7th TT Chess Composition Microweb C 31.8.2001

As you probably know, our 6th TT CCM was dedicated to antibattery mates, these are usually mates given by hopping piece over other own unit that arrives in the mating move on hopping piece line and serves as a hurdle. But this hopping piece can give mate not only over own unit, but also over enemy unit provided this enemy unit is properly immobilized (other possible case is doublecheck, but it is not important now). After exploring possibilities of antibatteries, the immobilization is logically next field for research.


Chess Composition Microweb announces formal thematical tourney for fairy problems showing mates by hopping pieces (like grasshoppers, lions, mooses, equihoppers, etc.) over enemy units that are immobilized during solution. Immobilization of unit means that the unit in question can make at least 1 legal move during the line leading to thematical mate or as an answer to check, but the position changes in the way that it cannot leave mating line of hopping piece in mate. There are 2 sections:
  1. fairy direct mates, selfmates and reflex mates - judged by Juraj Brabec (Slovakia).
  2. fairy helpmates - judged by Juraj Lörinc (Slovakia).
Any fairy elements and tricks are allowed (as Peter Gvozdják named it in his book Cyclone, hocus & pocus :-)), but the final decision of thematicity of very strange theme embodiements will be done by judges. Entries should be sent by email to juraj.lorinc@bigfoot.com before August 31st 2001. (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 and it will be published in paper printed form too in definitive version.

Please, let know your friends about our competition!


CCM having now more than 1700 chess problems contains also some thematical examples for our 7th TT. We have also special files with problems thematical for this TT: The examples surely don't show all possible forms of hurdle immobilizing. Just think about others, if you want. Or use known forms for expressing various ideas... The field is mostly unexplored...


Many thanks to mr. Juraj Brabec for preparing his award of direct section. We had 5 direct mates and 16 helpmates competing in respective sections. The level of direct section was average, but helpmates were of very good quality. The tourney was successful thanks to the following authors that submitted their compositions (again higher number of them):
And here are the winners:
  1. award of direct section by Juraj Brabec
  2. award of help section by Juraj Lörinc
Send any claims against this award to Juraj Lörinc before January 31st 2002, 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 8th TT Chess Composition Microweb.

Comments to Juraj Lörinc.
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