Award of 16th TT Spisska Borovicka C 10.9.2004
This is the award by Peter Gvozdják of TT that
was announced on CCM too.
When I announced the theme of this tourney, Juraj Lörinc was quite sceptic about it.
The theme looked very difficult even if given on internet some weeks earlier.
Actually, the day before I was leaving for Greece, it looked so. I had only two
But then it turned completely different.
Some more positions came by e-mail, the others handed to me at the congress, and
even one of the authors was sending me almost every day a new position or improvement via sms.
Thus, finally, I am glad to show you one of the strongest Spišská borovička tourneys ever.
(I am quite sure some of the positions will find their way into the FIDE Album.)
Morover, I feel, this is also one of the best composing tourneys of this year congress.
15 positions (versions included) came in, 12 of them do appear in the award (no Commend,
6th Honourable Mention:
(9=8B) (Witztum & Navon)
Only one black move being thematic, but the Kiss cycle in a helpmate is not that easy.
5th Honourable Mention:
The Shedey cycle with beautiful diagonal/orthogonal analogy.
However, there are some common features with the example.
Reto composed this immediately after knowing the theme,
he even did not look at the official example! After that,
he was a bit surprised...
4th Honourable Mention:
The Kiss cycle after two thematic Q moves, perfect.
3rd Honourable Mention:
3-fold Lacny cycle after Pelle defences of black Leo.
Additional variation with pin-mate in solution.
(See also later version found by the author.)
2nd Honourable Mention:
Djurasevic-4/1 clever using the AMU condition.
1st Honourable Mention:
The same theme, here based on different Lion-lines.
(1) (Loustau) Complete 3x3 Shedey cycle with black correction!
I do not mind the crowded position, but soon you will see another lighter one!
(There is also a „half-thematic“ try 1.Sxb7?).
(3) (Loustau) A difficult Rice cycle shown in a beautiful setting with two flights.
(2B) (Klemanic) Very ambitious problem but not the beautiful one.
The 3x3 Shedey cycle tried to be combined with cycle of defending motives.
For me, 40 units on the 8x8 board are principially no problem. But here, we
can see 9 types of units, moreover some of them are paralysing. That is not very attractive.
There are also some unsoundnesses in the cyclic motives...
A problem to be followed!
For the first time, I decided to share the top prizes.
(Fortunately only one of the persons was present at the
congress, so no trouble who will drink the bottle.)
1st-3rd Prize e.a.:
(1) (Aschwanden) Something extraordinary on the 10x10 chessboard.
A 4-fold Lačný cycle with complete anti-quadruple in all variations of all phases!
All defenses and all mates as a duel of two Leos!
(To understand the mechanism: if Pa2 or Sd2 were patrolled, w King stays in check.)
1st-3rd Prize e.a.:
(3) (Loustau) Once again the complicated 3x3 Shedey cycle with
random and correction defences. (Look at the mechanism with six black lines introduced.)
This time in an optimal construction – great.
1st-3rd Prize e.a.:
(2B) (Navon) See what is still possible in an orthodox twomover:
Ukraininan cycle after black Queen Pelle move! Very complicated, very well done.
Still, there are some additional interesting tries leading to the le Grand theme
(1.Bf2?), to the Dombrovskis paradox (1.Qf2?), or to multiple threat (1.Sc4?).
(I preferred this version, as the Queen is stronger than the Rook and there are less
"half-thematic" elements here.)
Peter Gvozdják, Khalkidiki, September 10th 2004
16th TT Spisska Borovicka C 10.9.2004
1.Qb6? th. 2.Rxb4# A
1...LEe6+ a 2.Bd3# B
1...Rc6 b 2.Se3# C
1.Qd6? th. 2.Bd3# B
1...LEe6+ a 2.Se3# C
1...Rc6 b 2.Rxb4# A
1.Qf6! th. 2.Se3# C
1...LEe6 a 2.Rxb4# A
1...Rc6 b 2.Bd3# B
Complete Shedey cycle
paralysing unit a4, e2, g3, g5, h4 - f4, g1, h1, h5
2+0 nao (e1), nightrider lion h3, 2+0 vao (a4)
3+2 bishop lion, 1+1 nightrider, leo d5
rao h1, 2+2 pao, 1+2 rook lion
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