Already for a long time I am collecting various chess compositions (understandably mostly fairy) in a special file
with name Zaujimave_pre_CCM. It might be translated as Interesting for CCM. I did not know how exactly
I was going to use it, but now the time has come. I am currently not doing much intensive research in any field,
I am even doing very little chess compositions activities in general. Thus I thought of more-or-less random selections
from the file, based on whatever criteria I find interesting in the moment.
So here are the first selections for CCM from the special file. The common element of all problems selected is
the presence of Slovak author. Enjoy the problems!
Ladislav Salai jr.
11571 Sachova skladba 118, I 2013
1...g3 2.NAg5+ Ke5 3.LEh5#
1...b5 2.NAc5+ Ke5 3.LExb5#
1...NAe1 2.NAg3+ Ke5 3.LEh2#
1...a1~ 2.NAc3+ Ke5 3.LExa1#
1...bxa6 2.NAf6+ Ke5 3.LEg7#
1...Sc7 2.NAd6+ Ke5 3.LExc7#
Fairy direct problems are becoming more and more rare in the current press and awards. They are
being replaced by help play, but I am on the side of their fans. Therefore I am very happy to see Michal
Dragoun as helpmate expert above many recent direct fairies. Here he is besides Laco Salai, who is
undoubtedly one of the most versatile current composers, being able to produce the best quality in
every genre, with exception of retros, but including orthodox studies.
Here the key prepares specific Chinese mechanism with horizontal battery and vertical line deactivation. It is
similar to Siers battery, but the role of the White's second move is quite unusual: the moves prepare hurdles
for the mates by leos, all directed to e5.
Regarding the form, the zugzwang in such position is also a bit unexpected, but I especially liked 4 different
1+1 nao, 3+0 pao
vao h7, d1, leo a7, e2
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