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MatPlus.Net Forum Competitions Award: Mark Ridley 50 JT (Fairy Kings)
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(1) Posted by Administrator [Monday, Dec 31, 2012 18:49]

Award: Mark Ridley 50 JT (Fairy Kings)

A New Year desert for fairy chess fans: results of Mark Ridley 50 Jubilee Tourney:

Those who are not so familiar to Fairy Kings can learn more from Mark's article:
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(2) Posted by Kevin Begley [Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 02:48]; edited by Kevin Begley [13-01-01]

Don't ask me how a single-line stalemate miniature, showing a rather outlandish mixed-AUW (white: nR,nS,nB, black: Q) earned 3rd Prize (section D); and, don't ask me to recount why I submitted it (either I liked the move ordering, or I plead the right to misremember).

No, I am not challenging Mark's judgement -- and, so as not to refrain to partisan interests, I will simply concede that my own judgement is likely clouded by other subjective preferences.

That said, I do want to publish three other entries here, as originals for Mat Plus Forum.
Not for the purpose of comparison -- I simply consider them worthy of publication, and this seems the best place.

Original, 2012
(= 3+2 )

ser.h#6 b) a2->h6
Swapping Kings
= Grasshopper

1.Ge2 2.Gc2 3.Kd3 4.Gxe4 5.Ga8 6.Ke4 ...Ld5%#
1.Gc1 2.Ge3 3.Kc3 4.Gxb3 5.Gb8 6.Kb3 ...Tb4%#

Zilahi, ODE, Specific mates.

Original, 2012
(= 2+3 )

Swapping Kings
= Rose

1.Kh3 e4 2.ROb4% e5 3.Kc5 e6 4.g1=RO!% e7 5.ROf8%+ exf8=RO!%#

Rose Promotions, Excelsior, Specific mates.

Original, 2012
(= 1+2 )

h#2* 6.1...
Anticirce Equipollents
Siamese Kings

*set: 1…Kd5#
1.Kf7 Kf5 2.Kd5 Ke6#
1.Kf6 Kf4 2.Kd4 Ke5#
1.Ke7 Ke5 2.Kc5 Kd6#
1.Kb3 Kd3 2.Kd5 Kc4#
1.Kb4 Kd4 2.Kd6 Kc5#
1.Kc3 Ke3 2.Ke5 Kd4#

Echo Mates (rather symmetrical, yes, but Three Kings bend to their own celestial alignment).

note: I don't know that it matters much, but these were published 2012 (my time).
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(3) Posted by Ian Shanahan [Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 03:52]

Sweet problems, Kevin; and far better than some of my own unrewarded problems in this tourney. I think they're worth at least a Commendation (if I were the judge). Happy New Year!
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(4) Posted by Kevin Begley [Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 04:19]

Thanks Ian.
Happy new year ...for everybody!
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(5) Posted by Kevin Begley [Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 07:20]

The date for this tourney (which appears all over the award as "2009-2011") is clearly in error.

I believe the correct date should be "2011-2012."
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(6) Posted by Joost de Heer [Sunday, Feb 3, 2013 22:43]; edited by Joost de Heer [13-02-03]

Second prize (Paul Raican) is cooked:
1. e3 d6 2. Ke2 Bg4+ 3. Kxg4 g5 4. a4 Qd7+ 5. Kxg5 Qxa4 6. Sc3 Qxa1 7. Se4 Sf6 8. Sg3 Qxc1 9. Kh4 Se4 10. Kg4 Qxd1+ 11. Kc8 Qh5 12. Sxh5 f5
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