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MatPlus.Net Forum Helpmates H. Reddmann, version of SCHWALBE 6901, h#2
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(1) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Wednesday, Oct 25, 2006 15:04]

H. Reddmann, version of SCHWALBE 6901, h#2

Help- or Selfmate never appealed to me (may because I'm a strong
over-the-board player? :-), here is the only one (non-fairy) h#
I ever made, respectively an improved version that was never
published outside my own webpage.

(= 5+7 )

I don't think that I have to give the solution or the theme :-)

Anyone feeling inclined to improve it? When it was first published
in the SCHWALBE, the h# editor received lots of flak for publishing
a h#2 without or twins :-)

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(2) Posted by Miodrag Mladenović [Wednesday, Oct 25, 2006 18:44]; edited by Miodrag Mladenović [06-11-20]

Very nice idea. In initial position all squares next to bK are either guarded or blocked. After first black and white move all 8 squares are empty and unguarded. Then with next two half-moves (black + white) they are all guarded again. I never saw something like this before. I like this problem more then many others with multiple solutions. This is great idea! Way to go! You should try to compose more helpmates.
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(3) Posted by Kostas Prentos [Friday, Nov 17, 2006 20:04]

Misha Mladenovic showed this problem to a group of composers in Warsaw one week ago. We all agreed that it had one of the most original ideas ever shown in helpmates. I don't know if it's possible to implement a second solution, but even with just one line, the editor of Die Schwalbe did very well to publish this problem.
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(4) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 17:16]

For the record, it has to be added that it was NOT published
in this form (the Subject: already say so :-)
but Ka7 Rb8 Rh3 Bc7 Bg4/Kc3 Bf3 Qh7 h#2.
So half of the theme is amiss. I improved only later.

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(5) Posted by Michael McDowell [Monday, Nov 20, 2006 21:05]

There are certain ideas or features that have more value in one genre than another. For example, model mates are of considerably less interest in a helpmate than a directmate.

It seems to me that giving multiple flights in a helpmate is one such idea. There's clearly an element of surprise / paradox in a directmate, where Black is resisting, but the notion of giving a helpful black king ample scope to run away when he doesn't want to hardly excites.

The idea could be summarised as "Give a king 8 flights in 2 half-moves then cover them all again plus the king's square in 2 half-moves." That is an idea for a construction task. The helpmate form is irrelevant - it only means you have to add extra force to ensure soundness.
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(6) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Wednesday, Nov 22, 2006 12:44]

Full ACK. But: If it would be possible in 2#,
someone would have done it long ago :-)

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(7) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Friday, Apr 6, 2007 04:48]

That's simply brillant! But in my opinion there's a small flaw since the white rook returns to it's initial position. It would have been even more great if you could've made it going to another square.
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(8) Posted by Miodrag Mladenović [Friday, Apr 6, 2007 08:10]

I do not think that returning of WR to initial square is a flaw. It's adding a value to the problem because it's switchback theme.
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