Selection from award of Praca 1999 - #3
Praca is Slovak newspaper with regular problem column,
presented tourney was 48th year tourney for #3.
Judged by Ladislav Salai jr., 4 prizes, 4 HMs, 3 Comms of 31 competing #3.
1st Prize Praca 1999
1.Rb4! th. 2.Sd3+ Bxd3 3.Bc7# A, f4# B, Qe6# C
1...Rc5 2.Bc7+ A Kd4 3.Qd2#
1...Ra3 2.f4+ B Ke4 3.Bxd5#
1...Sxf3 2.Qe6+ C Kf4 3.Se2#
1...Sxb4 2.Be3 hr. 3.Qe6#, 2...d4, Bf6 3.Bf4#, Qf4#
Judge: "The highest distinction without any doubts. Author makes for a longer time
interesting researches in #3 genre. It can be said he looks for new direction
and it is successful research. Here he trial of 3rd threat move is moved
to the 2nd white moves in 3 variations. Moreover, every variation is finished by
mate with pin of Bc4 and bK is mated on 3 themtical squares d4, e4, f4. I
honour also by-variation 1...Sxb4 having dominating black error of block. In fact,
this variation gives evaluation of key. Extraordinary, finished and original work."
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