Solver's impressions 1

I (it means Juraj Lörinc, maintainer) was travelling on Friday, July 23rd home from Bratislava by train and bus, what takes about 2 hours. This time I spent with chess composition, of course. I composed one ambitious scheme that just now waits to be finished and afterwards I solved a few problems from diagrams. I had one older issue of feenschach with me and although I tried to choose lighter problems, some of them proved interesting.
Visvaldis Veders
7084 feenschach 122 - December 1996

1.g5 h4 2.g4 h5 3.g3 h6 4.g2 h7 5.g1R h8S 6.Re1 Sf7 7.Re7 Sd6#

Simple promotion problem, I was rather dissapointed by fact that white king isn't used in any way for determination of promotions.

h#7 (2+5)

Drago Biscan
7085 feenschach 122 - December 1996

1.d5 e3! 2.d4 e4 ... 5.d1S e7 6.Se3 e8S 7.Sf5 Sd6 8.Sg7 Sf7#

Again the remark from above applies, but I particularly liked white tempo move. Both problems suggest that putting black knights to block (0,1) squares of black king is the best way to force knight underpromotion by white.

h#8 (2+8)

John Rice
7114 feenschach 122 - December 1996

1.d4 (b)! th. 2.exd4#
1...dxc3, d3 (w), dxe3, Sxe3, Qxe3, Qxd5, Qxc7, Ke4
2.Sxc3#, Sxe5#, Sxe3#, Sxe3#, Sxe3#, Bxd5#, Sxc7#, Qxg2#

It is clear white wants to mate with battery - but how to force black to activate it?

#2 (13+4)

Henryk Grudzinski
7123 feenschach 122 - December 1996

1.Qb4! th. 2.Sxf6+ Sxf6#
1...Gxc5 2.Qxc5+ Sxc5#
1...d3 2.Qxe4+ Gxe4#
1...f5 2. Rxf5+ Gxf5#

Believe it or not, 1...S~+ is unprovided check. Very simple for solving, I think that also from composer's point of view there is more hidden in scheme...

s#2 (15+9)
3+3 grasshopper

Nikolaj Dolginovic
7124 feenschach 122 - December 1996

a) 1.Rb1 c6 2.Rb7 cxb7#

b) 1.Bd6 cxd6 2.Rc7 dxc7=

Simple, but one can at least appreciate echoed movement of white pawn induced from hybrid stipulation.

a) h#2 (2+3)
b) h=2

Nikolaj Dolginovic
7125 feenschach 122 - December 1996

a) 1.Rh3 Bd7 2.Rd3 Kxd3=
1.Rh7 Kd3 2.Rd7 Bxd7=

b) 1.Be2 Bd7 2.Bd3 Kxd3=
1.Bg4 Kd3 2.Bd7 Bxd7=

c) 1.Sf4 Bd7 2.Sd3 Kxd3=
1.Sf6 Kd3 2.Sd7 Bxd7=

Too much symmetry, only b) breaks it.

h=2 (4+2)
b) bBh5
c) bSh5

Mario Parrinello
dedicated to my wife Paola
7132 feenschach 122 - December 1996

a) 1.Sxg5(Sb8) Rh8 2.Bxe5(Bf8) Kxf3(Ke1)#

b) 1.Bxe5(Bf8) Bb8 2.Rxf6(Rh8) Kxh3(Ke1)#

c) 1.Rxf6(Rh8) Rf8 2.Sxg5(Sb8) Kxg3(Ke1)#

At last something very valuable - not only cycle, but also homogeneous Anticirce motivation. Mario Parinello managed to find more interesting and light Anticirce schemes and to turn them into worthy compositions.

h#2 (6+10)
b) wBh2
c) h2 -» f2

John Rice
7133 feenschach 122 - December 1996

1.Rc8! Rb7 2.Ra8 Rb8#

1.Bc6! Ba6 2.Ba4 Bb5#

1.Qe6! Rd4 2.Qe3 Re4#

Pure tempo moves and Andernach typical withdrawals in 3 solutions, but nothing more. Also not very original even in the time of appearance.

h#2 (7+7)

John Rice
7134 feenschach 122 - December 1996

a) 1.dxe4(w) exf5(b) 2.fxg4(w) gxh5(b)#

b) 1.Bxg4(w) Bxf5(b) 2.Bxe4(w) Bd5#

Series of captures in two opposite directions. Some readers will recall one of 5th WCCT examples that was awarded in very first tourney using Andernach chess, it contained square round-trip by capturing knight. But I think this one is very good too and original because of capturing mate in a) and delicate twinning.

h#2 (6+9)
b) d5 -» c6

Comments to Juraj Lörinc.
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