|(1) Posted by Miodrag Mladenović [Tuesday, Nov 14, 2006 18:35]|
Fadil Abdurahmanović - SUPER PRIZE - ECSC WARSZAWA 2006 QUICK T. [H#2*]
ECSC WARSZAWA QT
1...Bb6 2.Bg2 Rd3#
1.Kg2 Bb8 (Kf5~!?) 2.Kh2: Rg6#
This problem won super prize. It's very interesting how white does not have a tempo with a King on his first move although all 8 squares around are free. Masterpiece problem!
|(2) Posted by Kostas Prentos [Friday, Nov 17, 2006 19:39]|
I agree that the problem is very nice and (probably) original, but isn't the award of a "super prize" a bit exaggerated? A "1st prize" would be fine.
|(3) Posted by Miodrag Mladenović [Friday, Nov 17, 2006 20:22]|
Yes, I do agree that First Prize should be sufficient for the award. Personally I never awarded even special prizes. I think the regular prize is enough.
|(4) Posted by Kostas Prentos [Friday, Nov 17, 2006 20:47]|
I also try to avoid special distinctions when I judge a tourney. I admit I haven't succeeded so far, but sometimes a special distinction is unavoidable, for example when the problem is on the verge of anticipation but shows something new as well, or when something spectacular is going on but with many technical flaws.
I haven't considered the possibility of a "super" prize, yet, but only because I never thought about such a thing. I wonder what qualities a problem should have to justify this overstatement.
|(5) Posted by Harry Fougiaxis [Friday, Nov 17, 2006 22:34]|
I recall that Ulf Hammarström awarded a Super Prize to the following problem, and he was so excited that he asked all magazine editors to widely quote it. Four merry-go-rounds in minimal, truly impressive achievement. It is a pity that Chris does not submit his compositions to the albums, how could an anthology miss this masterpiece?!
Chris J. Feather
c) =b) wSh7
d) =c) Sh7>h2
|a) 1.Qc3 Bxf4 2.Ra1 Be5 3.Kg5 Bxc3 4.Kf4 Bd2#|
b) 1.Bh4 Bxf5 2.Bg5 Be6 3.Kg6 Bg8 4.Kf5 Bh7#
c) 1.Rg6 Sxf6+ 2.Kg5 Sd7 3.Sf7 Sf8 4.Kf6 Sh7#
d) 1.Bf2 Sxf3 2.Rg3 Sd2 3.Kg4 Sf1 4.Kf3 Sh2#
|(6) Posted by Harry Fougiaxis [Friday, Nov 17, 2006 23:00]; edited by Harry Fougiaxis [07-03-26]|
Fadil dealt with this "tempo & option" challenge in the past, too. Let me quote one of his best works featuring this idea with knights as thematic pieces. The original setting had only a single solution (see FIDE Album 1962-64, No.543), the following is an improved version that was published, almost 30 years later, in feenschach No.99, January 1991. Admirable technique, isn't it?
3 Pr Die Schwalbe 1964 (v)
1.Sxg2 Kb1 (S~?) 2.Qg1 Rh7#
1.Qh4 Sxh4 2.Bd2 (Se~?) Rc1#
|(7) Posted by Kostas Prentos [Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 00:52]|
Thanks, Harry. Both problems are really remarkable.
By the way, I have the impression that Fadil's problem with two solutions is superior to his super prize winner from Warszawa QT. Even though in the first solution, the wSf5 does not participate in the final mate. This is just an insignificant price to pay for such an impressive idea.
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