19th TT Chess Composition Microweb C 2.2.2006

Our previous 18th TT Chess Composition Microweb was dedicated to series helpmates with more phases. It seems that its theme was too simple as I have got more than 4 dozens of problems. The judge will have a hard time and we cannot expect the judgement very soon.

Nevertheless, there is no reason to stop regular cycle of theme tourneys and wait until the previos tourney is closed. I have been thinking about theme for the 19th TT for a long time. My files are full of interesting ideas and the keep coming. But theme should be not only interesting, but also able to be shown in the relatively short timeframe. So finally, I got the inspiration from one of Eretreia tourneys.

More precisely, it was Grappa tourney, that asked for h#2 with the first moves by both sides played by queens. The outcome was interesting and so I thought... what about trying something similar with fairy pieces?


Chess Composition Microweb announces formal theme tourney for fairy helpmates in any number of moves (h#n) having at least two phases (two solutions, twins, set play + solution, duplex, ...). Both sides should have at least one fairy piece of type X. The first moves of all phases by both sides should be played by fairy pieces of type X. Any other fairy pieces and/or an fairy conditions are allowed.

Judge: Juraj Brabec (Slovakia)

Entries should be sent by email to juraj.lorinc@bigfoot.com before February 2nd 2006. The award will be published at Chess Composition Microweb.

Please, let know your friends about our competition!

Slovensky preklad temy: turnaj je vypisany pre exo pomocne maty lubovolnej dlzky, ktore maju aspon 2 fazy (2 riesenia, dvojnik, zdanliva hra + riesenie, duplex, ...). Obe strany maju aspon jeden exokamen typu X a prve tahy oboch stran vo vsetkych fazach musia byt hrane exokamenmi typu X. Akekolvek dalsie exokamene a/alebo exopodmienky su dovolene.

Examples and a few thoughts

Theme of the tourney is in a sense simpler than that of Grappa in Eretria. In orthodox helpmates you usually have at most one queen of each colour on board. In problems competing in this tourney you might have as much fairy pieces of type X as you want. Moreover, e.g. you may do every pair of first moves with different pieces, so that there is enough flexibility in possibilities.

It is useful to remind you that your helpmates needn't be in integer number of moves, i.e. white may start. In that case also the first moves of white and then black must be by the same piece X. Also, as examples with neutral units show, neutral thematical pieces X might be used by both sides in first moves.

Look at the examples below an see what was already done. I am sure there are many-many new ideas possible. If you have any question, just ask.

So far we have published on CCM thematical examples using the following thematical fairy pieces:

Special example files:


Many thanks to mr. Juraj Brabec for preparing his award. We had 27 helpmates competing and the judge was quite satisfied with the outcome. The tourney was successful thanks to the following authors that submitted their compositions:
And here are the winners: the award by Juraj Brabec Send any claims against this award to Juraj Lörinc before August 30th 2006, please.

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

Comments to Juraj Lörinc.
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