The first study of judging
On the older page written about year and a half ago I have expressed some opinions about
judging chess composition tourneys, criteria used for judging etc. I even have received some feedback from readers,
moreover, I have published slightly revised version in the magazine Probleemblad this year at the beginning of my
judgement of its fairies informal tourney 2001. Although I have consumed quite a lot of space in the magazine,
the redaction has invited me again to judge their tourney, this time of year 2005.
My situation is now a bit different. I still like to judge, but recently I have done a lot of work over the
judgement of FIDE Album 1998-2000 fairies section. Believe me, judging FIDE Album is difficult. It requires
a lot of time, a lot of experience, so much that I even think that I might have failed in my effort to accomplish
the job successfully. FIDE Album is not only about giving a handful of honours. You have to judge all the problems,
mark them with points, you should not give points too high or too low, and it surely does not look well
if the points given by two judges differ too much, while in the normal competition there is no one with
whom the single judge is compared.
This brings me to the main idea of the present file. Usually, the judge is not compared to anyone. So OK,
let's try to compare the judgements (not judges, as in my view any judge has the right to chose his
ordering being once chosen to judge the tourney and anyone can like anything).
I have prepared dozen problems, in a sense similar,
but varying enough, to make judging sensible. All problems are
I have chosen h#2 as this genre is the close for the largest part of CCM readers, beeing somewhere between
orthodox twomovers and fairies... All the problems are by different authors, they are in different styles,
published in different magazines, some of them already awarded, some of them not worthy of awarding at all,
simply the usual mix of problems that might compete in the informal tourney.
- with exactly 9 white pieces in the diagram position
- from year 2000 (although 2 were published later), simply quite recent helpmates
Simply: How would YOU order these helpmates if YOU were the judge of the informal tourney with these helpmates
competing? If you are interested in an answer and you would like to contribute, please do!
Send me (to Juraj Lörinc) your
ordering of all 12 problems, possibly your comments and anything you find interesting in this context. Let's say,
the deadline might be the end of year 2004. Then, if I get at least some answers, I will compile the document
describing the results of study.
For the convenience, as the webpage is not the most suitable for offline use, I have prepared 2 files with problems:
If you have any other demand or question - just write me, please. I am the most curious about outcome of this study...
Back to main page of Chess Composition Microweb.