A funny incident
February 16th 2001
I attended our regular meeting of chess composition friends. As usually,
about 10 Slovak chess composers were present, this time Bedrich Formánek, Juraj Brabec,
Ivan Jarolin, Ladislav Polacek, Cyril Opalek, Marian Cervenka, Marek Kolcak, Oliver Ralik,
Karol Mlynka, Peter Gvozdjak, me, and possibly I've forgotten someone. As usually,
some problems were shown on board in the middle of table, some originals by present people,
some problems that we found in literature, various matters were discussed. This time
we began by analysing merits of some twomovers from just finishing 6th WCCT.
discussion was over, Peter Gvozdjak told us he has some originals to present. As I knew about
his recent research in complicated fairy twomovers with letter themes, his collaborator beeing
Reto Aschwanden, I was expecting
something really crazy with crowded board, even more when he announced it is the original
he just received. After setting below given position with only 4 units, I was naive enough
to ask him whether that's all. He answered with wide smile "Yeah..". That made me almost
wordless as I was thinking what the stupid problem did he get for
Pat a Mat, where he is in charge of #2 section. So I was
waiting in expectation of something odd. And it came...! I realized that on the board
there was the position I've sent him just a few hours ago... It existed only to illustrate
special stalemate rule with paralysing pieces (that side with all pieces paralysed or blocked
is stalemated even if it is checked). Peter went on and showed both try and solution
having difficulties with speech (due to laugh) and well, I laughed too.
It should be said that I only inserted the position into my generic Popeye file with fields
'aut JL' and 'ori Original' and forgetting about that I sent it by e-mail to Peter.
I hope I will be able
to repay him this joke soon... :-)
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