Award of 31st TT Chess Composition Microweb C 10.10.2012
(by Vlaicu Crisan)
I received from Juraj Lörinc 52 anonymous entries. The overall quality was slightly below my expectation,
but this can be partially explained by the context: this was the first tournament I started to judge
immediately after finishing my FIDE Album judge duties (at fairies section).
Even from the beginning I had to make some difficult choices regarding the criteria applied during the
judgement process. As this is a thematic tournament (fairy helpmates with set play), the most important step
is to learn the main difficulties for the chosen theme:
- Ordinary / less interesting set play compared to real play
- Lack of variety (i.e. the idea shown in set play is somehow repeated in the real play)
- Difficulty of showing interesting strategic contents and exploiting convincingly all the fairy specificities
used in the composition
One delicate remark is related to move repetition. Although I do not consider the
repetition as a defect, I was surprised to see that 31 out of 52 compositions had,
in a way or another, repetition of moves. In my opinion, the main paradox of the set play
appears when it can not be kept in the real play; otherwise the surprise is somewhat dim.
Another delicate aspect is the length of set play compared to real play. There were entries
where the difference between the number of moves of real play and set play was more than
half a move, including some entries with set play in half move. Other problems had dualistic
set play. Finally in other cases, the setting would have been better shown without set play
and multi-solutions form. I discarded all these entries, hoping their authors will have better
chances in other tournaments. In order to avoid repeating myself too much and get too boring,
I also decided not to mention in this award the particular reasons for each not retained compositions.
It was very interesting to learn how successful composers managed to avoid all the above mentioned
drawbacks. And now the ranking:
[... see below ...]
Congratulations to the successful composers and pats on the back to unlucky ones - and thanks to all
of you for providing some refreshing time after tiring hours of FIDE Album judging tasks.
1st November 2012
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