World Chess Composition Tournament of the FIDE
Announced by the Permanent Commission of the FIDE for Chess Compositions
in December 1996.
Organized by the German Chess Problem Federation "Die Schwalbe".
Section A: Two-movers
Theme proposed by Byron Zappas, Greece
At least two black defences change their defensive motives against the
threat, with mates changed between at least one try and the solution.
The following defensive motives are regarded as distinct: guard; pin; unpin;
line-closing; line-opening; unblock; capture; check; anticritical move.
Judge: Andrej Lobussow
Section B: Three-movers
Theme proposed by Robin C. O. Matthews, Great Britain
The same line is guarded by two black line-moving pieces (R+R or Q+B or
Q+R). In at least two variations, self interferences occur on this line,
either at Black's first move or at Black's second move
Judge: Robin C. O. Matthews
Section C: More-movers
Theme proposed by Uri Avner, Israel
In a problem of mate in 4 or more moves, a black line (actual, potential,
or prospective) is opened without harmful effect after the respective black
line-piece has been neutralized, or the ground has been prepared for its
neutralization. The manner of neutralization is free (shut-off by either
side, pin, withdrawal, annihilation, etc).
Judge: Michail Marandjuk
Section D: Endgame Studies
Theme proposed by Anatoli Kusnezow, Russia
In order to gain or lose a tempo, White refuses to capture a piece (not
a pawn). Win or draw.
Judge: Welimir Kalandadze
Section E: Helpmates
Theme proposed by Harry Fougiaxis, Greece
In each of at least two phases, a white/black manouvre fails through the
actual, potential, or prospective closure of a white line by black and/or
black line by White. The thematic line(s) may exist in the diagram position
or be created during the play. Helpmates in 2 are required; no zeroposition.
Judge: Harry Fougiaxis
Section F: Selfmates
Theme proposed by Hartmut Laue, Germany
In a selfmate in 3 or 4 moves a black move has a defensive motive which
White exploits to his own advantage.
Judge: Friedrich Chlubna
Section G: Fairies
Theme proposed by Theodor Tauber, Israel
Vaulting King (definition): An orthodox king which, when in check, moves
like the checking unit(s). Direct-mate two-movers are required, with at
least one vaulting King. Orthodox units, Grasshoppers and Nightriders may
be used, but no other fairy units.
Judge: Michel Caillaud
The final date for sending in compositions is the 1st of May 1998. Team-leaders
send the entries to the Tournament Director Hemmo Axt, Germany,
according to the General Rules.
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