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Two issues of Conflictio by Juraj Lörinc
are added to the Articles page:
- Conflictio No.23 (03.03.2020): “The 2nd TT Conflictio for new-strategical fairy twomovers (changes of play and move functions) is announced, it will be judged by Juraj Brabec.”
- Conflictio No.24 (28.03.2020): “It contains the second part of the Shankar Ram’s research into the Jacobs theme. Additionally, the 3rd TT Conflictio for fairy problems showing Jacobs is announced, it will be judged by Narayan Shankar Ram.”
While waiting for the new fairy tournament starting July,1st….
by Juraj Lörinc
Opening Words from the Editor:
It is no secret among chess composers that already for some time I am trying to advocate compositions where White and Black are really fighting one another, just like in the most common direct mates. Obviously, fight of two sides is not limited to direct mates, it can be found in selfmates, reflex mates, their cousins with different aims (stalemate, check, etc.), then in fairy problems introducing fairy pieces or fairy conditions with the same stipulations, various kinds of retractors, and obviously in endgame studies too. -> more
All this is in opposition to helpmates, helpselfmates and similar genres, where both sides cooperate for the large part of the solution. Cooperative genres are currently much more popular among composers. Why? Reasons can vary, but in general, it is much easier to motivate help play than antagonistic play with the similar intensity of effects.
Yet, there are many ideas that are unfit (if not impossible to show) for help-genres. With the shift of popularity, such ideas are in my view under-represented in the current chess composition press, both paper and electronic publications.
The present e-zine – named Conflictio for obvious reason – hopes to become a small counterweight to the described shift. It will be dedicated to problems with antagonistic stipulations (rare exceptions possible).
While I have a good idea about its future content (commented reproductions of problems, focused articles, possibly TTs and maybe also originals column, if the e-zine catches up), I do not dare to predict anything about frequency of publication. Most probably it will be irregular, depending on the available time and material for publication. The same goes for the size – It might be just one-pager in some cases or quite long – depending on the circumstances.
The key content for me are comments to published problems. Nowadays you can find more problems in databases than you can study in your lifetime. But comments are an uncommon asset, while good and deep comments are a very rare asset. I hope to provide valuable ones.
Your comments, e-mails and even contributions are welcome – however the final decision about content published in Conflictio is mine. I hope you will like the new e-zine. – Juraj Lörinc
A couple of ,,Wenigsteiner” to enjoy for beginners and masters
Dedicated to Julia
I want to thank Julia for the friendly way, she handles all the problems, we bother her with. Though I do not know whether she is a “proca-fan”, I hope she likes one or the other.
The author presents a selection (PDF) of 15 Proca Retractors with Anticirce Cheylan condition, each using not more than 4 pieces on the board. Please, see the first page with diagrams only if you would like to try solving. The second page gives some hints, and the third page presents the solutions.
Published with the gratitude to Andreas! (Julia)
See the definitions of Proca Retractor and Anticirce Cheylan.
Defensive Retractor: In Defensive Retractors, White and Black retract (take back) a given number of moves (-n moves), in order to reach a position in which a forward stipulation (e.g. #1, s#1) is met. Given a choice, Black will retract those moves that avoid or delay White’s goal. Unless otherwise stated, Black may defend by mating White through a forward move, if such an opportunity exists after one of Black’s retractions.
The different kinds of Defensive Retractors only differ in the way uncaptures are handled, of course only legal uncaptures are allowed. In Proca Retractors the retracting side decides, if and what man was uncaptured.
Anti-Circe (Cheylan): After a capture the capturing piece (Ks included) must immediately be removed to its game array square (necessarily vacant, else the capture is illegal). Captures on the rebirth square are not allowed. Game array squares are determined as in Circe: R, B & S go to the square of the same colour as the capture; Ps stay on the file of capture; fairy pieces go to the promotion square of the file of capture.
This e-booklet is a small tribute to CGSN, to celebrate his 70th birthday, which was on 24-Mar-2017. The 70 compositions included here form approximately 25% of his total oeuvre. I hope my selection captures his best and delights all readers.
CGSN, C.G.S.Narayanan, Chithathur Gopalan Sathyanarayanan is one of the world’s eminent chess problem composers. His main area of interest being the orthodox 2-mover, in the modern style, with changed mates and cyclic relationships. He is also strong in the orthodox 3-mover, which he started composing in the late 90s. He also composes to a smaller extent in other areas like helpmates, selfmates and fairies. Whatever be the area, his problems are marked by excellent construction, originality, economy and good solving difficulty. He avoids the hyper modern style where the content takes priority over other aspects…
09-23rd of December, 2015
Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe’s graphics.
All previously published problems you can find in the subsections of Original Problems menu on the top. The judge of informal fairy tournament JF-2015(II) – Ofer Comay. The judge of Retro and PG problems 2015-2016 – Thomas Brand.
ON 64 SQUARES
SOME CHESS PROBLEMS
RENÉ J. MILLOUR
ist der dreizehnte Band der EDITIONS FEE=NIX (begründet im Jahre 1992
von Denis Blondel † & bernd ellinghoven) – herausgegeben im August 2015
im feenschach-Verlag von bernd ellinghoven, Königstr.3, D-52064 Aachen
Auflage: 300 Exemplare –
davon 32 numerierte & vom Autor signierte Sonderausgaben im Leder-Einband
Satz: René J. Millour — tex-Diagramme: Thomas Brand
printed by -be- à Aix-la-Chapelle auf 115 g Taiga samtmatt
16 Farb-Abbildungen aus den Fotoalben von Peter Kniest & vom Autor
AB SOFORT LIEFERBAR – Preis 45.- € (porto incl.) – BESTELLUNGEN bei -be-
A few words by RJM (presentation in Ostróda) about the contents of the book:
Well, I have the luck to be able to compose practically in all genres. Thus, in my book there are orthodox 2 and 3-movers, but also moremovers because, in orthodox, my preference goes today to strategical moremovers.
The book also contains helpmates and self and reflexmates…
And a lot of fairies with the Circe condition, or conditions derived from Circe… but also with less usual conditions, like Imitator… and this, sometimes combined with fairy pieces.
The book also shows that I like retros, especially fairy retros… even sometimes with mathematical contents.
As you can see, there are various things…
The book has 325 pages. It is written in English. It contains 251 problems and approximately 1001 promotions!
03-18th of February, 2015
Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe’s graphics.
All previously published problems you can find in the subsections of Original Problems menu on the top. The judge of informal fairy tournament JF-2015(I) – Kostas Prentos. The judge of Retro and PG problems 2015-2016 – Thomas Brand.
It’s my 4th participation in WCCC’s tournaments, and the most active for now. I like thematic competitions, fast judging, limited time.. and the whole dynamics and special emotions around the Congress.
Happy to have 5 problems in the Awards and some more ideas for the future composing!
With a gratitude to all organizers of these competitions! – Julia. → Read more…