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(1) Posted by Michael McDowell [Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018 13:03]


To mark the 80th birthdays in 2017 of four of its members, Barry Barnes, Michael Lipton, John Rice and Colin Sydenham, all of them probably best known for their 2-move compositions, the BCPS is running a composing tourney for orthodox direct-mate 2-movers featuring “Newotnys”, i.e. something new in the Nowotny field, on its own (for example, a task record) or in combination with some other currently popular theme. The example below shows the Barnes theme arising from a Nowotny by White’s first try, with its two threats separated by the second try and the key, each cutting only one of the thematic lines. Entries using non-orthodox force, boards or conditions are not acceptable. Intending competitors may like to consult one of the databases available online with multiple examples of 2-move themes, to assist in the search for originality.

Judge:Wieland Bruch.

Entries to the Tourney Director Michael McDowell: <>,

Closing date for submission: 30th June 2018.

Prizes in the form of cash and/or books will be awarded to the highest-placed entries.

John Rice
The Problemist November 2017

(= 8+6 )

Mate in 2 vv

1.Sd6? (>2.Bh6/Be7) Bxd6/Rxd6 2.Bh6/Be7; 1…Sxf7 2.Qxf7; 1…Sg4!

1.Sef6? (>2.Bh6) Rxf6/Bd2/Sg4 2.Qa8/ Rb8/Sd7; 1…Sxf7!

1.Sc5! (>2.Be7) Bxc5/Re6/Rf6/Rh6+/S~/Sxf7 2.Rb8/Sxe6/Qa8/ Bxh6/ Sd7/Qxf7.
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(2) Posted by Rajendiran Raju [Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018 15:42]; edited by Rajendiran Raju [18-04-10]

Details about JC's , entry limitations and twins if any ?
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(3) Posted by Michael McDowell [Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018 23:30]

Joint compositions and twins are fine.

There is no restriction on the number of entries per composer.
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(4) Posted by Marjan Kovačević [Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018 01:48]; edited by Marjan Kovačević [18-04-11]

There are so many reasons to take part in this modestly announced tourney, and to celebrate contribution of the great British quartet to our Art: their compositions, books, articles, editing, judging, social activities, PCCC services...
With a group toast to all of them (is Scotch appropriate?), I would ask these 4 gentlemen if allowing me to call them "The Beatles of #2"?
Well, being almost the same generation as The Beatles (3-6 years older), they successfully did many similar things, and in about the same era. They brilliantly exported British composition all around the World; they introduced some revolutionary changes (towards multi-phase #2); and they took care of noble standards, while managing amazing productivity and social impact (forget hair style, drugs and screaming)...
Yes, Colin joined later, like Ringo did, but right in the time to give the band a fresh touch. As about the three writers of the fabulous "The two-move chess problem" (Rice, Lipton & Barnes - Faber, 1966), I've always wondered who really wrote it: John, Paul or George??
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(5) Posted by Peter Gvozdjak [Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018 10:07]

give piece a change...
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(6) Posted by Dmitri Turevski [Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018 12:02]

give piece a change...

it's been a hard day's knight?
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(7) Posted by Marjan Kovačević [Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018 13:48]

... and the "Nb4" song, already mentioned here some nights before ...
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(8) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018 19:57]

Not to be confused with the Sowhatny, ~4400 alone in the Albrecht collection :P
(I wanted to add a Beatles pun, but you can't do that)
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(9) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Thursday, Apr 12, 2018 15:56]

The Four Musketeers or Beatles... which is more appropriate?
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(10) Posted by Marjan Kovačević [Thursday, Apr 12, 2018 19:59]; edited by Marjan Kovačević [18-04-12]

Well, the French musketeers had some drawbacks, being neither British, nor writers or composers who gave some joy to the rest of the world. Besides, I've never met them :)
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(11) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Friday, Apr 13, 2018 19:00]

True, the musketeers are after all fiction and not connected to art !!
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(12) Posted by Michael McDowell [Monday, Apr 23, 2018 12:09]

A collection of problems featuring Nowotnys composed by Messrs. Barnes, Lipton, Rice and Sydenham has been placed on the Downloads section of the BCPS website.
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(13) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Monday, Apr 23, 2018 22:22]

After DLing:
Methinks it might be a good idea to list all definitions of
Oldwotnys here in the thread; eg. seems I never heard of a
Norwegian Nowotny. (Not in Degeners #2 lexicon, but in
Milans encyclopedia.)
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(14) Posted by Juraj Lörinc [Monday, Apr 23, 2018 23:10]

Arrr. I am preparing reprint of the announcement for next Conflictio and have been working on selecting one thematic #2 by each of 4 composers. The presented collection is obviously much more complete (all my 4 choices are there), so I will point to it, thanks!
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(15) Posted by Marjan Kovačević [Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018 00:49]

@ Hauke: Have you searched under "Norwegian wood"?
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(16) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018 08:53]

No, under "Norwegian Lovesong" :-) (Google is not helpful
with such extremely specific stuff; I never bought Milans
book as I'm only a 2# specialist and usually content with
the Degener booklet)
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(17) Posted by Michael McDowell [Monday, Jun 18, 2018 20:02]

Just a reminder that the closing date for entries is 30th June.
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(18) Posted by Michael McDowell [Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 14:13]

The award of the BMJC-80 tourney has been posted on the BCPS website.
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(19) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 17:41]

Non awarded nowveryoldwotnys can be recycled, right?

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(20) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 08:47]; edited by seetharaman kalyan [18-12-05]

Of course ! You can send anything interesting to me for Kobulchess.
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