Saturday , July 16 2005 five minutes before midnight - a moment to remember because it’s the only scheme for a cyclic Babson until now

The latest version of the Babson register is dated January 1-st 2016 http://www.berlinthema.de/Babson_docu.pdf where in page 58 an Original by Peter Hoffmann presents the new combination QQ-RB-BR

Statistics: Posted by Z Kornin — 30 April 2016, 3:42 am

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Wishing to commemorate the first decade of the project’s existence, its editorial board announces a formal jubilee composing tourney "SuperProblem - 10" in the following sections:

#2 (twomovers) - judge: Pavel Murashev

#3 (threemovers) - judge: Igor Agapov

#4-N (moremovers) - judge: Yuri Gordian

h#2-N (helpmates) - judge: Valery Kirillov

s#2-N (selfmates) - judge: Gennady Kozura

f# (fairies) - judge: Alexander Bulavka

Themes are free in all the sections. The number of entries is unlimited.

Any stipulations/pieces/conditions are allowed in the fairy section.

In case a large number of entries of good quality are received, any judge may divide the award in his section (for instance, prepare a separate award for miniatures).

Entries are to be sent to the tourney director Aleksey Oganesjan, to his e-mail: alexeioganesyan@gmail.com no later than 20 August, 2016.

All the entries will be presented to the judges in anonymous form.

The award will be published on the website http://superproblem.ru presumably at the end of 2016.

All participants will receive a copy of the award via email.

Statistics: Posted by alexeioganesyan — 30 April 2016, 3:32 am

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Awards will be published on the website http://superproblem.ru

View the announcement on the link http://superproblem.ucoz.ru/blog/2016-04-27-126#02

Statistics: Posted by alexeioganesyan — 27 April 2016, 1:55 pm

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Theodore Brown American Chess-Nuts 1868 #2

2 points for sending me a complete variation, at garykevinware@yahoo.com . The deadline is Wednesday, May 4th.

Statistics: Posted by garykevinware — 23 April 2016, 5:09 pm

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Theme: Artistic King and Pawns Endgame Studies. Studies with a primary focus on promotions are unthematic. Promotions are allowed if the promoted pieces are exchanged quickly or at the end of the study. If an introduction is added where pieces other than kings and pawns are on the board, it will not be considered thematic for the tourney. Although all examples below feature thematic wrong tries (TWT), these are not necessary for the theme. There is only one section for win and draw studies; there is no separate judging. The final decision about whether an entry is thematic will rest with the judge.

Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Procedure: Participants should register at ChessProblem.net and submit original studies either via PM or via e-mail (housekeeper@chessproblem.net). Studies should be accompanied by a full solution. Limit of three entries per composer. The judge will received anonymized entries shortly after the deadline. The preliminary award should be made by March 1, 2017. (The usual period for claims will be three months following the award; if no claims are received in that period, the award will be considered final.)

Judge: Geir Sune Tallaksen Østmoe.

Prize: The winner will receive a specially designed prize mug, to be shipped after the awards become final.

Examples:

Sergiy Didukh & Siegfried Hornecker, Olympia Dünyasi 2010, 1st honorable mention

Draw

TWT: 1.b:a3? h:g5 2.a4 g4 3.a5 g3 4.a6 g2 5.a7 g1Q 6.a8Q Qg8+7.Kb7! Q:a8+ 8.K:a8 Kc6 9.Ka7 Kb5 10.a4+! K:a4 11.Kb6 K:b4 12.Kc6 Kc4 13.Kd6 Kd4 14.Ke6 Ke4 15.Kf6 Kf4 16.Kg7 h5 and Black wins

Solution: 1.g6! h:g6 2.b:a3 g5 3.a4 g4 4.a5 g3 5.a6 g2 6.a7 g1Q 7.a8Q Qg8+ 8.Kb7! Q:a8+ 9.K:a8 Kc6 10.Ka7 Kb5 11.a4+! K:a4 12.Kb6 K:b4 13.Kc6 Kc4 14.Kd6 Kd4 15.Ke6 Ke4 16.Kf6 Kf4 17.Kg6 draws

Thematic example, as the focus is on the pawn endgame and the queens are exchanged quickly.

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Oleg Pervakov, 64 Shakhmatnoye Obozrenye 2000, 1st prize

Draw

TWT 1: 1.Ke5? b5 2.d4 b4 3.d5 b3 4.d6 b2 5.d7 b1Q 6.d8Q Qe4+ 7.Kf6 Qh4+ 8.K:f5 Q:d8 and Black wins

TWT 2: 1.K:f5? b5 2.d4 b4 3.d5 b3 4.d6 b2 5.d7 b1Q+ and Black wins

Solution: 1.Kg5! Kb3 2.K:f5 Kc3 3.Ke5! K:d3 4.Kd5 Kc3 5.Kc5 draws, or 1.-b5 2.d4 b4 3.d5 Kb5! 4.d6! Kc6 5.K:f5 K:d6 6.Ke4 Kc5 7.Kd3 Kb5 8.Kc2 Ka4 9.Kb2 draws, or here 5.-b3 6.Ke6 b2 7.d7 draws.

Thematic example, as it is a pure pawn endgame in the solution, and the queens part in the try is at the end and a tied extension of the pawn endgame.

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No example:

Siegfried Hornecker, Problem-Forum 2009, 1st prize

White wins

Solution: 1.f6! g6 2.c6 Kg3 3.c7 f2+ 4.Kf1 Kf3, and:

Try: 5.c8Q? g3 6.Qh3 stalemate

Solution: 5.c8B! g3! 6.Bh3 g2+ 7.B:g2+ Kg3, and:

TWT: 8.d3? e:d3 9.B:d5 d2 10.Bb3 Kf3 11.e4 K:e4 12.K:f2 Kd3!! 13.d5 Ke4!! 14.Ke2 Kf5, etc., and Black draws

Solution: 8.Bh1! Kh2 9.Bf3! e:f3 10.K:f2 Kh3 11.Kf3 Kh4 12.Kf4 Kh5 13.d3 Kh4 14.e4 Kh5 15.e5 d:e5+ 16.d:e5 wins

Not thematic because the main focus lies on the underpromotion and the lines where the underpromoted piece is kept alive (the TWT).

Statistics: Posted by Housekeeper — 10 April 2016, 7:51 am

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Awards will be published on the website http://superproblem.ru

View the announcement on the link http://superproblem.ucoz.ru/blog/2016-04-07-125#02

Statistics: Posted by alexeioganesyan — 7 April 2016, 3:01 pm

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Awards will be published on the website http://superproblem.ru

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Statistics: Posted by alexeioganesyan — 25 March 2016, 1:05 am

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"It seems that White will reach his goal quickly: 1 Bb2 2 Ba3 3 Bf8, 4 Bg7#, since Black does not have the wherewithal to prevent the Bishop maneuver. However, he does have this clever defense: 1 Bb2 Bh1! 2 Ba3 g2 3 Bf8 stalemate. Even if 3 Kf2, after 3...g1=Q+ 4 Kxg1; mate comes only on the sixth move.

The solution: 1 Be5! Bh1 2 Bxg3 and only now 3 Bd6, 4 Bf8 and 5 Bg7#.

Statistics: Posted by garykevinware — 16 March 2016, 11:32 pm

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Try: 1 Rh4? Qf4! 2 c7+ Bxc7 3 bxc7+ Qxc7 4 Nc6+? Qxc6!

Solution: 1 Bg3! Bxg3 2 Rb4 Qf4 3 c7+ Qxc7 4 bxc7+ Bxc7 5 Nc6#.

Statistics: Posted by garykevinware — 16 March 2016, 11:29 pm

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