Award of 6th TT Chess Composition Microweb C 1.4.2001 - #2, #3 section
Judged by Thomas Maeder.
There were 8 problems to judge in directmate section. I have discarded nos. 07 and 08
because their construction has a lot of superfluous force in each phase. 05
has three unprovided flights in the set play.
I considered including 01, but I prefer to give the author a chance to
correct a slight lack of thematical balance: after 1.Gc5!, the relation
between 1....VAc2 and 1...VAc4 isn't a correction (as indicated in the
solution), but a reciprocal dual avoidance: both Vao moves to the c file
would allow both thematical pieces to go to c7, were it not for the pin
effect of 1....Vac2 and the interception effect of 1....Vac4.
04 is well publishable in a magazine, but the contents isn't sufficient for
There remain thus three problems:
Prize: 02 by Reto Aschwanden (Switzerland)
By far the most ambitious idea of the tourney. I am not absolutely convinced
that the board has to be as large as this for this matrix, but how much cost
is another row and column once you have exceeded 8x8? Kamikaze and the
Chinese pieces are well integrated to produce this flawless cyclic play.
1st Comm: 06 by Georgij Jevsejev (Russia)
The small brother of 02. It's funny to discover the differences in the roles
played by the hoppers and lions. Unfortunately, there is a lot of symmetry,
the Leo isn't well integrated, and the Rookhoppers only play actively in one
of the phases each.
2nd Comm: 03 by Georgij Jevsejev (Russia)
I have a hard time resisting to gems like this one. I tried to get rid of
the VAa2, but haven't succeeded. The position of the black Pao makes one
think about adding g8 as another flight; who manages to do this while
preserving the excellent construction?
Berne, May 2001
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