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(1) Posted by Oleg Efrosinin [Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 09:09]; edited by Oleg Efrosinin [20-02-08]

Announces Album Federation chess composition miniature 2016-2018

selection of compositions in the "Album Federation chess composition miniature 2016-2018 " ("Album") with the number of pieces no more than 7 (seven).
ALBUM (eng):
CHARTER (eng):
Viktor Chepizhnyy:
Certification (EXAMPLE):
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(2) Posted by Frank Richter [Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 17:31]

Such a selection may be useful.
And surely it is not wrong to have a special organisation, that focuses on miniatures.

But with all respect - do we really need a title like "Гроссмейстер шахматной композиции миниатюры" (Grandmaster of Chess Composition for Miniatures)? Whom does it help? Soon someone likes to introduce similar labels, f.ex. "Master of Helpmates in 2", then we will get the "Candidate Master for Proof Games" etc. and so on, and finally everybody got his own title ... hooray!
What are your opinions on this topic?
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(3) Posted by Andrey Selivanov [Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 19:24]

Чем бы дитя не тешилось, лишь бы оно не плакало.
That the child was busy with something and did not cry.
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(4) Posted by Eugene Fomichev [Friday, Feb 14, 2020 13:30]

The so-called "Chess Federation of Miniatures" is not a legal entity, so it has no real authority. The very idea of such federations is dangerous and not acceptable, as it can destroy the world chess composition on specific principalities.
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(5) Posted by Dragan Stojnić [Friday, Feb 14, 2020 15:03]

The Album FCCM is very good project and I support it.
Miniatures are historical very popular category of chess problems. But on real these problems are not sufficient represented in actual system election for FA. Around the World we have many the awards wih miniatures section as sepa
rate from main tourney. What we have in
FA, only a lot of several
hundred miniatures would be accepted by judges jury.
If we have different journals and magazines which prefere only orthodox or heterodox categories, then also composers have right to found society as actual FCCM.
Former PCCC and succesor WFCC of over 60 years as main governing body in the chess composition are not can to solve question better validation chess problem miniatures. As result chess composers found society named FCCM, separate from WFCC.
Personal, every can to have + or - mention about legality new federation, but now FCCM is only international governing body for miniatures problems in the World and their actions are welcome and safely for all composers, I ment.
We have not problem here, FCCM is second tier international
organization, while WFCC
continue exist as top tier organization.
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(6) Posted by Jacques Rotenberg [Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 08:09]

Of course a collection of chess miniatures is a good thing.
But these questions
“ Titles”
Look more like a (bad) joke
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(7) Posted by Miodrag Mladenović [Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 09:04]

I completely agree with Jacques. It's OK to collect miniatures. But awarding titles? Can you imagine if now I create organization for reflexmates in three moves with 13 pieces and I start awarding titles. I am sure with a little bit more organizations everyone can be a GM in some area.
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(8) Posted by Jakob Leck [Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 13:39]

I agree with Jacques and Miodrag. Collecting miniatures (and selecting good ones) is clearly a good idea. Having championships, well, if you like... An album, why not? Making it look like the Fide album does not seem adequate. Having a federation (almost like WFCC) is probably too much. And giving out titles for miniature composition is definitely going too far.

Also, in my opinion, the idea of 'miniature' is a little bit overrated. Just look at the statistics:
#number of problems with respective amount of pieces in pdb and yacpdb, as of 16 February 2020
#pieces pdb yacpdb
1 234 15
2 1387 35
3 6200 677
4 24914 5416
5 23441 14267
6 43728 29552
7 72616 58701
8 20643 17101
9 19672 16890
10 21035 18780
11 22361 20329
12 26351 25612
13 22298 22160
14 23797 25005
15 24051 26476
16 23793 28330
17 22748 28784
18 21166 28374
19 18419 26559
20 15654 23025
21 13023 18920
22 9805 14174
23 7239 9655
24 5095 5815
25 3356 3084
26 2320 1382
27 1509 437
28 1195 208
29 847 127
30 692 90
31 299 50
32 729 100

The visualisation of this looks pretty amazing. (I didn't know how to upload one, so make one yourself, if you like.) It clearly shows how over-represented miniatures are in those databases, also, you can even see the effect of the Meredith. Now it's your choice to interpret whether this means that composers are driven to economy, reducing their compositions to 7 pieces or less while following a given idea they started with, or whether they start with the limitation of seven pieces and the term 'miniature' may (sometimes) be an excuse to publish inferior ideas. I personally wouldn't want to encourage the latter.
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(9) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 16:57]

I made a (quick and dirty) image:
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(10) Posted by Jakob Leck [Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 17:12]

Thank you, Hauke. Blue is pdb, purple is yacpdb.
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(11) Posted by Dragan Stojnić [Monday, Feb 17, 2020 00:43]

The field of miniatures
chess problems content several separate genres. It is historical limited and accepted special group of chess problems.
Mini-titles are exclellent idea for better popularization mini-chess compositions and once chance for many composers which prefer exclusive such problems. But as next step and only right I see to miniatures from all FIDE
albums 1914-2015 would be calculated in points race for titles in the miniatures field. 2016 year cannot be start year for points race. We cannot ignore over 100 year chess problems history and tradition.
Also, for genre reflexmates some composers which like it they can to found sub-organization. But create organization strictly for R# with 13 pieces it is really fastidious. Such comparations in order to miniatures are undue
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