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(1) Posted by Administrator [Saturday, May 2, 2020 21:10]

Lockdown Solving Tournament

Saturday, 9th May 2020

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(2) Posted by Rajendiran Raju [Sunday, May 10, 2020 08:01]

Any happened ?
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(3) Posted by Frank Richter [Sunday, May 10, 2020 16:58]

It seems so:
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(4) Posted by Rajendiran Raju [Sunday, May 10, 2020 17:48]

Thank you Mr.Frank Richter !
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(5) Posted by Administrator [Monday, May 11, 2020 19:29]

Results, Problems and Solutions
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(6) Posted by Julia Vysotska [Tuesday, May 12, 2020 22:33]; edited by Julia Vysotska [20-05-12]

A very nice report by Luc Palmans and a cute gallery of participants solving at home and on the terraces... with kids, cats, dogs and beer! :) -
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(7) Posted by Alain Villeneuve [Tuesday, May 12, 2020 23:49]

Yes Julia, children and animals are missing enormously in the traditional congresses !
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(8) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Wednesday, May 13, 2020 07:44]

Little Zika has grown into a full man. Very glad his interest has kept. Tell him I|m proud of him!
(He met me in Belgrade 2013)

Very much appreciating the photo gallery! Now for a few names (Mr. Satkus, for example) that I have read a few times but never saw in person, I have a face.

While I didn't participate (I thought about it but decided against it), I believe that Axel's idea was really good and should be repeated in the future (maybe once a year) while the current situation is ongoing, and also for people who don't have the means to participate in a physical tourney. There are many countries such as Japan where there is a strong community that you wouldn't expect at first if you were an outsider, but also many others where one such doesn't exist, or where (like in Japan) traveling can amount to lots of stress. This is, of course, already without the time for travels within a country taken into consideration. So I hope that not only Axel but also local national federations will take up the idea of solving tourneys "for fun and training" over the internet.

My respect and gratitude goes to everyone involved, be it organizers or solvers, for proving that even in the times where national borders are closed, chess has the power to bring us all together (in spirit). Truly, if the FIDE motto wouldn't be it, it would need to be changed to "Gens una sumus"!

With never-tired people like Julia Vysotska (whom I met at two WCCCs), the Serbian organizers who also run this forum, Luc Palmans, the great not only organizer but also chess journalist Andrey Selivanov, and whoever else organizes tourneys and acquires younger people for our mix of sports and art, chess solving and composing is probably one of the very few sports that can still be executed in groups - groups whose members are spread all around a pale blue dot and who don't need to have physical communion to feel strongly together!

When I was a small child, I read a book by Laszló Orbán: "Schach für Anfänger". In it, there was an incredible endgame that blew my mind: A battle between a single pawn and a rook, culminating in a stalemate trap that obviously had to lead to a repetition of moves or... well, stalemate. And in the midst of this, White played such an absurd move 6.c8R that the material was completely equal. Earlier I had learnt that obviously the pawnless king and rook versus king and rook is a draw. But here it was, Black was to move. He had one move to prevent checkmate, and then White just stepped aside with his king. The king attacked the rook. The rook threatened checkmate again. Black lost.
This study - you all will know it is the Barbier/Saavedra position - left a lasting impression. When I was 12 or 13, I started creating my own endgames. Just simple tactics, and one interesting analysis that many years later proved incorrectably flawed. But fast forwarding another four or five years, having time after having finished school, I returned to analyzing such endgames. I'd set up positions and analyze them and there were my endgame studies. Many of the early works were not composed by me but just put on the board randomly and then refined when there was something in them (or not refined, in early cases).

There are men who go to war. There are men who go into a career. There are men who do artisan work, crafting and manufacturing, repairing cars. My country denied me a higher education, despite me having all the intelligence for it. So I went to the only thing I was good at: Chess.

Many men, looking back at their lives, will wonder if that was everything. They will regret some decision. My decision led me to get to know wonderful people from all over the world. I met men like Milan and Steven Dowd who, despite my youth, believed in me, who gave me that trust I never had in my own abilities. Most importantly, I believe that I do the work I was born to do when I write articles. I don't compose as much anymore. I solve in magazines, solved in some competitions (and I am still very proud of being the best study solver in one of the WCCC open solvings). I was more surprised than anyone else when Paz Einat and I got the 4th prize in the Sabra helpmate tourney 2017. Life is harsh to everyone, and we have to make the best of it. But there is one decision that I absolutely know was correct:
At that day, in my room in Heidenheim, I fell in love with chess. I decided that chess is what I want to spend my life with. I have seen more beauty than most others ever will, I know people from all over the world, I have been invited to the highest levels of competition. For others, the small board with 64 squares and 32 pieces might be a simple pleasure. For all of us, it keeps the whole world whole.
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(9) Posted by Administrator [Saturday, Nov 14, 2020 15:54]

2nd Lockdown Solving Tournament

Saturday, 5th December 2020

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(10) Posted by Administrator [Sunday, Dec 6, 2020 22:57]

Final Results


Report (Judge Luc Palmans)

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