Norman Macleod Award 1998-1999
This award is for the "most striking and original"
problem of any kind published in The Problemist
over a 2-year period. These two years were judged by
5 experts: Marjan Kovacevic, Bo Lindgren, Hans Peter Rehm,
John Rice and Paul Valois.
I (Juraj Lörinc) was absolutely amazed by 3 best problems that
appeared on front page of May 2001 issue of The Problemist.
I immediately typed them for CCM readers...
Runner-up, Macleod Award 1998-1999
1...Sxd6, Bxd6 2.Rxc5# (Qb7?), Qb7# (Rxc5?)
1.Sd6~? th. 2.Rxc5#, Qb7#
1.Sxc4!? th. 2.Rxc5# (not Qb7?)
1.Sxe4!! th. 2.Qb7# (not Rxc5?)
Very good synthesis of known themes: Sushkov theme & le Grand in the form
of white correction with reciprocal reduction of threat, give-and-take key and try
allowing further change of two mates with regard to set play. Main scheme involving
5 (potential) flights d6, c4, e4, c5, e6 is symmetrical,
but choice of two main thematical mates (Qb7# and Rxc5#) allows very good
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