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(1) Posted by Andrew Buchanan [Monday, Dec 6, 2021 16:39]

The Hopper magazine

Hope this is the right place to announce a new magazine. With James Quah curating a solving set every issue, me trying to corral a bunch of original articles, and Anirudh Daga providing stunning leadership, chess, tech & graphics skills, this should be a great new arrival on the scene. Well at least it will keep the 3 of us very busy. Please participate by sending your compositions, articles etc to Please send by 18 Dec 2021 if you want them in the December 2021 issue. Thanks so much!
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(2) Posted by Andrew Buchanan [Friday, Dec 24, 2021 16:34]

Well amazingly one month after it was conceived, The Hopper magazine exists:

There's still a couple of items to be added, but the current tally is 55 originals from 35 composers across 22 countries and 4 continents. Japan leads with 6 composers, followed by Germany with 5. Thanks to all who have participated.

We hope this can entertain you over the holiday period.

Merry Christmas!
Andrew, Anirudh & James
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(3) Posted by Olaf Jenkner [Saturday, Dec 25, 2021 23:40]

The s#70 is cooked in 13:

1.Sf6xd7 Bb6-b5 2.Se4-f6 Bf4-f3 3.Tg2-h2 Kh6-g5 4.Th2-h5 Kg5-f4 5.Be2-e4 Bb5-b4 6.Th5-h4 Kf4-g5 7.Th4-g4 Kg5-h6 8.Sd7-c5 Ba7-a5 9.Sc5xb7 Ba5-a4 10.Sb7-a5 Ba4-a3 11.Bd6-d7 Bb4-b3 12.d7-d8S Bb3-b2 13.Sd8-b7 Sb1-d2/Sb1-c3#

Reminds me of
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(4) Posted by Peter Wong [Sunday, Dec 26, 2021 01:40]

Excellent magazine and "well done" to the team! The YouTube video, featuring a very articulate Anirudh, can serve as a great intro to chess problems in general, not just to the magazine!
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(5) Posted by Andrew Buchanan [Sunday, Dec 26, 2021 06:34]

Hi Olaf & Peter,

Thank you both!

If you discover a cook, please also comment directly in The Hopper thread for that problem. We've set up, as best we can, a secure and simple mechanism for user input. This will help us track cooks, and also we can begin to build a sense of community. Or email us at the main address, if you prefer.

All error reports, whether they be cooks or IT issues or typos, are logged for handling. We don't have a solving ladder, but we do have an error-reporting ladder, and we will give prizes at some point for whoever has the highest subjective score. (This site is work in progress, and if you find something which says e.g. "We will define this term later." then that doesn't count as an error!)

"A month or so" after online publication, we will generate a pdf which reprints everything: as best we can the correct version, solution and edited comments. This way future generations have an authoritative source. Having spent some time trying to fix "cooked" old retros in PDB, it made me sad that we composers can be outlived by our typos, which render some compositions unintelligible.

Long s# are not my forte. We as a team need to purchase Gustav, a tool I much respect.

for The Hopper
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(6) Posted by Marjan Kovačević [Friday, Dec 31, 2021 22:17]

This was certainly one of the 2021 highlights for me.
A small but mighty team created so much of fresh air,
and the youngest ever editor brought chess composition closer to the IT potentials of his era.
Congratulations to all of you!!
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