Award of TT Marianka 2014 - Fairies C 2.9.2014
The thematic requirement of fairy unpin was chosen with two aims in mind:
- to discourage uninteresting entries generated quickly by computer and
- to allow many possible fairy forms, stipulations and thematical complexes to be shown.
The tourney was succesfull in this respect. It attracted reasonable number of 13 entries, some sent in
by e-mail, some handed directly in Marianka. Overall, composers present in Marianka took the highest
places, but Internet can win next time.
The order of awared problems was decided not only based on the number of thematical unpins or thematical
density within content, although these elements played some role. The motivation related to unpins
and overall qualities of compositions were included in my considerations.
8th Place: Hubert Gockel
The introduction by both sides serves to create the situation where black pieces are partially unpinned
and can make a move. It can be called Pelle move too as the black piece remains pinned after in the final position.
7th Place: Ladislav Packa
Two black pieces, Qb1 and Pd3, pin two white rooks. Simple removal of attack from wK unpins in Anticirce
fashion, black queen also has to choose square where it could not enter h1. This determines black moves,
while White choses direction of attack depending on the order of unpins. I like a light and crystal
clear motivation in this case as well as the fact that all black moves unpin.
6th Place: Jacques Rotenberg
More complicated Anticirce strategy culminates in the switchbacks of pinning white pieces along held pin
line. The motivation of switchbacks is not the same, but similar - line closing. Unpins by reciprocal
occupation of rebirth squares of Qf3 and Rd3 is in the spirit of the tourney and irreversible moves by
black Q and S to the same square f5 add unity.
5th Place: Jan Golha
Mlynka theme (cyclical change of defence motifs of three defences) without the easiest motif "direct guarding"
is a good achievement. In the context of the present tourney it is even more so as two of thematical motifs
include guarding by unpinning. Namely, there is unpining by hurdle departure and unpinning by arrival behind
king (for locust pin). The remaining motif is guarding by hurdle arrival - if that was also with unpin...
4th Place: Emil Klemanic & Michal Dragoun & Ladislav Salai jr.
SAT offers relatively easy way of unpinning: attack on the piece blocking square for the king in fact upins it.
The well known movement in guard-unguard fashion by bishop includes the highest number of unpins in the tourney,
moreover there is logical try underlining the long journey. But the overall strategy is not so rich as in the
following three problems.
3rd Place: Emil Klemanic & Michal Dragoun & Ladislav Salai jr.
The content of three solutions is completely analogous. B1 unguards the future mating square and blocks one of
three flights of bK b5, c4, d4. W1 guards two remaining flights and unpins black leo by hurdle departure.
B2 then prepares hurdle for mating move by white equihopper who initially pinned it. Only three unpins, but this
scores high on the overall impression scale.
2nd Place: Vasyl Dyachuk & Valerij Kopyl
Ukrainian cycle is not an easy theme. It's SAT form requires some creative
thinking and by chance I have managed to show it about dozen years ago in s#2.
The present direct twomover is based on the same SAT upinning as the 4th placed problem, but naturally there is
much more strategy. White keys beside positive motifs creating threats have to include negative motivation
removing one of possible checkmates after thematical black defence. The composition was placed only on the
2nd place because of the high number of fairy piece types used.
1st Place: Emil Klemanic & Michal Dragoun & Ladislav Salai jr.
This threemover uses well known lion unpinning mechanism in which there are between Ka4 and white RLh4 two
pieces, one white LIb4 and one black RLg4. Black RLg4 is pinned, but after checking departure of LIb4 it is
unpinned and can parry the check by its own departure. It is important for the content that it can choose
the arrival square freely. It motivates the key (in view of possible black move RLg7) as well as choice of
play by LIb4 (in view of possible defences 2...RLg8, 2...RLg1 and 2...RLg7 against 2.LIf8+, 2.LIe1+ and 2.LId2+
respectively). As a result of black couterplay we get 4 variations (including threat) with good black counterplay.
Moreover the form is much better than in the 2nd placed problem.
Thanks to all participants and congratulations to winners!
International Judge of the FIDE for fairies
Marianka - Bratislava, 2.9.-6.9.2014
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