The Award JF-Retros-PG-2019-2020 is updated with the Annex 2 (on the last page) by the request of the judge, Vlaicu Crișan:
“In the initial award I decided not to award a prize to the problem 1223.2 from the “Other Retro Section”, due to the existence of a predecessor. However, the aforementioned problem is actually the correction of the original problem 1223 published in 4th June 2017, published two years before the predecessor.
The correction 1223.2 was published in 24th June 2019, two years after the publication of the original setting. In accordance with the first paragraph of the article 23 from the Codex, if a published chess composition is found to be unsound, it loses its priority date unless a correction is published within three years after the publication of the unsoundness. That also means 1223.2 can’t be penalized for this reason and my decision to downgrade it to the 1st Honourable Mention must be reconsidered.
To be fair, based on the assessment criteria used in the award, this problem must actually be placed on the top of the section. However, lowering the initial place of the higher ranked problems after the award is published can be perceived as an injustice.
Therefore, my decisions are the following => see/hide more…
- To remove the following sentences regarding the assessment of problem 1223.2 from the award: “Why not a well-deserved prize for this wonderful problem, then? The only reason for downgrading the problem is the existence of a predecessor showing similar motives (see Annex K), without actually reaching the aesthetic heights of the present composition.”
- To grant the problem 1223.2the distinction Special Prize “Errare humanum est”. The naming of this distinction is inspired by the Romanian International Grand Master Emilian Dobrescu, who published in Buletin Problemistic 68/1997 the following words in “I suggest instituting the Special Prize “Errare humanum est” […]. I am sure you will agree with this initiative which might be followed by other judges.”
- All the other Honourable Mentions climb up one place: 1420becomes the 1stHonourable Mention and 1548 becomes the 2nd Honourable Mention.”