Dom i THEMA DANICUMs fantasi- og retroturnering 2002 (fra TD 114) v/ Juraj Lörinc (SK) Tilbage til forsiden

I've got 68 problems for a judging, among them 11 retros (I decided to award them in a separate section) and 57 fairies. In this number there are included 22 original Andernach h#2s from the article by Erik Hansen showing always one ideal mate. None of them entered an award, despite a large number I missed any deeper idea among them. The level of the competition was only average, I missed real masterpieces among fairies and thus, despite my usual generosity, I decided to award only 8 fairy works. 5 out of 11 retros are awarded in the respective subsection.

Diagram 8861
Wenelin Alaikow (BG)
Pr., Thema Danicum 2002
S#3 Madrasi
Kameler a7, a8, b5, e5
Zebraer e3, g5, h6
C+ 13+10



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In tries there is the fairy AUW if we consider the 1st moves of White and 2nd moves of Black. This is a logical ground for the solution, where White forces Holst promotions and then executes his main plans. Counting the threat and two variations together, we see 3 times a mate by capture of a white piece paralysing the black one that in turn gives a check. Well mixed strategy, despite a heavier construction and a number of fairy elements this s# is worth the highest distinction.

Diagram 8720
Vaclav Kotesovec (CZ)
1. HO, Thema Danicum 2002
H#2 3.1...
Marscirce
Natryttehopper c2, h1
C+ 8+11



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The most unusual cycle of antibatteries I've ever seen! It is shown thanks to peculiarities of Mars Circe - it separates the square from which a piece moves and the square from which a piece captures or checks. Besides antibattery scheme there is a good deal of bystrategy adding a variety to a content, unfortunately, there is a mating double check in 1.Ge1 solution.

Diagram 8795
Vaclav Kotesovec (CZ)
2. HO, Thema Danicum 2002
H#4 3.1...
Pao c1, f1
C+ 2+4



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Triple chameleon echo is still a considerable result. Although the play is less live than that of 3rd HM. However, the mating positions are in my opinion much more interesting as the mate is given over the immobilised pao.

Diagram 8867
Daniel Novomesky (SK)
3. HO, Thema Danicum 2002
H#5 0.3.1... C+ 4+3



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Again triple echo. There are already some echos with two white grasshoppers around. The wK in the corner is placed there only because of convention, he contributes nothing to the content.

Diagram 8792
Imants Dulbergs (LV)
4. HO, Thema Danicum 2002
S#5 Max.
B: Be6->f6
C+ 4+3



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Good content in a well pointed miniature. Of course, Maximummer gives White an absolute control over the black Grasshopper. There are two different model mates after the different blocks on g5.

Commendations without rank:

Diagram 8863
Steen Christensen (DK)
Tilegnet Jan Mortensen 70 år
RO, Thema Danicum 2002
Serie-H#10 Haanerskak
Hul b3, f3, h3
4 løsninger
C+ 2+1+3




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Although the first moves of all 4 solutions are the same (and also then they differentiate only slowly), the solutions can't be shortened. It is a kind of paradox offered by Haaner chess that changes qualities of the board (!) after every move.

Diagram 8631
Tibor Ersek (HU)
RO, Thema Danicum 2002
Serie-H=8 Circe
B: La7->b8
C+ 7+4



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The author is already known for his twophase series helpstalemates. Here he shows returns to diagram position by two different pieces - king in a) makes exact switchback, rook in b) makes a complicated round trip. The stalemate positions aren't exactly the same, but perhaps too similar.


Diagram 8630
János Buglos (HU)
RO, Thema Danicum 2002
H#2 Circe Madrasi
2.1...
C+ 6+8

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A quite symmetrical pair of solutions has a good Circe Madrasi strategy, however, I think it could be improved. In the mating positions wR on 7th rank paralyses bR that could otherwise capture wQ. If author used twinning, e.g. in the position W: Kd6 Qd8 Rb7 Pd2f2, B: Kel Qf7 Ra7h7 Bd4 Sf3e2 Pc5g4, b) Rb7->g7, the solutions would run the same way, but in the mating positions w0 would be Circe selfprotected from rook capture... beeing an author, I would prefer this version. Also, compare to excellent 9343 with reciprocal exchange of functions wQ-wR.
Diagram 9343
Michal Dragoun
1. Pr. , 1. TT Chess Composition Microweb 1999
H#2 Circe Madrasi
B: Ke1->g1
C+ 3+7

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Retroturneringen 2002

8871 (Juel) would be considered at least for a special award if there wasn't 9344 with similar bishop parity idea. Thanks to Joost de Heer for checking this part of the award. [Diagrams and solutions for these and for other comparison problems mentioned were added by the web-master.]


Diagram 8871
Henrik Juel
Tilegnet Jan Mortensen 70 år
Thema Danicum 2002
-1wb, H#1 Help retractor C+ 11+11

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Diagram 9344
Niels Høeg
Fairy Chess Review 1949
-1b, H#1 Help retractor C+ 11+11

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Diagram 8870V
Per Grevlund (DK)
1. Pr., Thema Danicum 2002
Sidste 2.0 træk Monokromatisk skak 7+2



Version with Rd8 seems to be well thought up classic monochromatic retro. Both wR and also wS are promoted, it gives 12 white captures by pawns, wpc6 captured twice, it explains all white promotions. As captures of black knights were involved, the promotion squares were b8, c8, g8. It means the last move couldn't be exd8R+ or Rxe6+. There is only last possibility 1. Ke7-f6+ preceded by Kd7-e8+. What was before? It turns out white has captured 10 times on white squares (4+4 times for promotion, twice by pc6), it was 7 times "normally" and 3 times en passant, it means the last move of wpc6 was by en passant capture. From d5 or b5? bRa7 is promoted as well and he needed 4 unit to capture to get to promotion square. wQ and wB are impossible, it turns out bp had to capture P, R, P, S. Thus Ra7 promoted on g1.But it couldn't be original bPa7, that had to be captured en passant b5xa6 by original wPa2. And it proves wPc6 is original wPe2. Thus we get: 1. Ke7-f6+ Kd7-e8+ 2.d5xc6 e.p. c7-c5. As is not so unusual, economical and quite natural position in Monochromatic chess.

Diagram 8798
Michel Caillaud (FR)
2. Pr., Thema Danicum 2002
BP17 12+13



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Seemingly innocent position, however there are some fine events happening during solution. I don't mean crosscaptures of pawns but captureless round trip of a black bishop motivated by ... lack of available moves! Note technical nuances, including the way of avoiding square round trip by the collision on d6.

Diagram 8873
Unto Heinonen (FI)
HO, Thema Danicum 2002
BP28 15+15

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The exchange of places of two kings in the proof game was quite popular recently and thus it is necessary to add something now. Unto managed to add Ceriani-Frolkin rook and switchback of knight and queen in 9345, while in 8873 we see captureless round trip of bishop.
Diagram 9345
Unto Heinonen (FI)
Suomen Tehtäväniekat 1997
BP29.5 13+13

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Diagram 8796
Gianni Donati (US)
1. RO, Thema Danicum 2002
BP17.5 12+13



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Gianni have shown similar thematical complex already a few times, in 9346 there is capture of promoted rook, switchback of wK and two white pieces switch flank, in 8727 capture of promoted bS, switch of flank by wR and switchback by three white pieces. 8796 is quite sophisticated as nothing points out that there happened something special on the 1 st rank. Again a rook and a knight switch flank and a queen switches back, while Black sacrifices his promoted knight.

Diagram 9346
Gianni Donati (US)
Strategems 1998
BP10.5 11+15

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Diagram 9347
Gianni Donati (US)
Die Schwalbe 2000
BP15.5 14+15

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Diagram 8727
Gianni Donati (US)
2. RO, Thema Danicum 2002
Sidste seks slag?
Last six captures?
12+13



All white captures were by pawns d, e, g (now c, d, b) => white h-pawn couldn't capture and thus there were cross captures of black g, h pawns => also all black captures were by pawns. Sequence of moves was g2xf3xe4xd5xc6xPb7 d7xBc6 (Bc8-d3 & Ra8-c3) d2xRc3 (Bc1h6 & Ral-g6) h7xRg6 g7xRh6 e2xBd3. Compared to 8639 by Gianni too the chain of necessary events in the past is longer.

Congratulations to all the successful composers and thanks to all the authors.

Juraj Lörinc

International Judge of FIDE
Bratislava, July-December 2003

THEMA DANICUM wishes to thank the judge for his help with this tourney!!