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(21) Posted by Nikola Predrag [Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 22:30]

One can't comprehend the intended meaning of the Codex by analyzing a single article pulled out of the context.
Chapter III about the Soundness starts by giving the principle = Article 8 – Author’s Solution:

"Every chess composition must be capable of being solved only by the author’s solution. Special features of the author’s solution (such as multiple solutions or set play in help-play problems) should be expressly stipulated."

So, h#2; indicates the 'special features' - 2 solutions, each one branching into 2 variations.
Isolated article 10 still sees that as the duals but the author claims there are variations.
If the author's idea is worth presenting through a clearly organized 'special stipulation', the PRINCIPLE is stronger than a single article, especially when the most fundamental principle is given in the Introduction of the Codex.

And of course, the duals in direct-play do not make the problem unsound but could make it worthless.
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(22) Posted by Joost de Heer [Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 08:34]

So basically, chapter III should be simplified by removing everything except article 8. "If it ain't the intention of the author, it makes it kaput"
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(23) Posted by Nikola Predrag [Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 14:22]

Well Joost, Codex is written to encourage & help the original creativity and not to reduce it.
The key word is 'original' - we publish the 'originals'. And it would be absurd to pre-scribe the strict absolute rules about an original that will be composed in the future.
Only when the original creation is presented, we may perceive and understand what makes (and what disturbs) the balanced realization of an original idea.

However, Codex suggests some principles so, the evaluation of an original creation is also a creative process which sometimes could be rather demanding.
I know that critical thinking is exhausting and there's a natural tendency to apply some ready-made mechanical procedure/rules instead.

I believe that critical thinking enriches and deepens our experience while mechanical procedures shrink it.
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(24) Posted by Rewan Demontay (Real Name: James Malcom) [Friday, Oct 18, 2019 13:16]

Mark Kirtley has achieved 6 returns in the mating position!:
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