Problémistes Marocains

Par Mohamed Jamal Elbaz

Federation Royale Marocaine des Echecs - FRME


3° rd Composing Tourney of FRME, 2017


[ (#N – Moremovers) ]

Organizers: The Royal Moroccan Chess Federation (FRME).
Tournament director: Vidadi Zamanov (Goychay, Azerbaijan).

Judge: Valery Kirillov (Russia) .


Participants :

68 problems from 44 authors 19 countries: Austria (Peter Krug), Azerbaijan (Elmar Abdullayev, Salman Javadzade), Argentina (Mario G. Garcia, Daniel Perone), Belarus (Aleksandr Varitskij, Viktor Volchek), Canada (Charles Ouellet), Czech Republic ( Josef Burda, Alexander Fica, Miroslav Svitek), France (Olivier Schmitt), Greece (Emmanuel Manolas), Germany (Baldur Kozdon, Dieter Müller, Ralf Krätschmer), Israel (Leonid Lubashevsky, Leonid Makaronez, Arieh Grinblat, Evgeni Bourd), Italy (Carlo de Grandi, Vito Rallo, Alberto Armeni, Daniele Gatti), Macedonia (Vladimir Vladimirov), Moldova (Croitor Mihail), Russia (Vladimir Kozhakin, Alexander Melnichuk, Suchkov Vladimir, Eugene Fomichev, Alexander Sygurov, Sergey Khacaturov, Vladimir Shmatov, Sergey Onufrienko), Serbia (Dragan Stojnic, Srecko Radovic), Slovakia (Zoltan Labai, Oto Mihalčo), Spain (Miguel Uris), Turkey (Bosko Miloseski), Ukraine (Diatlov Oleg, Viktor Syzonenko, Vitaly Shevchenko, Roman Janko). .

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The competition received 68 works. All of them in an impersonal form were presented to the judge. The analysis of tasks showed that the competition was successful not only quantitatively, but also qualitatively. Tall level allowed to divide the competition into two parts: 1) Mat in 4 - 6 moves; 2) Mat 7 and more moves. Just want to thank the participants for the interesting compositions and wish everyone new creative success.
Task number 3 Salman Javadzade because of the duals in the version 1 ... Re7, where in addition to the author's 2.Rxc8 is possible  and 2.Rxg4 +.

The following distribution of differences is proposed:

Section 4-6 moves.


1 st Prize №45. Eugene Fomichev & Alexander Sygurov (Russia).

1.Bd7? Qh5! ; 1.Bc6? Bxb3! ; Sol: 1.Bb5! – 2.Bxd3+ Rxd3 3.Re2+ Re3 4.Rxe3# ; 1…Bb1 2.Bc6! Se7 3.Bxd5+ Sxd5 4.Rxe5# ; 1…Qb1 2.Bd7! Se7 3.Bf5+ Sxf5 4.Rxe5# ; Дополнительно : 1…axb5 2.Sxb5 d4 3.c4 – 4.Sd6#
Three options with a sacrifice of a white bishop in logical form. The main plans are realized after the distractions of the black bishop and queen. White elephant played on 3 adjacent fields: b5, c6, d7. Good intro and additional option.

2 nd Prize №50. Viktor Volchek ( Belarus).

Sol: 1.g6! – 2.Re5+ Kf4 3.Rg5+ Se5 4.Qxe5# ; 1…Re2 2.Rf4+ Kg3 3.Rf3+ Kxh4 4.Qg3# ; 1…Sd2 2.Re3+ Kf2 3.Qg3+ Kxg1 4.Rxd3#
The location of the white queen, bishops and rook e4 shows, that in the solution we will see a fascinating battery game. This was demonstrated by the author. It's a pity that there is no other option with 2.Rd4 +, completing the cross of the white boat.

3 rd Prize. №48. Sergey Khacaturov (Russia).

Sol:1.Qh1! – 2.e4+ Bxe4 3.Se3+ S2(S4)xe3 4.fxe4#; 1… S2xe3 2.Sa6! (3.Sb4#) Sc2 3.Rc6! – 4.Sc7# ; 1… S4xe3 2.Sd7! (3.Sb6#) Sc4 3.f7! – 4.Sf6# ; 1…Be4 2.Sf4+ exf4 3.fxe4+ Ke5 4.Sd7#;
In the first move, White creates a half-battery and, it would seem, she will play the main game in the problem. But all of a sudden a modest horse decides everything b8. Good intro, nice quiet the game is white in two variants.

4 th Prize №26. Olivier Schmitt (France).

1.Qa2+? Kxa2 2.Sc1+ Ka1! ; 1.Ra1? – 2.Qa2#, 1…Ra8!; Sol: 1.Ra7! -2.Qa2#, 1… Sxa7 2.Ra1! Bxa1 3.Qa2+! Kxa2 4.Sc1#.
A non-standard logical task with two preparatory plans (1.Ra7! And 2.Ra1!) Is performed in a popular style with the victims of heavy white figures. Nicely, that the solution ends with the correct mate.

1 st Honourable Mention №22. Baldur Kozdon(Germany).

1…Rc6 2.Sf3# ; 1…Bc6 2.Sc2# ; 1.Se5? Sf2! ; Sol:1.Qd3! -2.Qxe2#, 1… Sc3 2.Se5! Rd8 3.Sc2+ Kd1 4.Se3+ Ke1 5.Qd5! (Новотный) 5… Rxd5 6.Sf3#, 5…Bxd5 6.Sd3#.
In the initial position on the overlapping of Grimshaw is immediately matted by the horse d4. After some rebuilding follows overlap Novotnogo on the field d5, and the final blows is already another white horse. Logical task, easy construction without white pawns..

2 nd Honourable Mention №8. Dragan Stojnic (Serbia).

Sol: 1.b7! – 2.Bb6+ c5 3.Bxc5# ; 1…e3 2.Sf3+ Ke4 3.g7+(A) Kf4 4.e6#(B) ; 1…Bxc4 2.Sc2+ Kd5 3.e6+(B) Kxe6 4.g7#(A), 3…Be5 4.Rxe5#.
Nice game of pawn batteries with alternation third and fourth moves of whites. With a full-fledged threat, the composition would be marked one of the prizes..

3rd Honourable Mention №23. Leonid Lubashevsky & Leonid Makaronez (Israel).

Sol: 1.Rb4! – 2.Rxd4 – 3.Re4# ; 1…Sh7 2.Rxd4 Sxf6 3.f4+ Rxf4 4.exf4# ; 1…Sd7 2.Bxd4+ Kd6 3.Se8+ Kd5 4.e4# ; 1…Rxf3 2.exd4+ Kf4 3.d5+ Ke5 4.Re4# ; 1…b6 2.Bxb6 Kd6 3.Rxd4+ Ke5 4.Bc7#.
Different white pieces (rook, bishop, pawn) play the d4 on the second move. It's a pity, that 2.Rxd4 is also encountered in a short threat..

4 th Honourable Mention №41. Leonid Makaronez & Viktor Volchek ( Israel / Belarus).

1.Rf1? Qxb5! ; 1.Re1? Qxb5! ; Sol: 1.Rd1! – 2.Rc5+ Ke6 3.Sf4+ Rxf4 4.Rd6# ; 1…Bxd1 2.Sf4+ Ke5 3.Re6+ Kf4 4.Rxe4# ; 1…Qxb5 2.Rd6+ Kc4 3.Rd4+ Rxd4 4.Sxe3# .
The threat and both options themselves on their own, interesting, but not united by a common idea.

1 st Commendation. №28. Daniele Gatti (Italy).

1.Kg3? f1S+! ; Sol: 1.Kh5! g6+ 2.Kxh6 Qf8+ 3.Kxh7 Qa3 4.Kg7 Qf8+ 5.Kxf8 - 6.Ra4#, 4…Qa7 5.Rh8+ Qb8 6.Rxb8# ; 1…Bf4 2.Rxf4 g6+ 3.Kg4 h5+ 4.Kg5 Qb8 5.Ra4+ Qa7 6.Rxa7#.
Bold march white king under the shahs. But the black king is immediately in the matte cage..

2 nd Commendation №12. Alexander Fica & Zoltan Labai (Czech Republic / Slovakia).

1…Ke3 2.Qxc2(A) Kd4 3.Sc6+(B) Ke3 4.Qd3# ; 1…Kd4 2.Sc6+(B) Ke4 3.Qxc2+(A) Ke3 4.Qd3# ; 1.Sf7? axb4 2.Qxc2+ Kd4 3.Kd2 – 4.e3#, 1…Kf5!; Sol: 1.Qb3! axb4 2.Qxb4+ Kf5 3.Qf4+ Kg6 4.Qg5#, 2…d4 3.Qc4 Ke5 4.Qe6# ; 1…Sa7 2.Qd3+ Ke5 3.Qe3+ Kf5 4.Qe6#, 3…Kf6 4.Qg5# ; 1…Sd6 2.Qf3+ Kd4 3.Sc6+ Kc4 4.Qd3#.
In the solution, the variants 1 ... axb4 and 1 ... Sa7 end

correct echo-mats. But it should be noted that such correct finals have already been repeatedly met.. 

3 rd Commendation №32. Aleksandr Varitskij (Belarus).

1…Ke5 2.Qb2+ Kd6 3.Bxc5+ Kxc5 4.Qd4# ; 1…Ke7 2.Qf7+ Kd6 3.Rd4+ Ke5 4.Sf3# ; Sol: 1.Qf7! S7e6 2.Rd4+ Sxd4 3.Bd8 Sce6 4.Qxf5 Sxf5 5.Sf7+ Kc5 6.Bb6#, 4…Sxd8 5.Qc5+ Kxc5 6.Se4#, 3…Sde6 4.Qe7+ Ke5 5.Qd6+ Kxd6 6.Sf7#, 3…Ke5 4.Qxg7+ Kf4 5.Sd5+ Kg3 6.Se4# ; 1…S5e6 2.Bc5+ Kxc5 3.Qxd7 Qd6 4.Sxe6+ Sxe6 5.Qxa7+ Qb6 6.Qxb6# ; 1…Bxh4 2.Qf8+ Ke5 3.Sf3+ Ke6 4.Sd4+ Ke5 5.Qxf5+ Kxd4 6.Qxc5#.
After 1.Qf7! black defenses only share threats white, although the options themselves are quite good..

4 th Commendation №33. Arieh Grinblat & Evgeni Bourd (Israel).

Sol: 1.Bc8! – 2.Qg4! f5 3.Qxf5 – 4.Qe6/Qd7# ; 1…Bxg3 2.Sc3! Sxc3 3.Sb5+ Kd5 4.Sxc3+ Rxc3 5.Be6# ; 1…Rxg3 2.Sf4! gxf4 3.Se6+ Kd5 4.Sxf4+ Bxf4 5.Be6#.
After 1.Bc8! the shortest threat 2.Qg4, but also threatening and themed moves 2.Sc3! and 2.Sf4! This mechanism is known still from the 60s of the last century..

Section 7-N moves

1 st – 2 nd Prize №35. Alexander Melnichuk & Elmar Abdullayev (Russia / Azerbaijan).

1.Sd4? – 2.Be6# ; 1…cxd4 2.Rxd4+ Kc5 3.Bxa6 Sd6 4.Rb7! Sxb7 5.Se4+ Bxe4(a) 6.Rxe4(A) Kd5 7.Re5#, 1…Sd6! ; Sol: 1.Re4!(A) – 2.Be6# ; 1…Bxe4(a) 2.Sh5! Sd6 3.Sxe3+ Ke5 4.Bxd6+ Kxd6 6.Sg4+ Ke6 7.Sg7#
A beautiful choice of introductions aimed at the same threat. Change of functions of a set of the same moves (a-A; A-a). False track and solution complete with the correct mats.

1 st – 2 nd Prize №31. Olivier Schmitt (France).

1.d5+? Ke5 2.Bf6+ Ke4 ; Sol: 1.Rf6+ Ke7 2.Rf4+! (2.Rf5+?Ke6 3.e4 b2!) 2…Ke6 3.Sb2! axb2 4.Rf6+ Ke7 5.Rf5+! Ke6 6.e4! Rxe4 7.Rf6+ Ke7 8.Rf3+! Ke6 9.d5+ Ke5 10.Bf6#
Wonderful a logical task with two preparatory plans. It's always nice to see in the finals correct mat.

3 nd Prize №31. Olivier Schmitt (France).

1.Rc4+? Kd5 2.Rc5+ Kxc5 3.d4+ Kd5 4,c4+ Ke4! ; 1.e4? fxe3!(e.p.) ; 1.gxf4? Rxf4! ; Sol: 1.h8Q! Rxh8 2.gxf4! Sxf4 3.e4 fxe4 4.Rc4+ Kd5 5.Rc5+ Kxc5 6.d4+ Kd5 7.c4#;
Non-standard composition with three short preparatory plans to block the field e4, after which the main plan passes without interference. And again everything ends with the right mate.

4 nd – 5 nd Prize №21. Baldur Kozdon(Germany) .

Sol: 1.Se6! Sc8 2.Sf4! Se7 3.Sd3 Sg8 4.Sxg8 Ba7 5.Se5 Bc5+ 6.Kf7 Be7 7.Sxe7 Kh7 8.Sg8 h5 9. Sf3 g2 10.Sg5+ Kh8 11.Se7 g1=Q 12.Sxg6#
White horses have time everywhere. An uncomplicated solution, but it gives pleasure.

4 nd – 5 nd Prize №56. Viktor Syzonenko (Ukraine).

1.Bg6? Kc6 2.Rc8+ Kb5 3.Be8+ Ka6 4.Ra8#, 1…c3! ; Sol: 1.Bf1! Kc6 2.Rc8+ Kb5 3.Kg2 Ka6 4. Ra8+ Kb5 5.Kf2 Kc6 6.Rc8+ Kb5 7.Ke1! Ka6 8.Ra8+ Kb5 9.Kd2 Kc6 10.Rc8+ Kb5 11.Kc3 Ka6 12.Ra8+ Kb5 13.Bh3! Kc6 14.Rc8+ Kb5 15.Bf5 Ka6 16.Ra8+ Kb5 17.Bg6! Kc6 18.Rc8+ Kb5 19.Be8+ Ka6 20.Ra8#.
Nice work with maneuvers through your native place on chessboard (1.Bf1! and 7.Ke1) and the return of the white boat.

1 st Honourable Mention №36. Oto Mihalčo (Slovakia) .

Sol: 1.f6! Bxf6 2.Bd2! c5 3.Bd3 Se4 4.Bxe4 Bh7 5.Sc4+ Ka4 6.Bc6+ b5 7.Sc3+ Kb4 8.Sd1+ Kxc4 9.Sb2+ Kd4 10.c3#
After several unexpected moves, the correct mat in the center appears boards.

2 nd Honourable Mention №49. Ralf Krätschmer (Germany) .

1.Rc8? Bf8 2.Re8+ Be7 3.Rxe7#, 1…Sg7! ; Sol: 1.Sc3! Kd4 2.Sb5+ Ke5 3.Sc7 Kd4 4.Se6+ Ke5 5.h3! (6.Sg6+ Kxf5 7.Se7+ Ke5 8.Rxd5#) 5…Bf8 6.Sc7 Kd4 7.Sb5+ Ke5 8.Sc3 Kd4 9.Se2+ Ke5 10.Rc8! Be7 11.dxe7 Sg7 12.Bxf4#
Interesting logic, but the finale leaves much to be desired.

3rd Honourable Mention №30. Daniele Gatti (Italy).

1.Ka4?Be8+! ; 1.Kc3? d4+! ; Sol: 1.Kc2! Bg6+ 2.Kd2 f1=S+ 3.Ke1 Re5+ 4.Kf2 Re2+ 5.Kxe2 Sg3+ 6.Ke1 – Rb8#, 5…Bd3+ 6.Kxd3 – 7.Rb8#, 4…Sg4+ 5.Kg1 h2+ 6.Rhxh2 – 7.Rb8#
Bold Raid white king under the shahs. Weak loading of white elephant and rook h7.

4 th Honourable Mention №40. Dieter Müller (Germany) .

Sol: 1.e6! gxh4 2.Be7! Rxe7 3.Sxd3+ Kd1 4.Rf2! b3 5.Rb2! – 6.Rb1+ Kc2 7.Rc1# (5…Rc7 6.Rb1+ Rc1 7.Rxc1#)
A good composition with elements of logic ends with the correct mat.

1 st Commendation №67. Bosko Miloseski & Vladimir Vladimirov (Turkey/Macedonia) .

Sol: 1.Sg3! f5 2.Sf1! gxf1Q+ 3.Bxf1 Kxa2 4.Bc4+ Ka1 5.Bh2 a2 6.Bg3 a3 7.Be2 fxe2 8.f3 e1Q+ 9.Bxe1 exf3 10.Bc3#.
The task of a spectacular popular style, in the initial position is difficult imagine that the elephant g1 will be able to quickly get out of the pawn fence. But he succeeded help other white shapes.

2nd Commendation №20. Baldur Kozdon(Germany).

Sol: 1.Ba6! Sb6 2.Sc2 Sd7 3.Bc4 Sf8 4.Qc7 Rd5 5.Bxd5 h2 6.Sd6+ Ke5 7.Sb5+ Kxd5 8.Qd6+ Kc4 9.Sba3+ Kb3 10.Qb4+ Ka2 11.Qb1#
"Quiet" part of the decision predicted an interesting fight parties, but, unfortunately, everything was reduced to the elementary run of the black king.

3 rd Commendation №44. Baldur Kozdon (Germany).

Sol: 1.Ke7! Qg5+ 2.Qf6 Qe3+ 3.Kf8 Qh6 4.Qxg6 Qxg6 5.Rxg6 Kh7 6.Rg7+ Kh6 7.Ke7 Bc7 8.f8Q Bd8+ 9.Kd7 Sc5+ 10.Kc6 – 11.Qh8#, 9…Sb6+ 10.Ke8 – 11.Qh8#. Несложное выражение темы Феникс.

4 th Commendation. №58. Emmanuel Manolas (Greece)  

1.Bxf3+? Kxf5! ; 1.Rf7? Ke3!; Sol: 1.Rxf3! Kxe5 2.Rf7+ Kd6 3.Bxa8 e5 4.Bxc7+ Ke6 5.b5 h1Q 6.Bxh1 e4 7.Kxc4 e3 8.Bd5#
A logical task in which threats created in a false track 1.Rf7? and solutions, are different (the Swiss theme). But the game in the task is elementary.



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