Solver's impressions - 2004 - 5
I wrote already in 2000 that moremover round is sometimes good for me, sometimes bad for me. It
is still valid claim, but this time the round had special flavour and despite getting 8 points I have to
declare it to be unsuccessful as the evening before I have seen 2 of 3 problems... would you believe it
I didn't have to solve 2 problems? How is it possible?
Home, having solved 3 rounds I looked at the handouts given to us by judges, papers with solutions
to rounds 1-3. I noticed that there were 2 problems from Chess Life 1987,
#2 by Grigorij Markovskij, 2nd Prize Chess Life 1987 and
#3 by Dan Meinking, 1st Prize Chess Life 1987. This coincidence
striked me and I just thought - what if the person who selected the problems has chosen more
problems from this magazine, especially moremovers or selfmates? If I knew these, it might save me some
some time and even bring some points! So I quickly looked into the database and found
a few moremovers and a few selfmates, not many, some of them interesting also for solving competitions...
I browsed them within quarter of hour and forgot about them. Imagine how surprised I was
when I discovered two of positions on sheet of paper for solving in this round, although they were in the mirrored
Well, although I believed I was not cheating, I felt my action was somehow objectionable. I felt it already
seeing the problems and I discussed the matter with a few fellow solvers - to my surprise no one
expressed any disgust, objections or anger. Even more, one of them observed that he already thought about
something similar before Polish solving championship as he noticed they always have some study by
Lewandowski or Rusinek (? - not sure about a name of the author, perhaps it was someone else) on menu, so
it should be enough to go through their works...
Nevertheless, I managed to lose 2 points on the first problem of two...
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