Dom i Thema Danicums fantasiturnering 1999 (from TD 100) by John Rice (GB) Tilbage til forsiden

by Int. dommer: John Rice (GB)

Diagram 1
Michael Barth & Torsten Linss (D)
1. Pr. Thema Danicum 1999
#9 Græshopper a2,b6,c6
Tårn- f6, Løberhopper a7,b3

In the initial position White would like to mate either by playing a piece to d5 or by means of 1. Gc2+? Sxc2 2. Sf2#. But the former method is useless at the moment because there is no piece available for the job, while the latter fails to 1. - Gxc2!
So White's aim must be to decoy the Ga2, threatening to place a piece on d5 with each move: 1. Sf4 Gd6 2 .Se6 Gb6 3. LHf7 Gxf7 - and now the BG has been switched to f7, but White cannot simply retrace his steps: 4. Sf4? Ke5! So the WS must find a different route back to d3: 4. Sc7 Gd6 5. Sa6 Gb6 6. Sb4 Gd6 7. Sd3 (done it!) Gb6, and now 8. Gc2+ Sxc2 9. Sf2 is mate. An appealing Rundlauf by the WS, well constructed.

Diagram 2
Wladislaw Obierak (PL)
2. Pr. Thema Danicum 1999
Serie-H#20 B: Bc4-> 9+4

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It is no easy matter to compose a long series-mover with two parts and solutions of exactly the same length. The two sequences seen here have plenty in common (K-walk, 2 promotions to B, removal of unwanted white force) and yet enough difference to ensure variety. The long-range mates (20. - Ke8# is particularly good) round off a fine achievement.

Diagram 3
Václav Kotešovec
3. Pr. Thema Danicum 1999
H#5 0.3.1...
Fers g4,d3

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A lovely 3-fold echo, making excellent use of the small force, with an ideal mate in each solution. The few repeated moves do not detract from the overall impression.

Diagram 4
Gianni Donati (USA)
HO Thema Danicum 1999
BP 8.0
PG 8.0
1.2.1... C+ 14+15

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My remark about long series-movers with two lines of play (see 2. Pr.) applies also to Proof Games. What makes this example so appealing is the radical difference between the two solutions: promotion to BQ in one of them, with subsequent capture of the Q (Frolkin theme), and no promotion at all in the other! White's initial tempo move is crucial to both, of course.

(For the following 7 problems the diagrams have been added by the webmaster)

Diagram 5
Anatolij Stjepotschkin (RUS)
1. RO Thema Danicum 1999
H=5 Circe 7+6

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The Valladao task achieved in an amusing fashion, the only weakness being the WRe8, whose function is simply to effect the final stalemate.

Diagram 6
Torsten Linss (D)
2. RO Thema Danicum 1999
S#9 Max.

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The WS and BQ are interchanged 4 times in a pleasant sequence ending in a Circe mate.

Diagram 7
Henry Tanner & Kenneth Solja (FIN)
3. RO Thema Danicum 1999
S#6 Max 4+3

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Of course miniatures with AUW are no rare occurrence. However, this is an attractive example with 2 variations.

Diagram 8
Espen Backe (N)
4. RO Thema Danicum 1999
H#2 B: Ge8->h5
C: Ge8->f1
C+ 7+2

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Cyclic battery-creation is a well-known idea, but this example has good solver-appeal.

Diagram 9
Erich Bartel (D)
5. RO Thema Danicum 1999
1h->Serie-H=3 Circe C+ 4+2+2

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Well differentiated solutions, though it is a pity that part (b) starts and ends with a capture.

Diagram 10
Unto Heinonen (FIN)
6. RO Thema Danicum 1999
BP 8.0
PG 8.0

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The Frolkin theme again (see above), and once more combined with a tempo move by the dP, which does all the work for White.

Diagram 11
Zdenek Libiš (CZ)
7. RO Thema Danicum 1999
S#4 Max C+ 4+5

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Cyclic Platzwechsel, neatly shown.

An enjoyable tourney to judge: 3 very good problems, and several more attractive ones. Thank you to the Editors for giving me this pleasure!

We would like to thank the general editor of THE PROBLEMIST for his great job judging this tournament.