Final Award in Quick Composing TT-223 | Окончательные итоги блицконкурса TT-223

Help an opponent - and you will win! | Помоги чужим, чтоб свои победили!

5 entries were received from 5 authors representing 4 countries | На конкурс поступило 5 композиций от 5 авторов из 4 стран

EN <-> RU

From the tourney director Aleksey Oganesjan I received only 5 entries in anonymous form. So one has to question whether the theme perhaps was too ambitious for a quick composing tourney. But who needs another announcement like "Black plays on a white field" where tons of helpmates are coming in? Rather, I enjoyed studying the details of the few entries recognizing that all fulfilled the requirement of the theme. Because of some striking similarities among the problems I believe that less than 5 authors took part.

A few words to the two entries without a distinction.
- No 4 (Kb5-Kd6) – only a specimen to the 2nd Prize;
- No 5 (Kh1-Ke5) – there are persuasive words to make the one variation toothsome, but I would have preferred a 2nd thematic line, a better key and a lighter setting.

On June 14th, Aleksey informed me, that claims about my comments to No 3 had arrived. In fact, after a new analysis, I have to admit that I was wrong calling the 3rd and 4th variation “supplementary” they are purely “thematic”! I apologize profusely to the author and want to change the award as follows – No 3 gets a 3rd Prize (instead of a Honorable Mention), the rest of the ranking is left asis.

Award is the following | Отличия распределились следующим образом

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 1
Valery Shavyrin
TT-223, SuperProblem, 11-06-2019
2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 2
Ralf Krätschmer & Dieter Werner
TT-223, SuperProblem, 11-06-2019
3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 3
Gennadi Ignatenko
TT-223, SuperProblem, 11-06-2019

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 1, Valery Shavyrin (Russia) 2n5/pN2p3/r1P2p2/8/1pPkPB1p/1p3R2/1P1N1P2/3B2K1

1.Sb3+? (A) Ke4!
1.Be3+? (B) Ke5!
1.Kh2!? Ra1!
1.Kf1!! – 2.Ke2! ~ 3.Rd3#
1...Rb6 2.Sa5! – 3.Saxb3#
(2.Ke2? Rxb7! 3.Rd3 Kc5!), 2...Kc5 3.Sdxb3# (A) (3...Kb6??)
1...Sd6 2.Sd8! – 3.Se6# (2.Ke2? Sxb7! 3.Rd3 Kc5!), 2...Kc5 3.Be3# (B) (3...Kd6??)
1...f5 2.Sxb3+ (A)+ Kxc4 3.Be2#, 2...Kxe4 3.S7c5#
1...e5 2.Be3+ (B) Kd3 3.Sc5#
Clearly the best. Black plans to capture wSb7 in order to create a flight on c5. But the two pieces which execute the plan afford a remote block which is exploited in the postulated paradox manner: the escape on c5 is immediately conceded! I appreciate that this is done with silent white 2nd moves. A modern touch is added by the recurrence of the mating moves from the thematic variations as 2nd moves after further blocks in the bK's neighbourhood. Last no least in a decent construction we see a bold wK approaching his counterpart.
EN <-> RU

2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 2, Ralf Krätschmer (Germany) & Dieter Werner (Switzerland) 2NN4/5p2/K7/n1pkpB2/2pbp1P1/pPR1p1p1/b4n2/q1BR1Q2

1.Bh7! – 2.Bg8 ~ 3.Bxf7#
1...e2 2.Bxe4+ Kxe4 3.Qg2#, 2...Sxe4 3.Qxf7#
1...cxb3 2.Rxc5+ Kxc5 3.Qb5#
Likewise the target of Blacks's strategy here is to secure himself a flight against the silent threat. More precisely two DIFFERENT flights in two variations which certainly did not make things easier. The key is good, two b/w line openings for the wQ as well but some other features are less and make this problem inferior to the winner: The white continuations, capturing with check, are vigorous and less subtle, though paradox, of course. In one variation the wQ has two mates, only one in the other. And finally, the setting is a bit too heavy to allow an impeccable aesthetic impression.
EN <-> RU

3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 3, Gennadi Ignatenko (Russia) 1nr5/1N2p1p1/1pPppp2/8/RRPk2N1/1P1P2P1/2PB1PK1/8

1.Rb5? Rh8 2.Rd5+ exd5 3.c5#, 1...Sa6 2.Sh2 ~ 3.Sf3#, 1...Sxc6!
1.Kf3? f5!
1.Kf1! – 2.Ke2 ~ 3.c3#
1...Rc7 2.Sd8 – 3.Sxe6#, 2...Kc5 3.Be3#
1...f5 2.Sh2 – 3.Sf3#, 2...Ke5 3.Bc3#
1...Rxc6 2.c5+ Kd5 3.Rd4#
1...b5 2.cxb5+ Kd5 3.Rd4#
Here even THREE flights on adjacent squares (c5, d5, e5) are involved. Black attacks the corresponding guarding pieces on B1 and they withdraw immediately on W2 facilitating the getaways.
Among them two white Knights which exploit in two quiet continuations unguard (d8) and distant block (f5), respectively. Whereas the former is reminiscent of a variant of the winner piece, the latter coerces the key piece to choose the right route to e2 (avoiding f3).
The 3rd thematic flight, d5, is treated in two further variants, with checking battery play on White’s side, unfortunately twice leading to the same mate on W3. This and the massive pawn clusters, which detract the artistic ensemble, made me place this entry behind the winner and runner-up, but a prize is uncontestedly deserved.
EN <-> RU

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#3 (threemovers | трёхходовки)

Participants | Участники

Ignatenko G. – No 3
Krätschmer R. – No 2*, 4
Loustau J.-M. – No 5
Shavyrin V. – No 1
Werner D. – No 2*

The Winner | Победитель

Valery Shavyrin
Congratulations! | Поздравляем!

Judge | Арбитр

Hubert Gockel

Director and editor
Директор и редактор

Aleksey Oganesjan

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