
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
5th Honorable mention - No 15
Illo Krampis
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018

3rd Honorable mention - No 31, Gennadi Chumakov (Russia) 2K5/4p1R1/5p2/6B1/8/3PP3/3PP3/4k3

a) diagram: 1.Kf2 e4 2.Kg3 Bh4+ 3.Kf4 Bg3#
b) Bg5->a7: 1.e6 Rb7 2.Kxd2 Rb2+ 3.Kc3 Bd4#
c) Bg5->g2: 1.Kxe2 Rg5 2.Kxd3 Rb5 3.Kc4 Bf1#
In 1st solution – mate with all 4 Pawns, in 2nd – with 3, in 3rd – with 2. It will be interesting to continue this idea: to achieve mates with 1 Pawn and without Pawns at all.
EN <-> RU

4th Honorable mention - No 44, Tibor Érsek (Hungary) 7b/2n5/2p5/3PP3/2kPP3/4pp2/b7/7K

1.Kxd4 d6 2.Kxe5 d7 3.Kf4 d8Q 4.Be5 Qh4#
1.cxd5 e6 2.dxe4 e7 3.Kd5 e8Q 4.Bc4 Qd7#
Echo-chameleon mates with rotate on 90 grad.! It is quite different concept!
EN <-> RU

5th Honorable mention - No 15, Illo Krampis (Latvia) 1K6/8/8/Q7/1p1pp3/3PP3/3PP3/4k3

1.Kxd2 exd4 2.Ke3 dxe4 3.Kxe4 Qe5#
1.Kxe2 dxe4 2.Kd3 exd4 3.Kxd4 Qd5#
Gravure. Kniest theme is realized by minimal means. Apparently it is a finding!
EN <-> RU
6th Honorable mention - No 92
Alexander Fica & Zoltan Labai
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
7th Honorable mention - No 98
Menachem Witztum
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
h#2.5b) Kg4<->Pf3(9+5)
8th Honorable mention - No 34
Mark Erenburg
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
h#2b) Rb4->b3(8+7)

6th Honorable mention - No 92, Alexander Fica (Czech Republic) & Zoltan Labai (Slovakia) 8/8/8/2PP1P2/1kPP3R/pNpB1p1K/2P2p2/8

1.f1S d6 2.Se3 d5 3.Sxd5 cxd5#
1.f1R c6 2.Re1 c5 3.Re5 dxe5#
Good job of Pawns square and play of Black promoted pieces! Not long ago (14-11-2018) the Labai’s problem yacpdb/464136 was appear in KoBulChess site – in this problem analogue battery mates complicated by Klasinc theme and supplemented by additional pair of solutions.
EN <-> RU

7th Honorable mention - No 98, Menachem Witztum (Israel) 8/8/5bBB/4PPn1/R2nPPk1/K4p2/5P2/8

a) diagram: 1...Bxg5 2.Sxf5 Bxf6 3.Kxf4 exf5#
b) Kg4<->Pf3: 1...Rxd4 2.Se6 Rd3+ 3.Kxe4 fxe6#
The twinning is not very lucky but the play itself is interesting!
EN <-> RU

8th Honorable mention - No 34, Mark Erenburg (Israel) 8/6B1/1b6/3b4/1r1PP3/2kPP3/2pp1n1R/K4B2

a) diagram: 1.Sxd3 Rh3 2.Sf4 exf4#
b) Rb4->b3: 1.Sxe4 Rh4 2.Sc5 dxc5#
The play looks like the previous problem (7th HM), but here there is more simple interaction between pieces.
EN <-> RU
Special Honorable mention - No 14
Stephen Taylor
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
h#4b) bPd4(5+7)
Special Honorable mention - No 102
Ingemar Lind
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
h#22.1..  b)Bb1->d7(6+10)
1st Commendation - No 53
Aleksey Ivunin
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018

Special Honorable mention - No 14, Stephen Taylor (England) 6bq/3K2bp/1p6/2k5/3n4/3PP3/3PP3/8

a) diagram: 1.Sf3 exf3 2.Bc3 dxc3 3.Bc4 d4+ 4.Kd5 e4#
b) bPd4: 1.Bc4 dxc4 2.d3 exd3 3.Bc3 dxc3 4.Qd4+ exd4#
Nice concept! White Pawns “write” acrobatic pirouettes: in 1st solution they lined up in a wave, in 2nd the Pawn square shifts diagonally!
EN <-> RU

Special Honorable mention - No 102, Ingemar Lind (Sweden) 1K6/8/1p1p4/1qbkr3/p7/2PP4/n1PPp3/1Bn5

a) diagram:
1.Sxd3 cxd3 2.Qc6 Bxa2#
1.Sb4 c4+ 2.Kd4 c3#

b) Bb1->d7:
1.Sb3 cxb3 2.Qc4 bxc4#
1.Qb4 cxb4 2.Bd4 c4#
Albino (wPс2). It is not a Prize – in view of weak loading of wPd2.
EN <-> RU

1st Commendation - No 53, Aleksey Ivunin (Russia) 4R1K1/8/8/5p2/8/1B1PPp2/2pPP3/2k5

1...Bf7 2.Kb2 Re6 3.Kb3 d4 4.Kc4 Rb6#
1...e4 2.Kxd2 e3 3.Kxd3 Be6 4.Kxe4 Bc4#
1...Re4 2.Kd1 Bxc2+ 3.Kxe2 Bd1+ 4.Kxd3 Rd4#
Pair of solutions with non-battery mates. Additionally 3rd solution with non-battery interaction of Rook and Bishop. Such “additional” solutions I consider as quite possible without concomitant pair – by analogy with Zilahi paradox.
EN <-> RU
2nd Commendation - No 13
Aleksandr Feoktistov
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
3rd Commendation - No 6
János Csák
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
h#3b) Sb3->g3(9+4)
4th Commendation - No 110
P. Bhushan & S. Manikumar
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018

2nd Commendation - No 13, Aleksandr Feoktistov (Russia) KB1r4/8/8/6bB/1P3PP1/5PP1/2P1rkp1/8

1.Ke3 (a) Kb7 2.Kd4 Be5+! (c3+?) 3.Kd5 Bf7#
(Kxf3?) Bxe8 2.Kxf3 Ba7 (A) 3.Ke4 Bc6#
1.Bh4! g5 (B)
(Kxg3?) 2.Kxg3 f5+ (C) 3.Kh3 Bg4#
1.Rd1! f5 (C)
(R8~?) 2.Bd2 g5 (B) 3.Ke3 (a) Ba7# (A)
The scape of the problem is quite impressive. But Pawn square is loaded unevenly – it affects a place of the problem.
EN <-> RU

3rd Commendation - No 6, János Csák (Hungary) 2K5/5r2/8/8/7P/Nn1PP2R/k2PP2R/r7

a) diagram: 1.Sxd2 e4 2.Sxe4 d4 3.Sf6 e4#
b) Sb3->g3: 1.Sxe2 d4 2.Sxd4 e4 3.Sf5 d4#
Annihilation of “lower” Pawns with creation and play of battery.
EN <-> RU

4th Commendation - No 110, Phani Bhushan & Solaiappan Manikumar (India) 8/2PP1r2/2PP1p2/3k4/4bK2/8/8/8

1.Ke6 c8S 2.Bd5 d8S#
1.Kxd6 c8Q 2.Ke7 d8Q#
Pair of promotions in every solution.
EN <-> RU
5th Commendation - No 104
Ingemar Lind
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
h#3.5b) Ke8->d8(5+4)
6th Commendation - No 78
Ivan Antipin
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
h#4b) Kf6->d7(6+2)
7th Commendation - No 77
Ivan Antipin
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
h#4b) Sf1->h4(6+2)

5th Commendation - No 104, Ingemar Lind (Sweden) 4K3/4p3/2r1k3/8/3PP3/3PPq2/8/8

a) diagram: 1...e5 2.Rc4 dxc4 3.Qb7 e4 4.Qd5 cxd5#
b) Ke8->d8: 1...d5+ 2.Kd6 d4 3.Qf4 exf4 4.e5 fxe5#
Echo-chameleon mates without symmetry.
EN <-> RU

6th Commendation - No 78, Ivan Antipin (Russia) 6r1/8/5K2/8/3PP1N1/3PP3/4k3/8

a) diagram: 1.Rf8+ Kg5 2.Rf3 Sf6 3.Kxe3 Kh4 4.Kf4 Sd5#
b) Kf6->d7: 1.Kxd3 Kc6 2.Rc8+ Kb5 3.Rc3 Ka4 4.Kc4 Se5#
This and next problems show echo-chameleon mates. It’s pity that it was not possible to combine them (via twins).
EN <-> RU

7th Commendation - No 77, Ivan Antipin (Russia) 8/8/3K4/8/3PP1r1/3PP3/4k3/5N2

a) diagram: 1.Kxd3 Kd7 2.Kxe4 Sd2+ 3.Kd5 Sc4 4.Re4 Sb6#
b) Sf1->h4: 1.Kxe3 Ke7 2.Kxd4 Sf5+ 3.Ke5 Sd4 4.Rf4 Sc6#
Special Commendation - No 5
Fadil Abdurahmanovic
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
Special Commendation - No 103
Ingemar Lind
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
Special Commendation - No 20
Mihail Gershinsky
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
h#3.5b) in mat.pos. a)
bK->f7, wK->h3

Special Commendation - No 5, Fadil Abdurahmanovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) 1b6/2PPr3/2PPk3/1K1nn3/8/8/8/8

1...d8B 2.Re6 c8S#
1...cxb8R 2.Kc7 d8Q#
bRe7 can be replaced with bPe7 – and in this case wPd6 will be excess. This problem was include in the award in view of the following reason – AUW!
EN <-> RU

Special Commendation - No 103, Ingemar Lind (Sweden) K7/2NPP3/1rnPP3/1P2k3/8/8/3B4/8

1...Bg5 2.Kxc7 e8S#
1...d8Q+ 2.Kc5 Qd5#
1...d8R+ 2.Kxe7 Bg5#
1...d8B 2.Se5 Bb4#
One more AUW.
EN <-> RU

Special Commendation - No 20, Mihail Gershinsky (Ukraine) 8/5k2/8/8/8/5PP1/5PPK/8

a) diagram: 1...f4 2.Kg6 f3 3.Kh5 g4+ 4.Kh4 g3#
b) in mat. pos. а) bK->f7, wK->h3: 1...f5 2.Kg7 f4 3.Kh6 g5+ 4.Kh5 g4#
Successive moving of Pawns. Fourfold White FML. Ideal mates in 6 pieces problem. (author.)

One more “Kindergarten”! The author came up with a clever trick – a shifting of both Kings in mating position. Thereby it became possible to shift Pawn square on two (!) horizontals up!
EN <-> RU
Special Commendation - No 84
Aleksandr Kostyukov
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018

Special Commendation - No 84, Aleksandr Kostyukov (Russia) 6K1/8/4k3/8/1PP1PP2/1PP1PP2/8/5q2

1.Qxc4 e5 2.Kd5 Kf7 3.Qc6 e4#
Two Pawn Squares with ideal mate.
EN <-> RU
10 entries were received from 9 authors representing 6 countries | На конкурс поступило 10 композиций от 9 авторов из 6 стран
EN <-> RU

In this section the authors had a particularly difficult time searching for ideas. That is why I made some indulgence: if thematic White Pawns play only auxiliary roles then it is considered as sufficient.
I didn’t include in the award:
- No 32 (Kd5-Kd1), No 47 (Kb1-Ke8) – very simple play;
- No 64 (Kf1-Kc1) – less uniform game in compare to No 65 (Comm.);
- No 82 (Kh4-Kd5) – forced play;
- No 89 (Kd1-Kb2) – too obvious key.

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 11
János Csák
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 28
Rodolfo Riva
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 33
Mark Erenburg
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 11, János Csák (Hungary) 8/8/2pp4/7B/2PP4/2PP2Bk/6rP/2NKRQ2

1.Re6! zz
1...c5 2.Rxd6 cxd4 3.Re6 dxc3 4.Re1 c2#
1...d5 2.Rxc6 dxc4 3.Ke1 cxd3 4.Bd1 d2#
Dynamic Bohemian echo (chameleon)! Such mates were meet many times but without Pawn square. Nice problem!
EN <-> RU

2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 28, Rodolfo Riva (Italy) N1r5/n4N2/2B4Q/BpkPRn1p/6b1/1PP4p/1PPprp2/3Kb3

*1...Sxh6 2.b4+ Kc4 3.Re4+ Rxe4#
*1...Sd4 2.cxd4+ Kxd4 3.Qe3+ Rxe3#
1.Re7! – 2.b4+ Kc4 3.Se5+ Rxe5#
1...Rxc6 2.Bb4+ (2.Bb6+?) Kxd5 3.Re5+ (3.Qe6+?) Rxe5#
1...Sxc6 2.Bb6+
(2.Bb4+?) Kxd5 3.Qe6+ (3.Re5+?) Rxe6#
1...b4 2.cxb4+ Kd4 3.Qf6+ Re5#
The loading of Pawn square is quite acceptable. The play itself is sharp and entertaining!
EN <-> RU

3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 33, Mark Erenburg (Israel) 7B/5p2/1N1P1R2/2p1kNp1/2B3Q1/3PP1pP/pp1PP1P1/rb1n2K1

1.Sa4! zz
1...Bxd3 2.Qf4+! exf4 3.Rxf7+ Ke4 4.Sc3+ Sxc3#
1...Sf2 2.Qe4+! Sxe4 3.Re6+ Kxf5 4.dxe4+ Bxe4#
1...Bc2 2.Qd4+! cxd4 3.exd4+ Kf4 4.e3+ Sxe3#

[1...Sc3(Sxe3) 2.dxc3(dxe3) Bxd3#/Bc2#]
Threefold play of Black battery. Threefold sacrifice of Queen on 4th rank in order to force a Black battery to give decisive “salvo”. Thematic Pawns participate actively in all variations. (author.)

One more problem with sharp sacrificial play. But here a loading of thematic Pawns is less optimal (wPd2 is need only for “taming” of bS: 1...Sxe3 2.dxe3 B-#).
EN <-> RU
Honorable mention - No 90
Zoltan Labai
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018
Commendation - No 65
Antal Harl
TT-215, SuperProblem, 28-11-2018

Honorable mention - No 90, Zoltan Labai (Slovakia) n7/2p5/1pR1p3/1P1pp3/1P1PP3/3PP1p1/1N1k2P1/2N2KB1

1.exd5? zz 1...e4 (c) 2.dxe6 exd3 3.Se2 dxe2#, 1...exd4 (b) 2.dxe6 dxe3 3.Sa2 e2#, 1...exd5!
1.Sa2? (A) zz 1...exd4 (b) 2.e5 dxe3 3.d4 e2#, 1...dxe4! (a)
1.Se2? zz 1...dxe4 (a) 2.dxe5 (C) exd3 3.e4 dxe2#, 1...exd4! (b)
1.dxe5! (C) zz
1...dxe4 (a) 2.Se2 (B) exd3 3.e4 dxe2#
1...d4 (d) 2.Sa2 (A) dxe3 3.d4 e2#
Good choice of play with Hoffmann theme.
EN <-> RU

Commendation - No 65, Antal Harl (Hungary) 8/3p4/p1R5/R1PP1p2/1kPP1P2/5P2/Q1K1P3/3B2B1

1.Kd3! zz
1...d6 2.Ke3 Kc3 3.Rb6 dxc5 4.Bf2 cxd4#, 2...dxc5 3.Rb6+ Kc3 4.Bf2 cxd4#
1...dxc6 2.Bb3 cxd5 3.Qd2+ Kxb3 4.Be3 dxc4#
The same idea as 1st prize: bP "pushes" through Pawn square. In 1st variation there are rearrangement of moves that leads to the same final.
EN <-> RU

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#2-4 | h#2-4 | s#2-4

Participants | Участники

Abdullayev S. – No 7 (#2)
Abdurahmanovic F. – No 4 (h#2), No 5 (h#2)
Akimov N. – No 24 (#3)
Antipin I. – No 73** (h#4), No 74* (h#3), No 77 (h#4), No 78 (h#4), No 79* (h#3), No 80 (h#3), No 81* (h#4)
Arestov P. – No 27 (#4)
Armeni A. – No 3 (h#2)
Bhushan P. – No 107 (h#2.5), No 109 (h#2), No 110* (h#2), No 112 (#2)
Bidlen A. – No 1A (h#3), No 1B (h#3), No 2 (h#2.5)
Caillaud M. – No 36 (h#4)
Csák J. – No 6 (h#3), No 10 (h#4), No 11 (s#4), No 12 (#4)
Erenburg M. – No 33 (s#4), No 34 (h#2)
Érsek T. – No 43 (#2), No 44 (h#4), No 45 (#2), No 46 (h#2)
Feoktistov A. – No 13 (h#3)
Fica A. – No 86 (h#3), No 91* (h#3), No 92* (h#3), No 93* (h#3)
Gavryliv E. – No 35 (h#3)
Gershinsky M. – No 8 (h#3), No 20 (h#3.5)
Gorbatenko Y. – No 59 (#3), No 60 (h#3), No 61 (h#3), No 62 (h#3)
Gurgui D. – No 41 (h#2), No 42 (h#3)
Gurov V. – No 21 (h#4)
Hadži-Vaskov G. – No 22 (h#2), No 23 (h#3)
Halma M. – No 58 (h#3)
Harl A. – No 63* (h#3), No 65 (s#4)
Chandrasekaran K. R. – No 47 (s#4), No 48 (#3), No 49 (h#3.5), No 50 (h#4)
Chumakov G. – No 30 (#4), No 31 (h#3), No 32 (s#4)
Ivunin A. – No 52 (h#4), No 53 (h#3.5), No 54 (h#3.5)
Jonsson C. – No 66 (h#2), No 67 (h#2.5), No 68* (h#3), No 69A* (h#3), No 69B* (h#3)
Koci V. – No 25 (h#4), No 26 (h#3)
Kostyukov A. – No 82 (s#4), No 83 (h#3), No 84 (h#3), No 85 (h#4)
Krampis I. – No 15 (h#3), No 16 (h#3), No 17 (h#4)
Krätschmer R. – No 19 (#4)
Kuhn R. – No 37 (h#3)
Labai Z. – No 87 (#2), No 88 (#3), No 89 (s#3), No 90 (s#3), No 91* (h#3), No 92* (h#3), No 93* (h#3)
Lind I. – No 100 (#2), No 101 (#4), No 102 (h#2), No 103 (h#2), No 104 (h#3.5)
Luce S. – No 9 (h#3.5)
Manikumar S. – No 105 (#2), No 106 (h#2), No 108 (h#2), No 110* (h#2)
Medintsev V. – No 73** (h#4)
Mlynka K. – No 38 (#3), No 39 (h#2), No 40 (h#2)
Müller D. – No 51 (h#2)
Navon E. – No 94 (h#2.5), No 95 (h#3), No 96* (h#3), 97 (h#3)
Pitton P. – No 18 (h#3)
Riva R. – No 28 (s#3)
Skripnik A. – No 73** (h#4), No 74* (h#3), No 75 (h#3), No 76 (h#2), No 79* (h#3), No 81* (h#4)
Spitsyn A. – No 70 (h#3), No 71 (h#2), No 72 (h#2)
Svítek M. – No 29 (#2)
Tar G. – No 63* (h#3), No 64 (s#4)
Taylor S. – No 14 (h#4)
Velmurugan N. – No 111 (h#2)
Wiehagen R. – No 68* (h#3), No 69A* (h#3), No 69B* (h#3)
Witztum M. – No 96* (h#3), No 98 (h#2.5), No 99A (h#3), No 99B (h#3)
Yuzyuk V. – No 55 (#3), No 56A (h#2), No 56B (h#2), No 57 (h#4)

The Winners | Победители

Zoltan Labai (#2-4)

Anatoly Skripnik (h#2-4)

Ivan Antipin (h#2-4)

János Csák (s#2-4)

Congrats! | Поздравляем!

Judge | Арбитр

Igor Agapov

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Директор и редактор

Aleksey Oganesjan

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