Award in Quick Composing TT-256 | Итоги блицконкурса TT-256

Final Award in Quick Composing TT-256 | Окончательные итоги блицконкурса TT-256

Twin as reincarnation of move | Близнец как реинкарнация хода

Theme | Тема

43 entries were received from 16 authors representing 10 countries | На конкурс поступило 43 композиций от 16 авторов из 10 стран

EN <-> RU

From TT Director Aleksey Oganesjan I have received 43 anonymous compositions:
- 31 – h#2;
- 5 – h#2.5;
- 7 – h#3.
Herewith there were 4 problems (No 21, 24, 42, 43 – all h#2) with five twins; two problems (No 1, No 22) – with four twins; rest problems – with three twins.

When I have composed 1st example from the TT announcement (3rd Prize, Feoktistov-70 JT), I wanted to set this theme in one of team championship that was proposed me to judge. But after that I gave it up myself because decided that not all teams can fulfill the theme. So I expected that for this TT about 10 problems will be sent. That is why real quantity (43) was surprise for me. But during analyzing of sent problems I understood what was the matter. It seemed natural to me to strive so that in twins b, c end etc a tempo-play would appear because this is, obviously, the most effective implementation of the theme (taking into account the fact that filling the content of the problem with some strategy is difficult). And I consider a “transferring” of mating move (at that tempo-play is impossible) as a bonus in the case if someone can realize a “transferring” of at least two moves. But eventually it turned out that the overwhelming majority of the participants took the easy path – a “transferring” of two moves, one of which is mating (without any additional attractive play).

As a result, only four problems have no “transferring” of mating move – No 2, No 11, No 15, No 31, – and that is why I decided to marl all of them. Also two twins with tempo-play as maximum were in 6 problems (No 11, No 15, No 21, No 24, No 31, No 42).

Given the total number of tasks, I decided not to mark following problems:
- No 9 (Ka8-Kd4), No 10 (Ka2-Ke4), No 14 (Kd6 Ke3), No 17 (Kc5-Kf3), No 18 (Kh3-Kc6), No 19 (Kc2 Kd7), No 20 (Kc1-Kc4), No 37 (Ka4-Ke6), No 41 (Kb7-Kc5) – there is no tempo-play in any twin;
- No 4 (Kh2-Kd6), No 5 (Ka4-Ke5), No 6 (Kd1 Kd5) – with the formation of at least one twin, bK turned out under a check;
- No 22 (Ke1-Kc4) – in the twin c), though it is formatted by castling, wR is excess because does not participate in mating position.

After preliminary selection of Prizes and HM, I refused (not without hesitation) No 21 (Kb1-Kc5) and No 42 (Kd1-Kf4) – these are h#2 with five twins, but its are almost full “clones” of Prize No 43 (and herewith in No 21 – four from five mating pictures are almost the same, in No 42 – three from five).

Further, I selected candidates for Commendations. Among h#2 I at once refused No 13 (Kb7 Kb4) with the only wR and repetition of 1.Rc3. Onwards, there were 8 (!) problems with white material B+S: No 7 (Kg7 Kd6), No 25 (Kh6 Kd5), No 29 (Kb6 Kd3), No 30 (Kg2 Kd2), No 32 (Kg3 Kd4), No 35 (Kg3 Kc5), No 36 (Kf8 Kd4), No 40 (Ke2 Ke4). I did not search for differences among them "under the microscope", especially since there were h#3 (No 23, No 27) and four h#2 with more strong White material B+S+S: No 11 (Kh1-Kc4), No 12 (Kb7 Kf4), No 26 (Kh4-Kd3), No 28 (Ke1-Kf6). Among these four problems I have selected:
- No 11 – because, I repeat, the twins were without a transferring of mating move;
- No 12 – at first, three model mates; at second, rest problems has standard (for this TT) twins with shifting of wK and mating move.

Among h#2.5-3 I refused:
- No 16 (Kb3 Kf3) – repetition of 2.Ke2;
- No 33 (Ka5 Ke4) – repetition of 2…Sc5;
- No 34 (Ke3 Kd6) – repetition of 1.Ke6, 2.Kf5, 3…Se7#;
- No 38 (Kf3 Kd4), No 39 (Ke4 Kc5) – model mates, but only one wS (compare to marked No 23 and No 27, where wB and wS).
Eventually 12 problems left.

Award is the following | Отличия распределились следующим образом

Prize - No 15
M. Witztum, E. Navon, P. Einat
TT-256, SuperProblem, 26-07-2021
h#2b) Sf5->h4
c) Pf3->f4
Prize - No 43
Pietro Pitton
TT-256, SuperProblem, 26-07-2021
h#2b) Rc3->c6
c) Kd2->e3; d) Kb4->c5
e) Pd3->d4
Special Prize - No 23
Michael Lütt
TT-256, SuperProblem, 26-07-2021
h#3b) Bb3->c4
c) Bc2->e4

Prize - No 15, Menachem Witztum & Emanuel Navon & Paz Einat (Israel) 8/4B1p1/3Pk1Pp/3qbnpP/3p2K1/3P1PpB/6P1/8

a) diagram:
1.Sf5-h4 f3-f4 2.gxf4 Kxh4#

b) Sf5->h4:
*1...f4! 2.gxf4 Kxh4#
1.Sxg6 hxg6 2.h5+ Kxg5#

c) Pf3->f4:
1.gxf4 ?? 2.Sh4 Kxh4#
*1...fxg5! 2.Sh4 Kxh4#
1.Se3+ Kxg3+ 2.Sg4 Bxg4#
The twin b) is standard extended problem, in this case – with change-play for a mate of King battery. But in next twin a content is increasing.
At first, there is a tempo-play because White has no a waiting first move: Black moves can be swapped (as in No 11) but in the sense of tempo-play it is though not desirable but acceptable, in my opinion (in the end, you don't have to indicate it, but write about its presence in the comments).
At second, in addition there is a set play (which is not in other problems of TT) with initial mate. But actual play is changing again. In the sense of a “depth” of the concept – it is surely best problem.
EN <-> RU

Prize - No 43, Pietro Pitton (Italy) 6B1/8/1p1p4/1p6/1k6/2rP4/3KP3/4B3

a) diagram: 1.Rc3-c6 Kd2-e3 2.Kb4-c5 d3-d4#

b) Rc3->c6: 1.Kc5 Bc4 2.b4 Bf2#

c) Kd2->e3: 1.Kc5 Kf4 2.Kd4 Bf2#

d) Kb4->c5: 1.Kd4 Bg3 2.Rc5 e3#

e) Pd3->d4: 1.Ra3 Bb3 2.d5 Kc2#
In contrast to the previous one, this problem is for "power". I expected h#2 with twins that repeats all moves of a). And this problems are obvious the best among four sent with five twins. Yes, there are repeated moves but all five mating pictures are different! In usual tourney the problem apparently can pretend for Special Prize as maximum but in thematic tourney (and with such set of problems) the record problem can get a standard (not Special) distinction, in my opinion.
EN <-> RU

Special Prize - No 23, Michael Lütt (Germany) 8/8/3N4/3r4/3k1K2/1b6/2B5/8

a) diagram: 1.Rc5 Sb5+ 2.Kd5 Kf5 3.Bb3-c4 Bc2-e4#
b) Bb3->c4: 1.Be2 Kg3 2.Ke3 Bb1 3.Rd2 Sf5#
c) Bc2->e4: 1.Bc2 Bg2 2.Kd3 Se4 3.Rd4 Bf1#
Of course, h#3-miniatures with three solutions and ideal mates are exist. But here at the expense of the twin b) there is a tempo-play. If the next twin had a tempo-play too, it would already be a standard (not Special) Prize.
EN <-> RU
Honorable mention - No 31
Aleksandr Tyunin
TT-256, SuperProblem, 26-07-2021
h#3b) Sb4->c2
c) Sa3->c2
Special Hon. mention - No 2
János Csák & Gábor Tar
TT-256, SuperProblem, 26-07-2021
h#2b) Pe7->e5
c) Kf6->e6
Special Hon. mention - No 3
Balasubramanian S. K.
TT-256, SuperProblem, 26-07-2021
h#2b) Kg3->f4
c) Rf7->f6

Honorable mention - No 31, Aleksandr Tyunin (Russia) 4r3/8/8/3p4/KNnp4/n2p4/3kPrp1/1b4b1

a) diagram: 1.Kc3 Sb4-c2 2.d2 Se3 3.Sa3-c2 Sd1#
b) Sb4->c2: 1.Kxe2 Sxd4 2.Kf1 Sf5 3.Re1 Sg3#
c) Sa3->c2: 1.Rb8 Sxd5 2.Rb2 Sf6 3.Kc3 Se4#
The twin b) has a tempo-play with swapping of moves as the twin c). But in last twin after wS captures shifted bS, Black in tempo-play has no a piece that can block this square – in opinion, this fact slightly reduces an impression from the tempo-play. But on another side, twins with shifting on the same square give an additional effect. Pity that third mate is not model.
EN <-> RU

Special Honorable mention - No 2, János Csák & Gábor Tar (Hungary) 4RBK1/4p3/5k2/8/4B3/8/8/8

a) diagram: 1.e7-e5 Rd8 2.Kf6-e6 Rd6#
b) Pe7->e5: 1.Kg5 Rxe5+ 2.Kf6 Bg7#
c) Kf6->e6: 1.Kd7 Rc8 2.e5 Bf5#
Miniature with strong White material. Twins without transferring of mating move. But in c) bK after shifting interferes bP and doesn’t allow to spend a tempo-play.
EN <-> RU

Special Honorable mention - No 3, Balasubramanian S. K. (India) 6B1/5R2/6p1/2k5/1b1p4/6K1/8/8

a) diagram: 1.Kd5 Kg3-f4 2.Bc5 Rf7-f6#
b) Kg3->f4: 1.d3 Rc7+ 2.Kd4 Rc4# (1.Kd5 ?? 2.Bc5 Rf6???)
c) Rf7->f6: 1.Kb5 Bc4+ 2.Ka5 Ra6# (1.Kd5? Rf7 2.Bc5 Rf6 ???)
Once more a miniature, with weaker White material, but all moves are different.
EN <-> RU
Commendation - No 8
Yury Gorbatenko
TT-256, SuperProblem, 26-07-2021
h#2b) Rd6->d5
c) Se8->f6
Commendation - No 11
Yury Gorbatenko
TT-256, SuperProblem, 26-07-2021
h#2b) Se7->g6
c) Rf2->e2
Commendation - No 12
Velko Alexandrov
TT-256, SuperProblem, 26-07-2021
h#2b) Kf4->e5
c) Se3->c4

Commendation - No 8, Yury Gorbatenko (Russia) 4N3/8/3R4/8/3n1p2/2pkr3/2p2p2/2K5

a) diagram: 1.Ke4 Rd6-d5 2.Sf3 Se8-f6#
b) Rd6->d5: 1.Kc4 Rb5 2.Rd3 Sd6#
c) Se8->f6: 1.Re2 Rc6 2.Ke3 Rxc3#
The only (in this award) problem with White material R+S. All mates are model.
EN <-> RU

Commendation - No 11, Yury Gorbatenko (Russia) 8/4N2B/5p2/2p5/2kp4/4b3/5r2/1N5K

a) diagram: 1.Rf2-e2 Se7-g6 2.Kd3 Se5#
b) Se7->g6: 1.Kd3 Kg1 2.c4 Sf4#
c) Rf2->e2: 1.f5 Sxf5 2.Kd3 Sd6#
The problem with two tempo-tries and three battery mates. Pity that the author was not manage to avoid a repetition of 2.Kd3.
EN <-> RU

Commendation - No 12, Velko Alexandrov (Bulgaria) 8/1K2N3/4p3/8/3brkr1/4N3/2P2B2/8

a) diagram: 1.Kf4-e5 Bh4 2.Rgf4 Se3-c4#
b) Kf4->e5: 1.Bc3 Kb6 2.Kd4 Sc6#
c) Se3->c4: 1.Re3 Bg3+ 2.Ke4 Sd2#
Three model mates.
EN <-> RU
Commendation - No 24
Pietro Pitton
TT-256, SuperProblem, 26-07-2021
h#2b) Qg6->g4
c) Kc3->d4; d) Bh4->h5
e) Sd5->e7
Commendation - No 1
János Csák & Gábor Tar
TT-256, SuperProblem, 26-07-2021
h#2.5b) Kf6->e5
c) Pd2->d4; d) Pe2->e4
Commendation - No 27
Aleksandr Tyunin
TT-256, SuperProblem, 26-07-2021
h#3b) Bb7->c8
c) Se7->f5

Commendation - No 24, Pietro Pitton (Italy) 8/8/4ppq1/3N1k2/2p2p1b/2K2p2/3P1P2/8

a) diagram: 1.Qg6-g4 Kc3-d4 2.Bh4-g5 Sd5-e7#
b) Qg6->g4: 1.Bg5 Kd4 2.c3 Se7#
c) Kc3->d4: 1.Qg6-g4 d3 2.Bg5 Se7#
d) Bh4->g5: 1.Qh5 Kd4 2.Qh5-g4 Se7#
e) Sd5->e7: 1.Ke4 Kxc4 2.e5 d3#
Once more, task with five twins. But in this case the author “cheated” a little because twins a-d somehow exploit the same mating picture. Nevertheless a matrix is different compare to No 43, that allows to mark this problem.
EN <-> RU

Commendation - No 1, János Csák & Gábor Tar (Hungary) 4K3/8/P2NNk1P/8/8/8/3PP3/8

a) diagram: 1...Kd7 2.Kf6-e5 d2-d4+ 3.Kd5 e2-e4#
b) Kf6->e5: 1...Ke7 2.Kd5 e4+ 3.Ke5 d4#
c) Pd2->d4: 1...h7 2.Kg6 h8R 3.Kf6 Rh6#
d) Pe2->e4: 1...a7 2.Ke5 a8Q 3.Kxd6 Qd5#
The problem with four twins, herewith h#2.5, not h#2. Pawns a6 and h6 plays a main role in one of twins but are not excess in another twins – it makes the whole concept kind of artificial.
EN <-> RU

Commendation - No 27, Aleksandr Tyunin (Russia) 3q2r1/1B2N3/2p3n1/8/4k3/2K2p1p/7p/5br1

a) diagram: 1.Ke5 Bb7-c8 2.Kd6 Kd4 3.Qc7 Se7-f5#
b) Bb7->c8: 1.Qd7 Sd5 2.Kf5 Kd4 3.Rg5 Bxd7#
c) Se7->f5: 1.f2 Ba6 2.Kf3 Bd3 3.Kg2 Be4#
Good (for h#3) White material and three model mates.
EN <-> RU

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