medintsevNo.1462 
Vitaly Medintsev 
(Russia)

Original Fairy problems
JF-2019/II:
July – December’2019


Author is kindly asking the judge to select a better version from the two published below.


No.1462a Vitaly Medintsev
Russia

original – 15.12.2019

Solutions: (click to show/hide)

white Sg1 Pg3f5b5 Kc4 Qf6 black Se1 Ba2b4 Pb3f4e5e6f7 Kg4 Ra4

hs#3.5          2 solutions            (6+10)


No.1462b Vitaly Medintsev
Russia

original – 15.12.2019

Solutions: (click to show/hide)

white Kd6 Bh2h5 Ra2 Qb2 black Kf1 Sd7c7 Pg3d3 Bb8 Rd8 Qh4

hs#3.5          2 solutions            (5+8)


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Geoff Foster
Geoff Foster
9 months ago

There is very little interaction between the two sides. The only interaction occurs in the 1…Bb1 solution, where 2.fxe6 opens a line for 2…Bh7, but even then it is “accidental” interaction because it doesn’t force the move order.

Vitaly Medintsev
9 months ago
Reply to  Geoff Foster

You are right Geoff – there is very little interplay and 2…Bh7 is not true interaction.
But there is help-play, primarily in 1462a since both sides help each other.

shankar ram
shankar ram
9 months ago

1462 seems “obviously” better. More unified BB/BR moves and with 2 selfblocks by WB/WR on c6. 3 pieces lighter. Only weakness is the WB capture on h2.
About Geoff’s “interaction” comment, It’s “good to have”, but is its absence a weakness?

shankar ram
shankar ram
9 months ago
Reply to  shankar ram

Oops.. I’m referring to 1462b!

Vitaly Medintsev
9 months ago
Reply to  shankar ram

>> About Geoff’s “interaction” comment, It’s “good to have”, but is its absence a weakness?

It could reduce a value of chess problems based on help-play since there is a viewpoint that both sides should help each other, not just Black helps White.

Kenneth Solja
Kenneth Solja
9 months ago

Shouldn’t this be so that the author chooses the problem to compete with? The judge can’t first choose the problem with his/her opinion and then possible put it to the award.

Vitaly is excellent problemist and I think he can choose without a doubt the better one.