My works 338 - 342
1st HM 3rd TT Pat a Mat C 31.3.2001
Notes: C041 Sent: 339
1.ALc4 LIf3-h5 2.RHb2 LId5-b3#
1.RHb2 LId5-h5 2.RHc3 LIb1-b3#
1.RHc3 LIb1-f5 2.ALc4 LIf3-b3#
3rd TT of Pat a Mat was announced thanks to my initiative as I worked there as an
editor responsible for helpmates, selfmates, fairies and retros. I was
temporarily interested in helpmates with exactly 3 solutions and the tourney asked for
these with cyclical theme of some kind. There were 2 sections, both judged by Michal Dragoun
(see the announcement).
The outcome was only moderate and I found surprisingly myself to be the winner of the fairy section.
The present helpmate isn't bad, it shows the cycle of black moves, all antibattery unpins of white lions
that cyclically change their functions. But as Michal rightly pointed, the mechanism is
known in a slightly different form in orthodox helpmates as well.
What is interesting here, it is its composing time. I've done it exactly on
December 31st of 2000. My parents were watching TV and I was composing (as almost usually). The title
offered itself naturally...
Personal rating: B.
0+4 rookhopper, 1+1 bishopper, 0+1 alfil, 3+0 lion
Juraj Lörinc, 2nd Comm 6th TT CCM C 1.4.2001 - helpmate section,
Notes: C042 Sent: 340,
fairy h#2 can be found here.
Here I can explain how I could find such a crazy idea. I started with the Vogtlaender chess mating position
of type bRa8, bBe8, wKa4. I added Patrol chess and black lion that uses wK as a hurdle. This provided me
desired antibattery as it is antifired by wK's mating move. I noticed it is in a sense paradoxical as
bR serves as patrolled unit in one direct and as patrolling unit in the other. Then I only had to search
for the other position with starring bB, diagonal one, and for the right place on the board. Fortunately,
it was possible to make it in a perfect echo diagonal-orthogonal on the usual board.
Personal rating: B.
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