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MatPlus.Net Forum Competitions Help for "Hamburg Solving Championship" appreciated!
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(1) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Monday, Feb 27, 2012 10:48]

Help for "Hamburg Solving Championship" appreciated!


I managed to pre-organize a "Hamburg Solving Championship"
(irrelevant details as the date will follow :-).

It is intended mainly for beginners. Since it is the first time
that such an event happens, I have a few questions for you.

- What is a reasonable number of problems/time for solving
approach when dealing with beginners? (We estimated a 2 hour
event, for practical reasons.)
- I will select the problems; now a smart alec could look
onto my site, suspecting I am idle and only select my own
problems (which surely are usable for this event :-).
Better avoid. Can you suggest good problems for a solving
- Also remind that the big idea is to make the attendants
problem-drug-dependent: Yarosh's Babson is, like, WOW! but
too hard to solve for a beginner. I will add the one or
other fairy - Forsberg's quintuplet seems to be an obvious
contender. Do you have additional suggestions?
- Also, shoot if you have any practical suggestions
(e.g. should one reward, say, Zinar's 1.Kg7!!!!! with more
points than Reti's 1.Kg7! due to far higher difficulty?)
or generic experience with this kind of event.

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(2) Posted by Geoff Foster [Monday, Feb 27, 2012 22:40]

Since 2007, each Australian Junior Chess Championship has had a problem-solving competition. Many of the competitors have never even seen a chess problem before. Their ages range from 8 to 18 years. This makes things difficult, because the youngest ones can only solve the simplest problems, while the 18 year olds are very strong players. Each event is 2 hours long and usually consists of 6 problems and 6 studies. For more details see "Australian Junior Chess Problem-Solving Championships" at .
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(3) Posted by Sven Hendrik Lossin [Monday, Mar 19, 2012 23:28]; edited by Sven Hendrik Lossin [12-03-19]

Dear Hauke!

First of all, and completely offtopic, I'd like to congratulate you to a great performance in the German Chess Championship.
I wonder why you don't participate in the German Solving Championship.

I think that the problems used in the category 2 in the ISC are certainly appropriate and moreover they were selected for 2 hours of solving. I would refrain from fairy problems because 2 hrs are simply much too little time for that.
Perhaps you should add a really easy problem so that nobody goes home with 0 points. Very good I think is for this purpose a very easy three mover with two variations where one of them can easily be forgotten. This helps, not to have tons of people on the same place in the results table.

I participated in the Niedersächsische Problemlösemeisterschaft 2012 where the selection of the problems was not so great (twice rex solus, only merediths and miniatures, two very easy problems) I think but the points you can receive for every solution seemed okay for me.
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