Final Award in Quick Composing TT-216 | Окончательные итоги блицконкурса TT-216

The Magic Wonder Masand Chess | Masand - шах магической силы

Theme | Тема

128 entries were received from 35 authors representing 17 countries | На конкурс поступило 128 композиций от 35 авторов из 17 стран

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I received 128 anonymous problems (for all 3 sections). This number is a record among all fairy TT on this site!
Overall quality of problem is very high. Despite the fact that it was a quick composing tourney and there were a few time for composing, participants demonstrated a genuine craftsmanship in the search of new, interesting and even paradoxical opportunities in application of the Masand condition. In this respect the tourney gave rich material for new creative search.
In sections h# (=,==) and hs# (=, ==) I have received very many Merediths (up to 12 pieces), including gravures (8-10 pieces) and especially miniatures (up to 7 pieces). At that in many these works there is White or Black „lonely King” (Rex solus”)! And surprisingly the tourney turned out to be a record according to another indicator – big quantity of aristocrats (without Pawns).
Of course this aesthetics and economy of material with Masand condition has a logical explaining. Here even one “check” can leads to cardinal transformation of White and Black material. Sharp change in the balance of power practically means that wide opportunities for realization of different themes are opened. And I am very glad that authors nicely used this chance in this tourney!
This tourney is related with a name of legendary Serbian maestro Zdravko Maslar which lives in a little town Andernach in Germany many years. Maslar is well-known to all as a main mastermind and organizer of well-known traditional fairy congresses in Germany!
Happy coincidence: Zdravko is fanatical fan of paradoxical ideas that realized in very economic form. And in this tourney many awarded problems are to a large extent in harmony with high aesthetics of Maslar!!
I sincerely thank all participants of the tourney and also the TT Director Aleksey Oganesjan which exhibits exceptional energy and accuracy in an organization of remarkable thematic quick composing tourneys!

Award is the following | Отличия распределились следующим образом

#2-6, s#2-6, r#2-6
19 entries were received from 9 authors representing 8 countries | На конкурс поступило 19 композиций от 9 авторов из 8 стран
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Here were 19 problems: 17 – #2-6, 1 – s#, 1 – r#. Frankly, I expected more s# and r# because in these genres very little has been done so far with Masand condition. On the other hand, I’m surprised at the complete lack of direct pat problems. By the way, in the =n problem theoretically impossible to represent the Masand condition on last move but there are big opportunities for demonstration of these effects in the play that precedes a final.
It is pleasant to note that in #2-6 modern themes dominated. To achieve this goal is not easy with Masand, and I think that awarded problems are very good examples in this respect!
My personal criteria was the following: if the problem has fairy condition then it must “work” in each thematic variation that demonstrates parts of “algebraic” algorithm. Nothing can justify breaking this rule. In other words, if this principle is not fully respected, the problem significantly loses its value.

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 51
Hubert Gockel
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 47
Hubert Gockel
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 52
Hubert Gockel
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 51, Hubert Gockel (Germany) 3K1Q1n/5pr1/1B1P4/1p1kpP2/P3q1n1/2R5/8/5N2

1.Kd7? – 2.Qa8[...]#
1...Qxf5[g4=w,f1=b,...]+ (a) 2.Sg4-e3[f5=w,f1=w]# (A)
1...Qc4 (b) 2.Sf1-e3[c4=w,g4=w]# (B)
1...bxa4!! (2.Qa8[a4=w,...]+ Qxa4[a8=b,...]+!)

1.Kc7! – 2.Qa8[...]#
1...Qxf5 (a) 2.Sf1-e3[f5=w,g4=w]# (B)
1...Qc4[g4=w,f1=b,...]+ (b) 2.Sg4-e3[c4=w, f1=w]# (A)
1...f6+ 2.Qg8[h8=w,g7=w]#
Reciprocal change-play with paradoxical mates – twice on e3 but by different Knights: Sg4 (after his changing color) and Sf1, in another phase – vice versa. The problem has many thematic effects, also additional variation after 1...f6 is nice too. The construction of problem is very lucky too.
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2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 47, Hubert Gockel (Germany) 4Kn2/4Bp2/2B1k1P1/b1p1p2p/4P1p1/1pN2N2/q5n1/7r

1.Bd5[e4=b,...]+? Kf5 2.Sh4[g2=w]+ Rxh4!
1.Sg5[e4=b]+? Kf5 2.Bxe4[g2=w]+ Qa4[e4=b,...]+!
(1.g7? – 2.gxf8S#, 1...S8~ 2.B(x)d7#, 1...Sh7! 2.Bd7+ Sf6[d7=b,...]+!!))

1.gxf7! – 2.Bd7+ Sxd7 3.f8=S[d7=w]#
1...Rd1 2.Bd5[e4=b,...]+! (A) 2...Rxd5 (x) 3.Sg5[e4=w,...]# (B), 2...Kf5 3.Sh4[g2=w]#
1...Qd2 2.Sg5[e4=b,...]+! B 2..Qxg5 (y) 3.Bd5[e4=w,...]# (A), 2...Kf5 3.Bxe4[g2=w]#
The logical problem with reverse elements and Keller paradox. Interesting and complex content! But thematic tries is not quite equivalently: the play after 1.Sg5[e4=b]+? Kf5 2.Bxe4[g2=w]+ Qa4[e4=b,...]+! with Masand effect in the final is better. But after 1.Bd5[e4=b,...]+? Kf5 2.Sh4[g2=w]+ Rxh4! last move of bR is prosaic. The key is acceptable because there is an interesting try 1.g7?, but after 1...Sh7! 2.Bd7+ Sf6+[d7=b...]!! Masand-effect wins!
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3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 52, Hubert Gockel (Germany) 8/8/5R2/1K1ppq1N/R2pkpb1/1B2p3/4Bn2/5n2

1...Qd7[g4=w]+ (a) 2.Bf5[d7=w]# (A)
1...Qc8 (b) 2.Rxf4[f2=w,...]# (B)
1...Bxe2[f1=w,h5=b]+ (c) 2.Sf1-g3[e2=w,h5=w,f5=w]# (C)
1...Sd3 (d) 2.Bf3[g4=w]# (D)
(1.Bc2[a4=b]+? d3! (2.Bf3[g4=w]+ Kd4!)

1.Kc5! – 2.Bxd5# (1...Qe6 is no defence!)
1...Qd7 (a) 2.Rxf4[f2=w,...]# (B)
1...Qc8[g4=w,...]+ (b) 2.Bf5[c8=w]# (A)
1...Bxe2 (c) 2.Sh5-g3[e2=w,f5=w,f2=w] # (E)
1...Sd3[e5=w,...]+ (d) 2.Rxd4[d3=w,...] # (F)
1...Qxf6 2.Sxf6[g4=w,...] #
The problem to some extent resembles No 51, but here there is no a try with wK move – here is only preliminary play. The content is complemented by two new variations with change-play after 1...Bxe2 and 1...Sd3. A small flaw: wBb3, despite it executes threats, is unlucky piece, into my opinion.
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1st Honorable mention - No 128
Marjan Kovačević
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
2nd Honorable mention - No 53
Hubert Gockel
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
1st Commendation - No 54
Hubert Gockel
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018

1st Honorable mention - No 128, Marjan Kovačević (Serbia) 1Q6/5N1p/5P1R/5P2/4K1k1/1PN3p1/2rP2R1/1B6

1.Qb4? (A) zz 1...R~ 2.Ke3# (B), 1...Rxc3 2.Rxg3 (C) [c3=w] #, 1...Rxd2!

1.Ke3! (B) zz
1...R~ 2.Rxg3# (C)
1...Rxc3[b3=b] + 2.Qb4 (A) [b3=w][c3=w] #
1...Kxf5 2.Qc8[c3=b] #
Realization of Kiss cycle after Black correction. Everything would be great here, if not a very significant minus – after 1...R~ fairy condition does not apply in both phases. In such cases, as I already wrote, effect of “algebraic algorithm” significantly reduces.
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2nd Honorable mention - No 53, Hubert Gockel (Germany) qRb1N2b/rppP2n1/2P1kPB1/2R5/4P3/8/8/1K6

1.e5! – 2.Sxc7[a8=w] #
1...b5(b6) 2.dxc8B #
1...bxc6 2.d8S[c6=w] #
1...Sxe8 2.de8=R[c8=w][h8=w] #
1...Qxb8 2.dxc8=Q[b7=w][c7=w][b8=w][e8=b] #
1...Ra1[a8=w] + 2.Qa2[a1=w] #
White AUW is always actual theme that is presented here in combination with very pleasant variation after 1...Ra1+[a8=w] 2.Qa2[a1=w] # (Bristol!). But also shortcomings there are: wRb8, despite it is necessary pieces, looks not good because it is bricked up; three captures in promotions – it is a bit too much.
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1st Commendation - No 54, Hubert Gockel (Germany) 2R1Nb2/1N5K/p2P4/PkP4p/1p4p1/1P2p3/2Q1P1r1/1n5B

1.Qf5? (A) – 2.c6# (B)
1...Rf2 (x) 2.Sc7[...]# (C)
1...Bxd6 (y) 2.cxd6# (D)
1...Sc3 2.Qd3[c3=w,...]#

1.c6! (B) – 2.Sc7[...]# (C)
1...Rf2 (x) 2.Qf5[f2=w,...]#! (A)
1...Bxd6 (y) 2.Qc5[d6=w,...]#! (E)
1...Sc3 2.Qd3[c3=w,...]#
Djurasevic theme and additional change-mate after 1...Bxd6. The author conceived everything in theory well, but unfortunately in practice not everything worked out as it should. And again I have to note that the fairy condition applies not in all thematic phases.
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2nd Commendation - No 10
Juraj Lörinc
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018

2nd Commendation - No 10, Juraj Lörinc (Slovakia) 7k/R1Q5/pp5p/qp5N/1P5N/P7/B5PP/7K

1.Sf4? zz
1...Qxb4 2.Qe5[f4=b][b5=w] + Qe1[h4=b][e5=b] #
1...Qxa3 2.Qc8[a6=w] + Qc1[f4=b][c8=b] #
1...Qa4 2.Qd8[h4=b][b6=w] + Qd1[d8=b] #

1.Qf4! zz
1...Qxb4 2.Sg6[f4=b] + Qb1[a2=b][b5=w][g6=b] #
1...Qa3 2.Qxh6[h5=b][b6=w] + Qc1[h6=b] #
1...Qa4 2.Qd4[b4=b][h4=b][b6=w] + Qd1[d4=b][h5=b] #
It is the only s#-problem in the tourney. The theme is curious: in both phases 2nd White moves are changed but 1st and 2nd Black moves are unchanged. But at the same time the realization has minuses – try 1.Sf4? is almost formal because immediately obvious refutation goes – 1...h5! On other hand, in this 1st phase Sh4 is not necessary, and it suggests a solution.
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65 entries were received from 28 authors representing 14 countries | На конкурс поступило 65 композиций от 28 авторов из 14 стран
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There were 65 problems: 59 – h#2-6, 6 – h=. There were no h== problems.
I consider the level of this section as high. Strategic themes are almost fully dominated. But I have to note that in some problems there are also pleasant logical motifs. For example, twofold change of color of the same piece very well suited for demonstration of logics in helpmate genre.
Concerning a form, a main tendency is the authors clearly expressed desire to develop complex ideas in economical positions.
The quantity of miniatures are big – 34. And although in the most of these miniatures pretty ideas were shown, the tourney demonstrated that the problems of high class with such material is very difficult to compose. But on other hand, the tourney demonstrated that the Masand condition is realizable good in the form of gravure, Meredith, light construction.

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 21
Vladislav Nefyodov
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
b) Kd7->a3
2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 41
Mario Parrinello
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 56
Hubert Gockel
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 21, Vladislav Nefyodov (Russia) 8/3K1p2/8/1p6/2p5/8/5nbq/6qk

a) diagram:
1.Sg4 Kd8 2.Qd1[g4=w] + Sf2[d1=w] #
1.Bf1 Kc8 2.Qh3[f1=w] + Bg2[h3=w] #

b) Kd7->a3:
1.Qe5 Ka2 2.Qa1[e5=w] + Qh8[a1=w] #
1.Qf4 Kb2 2.Qc1[c4=w][f4=w] + Qh6[c1=w] #
Undoubtedly the best problem in the tourney. Amazing that in very light position (gravure) and with only wK in initial position (“Rex Solus”!) the author shows interesting and complex concept in the form HOTF 2x2. 1st pair – switchback of Bishop and Knight with change-color; 2nd pair – geometric motifs in the play of Black Queens. Both pairs are united by wK tempomoves, thematic cross-checks and model mates! Nice!
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2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 41, Mario Parrinello (Italy) 7q/8/2r2b2/8/1pPPP3/1ppKPp1p/5rpk/3n2nb

a) diagram: 1.Sxe3 (A) Kxe3 2.Bxd4[c3=w][h8=w]+ (B) Qe5[d4=w][e4=b] #

b) Qh8->c8: 1.Bxd4 (B) Kxd4 2.Rxc4[c3=w][b4=w][c8=w]+ (C) Qc7[c4=w]#

c) Qh8->g4: 1.Rxc4 (C) Kxc4 2.Sxe3[g2=w][g4=w]+ (A) Qf4[e3=w][f3=w][e4=b][f6=w] #
Black cycle AB-BC-CA, active play of wK and interesting thematic effects. Unusual, complex concept! The challenge could qualify for first prize but unfortunately here the construction is heavy and we see additional Bristol theme only in a), that is the most best...
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3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 56, Hubert Gockel (Germany) 8/8/2B5/rPr2R1K/4bp2/5P2/2kp2n1/n1b5

1.Bxf5 Be4[f3=b][f5=w] + 2.Kd1 Bxf3[g2=w] #
1.Rxc6 Rc5[b5=b][c6=w] + 2.Kb3 Rxb5[a5=w] #
It is very pleasant problem with combination of Zilahi and Umnov theme with rich thematic effects and model mates. Curious that all change-colors are necessary!
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4th Prize - No 104A
Aleksey Oganesjan
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
Special Prize - No 120
Solaiappan Manikumar
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
1st Honorable mention - No 88
Themis Argirakopoulos
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018

4th Prize - No 104A, Aleksey Oganesjan (Russia) 2b3r1/8/5P2/r2qPPP1/5k2/p2p2p1/2n1p3/1Kn5

1.Rb5[d5=w] + Qc4[c2=w][b5=w][c8=w][g8=w] #? 2.Kf3!
1.d2? g6? 2.Rb5[d5=w] + Qc4[c2=w][e2=w][b5=w][c8=w][g8=w]#? 3.Kg5!
1.d2? Kxc2? 2.Rc5[d5=w][c8=w] + Qc4[e2=w][c5=w][g8=w]#? 3.Ke3!

1.Rb5[d5=w] Qb3!! 2.d2 Qc4[c2=w][e2=w][b5=w][c8=w][g8=w] #!
Paradoxical idea in logical form. Initially 1.Rb5 [d5=w] + Qc4[c2=w][b5=w][c8=w][g8=w] #? is unsuccessfully: the King runs away 2.Kf3! Black can start with 1.d2!? for opening the line f1-a6, but in this case the White have no a waiting move! That is why after 1.Rb5[d5=w] + White must answer 1...Qb3!! – it’s very unexpected and nice White tempo-move! And after 2.d2 final hit with 5-fold Masand effect and model mate!
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Special Prize - No 120, Solaiappan Manikumar (India) 8/5r2/8/8/6K1/2b5/p7/k7

1.Rf6 Kg3 2.Be5[f6=w]+ Rf4 3.Bf6 Rf1[f6=w] #
1.Rg7+ Kh4 2.Bf6[g7=w]+ Rg5 3.Bg7 Rg1[g7=w] #
And again – «Rex Solus» in Tanagra form! Here there is no change-functions in Black play but more difficult theme is demonstrated! Twice Black pieces play on the same square in order to create interesting Masand-mechanism. And wK by his moves “conducts” a logics of Black play. The author names these maneuvers “translational echoes”. It’s very nice!
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1st Honorable mention - No 88, Themis Argirakopoulos (Greece) 7k/3b4/5r2/3n1pn1/2p3pP/1p6/4K1pr/1r2b3

1.Bxh4 Kd2 2.Sf3[h2=w][h4=w] + Ke2 3.Se7 Bxf6[e7=w] #
1.Bc3 Kf2 2.Se4[c3=w][f6=w] + Ke2 3.Be6 Rh6[h4=b][e6=w] #
Original idea – batteries are created with active play of bB: one time he is front piece of battery and second time – he is rear piece. The realization of this theme with model mates and switchbacks of wK deserves special attention! Pity that wK twice returns on the same square e2. Without this shortcoming, the problem would get a Prize.
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2nd Honorable mention - No 96
Balasubramanian S.K., K.Seetharaman
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
h#2b) Kg2->a8
3rd Honorable mention - No 100
Balasubramanian S. K.
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
Commendation - No 110
Dieter Müller
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018

2nd Honorable mention - No 96, Balasubramanian S. K. & Seetharaman Kalyan (India) 8/3n4/1r4b1/8/kBn5/P7/2P3K1/8

a) diagram: 1.Be4[c2=b]+! Kf1 2.Bd3[c2, c4=w]+Sb2[d3=w] # (1.~ Kf1 2.Bd3? [c2=b, c4=w]+ Sb2[d3=w]+? 3.Kb3!)

b) Kg2->a8: 1.Rb8[b4=b]+!Ka7 2.Rb7[b4, d7=w]+Sc5[b7=w] # (1.~ Ka7 2.Rb7[b4=b, d7=w]+? Sc5[b7=w]+? 3.Ka5! or 3.Bxc5!)
Authors’ comment: «Logic and paradoxical change-color of wPc2 and wBb4 by 1st Black move – new theme in Masand». In particular: for example, if in а) Black execute any move 1.~ and White answer 1...Kf1, then it doesn’t lead to the goal: 1.~ Kf1 2.Bd3? [c2=b, c4=w]+ Sb2[d3=w]+? 3.Kb3! That is why the color of Pc2 must be saved. It will be achieved by two checks for wK: 1.Be4[c2=b]+! Kf1 2.Bd3[c2, c4=w]+Sb2[d3=w] #. So the move 1.Be4[c2=b]+! is preparatory move for main plan Bd3+. Analogous play is in b).
Undoubtedly, it’s very interesting logical concept but unfortunately the realization is not optimal. For example, the solution in a) with model mate is better then b) without model mate. Also in the try 1.~ Ka7 2.Rb7[b4=b, d7=w]+? Sc5[b7=w]+? Black has three answers: 3.Ka5!, 3.Kxa3! and 3.Bxc5! At first sight, it is a trifle, but in logical problem this minus is quite unpleasant. I am sure that this new idea can be represented much better in the future!
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3rd Honorable mention - No 100, Balasubramanian S. K. (India) 8/8/6b1/p3r3/k7/p7/2P5/6K1

1.Rd5 Kg2 2.Be4[c2=b][d5=w]+ Kf1 3.Bd3[c2=w]+ Rd4[d3=w] #
1.Bh5 c3 2.Rg5[a5=w][h5=w]+ Bg4 3.Rh5 Bd1[h5=w] #
Here again we see a power of well-known duet Rook-Bishop. But in contradistinction to No 120 (Special Prize), the author demonstrates reciprocal change-functions of Black pieces in h#3 and the play finished with model mates. Good miniature but the play is not fully equivalently in both solutions. The first solution is more beautiful – wK execute two moves and Masand-effects are more.
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Commendation - No 110, Dieter Müller (Germany) rR4Br/8/2p5/n1k5/3n4/7p/8/2K5

1.Sdb3[a5=w] + Rxb3 2.Rad8 Sb7[d8=w] #
1.Sab3[d4=w] + Bxb3 2.Rhd8 Se6[d8=w] #
In gravure form the author represents a pretty play, despite this mechanism resembles similar schemes from the classic of helpmate genre. Here anti-critical moves of White pieces are executed after preparatory thematic sacrifices of Black Knights. Line-opening for Black Rooks is good additional motive but there is a shortcoming – in both solutions these Rooks moves on the same square d8.
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Commendation - No 39
Dmitry Turevski & Boris Shorokhov
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
Commendation - No 80
Sergey Smotrov
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
h#3b) Ke2->f6
c) Bf4->f5; d) Se7->f6;
e) Se5->d7; f) Pc5->g6
Commendation - No 42
Mario Parrinello
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018

Commendation - No 39, Dmitry Turevski & Boris Shorokhov (Russia) 4b3/8/1P2K3/1pPn3r/1P1ppPr1/nPBk4/3P4/3B4

1.Sc7 [e8, b5=w] + bxc7! 2.Sxb5 Bxb5#
1.Bf7[h5=w]+ Kxf7! 2.dxc3 Rxd5[c5=b]#
1.Re5 [d5, e4=w]+ Kxe5! 2.Rxf4 Sxf4#
Undoubtely, the concept of this problem is very ambitious: synthesis of cyclic Zilahi and cyclic change-color of three Black pieces: Sd5, Be8, Rh5. But the realization is not good – there is no full analogy between solutions and the Masand-effect itself is demonstrated not enough. I am sure that much better variations in a development of this synthesis are possible.
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Commendation - No 80, Sergey Smotrov (Kazakhstan) 8/4N3/8/2p1n3/3k1b2/8/4K3/8

a) diagram: 1.Bh6 Sf5 [h6=w]+ 2.Ke4 Be3 3.c4 Sd6 [c4=w]#

b) Ke2->f6: 1.Sc4 Kf5 2.Be5 Sc6 [e5=w]+ 3.Kd5 Se7#

c) Bf4->f5: 1.Bd7 Sc8 2.Kd5 Ke3 3.Sc4+ Sb6 [c4,d7=w]#

d) Se7->f6: 1.c4 Ke1 2.Sd3 [f4=w]+ Kd2 3.Se5 Be3#

e) Se5->d7: 1.Ke5 Kd3 2.Sf8 Sg6 [f4,f8=w]+ 3.Kd5 Se7#

f) Pc5->g6: 1.g5 Sc6 [e5=w]+ 2.Ke4 Sd7 3.g4 Sf6 [g4=w]#
The task problem: 6 ideal mates! Despite in the form of twins, this achievement deserves an attention. Nevertheless unfortunately there are too little Masand-effects and there is no quite complex strategy.
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Commendation - No 42, Mario Parrinello (Italy) 8/1q2p3/4P3/K1n1P1p1/P2PBk2/3PbP2/5P2/8

1.Qb5[d3=b][a4=b][c5=w] + Kxb5 2.Bxf2 Sxd3[f2=w][e5=b] #
1.Qb6[c5=w][e6=b] + Kxb6 2.Bxd4 Sxe6[d4=w][g5=w] #
Small but pleasant idea: sacrifices of wQ cause Masand-effects, then bB plays good. But I think that this combination can be presented better with more rich combination of another motifs and with model mates.
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44 entries were received from 18 authors representing 14 countries | На конкурс поступило 44 композиций от 18 авторов из 14 стран
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I have received 44 problems: 42 – hs#2-6 and only 2 hs=.
I evaluate the level of the section as very high. In some problems very interesting and new themes and ideas are demonstrated – probably for the first time. The good illustration of this phenomenon is primarily the Prize problems. But some HM’s and Comm’s also deserves an attention because they “hint” at non-standard schemes and opportunities that can be realized more better.
This tourney showed that in hs#-genre there is big thematic and constructive potential with Masand condition.
As for the material, 34 from 44 problems are miniatures! At that authors demonstrated that in hs# very good problems with only 6, 5 or even 4 pieces can be composed! Moreover, here an aristocratic form and «Rex solus» paradox is more frequent than in another genres.
All this proves that future work on hs# with Masand condition must be especially fruitful!

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 87
Vlaicu Crişan & Balasubramanian S.K.
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
hs#3.52 sol.
2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 86
Eric Huber
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
hs=4b) Pb7<->Kd7
3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 68
Kostas Prentos
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 87, Vlaicu Crişan (Romania) & Balasubramanian S. K. (India) 1b2b3/3n4/3p4/p2K4/k3n1r1/1pp5/8/1NB5

1...Rg6 2.Sa3 Bf7[g6=w]+ 3.Re6 Be8 4.Rxe4[e8=w]+ Sf6[e4, e8=b] #
1...Bg6 2.Ba3 Rg5[g6=w]+ 3.Bf5 Rg4 4.Bxd7[g4=w]+ Sf6[g4, d7=b] #
Wonderful problem with reciprocal play of three duets of thematic pieces: Rg6/Be8, Sd7/Se4, Sb1/Bc1. At that, surprisingly, pieces of each duet play on the same square in both phases. Undoubtely, Zilahi is also excellent thematic motive! Here this very complex and interesting concept is realized for the first time.
EN <-> RU

2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 86, Eric Huber (Romania) 8/1PPkP3/8/K7/8/8/4P3/8

a) diagram: 1.b8S + Kc8 2.e8B Kb7 3.c8Q[b8=b][e8=b] + Ka7 4.Qa6[e2=b] + Sxa6 =

b) Pb7<->Kd7: 1.d8R Kc6 2.e8Q[e2=b][d8=b] + Kc5 3.c8B Rd4 4.Qc6[c8=b] + Kxc6 =
This miracle is possible with Masand condition! In initial position – Black «Rex solus». But during solution an unique metamorphosis of forces happens! As a result we see two wonderful finals with model pats! The theme is AUW, of course, in combination with one additional promotion in each phase. 6-pieces-problem that impossible to forget!
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3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 68, Kostas Prentos (USA) 8/8/8/5p2/3n2p1/1B1RPkp1/8/2b2K2

1.Rd1 Kxe3 2.Re1[c1=w]++ Kf3 3.Rd1 Sc2 4.Bd5+ Se3[g4,f5=w][d1,d5=b]#
1.Ke1 Bd2[e3=b]+ 2.Kf1 Be1 3.Rxd4 Bf2 4.Bd1+ e2[d1=b]#
In spite of absence of full analogy in both phases, the author represents a paradoxical synthesis – bK switchback (1st solution) and wK switchback (2nd solution) in combination with non-standard interpretation of Zilahi theme (regarding bSd4 and wPe3!). Very good construction – only 10 pieces, i. e. the gravure again!
EN <-> RU
Special Prize - No 40
Boris Shorokhov
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
Special Prize - No 91
Cornel Pacurar
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
1st Honorable mention - No 66
Kostas Prentos
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018

Special Prize - No 40, Boris Shorokhov (Russia) 8/3k4/8/3K4/1Q6/8/8/1q6

1...Kc8 2.Kc6 Qg1 (2...Qf5?) 3.Qf8+ Qc5[f8=b]#
1...Ke8 2.Ke6 Qa1
(2...Qb2?) 3.Qb8+ Qe5[b8=b]#
Real „Four-men”! There are only 4 pieces – of course, in aristocratic form! Very pleasant echo and curious tries on 2nd move. For example, if in 1st solution after 1...Kc8 2.Kc6 Black make an effort 2...Qf5? (with an idea of guarding c5) then not White but Black will be checkmated: 3.Qf8+ [f5=w]#?? Similarly in 2nd solution 2...Qb2?? is unlucky. Despite without deep strategy, this problem is surely “patent”!
EN <-> RU

Special Prize - No 91, Cornel Pacurar (Canada) 8/4p3/8/8/8/4K1N1/4P3/3k4

1.Kf2 Kd2 2.Kg1 Ke3 3.Sf5[e7=w]+ Kf4 4.e8R Kg4 5.Re4[e2=b]+ Kh3 6.Rh4+ e1=Q[h4=b]#
1.Sf5 Kc2 2.Sd4[e2=b]+ Kd1 3.Kf2 e1=Q[e7=w]+ 4.Kf3 Qd2 5.e8=Q Qc1 6.Qe2+ Qce3[e2=b][d4=b] #
It is also new, very curious and complex theme: reciprocal change-functions in the play of both Pawns which stands on its initial squares!! On 1st stage of each solution the color of one Pawn changes and after that the Pawn promotes. Promoted pieces execute a “check” and changes a color of another Pawn that also promotes! Mates are nice and amusing. To order this beautiful composition with only 5 pieces – Tanagra (!) – is great achievement. Of course here there are some shortcomings, for example: Pe7 promotes in different pieces (Queen and Rook) but Pe2 – twice in Queen. But my analyzes showed that to improve this problem without repetition of promotion is possible only with more quantity pieces on the board.
EN <-> RU

1st Honorable mention - No 66, Kostas Prentos (USA) 8/8/3R4/8/2q4P/7k/b7/7K

Black: 1...Qf7 2.Rg6 Bd5[f7=w]+ 3.Qf5[d5=w][g6=b]+ Rg4 4.Qf3[g4=w][d5=b]+ Bxf3[g4=b]#

White: 1...Rd4 2.Qd5[a2=w][d4=b]+ Kg1 3.Qf3 Be6+ 4.Rg4[h4=b]+ Bxg4[f3=w]#
To compose a duplex in miniature with only 6 pieces – it is extremely difficult. The author found an interesting opportunity that leads to non-standard and interesting play. This problem apparently will be a hard test even for experienced solver! Unfortunately there are shortcoming which are inevitable. For example, a repetition of moves Rg4 and Qf3 in both phases.
EN <-> RU
2nd Honorable mention - No 114
Jaroslav Štúň
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
b-f) Sd3->e3,f4,g6,h7,f1
g) Be7->e5
3rd-4th Honorable mention - No 61
Kostas Prentos
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
3rd-4th Honorable mention - No 13
Sébastien Luce
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018

2nd Honorable mention - No 114, Jaroslav Štúň (Slovakia) 6R1/4b3/4q3/8/3k4/3N1K2/8/8

a) diagram: 1...Qd5[g8=b] + 2.Kf4 Rg5 3.Sb2 Qf7[e7=w] + 4.Bf6[g5=w] + Qxf6[g5=b] #

b) Sd3->e3: 1...Bb4 2.Sc2[b4=w] + Kd3 3.Rg4 Qd6 4.Se1 + Qg3[e1=b][g4=b] #

c) Sd3->f4: 1...Ke5 2.Sg6[e7=w] + Kf5 3.Sf4 Qe1 4.Rg5 + Qg3[f4=b][g5=b] #

d) Sd3->g6: 1...Qc6[g6=b] + 2.Kg4 Qa8 3.Rd8[a8=w] + Ke3 4.Qf3 + Se5[f3=b] #

e) Sd3->h7: 1...Bh4 2.Rg4[h4=w] + Ke5 3.Bf2 Kf5 4.Rg5 + Qe3[f2=b][g5=b] #

f) Sd3->f1: 1...Bd6 2.Rf8 Qd5[d6=w]+ 3.Ke2 Ke4 4.Rf4[f1=b] + Qd2[f4=b][d6=b] #

g) Be7->e5: 1...Kc3 2.Sb2 Kd2 3.Sc4[e5=w] + Ke1 4.Rg1 + Qg4[g1=b][c4=b] #
Extraordinary and stylish miniature-aristocrat. This nice position has only 6 pieces too and represents wide Masand-opportunities. And despite on there is no a full thematic analogy between solutions, the concept of 7 different solutions (task!) with many different thematic effects make a good impression. There is a shortcoming: in b) and c) mating move is the same – Qg3#, but in these phases the Queen causes different Masand-effects
EN <-> RU

3rd-4th Honorable mention - No 61, Kostas Prentos (USA) 8/8/8/8/2k5/Rb6/1K6/1Q6

1.Ka1 Ba2 2.Qc1[a3=b]+ Kb3 3.Qd2 Ra4 4.Qb2[a2=w]++ Rxa2[b2=b]#
1.Ra8 Ba4 2.Qe4[a8=b]+ Kb5 3.Ka3 Ra6 4.Qb4[a4=w]++ Rxa4[b4=b]#
The next Tanagra-surprise! In aristocratic form the author represented two solutions with exact echo. Easy strategy, but solutions are quite difficult and interesting, although without model mates.
EN <-> RU

3rd-4th Honorable mention - No 13, Sébastien Luce (France) Q7/N7/8/8/8/5K2/8/B5k1

1.Bd4[a7=b]+ Kf1 2.Be5 Sc6 3.Qa2 Ke1 4.Qe2[e5=b]+ Sd4[e2=b]#
1.Sc6 Kh2 2.Bd4 Kh3 3.Qc8[c6=b]+ Kh4 4.Qg4[d4=b]+ Se5[g5=b]#
The form and the theme of this problem is similar for previous: also echo, aristocratic beauty, difficulty of solution. During the play all White pieces (except a King) change their color.
EN <-> RU
Commendation - No 65
Kostas Prentos
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
Commendation - No 83
Sergey Smotrov
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
Commendation - No 109
Borislav Gadjanski
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018

Commendation - No 65, Kostas Prentos (USA) 6rq/8/8/1Q3K2/8/2k5/8/8

1...Rc8 2.Qc6[c8=w]+ Kd4 3.Qe4+ Qe5[e4=b]#
1...Rg1 2.Ke4 Rb1 3.Qd3[b1=w]+ Qd4[d3=b]#
Here we also see a Tanagra-aristocrat with nice play and aristocratic echo in the center of the board. But in compare to two previous problem, here mating pictures is not fully the same (exact echo is made only by two Kings and two Queens).
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Commendation - No 83, Sergey Smotrov (Kazakhstan) 4k3/r7/R5r1/8/8/8/5R2/4K3

1.Kf1 Rf7 2.Re6 [g6=w]+ Kf8 3.Rff6 Rxf6 [e6,g6=b]#
1.Rd2 Rf6 2.Re6 [f6=w]+ Re7 3.Rdd6 Rxe6 [d6,f6=b]#
The problems in which a goal is achieved via zugzwang are pleasant exceptions to the general trend. Here in 6-pieces-aristocrat, nice echo-chameleon mates are demonstrated, but without difficult strategy. The problem could get more high distinction but unfortunately a repetition of the move 2.Re6 in both phases is an unpleasant moment.
EN <-> RU

Commendation - No 109, Borislav Gadjanski (Serbia) 7k/4N3/2P4K/3P1NP1/3P3R/4B3/8/8

1.Sc8 Kg8 2.Sfe7[d5=b][c6=b][c8=b]+ Kh8 3.g6 Sd6 4.g7+ Sf5[e3=b][d4=b][h4=b][e7=b][g7=b]#
During a play change-color of all 8 White pieces (except a King) happens! Paradoxical concept with interesting additional motifs, primarily Platzwechsel Sf5 and Se7. I think that very difficult problem for solving! But also there are shortcomings: the solution is single, the roles of Be3 and Rh4 are static – these pieces don’t execute any move.
EN <-> RU
Commendation - No 12
Sébastien Luce
TT-216, SuperProblem, 27-12-2018
hs#3b) bBf1

Commendation - No 12, Sébastien Luce (France) 8/8/8/8/5k2/8/8/3QKBNR

a) diagram: 1.Sh3+ Kg3 2.Qf3[f1=b,h1=b]+ Kh2 3.Qf2[f1=w]+ Rxf1[f2=b]#

b) bBf1: 1.Qh5 Be2 2.Qh2[e2=w,g1=b,h1=b]+ Ke3 3.Qe5+ Sf3 [e5=b]#
Here the start is from the position a) – like “Semi-home base”. After that there is a twin with bBf1. There is no a special strategy here but in both cases there are three change-colors. Pleasantly!
EN <-> RU

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Participants | Участники

Alexandrov V. – No 89 (h#3)
Argirakopoulos T. – No 88 (h#3), No 106 (h#2)
Armeni A. – No 17 (#2), No 18 (h#2), No 44 (h#2), No 45 (h#2)
Balasubramanian S. K. – No 36* (h#2), No 37* (h#3), No 87* (hs#3.5), No 96* (h#2), No 97** (h#2), No 98** (h#2), No 99* (h#2), No 100 (h#3), No 101* (h#3)
Bhushan P. – No 97** (h#2), No 98** (h#2), No 99* (h#2), No 121 (h#2), No 122 (h#2), No 123 (h#2), No 124 (h#2), No 125 (#2), No 126 (#2)
Crişan V. – No 85 (h#2), No 87* (hs#3.5)
Gadjanski B. – No 109 (hs#4)
Gockel H. – No 46 (#6), No 47 (#3), No 48 (#2), No 49 (#2), No 50 (#2), No 51 (#2), No 52 (#2), No 53 (#2), No 54 (#2), No 55 (#2), No 56 (h#2)
Golha J. – No 57 (h#2), No 58 (h#2), No 59 (hs#2.5), No 60 (hs#3)
Gurgui D. – No 14 (h#2), No 15 (hs#2)
Huber E. – No 86 (hs=4)
Kovačević M. – No 128 (#2)
Kuhn R. – No 29 (hs#2), No 30 (hs#3), No 31 (hs#3), No 32 (hs#3), No 33 (hs#3), No 34 (hs#3), No 35 (hs#3), No 70 (h#5), No 71 (h#3), No 72 (h#5)
Lörinc J. – No 9 (h#3), No 10 (s#2)
Luce S. – No 11 (hs=3.5), No 12 (hs#3), No 13 (hs#4)
Manikumar S. – No 101* (h#3), No 119 (h#2), No 120 (h#3)
Mlynka K. – No 23 (h#2), No 24 (h#2), No 25 (h#2), No 26 (hs#3), No 27 (hs#2.5), No 28 (hs#2.5)
Müller D. – No 38 (h#2), No 110 (h#2)
Nefyodov V. – No 19 (h#2.5), No 20 (h#2), No 21 (h#2), No 22 (h#2)
Oganesjan A. – No 1 (h#3), No 102 (hs#2), No 103 (#2), No 104A (h#2), No 104B (h#2)
Pacurar C. – No 90 (hs#3.5), No 91 (hs#6), No 92 (r#4)
Parrinello M. – No 41 (h#2), No 42 (h#2)
Predrag N. – No 107 (hs#2), No 108 (hs#2)
Prentos K. – No 61 (hs#4), No 62 (hs#3), No 63 (hs#2.5), No 64 (hs#2), No 65 (hs#2.5), No 66 (hs#3.5), No 67 (hs#3), No 68 (hs#4), No 69 (h#2)
Rallo V. – No 5 (h#3.5), No 6 (h#2), No 7 (h#2), No 8 (h#2)
Seetharaman K. – No 95 (h#2), No 96* (h#2), No 97** (h#2), No 98** (h#2)
Serafimović I. – No 127 (#2)
Shorokhov B. – No 39* (h#2), No 40 (hs#2.5)
Smotrov S. – No 73 (h=2), No 74 (h=2), No 75 (h=2), No 76 (h=2), No 77 (h#3), No 78 (h#3), No 79 (h#3), No 80 (h#3), No 81 (h#5), No 82 (hs#3.5), No 83 (hs#3), No 84 (hs#3)
Solja K. – No 2 (h#2.5), No 3 (h#3), No 4 (hs#3), No 16 (#3)
Štúň J. – No 111 (hs#3.5), No 112 (hs#3.5), No 113 (hs#6), No 114 (hs#3.5), No 115 (hs#3.5), No 116 (hs#5), No 117 (h=4), No 118 (h#2)
Taylor S. – No 43 (h#3)
Tominić I. – No 105 (h=3)
Tritten P. – No 36* (h#2), No 37* (h#3)
Turevski D. – No 39* (h#2), No 93 (h#5)
Vysotska J. – No 94 (hs#2)

The Winners | Победители

Hubert Gockel (#2-6, s#2-6, r#2-6)

Vladislav Nefyodov (h#2-6)

Vlaicu Crişan (hs#2-6)

Balasubramanian S. K. (hs#2-6#)

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Petko Petkov

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Aleksey Oganesjan

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