FIDE Album 1995-1997 - part 1

The long awaited Album is finally beeing sold by bernd ellinghoven. I returned home from holidays just in time to get it from Peter Gvozdjak, who was leaving for congress in Greece. In this and in in a few following files I am going to put down my first impressions from the Album.

There are forewords by Denis Blondel, bernd ellinghoven and John Rice explaining the delay in publication, new organisation of pure text page (there are fewer as a response to critics regarding previous Albums) and numerous thanks. Everyone is aware of the fact that such a huge amount of work cannot be completely error free, and everyone involved surely tried to work as precisely as possible. Thus it must be only general effect that I perceived 2 mistakes within 10 minutes of looking into the Album:
Nevertheless, generally speaking, I like the Album. It has 602 pages and contains 1153 problems. that were selected from among 7637 submitted. The comparison with the previous Album is very interesting. Almost in all sections the number of problems is similar, the number of threemovers is, however, doubled.

Personally, I was successful. While only one my problem entered the previous Album, or more precisely by the half of my problem, joint #2 with Hans Peter Rehm, 6,5 my problems found the place in the present Album. I have submitted about 30 problems, although now, after some years, I would submit just about a half of them as I understand that the rest had no chance. So, which problems had the chance in my opinion?
More impressions in following files, if you have any of your own, send them to me, I can publish them at one place.

Now let's look at a few problems mentioned above which competed in the same primary tourneys as mine...
Christian Poisson
Jacques Rotenberg

5th HM Die Schwalbe 1996

1.Sh8? zz
1...Ra4 2.Ka3#

1.Se7! th. 2.Sd5#
1...S~ 2.Rcc1# - battery R-p
1...Sxd3(Sg8)! 2.d3# - battery p-B
1...Se3 2.Bf2# - battery B-K
1...Sxb3(Sg8)! 2.Kc1# - battery K-Q
1...Rxb3(Ra8) 2.Ka3# - battery K-Q
1...Bxb3(Bc8) 2.Qa2# - battery Q-R

Fivefold cycle of white batteries! There is also incorporated black correction, but the problem would be interesting enough without it as well. Note also there are 3 defences to the same sqaure b3.

#2 (11+8)
Anticirce type Cheylan

Petko A. Petkov
3rd HM Die Schwalbe 1996

1.PAe5 LEg4 2.PAe3 VAcd4#

1.Se5 LEg7 2.Sc4 PAfd4#

1.Ba5 LEa7 2.Bc3 VAfd4#

Well known scheme of antibattery mates by three linemovers (see e.g. h#2 by Franz Pachl) is skillfuly transformed to be used with Chinese pieces. Black piece opens line for white leo and runs to block square while White arranged everything for final move with direct and indirect antibattery.

h#2 (8+7)
2+1 pao, 2+0 vao, 1+0 leo

Petko A. Petkov
dedicated to b. ellinghoven & H.P. Rehm
2nd Prize Die Schwalbe 1996

1.VAg4! th. 2.c8VA+ Kxe8 3.VAb7+ Kd7 4.VAxe4+ Ke6 5.VAef5+ VAxg4#
1...e3 2.c8PA+ Kxe8 3.PAc7+ Kd7 4.PAc4+ Ke6 5.PAe4+ VAxe4#
1...LEe2 2.c8LE+ Kxe8 3.LEc7+ Kd7 4.LEa5+ Ke6 5.LExa2+ VAb3#

Very unified strategy of the threat and two variations. They all include fairy promotion, creation and firing of batteries as well as understandable mechanism of creating flights for bK. White exploits black Chinese battery on the first rank.

s#5 (10+13)
1+1 pao, 1+2 vao, 0+1 leo

Klaus Wenda
Heinrich Bernleitner

1st Prize Die Schwalbe 1996

1.Rc1! d6 2.Rxc5(Sb8)+ dxc5(Ra1) 3.Rc1 S~ 4.Rxc5(pc7)+ Sxc5(Ra1) 5.0-0-0 cxb6(pb2) 6.Se6+ Kxe6(Sb1) 7.Qb3+ Sxb3#

The fight for castling in the very Circe setting. White rooks has to return to a1 twice before it can finally castle. I like very much the detail that any move of bS (in 3rd move) aims him to c5.

s#7 (9+4)

Marcel Tribowski
2nd Prize Brown 50 JT C 19.11.1996 - B

1.bxc1Q e8Q 2.Oxa3 Qb5#

1.bxc1R e8R 2.Rh1 Rxe5#

1.bxc1B e8B 2.Oc3 Bc6#

1.bxc1S e8S 2.O2e4 Sc7#

Fairy Babson with various effects motivating promotions. It is necessary to take care of flights e6, c5, e4 and if is is done, then also of black orphans guarding the mate.

h#2 (9+16)
5+8 orphan

Václav Kotesovec
3rd-4th Prize e.a. Lehen 70 C 31.12.1995

1.Qa4+? A, 1...Bc4 2.Qxc4#, 1...d1Q! a
1.Sc3+? B, 1...Kf4 2.Bg5#, 1...d1S! b
1.Rd4+? C, 1...Kxd4 2.Gbxe6#, 1...d1R! c
1.Gb1+? D, 1...Kf4 2.Bg5#, 1...d1G! d
1.Bf3+? E, 1...Kf4 2.Bg5#, 1...d1B! e

1.Gh2! th. 2.Gc2#
1...d1Q a 2.Sc3# B
1...d1S b 2.Rd4# C
1...d1R c 2.Gb1# D
1...d1G+ d 2.Bf3# E
1...d1B e 2.Qa4# A
1...Rg2 2.Bxg2#

Checking tries are refuted by Black promotions. That's why White in solution waits for Black to make his mind and then mates. However, there is a witty prevention of all possible mates except one.

#2 (16+8)
4+2 grasshopper

Juraj Brabec
1st-2nd Prize e.a. Lehen 70 C 31.12.1995

1.DRf7? th. 2.Sg5#
1...Sc7 a 2.DRf3# A
1...e5 b 2.ARf3# B
1...Sd5 c 2.Nf3# C
1...Gf5! d

1.ARb7? th. 2.Sg5#
1...Sc7 a 2.ARf3# B
1...e5 b 2.DRf3# A
1...Sd5! c
1...Gf5 d 2.Nf3# C

1.Nd7! th. 2.Sg5#
1...Sc7 a 2.Nf3# C
1...e5 b 2.Nf6# D
1...Sd5 c 2.DRf3# A
1...Gf5 d 2.ARf3# B

Quite complicated probem based on well known carousel scheme, but incorporating a few complicating innovations.

Any key to 7th rank causes mutual paralysis of PAa7-PAg7 and thus threats Sg5#. Defence 1...Sc7 unparalyzes paos in anticipation, but also duo of leos, thus White has well guarded 5th rank by LEa5. The mate by key piece follows.

Defences to 5th rank all block their arrival squares and thus already mentioned antibattery mechanism with 3 squares is activated - see e.g. its basic form in #2 by Petko A. Petkov.

Finally, in the solution there is one additional mate using antibattery unguarding - 1...e5 2.Nf6#. All in all, a bit too fairy, but understandable and richly motivated.

#2 (10+11)
Madrasi, 1+2 pao (a7)
1+2 grasshopper (g2), leo a5 - d8
nightrider g1, alfilrider h1 - b6, dabbabarider f1

Comments to Juraj Lörinc.
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