CHATRANJ COMPOSITION Problémistes Marocains Par
Mohamed Jamal Elbaz Federation Royale Marocaine des Echecs  FRME

AWARD of the FRME – Morocco 1st Tourney 2015
Helpmate in two moves
42 h#2s on anonymous diagrams I was received by the Director of the tourney. The general level of the compositions is a good. I excluded from the award the following problems because of anticipations: no.14(Christer Jonsson) anticipated by Rolf Wiehagen & Chriser Jonsson 3.Com Friedrich Chlubna MT 2006 (Appendix I), no.15 (Christer Jonsson) strong idea anticipated by Abdelazis Onkoud 3.Pr, 3209 Orbit 2011 (Appendix II), no.28 (Mihajlo Milanović) anticipated by Shlomo Seider 1.Com Feenschach 1975 (Appendix III), no.29 (Mihajlo Milanović) anticipated by Almiro Zarur h203 Probleemblad 1999 (Appendix IV), no.35 (Hershynskyy Pankratev) anticipated by Vitally Medintsev h2880 The Problemist 2005 (Appendix V) And no.39 (Ivunin Pankratiev) anticipated by Konstantin Stoichev 78 Schachmatna Misl 1999 (Appendix VI).
My main criteria in judging were originality, complexity, economy, and the overall artistic effect. From the rest problems I proposal following ranking.
Participants: Dan Gurgui(n°1),Gheorghe Hotaran(n°2),Anton Bilden(n°3),Mihaiu Cioflanca(n°4,5,6,11),Miroslav Svítek(n°7), Aleksey Oganesjan(n°8),Viktor Syzonenko(n°9),Alex Homsi(n°10),Mohamed Jamal Elbaz(n°12,26,30,31),Younes Benjalloun(n°13), Christer Jonsson(n°14;n°15),Janos CsAk(n°16),Abdelaziz ONKOUD(n°17,18,19,20),Krzysztof Drazkowski(n°21), Mustapha BAKANI(n°22,32),Valery SEMENENKO AND Boris SHOROKHOV(n°23),Vasil Krizhanivskyi(n°24),Jorge Kapros(n°25), Alexander Kostjukov(n°27),Mihajlo Milanović(n°28,29),Victor Chepizhny(n°33), Pankratiev A(n°34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41), Alexander Spitsin(n°42).
1st Prize – N°24 Vasil Krizhanivskyi (Ukraine): TFhelpmate with two pairs of thematically connected solutions and complete diagonal/orthogonal analogy between both pairs of solutions. Unguard a flight for the BK by alternate capture of the white Knights and alternate capture of the black line pieces Td6/Le3 is shown in the 1st pair, while the 2nd pair presents Nagnibida theme (A black piece unguards a BK’s flight by capture of a white piece and selfblocks the unguarded square) by alternate capture of the white Knights, consecutive selfblocks and Umnov effect. Changed functions of white moves Td6/Le3 and Black play on the same squares in B1 & B2 moves connect solutions in both pairs. A masterpiece. I. 1.Td4: Lg3:+ 2.Ke6 Td6:#(A); II.1.Ld5: Te8+ 2.Kf4 Le3:#(B); III. 1.Ld4: Le3(A) 2.Te6 Lf4#; IV. 1.Td5: Td6(B) 2.Lf4 Te6#.
2nd Prize – no.13 Younes Benjalloun (Morocco): An original setting of changed function of the white and black move e3 in two pairs of thematically connected phases in set play form. *1. Tg1 2.e3(a) Tf1#; *1. e3+(A) 2.Kf3 Te2#; I. 1.e3(a) h5! 2.Ke4 Tg4#; II. 1.Ke3 Tg3+ 2.Kf4 e3#(A). 3rd Prize – no.18 Abdelaziz ONKOUD (Morocco) : TFhelpmate with two pairs of thematically connected solutions, reciprocally changed functions of the white line pieces Tc7/Lh5 and 4 pinmates. Black selfblock is presented in the 1st pair. 2nd pair shows white square vacation by capture of white piece, transferred pin of the initially pinned BSe5, gateopening and mates on the same square. The play in the 1st pair is not quite harmonious. I. 1.De3: Tc3 2.Dd4 Lf3#; II. 1.Ta3 Le2 2.Te3: Tc4#; III. 1.gf5 Df5:+ 2.Kd5: Lf7#; IV. 1.Sd5: Dd5:+ 2.Kf5: Tf7#.
3rd Prize – no.18 Abdelaziz ONKOUD (Morocco) : TFhelpmate with two pairs of thematically connected solutions, reciprocally changed functions of the white line pieces Tc7/Lh5 and 4 pinmates. Black selfblock is presented in the 1st pair. 2nd pair shows white square vacation by capture of white piece, transferred pin of the initially pinned BSe5, gateopening and mates on the same square. The play in the 1st pair is not quite harmonious. I. 1.De3: Tc3 2.Dd4 Lf3#; II. 1.Ta3 Le2 2.Te3: Tc4#; III. 1.gf5 Df5:+ 2.Kd5: Lf7#; IV. 1.Sd5: Dd5:+ 2.Kf5: Tf7#.
4th Prize – no.23 Valery SEMENENKO (Ukraine),Boris SHOROKHOV (Russia): A setting of difficult task of double black epaulette interferences with interferences of the black Rook in four different directions. A well constructed position without white pawns. I. 1.Ld6 Kh6 2.c5 Ld7#; II. 1.e5 Lg4 2.Sd3 Ld1#. 1st Honourable Mention – no.25 Jorge Kapros (Argentine): Presentation of triple unpin of WD, black line vacation, selfblock and mates on different squares in an elegant Meredith position without white pawns. I. 1.Sba5 Df4 2.Tg7 Th6#; II. 1.Sca5 Dh4 2.Tf6 Dh5#; III. 1.La2 Dd4 2.Df5 Dg7#. 2nd Honourable Mention – no.19 Abdelaziz ONKOUD (Morocco): An unusual setting of unpin of WPe5, WSe4 and BLc2 in different ways. Three different white pieces play on the same square f6 and battery mates by the unpinned WSe4. I. 1.Tb3 ef6 2.Td3 Sc3#; II. 1.Sc5+ e6 2.La4 Sf6:#; III. 1.Se5:+ Kf6: 2.Sd3 Sc5#.
1st Honourable Mention – no.25 Jorge Kapros (Argentine): Presentation of triple unpin of WD, black line vacation, selfblock and mates on different squares in an elegant Meredith position without white pawns. I. 1.Sba5 Df4 2.Tg7 Th6#; II. 1.Sca5 Dh4 2.Tf6 Dh5#; III. 1.La2 Dd4 2.Df5 Dg7#. 2nd Honourable Mention – no.19 Abdelaziz ONKOUD (Morocco): An unusual setting of unpin of WPe5, WSe4 and BLc2 in different ways. Three different white pieces play on the same square f6 and battery mates by the unpinned WSe4. I. 1.Tb3 ef6 2.Td3 Sc3#; II. 1.Sc5+ e6 2.La4 Sf6:#; III. 1.Se5:+ Kf6: 2.Sd3 Sc5#.
2nd Honourable Mention – no.19 Abdelaziz ONKOUD (Morocco): An unusual setting of unpin of WPe5, WSe4 and BLc2 in different ways. Three different white pieces play on the same square f6 and battery mates by the unpinned WSe4. I. 1.Tb3 ef6 2.Td3 Sc3#; II. 1.Sc5+ e6 2.La4 Sf6:#; III. 1.Se5:+ Kf6: 2.Sd3 Sc5#.
3rd Honourable Mention – no.9 Viktor Syzonenko (Ukraine): An interesting setting of organized disharmony of 1 + 2 phases with 3 pinmates by different white pieces. The first phase shows black direct selfpin, selfblock on the BK's initial square and mixed interference. The other two phases present double anticipatory self pin of the black Queen, gateopening and mixed interference by the white pinning pieces. An economical and well constructed position without white pawns. I. 1.Kd6 Lc4 2.e5 La3#; II. 1.Dd4 Lf4+ 2.Kd5 Lf3#; III. 1.De3 Td5+ 2.Kf4 Tc4#.
Special Honourable Mention – no.17 Abdelaziz ONKOUD (Morocco): Set up of Ianovcic theme with white halfpin, black selfunpin/selfpin combination and antidual BPd7 onetwo play. Pinmates by the white halfpinned pieces along the pin line. Notable improvement of the problem by Toma Garai, Buletin Problemistic 1977 (See Appendix VII). I. 1.Dc6! cd4 2.d5 (d6?) Dc5#; II. 1.Tc6! Db3 2.d6 (d5?) c4#.
1st Commendation – no.16 János Csák: Two pairs of thematically connected solutions. Double sacrifice of BS and white S promotions are presented in the 1st pair, while 2nd pair shows black reciprocal battery creation, selfblocks on the bK's initial square and battery mates with white switchback. Fourfold active or passive capture of the BSe5 connects the thematic content of both pairs. The superfluous white thematic pieces, Pa6 and Ph6 in the other solutions (play only in one solution) disables high ranking. I. 1.Sg6 hg7 2.Sf8 gf8S#; II. 1.Sc6 a7 2.Sb8 ab8S#; III. 1.Ke6 Le5: 2.Td7 Lg3#; IV. 1.Kd6 Te5: 2.Dd7 Te3#.
2nd Commendation – no.7 Miroslav Svítek (Czech Republic): An aristocratic miniature with distant selfblocks on the same square, reciprocal white moves and ideal mates. a) 1.Sf7 Sd5+(A) 2.Ke6 Sg7#(B; b) 1.Tf7 Sg7(B) 2.Kf6 Sd5#(A). 3rd Commendation – no.38 Ivunin Pankratiev (Russie) : A diagonal/orthogonal setting of consecutive unpin of white line pieces L/T with reciprocal black and white moves in two pairs of solutions. a) I. 1.Tb3(a) Le6(A) 2.Sg6(b) Tf2#(B); II. 1.Sg6(b) Tf2(B) 2.Tb3(a) Le6#(A); b) I. 1.Tb2(c) La2:(C) 2.Dh6(d) Tc5#(D); II. 1.Dh6(d) Tc5(D) 2.Tb2(c) La2:#(C). 4th Commendation – no.8 Aleksey Oganesjan (Russie): A diagonal/orthogonal setting of white annihilation capture with white square vacation by capture of the white piece, Chumakov theme, white tempo play and sacrificial mixed lineclearance. a) 1.Lc3: Da1 2.Lg7: Dg7:#; b) 1.Tc4: Da4 2.Tg4: Dg4:#.
3rd Commendation – no.38 Ivunin Pankratiev (Russie) : A diagonal/orthogonal setting of consecutive unpin of white line pieces L/T with reciprocal black and white moves in two pairs of solutions. a) I. 1.Tb3(a) Le6(A) 2.Sg6(b) Tf2#(B); II. 1.Sg6(b) Tf2(B) 2.Tb3(a) Le6#(A); b) I. 1.Tb2(c) La2:(C) 2.Dh6(d) Tc5#(D); II. 1.Dh6(d) Tc5(D) 2.Tb2(c) La2:#(C).
4th Commendation – no.8 Aleksey Oganesjan (Russie): A diagonal/orthogonal setting of white annihilation capture with white square vacation by capture of the white piece, Chumakov theme, white tempo play and sacrificial mixed lineclearance. a) 1.Lc3: Da1 2.Lg7: Dg7:#; b) 1.Tc4: Da4 2.Tg4: Dg4:#.
Appendix
I) I. 1.Dg8 Se8 2.Te5 Sf6#; II. 1.Dh8 Se6 2.Sfe5 Sg5#; III..Le7 Sf5 2.Sde5 Sf2#.
II) I. 1.Lf5 De3 2.Kc4 Db3#; II. 1.S4f5 Dg3 2.Ke4 Df3:#; III. 1.f5 Dd8 2.Kc6 Da8#; IV. 1.S6f5 Dg7: 2.Ke6 Dg8#.
III) a) 1.Lh6 Le7:+ 2.Dg5 Tb4#; b) 1.Tf2 Tb4+ 2.Sf4 Le7:#.
IV) I. 1.Sf5: Td3 2.Sd6 Lf2#; II. 1.Se3: Le6 2.Sd5 Sg7#.
V) I. 1.Tf7 Ld6 2.Le4: Lc7#; II. 1.Tf6 Td5 2.Te4: Td3#.
VI) I. 1.Ke4 Lb6 2.Le5 Lc2#; II. 1.Kg4 Le1 2.Lg5 Ld1#; III. 1.Ke6 Lc7: 2.Le7 Ld7#; IV. 1.Kg6 Ld2 2.Lg7 Le8#.
VII) a) 1.Td6 De3 2.Tc3 d4# b) 1.Dd6 de4 2.Tc6 Dd5#.
Thank all the participants in the tourney and congratulations to the authors of the honoured problems
Gevgelija, 02.11.2015 International Judge of FIDE, IGM Živko Janevski