As captures were disallowed in thematic entries and Circe (and its variants) are all about captures, it was necessary to find some way to use Circe elements creatively. There are many possibilities as evidenced by thematic examples and authors of competing problems managed to express the idea in varying ways.

There were two motifs present in relatively large number of problems. The most common was probably the exploitation of Circe self-protection, in which a piece cannot be captured due to a potential check from rebirth square. The other common motive was capture avoidance, where the capture would prevent checkmate (by Circe rebirth) and therefore it is necessary to disable capture possibilities.

But there were many other motifs both in unawarded and awarded problems. I was trying to reward creativity, either expressed by the unusual, original motivation of "no capture" or by original expression of even well known motifs.

Some comments to problems with award chances, but failing to reach it:

26-01 (hs#3 Ke6/Ka8): It is possible to save 3 pieces in otherwise highly original scheme, the author will be contacted by e-mail.

26-05 (hs#12 Kf2/Kd7): Prolonged version of the 2nd HM, but adding of two moves without any deeper supplement is not worth 3 pieces more.

26-15 (ser-h#6 Kc4/Ka6): While motivation of both phases is analogous, there are in fact two large heaps of black pieces on the board needed each in one phase only.

26-18 (ser-h#7 Kh1/Kf3): There is very little Circe content here, the key idea of cyclic exchange of blocking pieces works without Circe too.

26-27 (h#2 Kf8/Kd6): Extremely economical position, but there is just Anticirce guard of d7, nothing more from TT point of view.

26-29 (h=4,5 Kh6/Kh4): Interesting idea combining Checkless Chess and Mars Circe, but it is expressed in an unsatisfactory form.

26-33 (#3 Kc7/Kh8): As much as I would like to award strategic direct threemover with good thematic content, used pseudo-Fleck form and poor key prevent that.

26-39 (ser-h=7 Kb1/Kc5): It would be more appropriate for the previous TT CCM, Circe content is limited to square c4.

26-40 (h#2 Kd6/Kd3): Hybrid with the change of fairy condition is welcome, nevertheless the content is humble.

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Congratulations to all authors of awarded problems and big "thank you!" to all participants.

Juraj Lörinc, Bratislava - Levice - Dubnica, 11-12/2009

Gabor Tar9th Commendation 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
1.Ra2 Ba6 2.Rf2 Be2+ 3.Ke3 Bf4# |

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h#3 (3+3) Circe 2.1.1.1.1.1 |

Geoff Foster8th Commendation 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
1.b4 Sb3 2.Bb1 Kc4 3.Kb2 Sa1 4.Kc1 Kc3 5.Ba2 Sb3# |

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hs#5 (5+3) PWC |

Dieter Müller7th Commendation 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
1.Bd4 2.Bg1 3.Sd4 4.Re6 5.Re5 Se7# |

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ser-h#5 (3+10) Strict Circe 2.1.1.1.1.1 |

Gilles Regniers6th Commendation 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
1.Be5 Rc1 2.Bb8 R1c7# |

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h#2 (4+9) Anticirce type Cheylan 2.1.1.1 |

Nikola Predrag5th Commendation 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
a) 1.Ba8 d4 2.Rb7 Ra1# |

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h#2 (7+9) Circe b) e6 -» c2 |

Cornel PacurarArno Tüngler 4th Commendation 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
1.Bb5-a4 2.Kc4-b5 3.Kb5-a6 4.Ka6-a7 5.Ka7-b8 6.Kb8-c8 7.Kc8-d8 8.Kd8-e8 9.Ke8-f8 10.Kf8-g8
11.Kg8-h7 12.Kh7-g6 13.Kg6-h5 14.Kh5-g4 15.Kg4-f4 16.Kf4-e4 17.Rd3-e3 18.Re3-e1 19.Re1-a1 20.Ke4-f4
21.Kf4-g4 22.Kg4-h5 23.Kh5-g6 24.Kg6-h7 25.Kh7-g8 26.Kg8-f8 27.Kf8-e8 28.Ke8-d8 29.Kd8-c8 30.Kc8-b8
31.Kb8-a7 32.Ka7-a6 33.Ka6-b5 34.Kb5-c4 35.Ba4-b3 36.Bb3-a2 37.Ba2-b1 38.Kc4-b5 39.Kb5-a4 40.Ka4-a3
41.Ka3-a2 Bc3-b2= |

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ser-h=41 (11+4) Strict Circe 2 solutions |

Dieter MüllerFranz Pachl 3rd Commendation 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
a) 1.Kb4 2.EQb1 3.Kb5 4.Kc6 5.Gb7 6.Kc7 7.Gac6 Se6# |

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ser-h#7 (4+9) Strict Circe 1+5 grasshopper, 0+2 equihopper b) -wGg6 |

Raffi Ruppin2nd Commendation 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
1.Re1#? |

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s#8 (9+9) Anticirce |

Václav Kotesovec1st Commendation 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
1.Kd5 Kd2 2.Kc4 Bb6 3.Kb3 Kd3 4.Ra2 Ba5 5.Ka3 Kc3 6.Ra4 Bb4# |

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h#6 (2+3) Circe 2.1.1... |

Dieter Müller5th HM 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
a) 1.Rf1 Sc4 2.Rab1 Be4# |

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h#2 (4+5) Strict Circe b) d5 -» b4 |

Gilles Regniers4th HM 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
1.RBd3 Rg8 2.RBh7 Sg6# |

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h#2 (6+8) Anticirce 1+1 reflecting bishop 3.1.1.1 |

Nikola Predrag3rd HM 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
Tries: |

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h#2,5 (5+10) Circe grasshopper a7, a5, locust h6, f3 2.1.1.1.1 |

Arnold Beine2nd HM 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
1.d4+ Ke8 2.Ba5 f5+ 3.Ke3 Ke7 4.Be1 Kf6 5.Ba5 Kg5 6.Be1 Kf4+ 7.Kd2 Ke3+ 8.Kc1 Kd2+ 9.Kb2+ Kc1+ 10.Ka1 Kb2# |

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hs#10 (4+3) Anticirce Double Maximummer |

Geoff Foster1st HM 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
Try: 1.Bxe8(Sf7) 2.Rxf7(Sg7) 3.Kxg7(Sf8) 4.Kg8 5.Bg7 6.Bxf8(Sg7) 7.Rfxg7(Sf7) 8.Bxf7(Se8) 9.Kh8 10.Bg8 11.f7 auto= |

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ser-auto=10 (7+5) PWC |

Cornel PacurarArno Tüngler 3rd Prize 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
1.Ba7-b8 2.Bb8-d6 3.Bd6-f8 4.Bf8-h6 5.Bh6-f4 6.Bf4-g3 7.Bg3-e1 8.Be1-d2 9.Kb2-c1 10.Kc1-d1
11.Bd2-e1 12.Be1-f2 13.Kd1-e1 14.Ke1-f1 15.Kf1-g1 16.Kg1-h2 17.Bf2-g3 18.Kh2-h3 19.Kh3-g4 20.Bg3-f4
21.Kg4-g5 22.Kg5-h6 23.Kh6-h7 24.Bf4-h6 25.Bh6-f8 26.Bf8-d6 27.Bd6-b8 28.Kh7-g8 29.Kg8-f8 30.Kf8-e8
31.Ke8-d8 32.Kd8-c8 33.Kc8-b7 34.Bb8-a7 35.Kb7-a6 36.Ka6-a5 37.Ka5-b4 38.Kb4-c4 39.Ba4-b3 40.Bb3-a2
41.Ba2-b1 42.Kc4-b4 43.Kb4-a5 44.Ka5-a6 45.Ka6-b7 46.Ba7-b8 47.Kb7-c8 48.Kc8-d8 49.Kd8-e8 50.Ke8-f8
51.Kf8-g8 52.Kg8-h7 53.Bb8-d6 54.Bd6-f8 55.Bf8-h6 56.Bh6-f4 57.Kh7-h6 58.Kh6-g5 59.Kg5-g4 60.Bf4-g3
61.Kg4-h3 62.Kh3-h2 63.Bg3-f2 64.Kh2-g1 65.Kg1-f1 66.Kf1-e1 67.Ke1-d1 68.Bf2-e1 69.Be1-d2 70.Kd1-c1
71.Kc1-b2 72.Bd2-a5 73.Kb2-a2 Be3-d4= |

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ser-h=73 (13+4) Strict Circe |

Günther WeethKlaus Wenda 2nd Prize 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
Considerations:
White´s goal is the vacation of the square a1 with the tool of 2 continuous draw-pendulums in order to give the
move...& 1.Rh1+ the power of a double-check. |

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retro-#12 Proca type (6+8) Anticirce |

Peter Gvozdják1st Prize 26th TT CCM C 11.11.2009 |
1.Qd7? th. 2.VAfg2# |

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#2 (14+15) Anticirce type Cheylan 0+3 pao, 4+1 vao 0+2 rook lion, 0+4 bishop lion |

Comments to
Juraj Lörinc.

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