Selection from award of Suomen Tehtäväniekat 1997 - h#n

Judged by Christer Jonsson. 3 Prizes, 3 HMs, 6 Comms. It was the huge tourney as it included 182 (!!!) five-men helpmates.
Henry Tanner
1st Prize Suomen Tehtäväniekat 1997
after Hans Vetter

1...Bf3 2.Kc3 Bxe2 3.Kd2 Bf1 4.Ke1 Kc2 5.Sh3 Kd3 6.Kf2 Ke4 7.Kg1 Kf3 8.Kh1 Kg3 9.Sg1 Bg2#

Although it is unbelievable, there is only one way to mate.

Original wrong remark "dedicated to" was corrected to "after" after e-mail from Henry Tanner.

Henry also expressed his slight disappointment: "Normally, when a composer wins a composing tourney, he should be happy (and often is). This time I had mixed feelings. Two of the three prizes were given to problems in which my own contribution was not very big, as you can see if you compare the problems. In our 5-man-h# project there were many problems by myself that I liked much more (because I had made the mental effort to create them from the beginning), whereas here most of the praise goes to Vetter & Keinz."

Well, readers can judge themselves as two mentioned problems are given below.

h#8,5 (2+3)

Henry Tanner
2nd Prize Suomen Tehtäväniekat 1997
after Alois Kenz

1.f1S Kg5 2.Kg7 Kf4 3.Kh6 Bd3 4.Kh5 Bxe2+ 5.Kh4 Kf3 6.Kh3 Kf2 7.Kh2 Bg4 8.Kh1 Bh3 9.Sh2 Bg2#

One move longer, but here is quickly seen that queen is simply too strong to help white mate and that's why she must go out.

Original wrong remark "dedicated to" was corrected to "after" after e-mail from Henry Tanner.

h#9 (2+3)

Henry Tanner
3rd Prize Suomen Tehtäväniekat 1997

1...Ka1 2.Rc8 Sa6 3.Rbb8 Ka2 4.Ra8 Kb3 5.Rf8 Kc4 6.Kf7 Kd5 7.Ke8 Ke6 8.Rd8 Sc7#

Very nice manoeuvre by black rooks.

h#7,5 (2+3)

Unto Heinonen
3rd HM Suomen Tehtäväniekat 1997

1.Bb2+ Kb1 2.Bg7+ Kc2 3.Kh7 Kd3 4.Kh6 Ke4 5.Be5 Kf5 6.Kh5 Rh7#

Multiple interferences of rooks by black bishop.

h#6 (2+3)

Miroslav Bily
Comm Suomen Tehtäväniekat 1997

a) 1...e4 2.Rc6 Se3 3.Kc5 Sxf5 4.Bb4 Bd4#

b) 1...Sf4 2.Bb3 Be4 3.Kc4 Bxf5 4.b4 Bd3#

Echo model mates.

h#3,5 (4+6)
b) a1 -» h1

Neal Turner
Comm Suomen Tehtäväniekat 1997
dedicated to Matti Myllyniemi

1.Kb5 Kg6 2.Rb4 d4 3.Rc3 Kf5 4.Bb3 Ke4 5.Kc4 Sd6#

Busy square c4.

h#5 (3+4)

Hans Vetter
Schach-Echo 1978

1.Kc6 Bg7 2.Kd7 Bf8 3.Ke8 Kc7 4.Sh6 Kd6 5.Kf7 Ke5 6.Kg8 Kf6 7.Kh8 Kg6 8.Sg8 Bg7#

h#8 (2+2)

Alois Kenz
Fairy Chess Review 1955

1.Sc6 Be2 2.Kg6 Ba6 3.Kf5 Kf3 4.Ke6+ Ke4 5.Kd7 Kd5 6.Kc7 Kc5 7.Kb8 Kb6 8.Ka8 Kc7 9.Sa7 Bb7#

h#9 (2+3)

Comments to Juraj Lörinc.
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