10th TT Chess Composition Microweb C 30.9.2002

It is hard to believe that this is an announcement of already 10th TT CCM. When I began preparation of this site in 1998, I hoped to make it a known place on Internet that would popularize chess composition and above all fairy chess. Problemesis, great web magazine edited by Christian Poisson, was started a few months before me and set the standard of chess composition website very high. As the time passed, many new good sites appeared, filling almost all possible areas of chess composition. But Problemesis remained the site of the highest quality publishing mainly new awards of tourneys and also originals - as the usual magazine. Thus I concentrated myself at CCM at commenting the problems of various kinds from various point of view, something I miss at most pages... and at organizing formal theme tourneys. The ideas for their themes never lacked - even now I have about 3 or 4 possible themes for whose I can find enough examples and that are in my opinion worth deeper research. Thanks to regular contributors as well as one-time participants majority of previous TTs turned out to be successful. Some of them provoked new ideas despite low number of participating problems, but considering rather short term between announcement and deadline (3-4 months), the fact that web-based tourneys are very unusual and the fact that there were (with exception of not yet judged 9th TT CCM) no material prizes, I am, as a CCM writer, editor and maintainer, very satisfied with these results. Now I'm going to return more into CCM history... Our 1st TT CCM was dedicated to helpmates with twinning made my moving black king. Moving some unit on the board to another square - it is probably the most usual method of twinning. Exchange of places of two units is far less usual. It is a bit more drastical twinning - it allows changes of many position properties. Hence it reminded me of Janez Nastran's argument from discussion about 1st TT CCM theme - but I reformulated it: the change is more subtle, if the moved unit doesn't move during the solutions. And what about problems, where two units exchange places in twinning, but they both don't move during both solutions? Yes, it is theme of 10th TT CCM...


Chess Composition Microweb announces formal thematical tourney for chess problems with twinning made by exchange of places of two units that don't move during solutions. The stipulation is free, any fairy elements are allowed, but orthodox composition are in any case very welcomed. The award may be splitted into two or more sections according to number and type of participating problems.

Judge: Manfred Rittirsch (Germany).

Prizes: 3 books Slovensky vyber.

Entries should be sent by email to juraj.lorinc@bigfoot.com before September 30th 2002. (or possibly by snail mail to Juraj Lörinc, ul. CSA 333/27, 018 41 DUBNICA NAD VAHOM, Slovakia, but e-mail is preferred). The award will be published at Chess Composition Microweb.

Please, let know your friends about our competition!


CCM has now published more than 2100 chess problems, but I was able to find only one thematical problem for our 10th TT. Thus orthodox h#2 by Juraj Lörinc is the official example. It shows exchange of wQ and wK in twinning. Both pieces are used on their places, wK forces precise unpinning first Black moves, while queen is twice aiming at bK. In the examples that are in below referenced or upcoming example files it is not always the case - sometimes one of pieces doesn't even stop cooks at one of its positions. Of course, it detracts the quality - but often it is outweighted by difficult theme.

So here are special files with problems thematical for this TT. Some of the examples were taken from thematical tourneys that explicitly asked for some kind of twinning by exchange of places of two units, but our requirement that they shouldn't move, is new.


Many thanks to mr. Manfred Rittirsch for preparing his award. We had 16 problems competing, mostly h#2. The level was only average. Nevertheless, I think the tourney was successful and this is thanks to the following authors that submitted their compositions:
And here are the winners:
Award by Manfred Rittirsch

Here are the comments of judge to non-awarded entries.

Send any claims against this award to Juraj Lörinc before March 31st 2003, please.

As no claims were received, the award becomes final.

Again many thanks to everyone who helped tourney success in whichever way. We also invite you to take part in already 11th TT Chess Composition Microweb.

Comments to Juraj Lörinc.
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