12th TT Chess Composition Microweb C 31.8.2003

I have some themes prepared for the TTs, but regarding some of them I doubt whether they can catch the interest of more composers than, let's say 2-5... So I'm trying to grasp the ideas and the suggestion for the present tourney came from my chess friend Juraj Brabec. He turned my attention to one kind of special pieces. More precisely, he suggested TT for problems using units "friend" (in French "ami"), but as I'm not sure if it can be productive enough considering regular and irregular TT CCM participants' preferences, I widened the theme a bit.


Chess Composition Microweb announces formal thematical tourney for any chess problems with the following theme.

On the board there is placed at least one piece that changes its mobility and/or activity as a result of enemy attack or friendly guarding depending on the mobility and/or activity of attacking or guarding unit (like orphan, friend, transmuting king, reflecting king etc.). The thematical fairy piece changes during thematical play its mobility and/or activity at least 2 times in different manner.

Any other fairy elements and stipulations allowed. Judge Michel Caillaud (France). Prizes: problem chess books.

Entries should be sent by email to juraj.lorinc@bigfoot.com before August 31st 2003. The award will be published at Chess Composition Microweb.

Please, let know your friends about our competition!

Slovensky preklad temy: turnaj je vypisany pre lubovolny typ uloh s exofigurami, ktore menia svoju pohyblivost a/alebo posobnost v pripade, ze su pokryte alebo napadnute, podla typu napadajuceho alebo kryjuceho kamena (ako su napriklad sirota, priatel, mutujuci kral, reflektujuci kral a pod.) Tematicka exofigura meni svoju pohyblivost a/alebo posobnost aspon 2 roznymi sposobmi. V nizsieuvedenych netematickych prikladoch (oznacenych "not thematic") sa toto meni len jednym sposobom. Ostatne priklady su tematicke a vzdy je vypisane, ktore kamene a ako menia pohyblivost/posobnost.


CCM has now published almost 2400 chess problems and we even had our 3rd TT CCM dedicated to twomovers with transmuting kings and other other fairy pieces. No wonder there are many thematical problems already present at CCM. But there are some unthematic despite use of friends, orphans of transmuting kings - these are shown below as well to emphasize thematical requirement.

Btw, it took me some time to find the competent judge, but the final choice seems to be one of the best possibilities. I needn't introduce Michel, I just remark that in 1985 he jointly won first 3 prizes in Zeller 75 JT for transmuting and reflecting kings problems and recently he judged WCCT section for twomovers with transmuting kings (and possibly grasshoppers and nightriders). Some problems given below took part in this WCCT...

Although most problems with given theme already present at CCM are with transmuting king, I'd like to turn your attention especially to orphans and friends as they offer surely more than the authors were able to discover so far. More examples are coming in thematical files.

Special example files



Transmuting king


Many thanks to mr. Michel Caillaud for preparing the award. We had 32 various problems competing. The following authors submitted their compositions:
And here are the winners - award by Michel Caillaud. He supported also remarks to unawarded entries and comparison problems.

Send any claims against this award to Juraj Lörinc before August 31st 2004, please.

As no claims were received, the award becomes final.

Again many thanks to everyone who helped tourney success in whichever way.

Comments to Juraj Lörinc.
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