Award of 11th TT Chess Composition Microweb - orthodox section - C 28.2.2003
Of the 14 entries one was unsound. The diagrams were sent to me anonymously and I solved
them all comparatively easily, since after all the queen promotion theme was a very
strong hint! Although all of them made pleasant solving, there were some where the familiarity
of the ideas made it immediately obvious that they did not belong in the award.
Some small points influenced my decision about certain entries which were in any case not
strong contenders. In problem No. 8 I felt that the effect was diminished because in one solution
the thematic pawn had a choice of only two, not three, possibilities on its first move, and in
No. 11 it seemed regrettable that the thematic bishop moved in only one direction, as opposed
to the reversal of direction in the moves of the thematic rook.
Several entries failed to justify their length. Thus, for example, the theme of No. 3
(a h#3) is essentially that of a h#2. I eliminated other entries because of excessive symmetry
and/or because of the idleness of thematic white pawns in some phases. Although it is generally
considered acceptable to use white pawns which do not participate in every phase of a helpmate,
it seems to me that in the case of a white promotion theme such as the one set here, it is a
serious defect if the thematic (i.e. promoting) pawns do not have some function (even if it is
only to be captured) in each solution.
And so here are the successful entries:
... (see below)
My thanks to the composers for the entertainment provided and to Juraj Lörinc for the
invitation to act as judge in this tourney. Though it may not be strictly relevant in this context,
I should like to add my congratulations to him on the excellence of his website. All its devotees
will surely agree with me in expressing sincere thanks to him for the invaluable work he
puts into it.
Stamford, March 12th, 2003
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