Paz Einat & Ofer Comay 50 Jubilee Tourney

Award

 

Helpmate in 3 or more moves section

The thematic theme for this section asked for line closing or opening of white and black in each solution. This left a lot of room for additional play, and indeed we received many interesting, complex and original problems with very high quality.

We received 39 problems. Out of them 15 problems (from the same composer) were not computer checked, and had cooks. One problem, from Marcin Banaszek (White: Kb7,Rc4,Bd4; Black: Kd5,Bh2,Ba4, Sg2,b5,b4,b3,b2,c3,d3,e4,e5) was very nice but unfortunately had an almost complete anticipation by Igor Spiric, Serbia Championship 2003-06, 2 HM (White: Kg7,Rf4,Be4; Black: Ke5,Bh4,Bf3,Sa8,Sc7,a6,b5,d5,d4,e3,g3, g4,g5).

The first 3 prizes in the award are of outstanding quality. The next two prizes show original and beautiful ideas that were achieved with the cost of zero position and promoted pieces. The conditions of the tourney allow such problems in order that such original ideas will receive the recognition they deserve.

 

Photos were taken at the Jurmala 2008 WCCC during the Prize-Giving ceremony - by Roberto Stelling.

 

Aleksandr Semenenko

1st Prize

Einat-Comay 50 JT 2008

H#3                                ( 4 + 12 )

 b) bBf4h2

a)1.Kf5 B:b3 2.Be4 Rh6 3.Sb6 Be6 #

 

b) 1.Kf4 R:b3   2.Re4 Bh5 3.Sb5 Rf3#

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Aleksandr Semenenko  Ofer Paz

 

The black king moves in the first move and opens 2 black lines, which are closed in Grimshaw in the same square. The beautiful play offers also more line openings, white anti-critical moves, pins and unpins. Especially pleasing are the self-pins on b3, followed by unpins by the black knights which perform a double role of line opening and closing (an element found in several other problems in the award).

 

 

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Borislav Gadjanski

2nd Prize

Einat-Comay 50 JT 2008

H#3                                 ( 5 + 16 )

                  b) wPg3f4

a) 1.Ke3 B:g4  2.Bc6 Be2  3.Sd5 R:e6 #

 

b) 1.Kd5 R:f6  2.Re2 Rc6  3.Se3 B:f3 #

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Borislav Gadjanski

 

There is an exchange of roles between the white and between the black pieces in the two phases, combined with an exchange of effects on squares e2 and c6. As in the 1st Prize problem, the double effect of line closing and opening by the black knight is highly thematic. This incredible problem contains fantastic play of line opening and critical moves, with perfect harmony between the two phases.

 

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Menachem Witztum

3rd Prize

Einat-Comay 50 JT 2008

H#3                              ( 12 + 11 )

b) wBa8 = wR

a) 1.S:d3 Bb7   2.Qg3 Ba6   3.Sf4 Sce5 #

 

b) 1.B:g6 Ra7   2.Qe2 Rg7   3.Be4 Sge5 #

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Menachem Witztum Ofer Paz

 

It is difficult to see in advance the line opening that will appear in the last black move due to the use of the subtle indirect white battery. Beautiful black switchbacks and critical black moves.

 

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Emanuel Navon

Shaul Shamir

4th Prize

Einat-Comay 50 JT 2008

H#3                                 ( 6 + 12 )

Zeroposition

a)  Rd7 h8

b)  Kf3 e3

a) 1.Rc6 Re5   2.g4 (B:f4?) Re6 3.B:f4 Bd5 #

 

b) 1.Rcc7 Bd5 2.g:f4 (Rd2?) Bc6 3.Rd2 Re5 #

 

White needs two moves of the same piece in order that this piece will reach his final destination, which closes a black line. During this play, this white piece closes another black line and forces the unique order of the black moves. Interesting and original concept, and although the harmony between the phases is not perfect the overall play is artistically pleasing.

 

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Menachem Witztum

5th Prize

Einat-Comay 50 JT 2008

H#3                                ( 5 + 10 )

 b) wPb4f3

a) 1.Sc7 R:e7 2.Se8 Re3 3.d5 Bc5 #

 

b) 1.Rd5 B:e7 2.Sf5 Bb4 3.Sf8 Re4 #

 

Interesting combination with many line opening and closing moves, pins and unpins. The setting is very clean without the need for additional pieces to prevent cooks.

 

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Abdelaziz Onkoud

Antonio Garofalo

1st HM

Einat-Comay 50 JT 2008

H#3                                ( 4 + 13 )

b) bKe6bSg4

a) 1.Qd7 S:e5  2.B:e5 + Kd2  3.Bd6 Bc4 #

 

b) 1.Rf4 B:f5 +  2.K:f5 Kb4  3.e4 Se3 #

 

Beautiful idea. The only reason that it didn't get a prize is that this is an improvement of an older version of this same idea from the same composers. The white king moves from one pin line to another pin line that was established during the play.

 

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Shaul Shamir

2nd HM

Einat-Comay 50 JT 2008

H#3                                   ( 8 + 6 )

b) bPd5b3

a) 1.Kc4 a3   2.R:f3 Bd4   3.Be3 d3 #

 

b) 1.Ke5 Kg6   2.B:d2 Rd4   3.Re3 f4 #

 

Simple strategy with original Zilahi of white pawns driven by the black critical moves.

 

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Horst Boettger

Mirko Degenkolbe

Guy Sobrecases

3rd HM

Einat-Comay 50 JT 2008

H#5.5                              ( 2 + 15 )

 b) bQg6 h3

a) 1...B:c6 2.Re5 B:d7 3.Bb7 B:f5

    4.Kc6 B:d3 5.Rc5 B:g6 6.Rdd5 Be8#

 

Try: 1...Ba6 2.Kd4... 7.Qe4!

 

b) 1...Ba6 2.Kd4 Bc4 3.Rb5 Be6

    4.c5 B:f5 5.Kd5 B:h3 6.Kc6 B:g2#

 

Try: 1...B:c6 2.Re5... 7.Qd7!

 

The interesting essence of this problem hides in the tries of the white bishop to reach its final destination. There are many ways for the bishop, but they include captures of black pieces, which open lines that prevent the mates.

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Menachem Witztum

4th HM

Einat-Comay 50 JT 2008

H#3                                 ( 6 + 15 )

b) bSf4 = bPf4

a) 1.Rg7 Re7   2.Rg6 + Rg7   3.Rf6 Rg3 #

 

b) 1.Bd1 Bd3   2.Bc2 + Bf1   3.Bb1 Be2 #

 

In each solution only one piece moves from each colour. Nice idea of pins and unpins that involves a Rook Rook and Bishop Bishop dances.

 

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Recommendations without order

 

A.H. Pankratiev

COM

Einat-Comay 50 JT 2008

H#3                                ( 5 + 10 )

b) bRf3f2

a) 1.Ke4 d:e5   2.Be3 c5   3.f:e5 Bd3 #

 

b) 1.Ke3 c5   2.Rc4 d:e5   3.Re4 Rd3 #

 

A.H. Pankratiev

COM

Einat-Comay 50 JT 2008

H#3                               ( 3 + 12 )

b) bQh7f5

a) 1.Kf4 B:d5  2.Sf5 B:g2  3.Rg5 Re4 #

 

b) 1.Qg5 R:e3 +  2.Kf5 R:e7  3.Sf4 Be4 #

 

 

 

 

Michael Barth

Dieter Mueller

COM

Einat-Comay 50 JT 2008

H#3                                  ( 5 + 9 )

b) bKc6f4

a) 1.Qa5 Rb8   2.B:d3 B:d3   3.Qc7 Bb5 #

 

b) 1.Sd2 Bh5   2.R:d3 R:d3   3.Se4 Rf3 #

 

 

 

 

Chris Feather

COM

Einat-Comay 50 JT 2008

H#4                                  ( 4 + 9 )

2.1.1.1

1.Kd6 g:f4 2.Sc7 R:f5 3.Be7 Rb5

4.Rd5 Rb6 #

 

1.Bd3 R:b5+ 2.Ke4 R:g5 3.d5 Rg4

4.Re5 R:f4 #