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Alaikov - 80 MT 2013 (Section A - Selfmates) AWARD

alaikov(20.02.2013) Here is the Award of Venelin Alaikov - 80 MT 2013 Section A (Selfmates).



Alaikov 80 MT 2013 - Section A (Selfmates) AWARD


   The level of the tourney is good with some excellent compositions.

   15 problems by 13 authors were received:  Zivko Janevski, Torsten Linss, Valery Kopyl, Gennadi Koziura, Alberto Armeni, Evgeny Fomichev, Jozef Holubec, Ivan Paskalev, Leonid Lyubashevsky, Leonid Makaronez, Geoffrey Caveney, Georg Hadzi-Vaskov, Sven-Hendrik  Lossin

   Some words about the problems which were not included into the award:

- n.1(Armeni): closing of black battery line, but the play is not harmonic – in one variation there is transformation of the battery, in other just following re-open of the line, but the most unpleasant weakness is the brutal capture of bRc6;

- n.3(Lyubashevski, Makaronez): difficult play and some interesting paradoxical moves, but unfortunately this was not enough for me and the construction is so heavy;

- n.5(Holubec): miniature with black P minimal, but with repetitions of moves. It is not the same rank problem as the 1st Prize winner in this tourney;

- n.9(Paskalev): mixed AUW and black Excelsior, but nothing new…

- n.11(Caveney): Similar problem as noted above but here the AUW is combined with two Excelsiors – white and black. Unfortunately the solution is not so clear – after the key the dualistic threat appearing… Also the key is weak, because it is the only possible continuation for white to avoid strong black defence (refutation). I believe that the author can find a way to improve this problem;

- n.13(Hadzi-Vaskov): the best problem of Hadzi-Vaskov’s entries for this tourney, but the variations are most as a stalemate problem.


The ranking is as follow:



1st Prize (Linss): a) 1.Qf5+ Kc4 2.Rg1 Kc3 3.Qg4 Kd3 4.Rd1+ Kc3 5.Sb4 axb4 6.Bc2 b3 7.Bb1 b2#, b) 1.Sa4 Kb5 2.Qc5+ Kxa4 3.Bc3 a5 4.Kb1 Kb3 5.Rg4 a4 6.Ba1 a3 7.Qc1 a2#, c) 1.Qd1 Kc6 2.Kb4 Kc7 3.Ka5 Kc6 4.Rg7 Kc5 5.Rd7 Kc6 6.Qa4+ Kc5 7.Sb6 axb6# Black Pawn minimal miniature with nice twin form and three clear seven-moves solutions – new great masterpiece by Torsten Linss! One of the best selfmate miniatures which I have ever seen!

2nd Prize (Janevski): 1.Qe7! (2.c4+ Kd4 3.Qxc5+ Rxc5#), 1..Bxf3 2.Qd6+ (Ba2+?) Ke4 3.Qd4+ cxd4#, 1…Shxf3 2.Ba2+ (Qd6+?) c4 3.Qe4+ Kxe4#, 1…c4 2.Qxf7+ Ke5 3.Qe6+ Kxe6#  Black Royal half-battery play, four different sacrifices by the wQ and dual avoidance. Well done!

3rd Prize (Fomichev): 1.Re4! (2.Rexe5+! fxe5 3.Qxe5+ Kc4 4.Qc3+ Bxc3#), 1…Bxf5 2.Qd4+! exd4 3.Rxd4+ Ke5 4.Rd3+ Bc3#, 1…Ke6 2.Qxe5+! fxe5 3.Rfxe5+ Kf6 4.Rg5+ Bc3# Creation of white batteries after sacrifices by the wQ, three different white pieces moved on e5 and wQ played on three different diagonal squares. Unfortunately the same black mate is unpleasant…



1st HM (Koziura): 1.Bf2? 1…g4!, 1.Bg2? 1…gxf4!, 1.Kf1! (zz) 1…gxf4 2.Bf2 f3 3.Sb3 axb3 4.Ke1 bxc2 5.Qxc2+ Kxc2#, 1…g4 2.Bg2 g3 3.Rc1+ Kxc1 4.Bxa3 Rb1 5.Qd2+ Kxd2# Two Chameleon-echo mates from the black Royal battery after double sacrifices of wR/wQ enriched with Banny theme.

2nd HM (Lossin): 1.Bc8!! (2.Qf4+ Kxd5 3.Rd7+ Ke6 4.Qg4+ Kf6 5.Sc4+ Rxb2/c3/#, 3…Kxc5 4.Ba3+ b4 5.Qc4+ Rxc4#), 1…Bb3 2.Rd4+ Kxe5 3.Rf5+ gxf5 4.Qf4+ Kf6 5.Re4+ Rxb2/c3#, 1…g5/gxh5 2.Qf5+ Kxd5 3.Qd3+ Kxc5 4.Qc3+ K~ 5.Qc6+ Rxc6# [1…Kxd5 2.Qh1(g2)+] Excellent key, creation of two white batteries with interchange of functions by wRd5/wSe5 (sacrifice / front battery piece). The mating dual Rxb2/c3 detract…

SpHM (Kopyl, Koziura): 1.Sb7? (zz) 1…Kf3/Bg1 2.Sc5(+) Kf2/Bh2 3.Rf1+ Ke2 4.Qc4+ Rd3#, 1…Kg2!, 1.Se6!! (zz) 1…dxe6 2.Ke5 Bg1 3.Bf6 Bh2 4.Qd4+ Re3#, 1…Bg1 2.Sc5 Bh2 3.Rf1+ Ke2 4.Qc4+ Rd3# Two echo-mates and excellent key in Meredith form. Very nice improvement of Koziura’s Olympic Tourney 2012 5th Commendation problem – here in better construction, one move less and with good thematic try.


Com (Kopyl, Koziura): 1.f8R+ Ke7 2.Qc8 (zz) 2…Ke6 3.g3 Ke7 4.Ke4 Ke6 5.e3 Ke7 6.Qd8+ Ke6 7.Sc5+ Sxc5#,  2…g3 3.Qd8+ Ke6 4.Ra6+ Sb6 5.Rd3 g4 6.Rf6+ Ke5 7.Sc4+ Sxc6# Good echo model mates, but the checking key with promotion of third wR is unpleasant. The risk of anticipation exist…


I thank all participants!


February 2013                                                IJ Diyan Kostadinov

Burgas, Bulgaria 



0 #1 alex 2013-02-21 01:39
1st prize is fantastic!
+1 #2 seetharaman 2013-02-21 08:18
1st Pr. What is the twin. Sorry cant understand.
0 #3 Diyan Kostadinov 2013-02-21 12:02
The twins in the 1st Pr. are movement of all pieces 1 and 2 rows up.

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