Final Award in Quick Composing ТТ-155 | Окончательные итоги блицконкурса ТТ-155

Black King inside the pawn cross/star | Полуклетка Тамерлана

Theme | Тема

41 entries were received from 19 authors representing 9 countries | На конкурс поступила 41 композиция от 19 авторов из 9 стран

EN <-> RU

I have received 41 problems in anonymous form from TT Director Aleksey Oganesjan. The theme of the tourney greatly restricts the creative possibilities of the composers in view of fixed black material. And many sent problems had simple positions without worthy content. But at the same time there were interesting findings. As a result, I have marked 12 compositions.

Award is the following | Отличия распределились следующим образом

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 2
Igor Agapov
ТТ-155, SuperProblem, 07-12-2015
5B1Q/8/2pNp1P1/3k4/2pNp2K/8/5P2/8
#4(7+5)
2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 27
M. Kostylev & A. Melnichuk
ТТ-155, SuperProblem, 07-12-2015
K7/1p1p1B2/1PkP4/Pp1pPP1P/3B4/8/2P5/8
#6(10+5)
3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 4
Ralf Krätschmer
ТТ-155, SuperProblem, 07-12-2015
6K1/5R1R/6p1/5pkp/6p1/6B1/8/8
#4(4+5)

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 2, Igor Agapov (Russia)

1.Be7! – 2.Sf7 c3 3.Qd8+ Kc4 4.Se5#, 2.Sc8 e3 3.f3 c3 4.Sb6# (3...e5 4.Qd8#)
1...e3! 2.f4! Kc5 3.Sc8+ Kd5 4.Qe5#
1...e5! 2.S6b5! e3 3.f3 exd4 4.Sc7#
1...c3! 2.Sb3! c5 3.Qa8+ Ke5 4.Q:e4#
1...c5! 2.Qh5+! Kxd4 3.S6b5+ Kd3 4.Qd1#
(2...e5 3.Qe2 cxd4 4.Qxe4#, 3...exd4 4.Qxc4#)
The only problem of the tourney in which all four thematic black Pawns are involved in the play.

An idea of the problem is Black (Bayezid I, Ottoman Sultan) open a cage four times, but White (Tamerlane) every time suppress attempts to escape of Ottoman Sultan by the only way. After Bishop attack (1.Be7!) Tamerlane threatens to trample his captive by Knights, but the Sultan has not any waiting move, so he goes ahead. (Author)
EN <-> RU

2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 27, Mihail Kostylev & Aleksandr Melnichuk (Russia)

Early 1.a6? b4! and 1.с4? bxc4!
The try with promotion of the Pawn “h” is without result: 1.h6? b4 2.h7 b3? and now 3.с4 (like in time?!) 3...dxc4 4.Bxс4 b2 5.h8Q b1Q 6.Qс8#, but it is late in view of 2...Kb5!
The try 1.Bb2? shows a possibility to find a tempo (2.Bxd4!) and checkmate via promotions in Knight or Queen: 1.Bb2? d4 2.Bxd4! (switchback) 2…b4 3.Bc4 b3 4.a6 bxa6 5.b7 – 6.b8S#, 4...b2 5.axb7 – 6.b8S#, 1...Kс5 2.Kxb7 b4 3.Kа6 b3 4.b7 bxc2 5.b8Q с1Q 6.Qb5#, but Black find a defense – 1...b4!
Nevertheless White “hide” a cunning move, after which everything falls into place!
1.c3! b4 2.c4! (now is the time!) 2...dxc4 3.Bxc4 b3 4.a6! (it’s the time to lure the Pawn b7!) 4...b2 5.axb7 b1Q 6.b8S#, 4...bxa6 5.b7 b1Q 6.b8S#
Mates by promotions of different Pawns in Knights (we have Q-S promotions in combination of the solution, the try 1.Bb2? and the try 1.h6?) (Authors.)

Interesting logical problem, in which White (before the promotion in Knight) decide a problem of bKing escape.
But it should think about an economy of white material. It is possible to save two White Pawns f5 and h5 by shifting a position to one vertical right with shifting a Bishop to h8. (1K5B/2p1p3/2PkP3/1Pp1pP2/4B3/8/3P4/8). All the more so, the showed try 1.h6? is not clear in view of dual promotion not on mating move (5.h8Q/h8R).
EN <-> RU

3rd Prize, 3rd Place - No 4, Ralf Krätschmer (Germany)

1.Rh6!
1...f4 2.Rxg6+! Kxg6 3.Bh4 – 4.Rf6#
1...h4 2.Rxh4 f4 3.Bxf4+! Kxh4 4.Rh7#
Nice solutions with two model mates! White Rooks insisted offers himself as a sacrifice on 1st and 2nd move in two variations. As is customary in such problems, – in symmetric position we see an asymmetric key.
EN <-> RU
1st Honorable mention - No 22
Grigory Atayants
ТТ-155, SuperProblem, 07-12-2015
8/2K5/2p5/1pkp2P1/2p3P1/8/P2Q1P2/8
#4(6+5)
2nd Honorable mention - No 37
Ingemar Lind
ТТ-155, SuperProblem, 07-12-2015
8/8/7Q/5p1p/6k1/5p1p/5K2/8
#5(2+5)
3rd Honorable mention - No 29
M. Kostylev & A. Melnichuk
ТТ-155, SuperProblem, 07-12-2015
8/3pNp2/3PkP2/3p1pP1/8/4P3/4P2B/4K2R
#6(9+5)

1st Honorable mention - No 22, Grigory Atayants (Russia)

1.a3? – 2.Qe3+ d4 3.Qe5#, 1...b4 2.Qe3+ Kb5 3.Qb6+ Ka4 4.Qxb4#, 1...d4!
1.Qe1! – 2.Qe7+ Kd4 3.Qe3#
1...b4 2.Qe3+ Kb5 3.Qb6+ Ka4 4.Qa6#
1...d4 2.Qe7+ Kd5 3.Qd7+ Kc5 4.Qd6#, 3...Ke5/Ke4 4.Qf5#
Model mate in the try, in the threat and two model mates in the solution. The key is good.
EN <-> RU

2nd Honorable mention - No 37, Ingemar Lind (Sweden)

*1...f4 2.Qg6+ Kh4 3.Qf5 h2 4.Qxf4+ Kh3 5.Qg3#
1.Ke3! h2 2.Qf4+ Kh3 3.Qxf3+ Kh4 4.Kf4 - 5.Qg3#, 4...h1S 5.Qxh1#
Five miniatures with such material were sent. This problem is the best among them. It has a very clear play.
EN <-> RU

3rd Honorable mention - No 29, Mihail Kostylev & Aleksandr Melnichuk (Russia)

1.Rf1? f4!
1.Kf2? d4!
1.0-0!
1...f4 2.exf4 Kxd6 3.Rс1 Kе6 4.f5#
1...d4 2.exd4 f4 3.Rxf4 Kxd6 4.Re4#
The choice “Rook? King? Castling!” Mates by direct and indirect battery.
EN <-> RU
1st Commendation - No 41
Sébastien Luce
ТТ-155, SuperProblem, 07-12-2015
4N3/8/4p1K1/3pkp2/4p3/2P1P3/2P1P1B1/8
#8(7+5)
2nd Commendation - No 11
Anatoly Vasilenko
ТТ-155, SuperProblem, 07-12-2015
8/3N4/2p1p3/3kP3/2p1p3/1N6/1P6/3BK2R
#4(7+5)
3rd Commendation - No 23
Valery Smirnov
ТТ-155, SuperProblem, 07-12-2015
8/6B1/7Q/3pPp1B/4k3/1K1p1p2/8/8
#4(5+5)

1st Commendation - No 41, Sébastien Luce (France)

1.Kg5! d4 (1...f4 2.exf4#) 2.c4 dxe3 3.c3 f4 4.Bxe4 Kxe4 5.Sf6+ Ke5 6.c5 f3 7.exf3 e2 8.f4#
In the end, another white Pawn unexpectedly appears on “f4”!
EN <-> RU

2nd Commendation - No 11, Anatoly Vasilenko (Ukraine)

*1...cxb3 2.Bxb3+ Kd4 3.Ke2 e3 4.Rh4#, 3...c5 4.Rd1#
1.Bc2? zz 1...cxb3 2.Bxb3+ Kd4 3.Ke2 e3 4.Rh4#, 3...c5 4.Rd1#
1...c5 2.Sa5! (3.Ke2 - 4.Rd1#), 2...e3 3.Ke2! (3.0-0? e2!) ~ 4.Rd1#, 2...c3 3.Ke2 (3.0-0? Kd4!) ~ 4.Rd1#
1...c3!
1.Sbc5! zz
1...Kd4 2.Rh4! zz
(2.Rh3? Kd5!) 2...Kd5 3.Rxe4 c3 4.Bb3#, 2...c3 3.Rxe4+ Kd5 4.Bb3#
1...c3 2.Bb3+ Kd4 3.Rh3!
(3.Ke2? cxb2!) 3...c2/cxb2 4.Sxe6#, 3...e3 4.Rh4#
Change-play, continued zugzwang in the solution.
EN <-> RU

3rd Commendation - No 23, Valery Smirnov (Russia)

1.Qd2!
1...d4 2.Kc4 f2 3.Qxf2 f4 4.Bg6#
1...Kd4 2.Kb4 Ke4 3.Qe1+ Kd4 4.e6#, 3...Kf4 4.Bh6#
1...f2 2.Qxf2 d2 3.Bd1 d4 4.Qf3#, 3...Kd3 4.Bc2#
The solution has five different mates.
EN <-> RU
4th Commendation - No 34
Arnold Beine
ТТ-155, SuperProblem, 07-12-2015
6K1/6p1/5pkp/6p1/8/6QN/8/8
#4(3+5)
5th Commendation - No 28
M. Kostylev & A. Melnichuk
ТТ-155, SuperProblem, 07-12-2015
8/5B2/1Kp1p3/2PkP3/1Pp1pP2/8/3P1B2/3R4
#6(9+5)
6th Commendation - No 26
Valery Smirnov
ТТ-155, SuperProblem, 07-12-2015
8/2p1p3/3k4/1Qp1p1K1/8/1N6/3P4/3R4
#4(5+5)

4th Commendation - No 34, Arnold Beine (Germany)

1.Sf2! zz
1...f5 2.Qd6+ Kh5 3.Kxg7 f4/g4 4.Qxh6#, 3...Kh4 4.Qh2#
1...Kf5 2.Qe3 Kg6 3.Qe8+ Kf5 4.Qe4#, 2...g4 3.Qe4+ Kg5 4.Qxg4#
Four different mates by Queen.
EN <-> RU

5th Commendation - No 28, Mihail Kostylev & Aleksandr Melnichuk (Russia)

1.Ka5!
1...e3 2.dxe3+ Ke4 3.Bh5 Kf5 4.Rd4 c3 5.Bg3 c2 6.e4#
1...c3 2.dxc3+ Kc4 3.Bd4 Kb3 4.Rd2 Ka3/e3 5.Bxe6 e3/Ka3 6.Ra2#
Nice extraordinary model mate 6.е4#!
EN <-> RU

6th Commendation - No 26, Valery Smirnov (Russia)

1.Kf5? c6 2.Qb8+ Kd5 3.Qg8+ Kd6 4.Qd8#, 3...e6+ 4.Qxe6#
1...c4 2.Sa5 e6+ 3.Kf6 c6/c5 4.Qc6#
1...e4 2.Sa5 e6+(e5) 3.Kf6 Kd5 4.Qd7#
1...e6+!
1.Sa5! Ke6 2.Qc6+ Kf7 3.Qg6+ Kf8 4.Rf1#
1...Kd5 2.Qd7+ Ke4 3.Kg4 ~ 4.Re1#
1...e4 2.Kf5 e6+(e5) 3.Kf6 Kd5 4.Qd7#
Different mates in the try and in the solution.
EN <-> RU
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Sections | Разделы

#N (moremovers | многоходовки)

Participants | Участники

Abramenko S. – No 38, 39
Agapov I. – No 2
Arestov P. – No 30, 31, 32, 33
Atayants G. – No 22
Beine A. – No 34
Koci V. – No 7, 8, 9
Kostylev M. – No 27*, 28*, 29*
Krätschmer R. – No 3, 4, 5
Kuhn R. – No 1
Labai Z. – No 21
Lind I. – No 35, 36, 37
Luce S. – No 41
Melnichuk A. – No 27*, 28*, 29*
Milošeski B. – No 10
Mlynka K. – No 12, 13
Müller D. – No 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Serafimović I. – No 40
Smirnov V. – No 23, 24, 25, 26
Vasilenko A. – No 6, 11

The Winner Is | Победитель

Igor Agapov
Congratulations! | Поздравляем!

Judge | Арбитр

Grigory Popov

Translation | Перевод

Aleksey Oganesjan

Editor | Редактор

Aleksey Oganesjan
e-mail: alexeioganesyan@gmail.com