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Springaren #2 2008

First I would like to thank Rolf Uppström for giving me the opportunity to make this judgement. I had 37 2-movers to judge, all published in 2008 in Springaren. Among them 10-12 were light like miniatures and I couldn't consider including them in this award. This could have been a bit of shame, because you don't always need a heavy setting to show some brilliant idea. Still these problems didn't show anything new and exceptional, and I leave them out of the award.

11210: would have been in the award otherwise, but the only thematic try has two refutations, so to my opinion the whole problem loses totally the idea it is trying to show. 11273: has a checking key and it doesn't show anything new. 11336: I examined both this problem and Ahues' own problem which was shown with solutions. These two problems have almost identical content although the composer has made a switch between try and key. Well, as usual when something is judged, the judge's own opinions and affection to a certain kind of problems also will show.

And then to the award:

(Här presenteras enbart pristagarna. För hela domen, se Springaren 119, mars 2011.)

1st Prize 11398
Abdelaziz Onkoud (France)

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a b c d e f g h
Matt i 2 drag 

1 Tf5? (2 e6#) but ...
1.– Sd6! 1.– Sf2! 1.– Sc3! 1.– Sg5!
1.– Sc5! 1.– Sd2! 1.– Sf6!

1 e6! (2 Tf5#)
1.– Sd6 2 cd6#
1.– Sf2 2 Se3#
1.– Sc3 2 bc4#
1.– Sg5 2 Tg5#
1.– Sc5 2 Dc5#
1.– Sd2 2 Td4#
1.– Sf6 2 gf6#

 

Knight wheel. (Only Sg3 is missing!). Beautiful play by Black: 3 x black is blocking his own line-piece line to the mating square, 2 x square clearance and 2 x sacrifice to open the line for white battery. Very light setting in this kind of problem. Relatively good key, but no actual tries at all.

 

 

2nd Prize 11397
Gunnar Marklund (Sweden) & Anders Jansson (Sweden)

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a b c d e f g h
Matt i 2 drag 

1 Lb6? (2 Lc7#/Sc8#)Lh5! A
1 De4? (2 De5#/De7#) Te3! B
1 Dg4?(2 Df4#) e3! C

1 Dc4! (2 Lc5#)
1.– Lh5 A 2 De6#
1.– Te3 B 2 Dc5#
1.– Tcc4/e3 C 2 Lg3#
1.– Tbc4/Tb5 2 Sb5#
1.– Sd7/Sa4 2 Sc8#

 

 

Excellent key! Queen sacrifice! Four black pieces are focusing on the point where wQ is moving. Small minus is that the key doesn't give any flight to bK. Lovely problem.

 

 

 

3rd Prize 11394v
Zoltan Labai (Slovakia) & Jozsef Paztor (Hungary)

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2
1
a b c d e f g h
Matt i 2 drag 

1 Dd8? (2 Sdb6# A)
1.– c6/c5? 2 Scb6# but
1.– Df5! a
1 b4? (2 Scb6# B)
1.– Tc4? 2 Td3# but
1.– Rb3!

1 Kc7! (2 Da8#)
1.– Df5 a 2 Sdb6# A
1.– Tb3 b 2 Scb6# B
1.– Tc4 2 bc4#
1.– Dd7 2 Dd7#

 

 

Good key with wK! The play between tries and the solution go nicely together. White double self-pin in Dombrovskis theme.

 

 

 

1st Hon Mention 11400 Kiril Stoyanov (Bulgaria)

2nd Hon Mention 11343 John Rice (Great Britain)

3rd Hon Mention 11337 Herbert Ahues (Germany)

4th Hon Mention 11396 Jean-Marc Loustau (France)

 

Commended in order of appearance:

11270 Nikolai Bantusj (Belarus)

11339 Lars Larsen (Denmark)

11341 Gerhard Maleika (Germany)

11342 Givi Mosiashvili (Georgia)

11393 Hans Petter Bie (Norway)

11399 Abdelaziz Onkoud (France)

 

Espoo 1.12.2010
Kenneth Solja

(knorrfrist 1/6 2011)
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