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MatPlus.Net Forum Competitions 8th Youth Chess Composing Challenge 2024
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(1) Posted by Marjan Kovačević [Saturday, Mar 30, 2024 21:20]

8th Youth Chess Composing Challenge 2024

The YCCC-8 announcement has been published:

Deadline June 10, only one composition per section allowed.
Please, add FEN for diagram positions, and send endgames in pgn format too.
Three sections: A - #2 (thematic), B - endgame studies (no theme), and C - all kinds of problems (no endgames, no themes).

Prizes for the 5 best composers from 5 different countries: 500 Euros vouchers for taking part in WCCC & WCSC 2025, or in ECSC 2025.
Section A: The set condition oriented toward record number of thematic variations (but not only that). Judge: David Shire.
Section B: Gady Costeff & Steffen Nielsen judging together. Do note links to three inspiring articles on composing endgames!
Section C: Kjell Widlert & Seetharaman Kalyan joining the team to increase it to nine judges (the two extreme marks will be removed).

Please, advertise YCCC-8 among youngsters born 2001 or later!
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(2) Posted by Marjan Kovačević [Wednesday, May 15, 2024 17:21]

FIDE report:
A bit less than 4 weeks has remained!
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(3) Posted by Marjan Kovačević [Tuesday, Jun 4, 2024 14:28]

The last week for composing has remained!

Entries are coming, for now from the same countries as before
but with some new names and with a higher average quality than usually.

Don't miss the chance to join the party!
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(4) Posted by Marjan Kovačević [Monday, Jun 10, 2024 16:35]

It's the last day and many entries are still coming.
Until a week ago the situation wasn't very optimistic,
but with the last-minute originals it all became much brighter.

By now we have got entries from 13 countries:
Austria, Canada, France, India, Israel, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine and USA.

These are more or less regularly participating countries, with Austria being a pleasant surprise this year.
It's regretful to see some countries being absent since the YCCC-1.

Out of the active chess composition schools, the absence of students of the late Vladimir Kozhakin (1957-2024) is sadly visible.
On a positive side, the pupils of Leonid Yarosh, Bogusz Piliczewski and Vlaicu Crisan became more active, and the group of
already serious composers, mentored by Andrey Selivanov, continued growing!
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MatPlus.Net Forum Competitions 8th Youth Chess Composing Challenge 2024