14th TT Chess Composition Microweb C 31.5.2004

I was pleasantly surprised by a number of selfmates received for the 13th TT Chess Composition Microweb as I expected substantially lower number. There were some excellent fairies and indeed I'm quite afraid by a prospective number of entries that will come in for the 14th TT (in the sense that there might be too many). I have a theme selected since the time I wrote a comment to CIS No. 6. Yes, a campaign for fairy helpmates enters an important phase: announcement of a theme tourney for fairy helpmates again.


Chess Composition Microweb announces formal thematical tourney for fairy helpmates with even number of phases, with the following theme: some motives or actions appearing in one phase in orthogonal form, appear in the other in diagonal form.

Any fairy elements are allowed. Twins and more solutions are allowed.

Judge: Ion Murarasu (Romania)

Prizes: problem chess books.

Entries should be sent by email to juraj.lorinc@bigfoot.com before May 31st 2004. The award will be published at Chess Composition Microweb.

Please, let your friends know about our competition!

Slovensky preklad temy: turnaj je vypisany pre pomocne maty exo s parnym poctom faz s nasledovnou temou: niektore motivy alebo akcie, ktore sa nachadzaju v jednej faze v ortogonalnej podobe, sa v inej nachadzaju v diagonalnej podobe. Dvojniky, viacere riesenia i lubovolne exoprvky su dovolene.

Examples and thoughts

Firstly, it should be said something about the theme. Shortly after entering the world of chess composition, I was caught by helpplay problems showing the thematical elements in one phase in a orthogonal form and in the other in a diagonal form. (As I learned later, it is quite usual approach and indeed, I myself published some problems of this kind.) In these days also results of the Bertin memorial tourney were announced, showing some ambitious ideas. French composers used to call that echo diagonal-orthogonal, I quite liked this expression and I started to use it as well, even in my English texts. Perhaps it is quite unnaturally sounding, however I think it quite well expresses the content.

So at CCM we have a lot of examples of echo diagonal-orthogonal, after all, it has its own thematical index entry with more than 150 various problems pointed. I have selected a few of them as examples. Moreover some special examples files will appear here soon.

Special example files



Many thanks to mr. Ion Murarasu for quick preparation of preparing the award. The tourney was very successful as we received 40 fairy helpmates. Thanks go to the following authors tha submitted their compositions:
And here are the winners - award by Ion Murarasu. He supported also remarks to unawarded entries and comparison problem.

Send any claims against this award to Juraj Lörinc before October 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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