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(1) Posted by Peter Gvozdjak [Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 21:58]

marianka 2015

the 7th international chess composition festival will be held at marianka, slovakia from wednesday august 19, till sunday august 23, 2015:
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(2) Posted by Juraj Lörinc [Monday, Mar 16, 2015 22:40]

One of already traditional events in Marianka is fairy solving competition. There is a chance also for those not being present in Marianka to participate actively in this event. How is that possible? It is simple. As a competition organizer and director I try to use as many originals for this competition as possible. Every year I choose limited set of fairy elements that should be acceptable for such event. Then I compose originals using the set of fairy elements and invite other composers to contribute suitable problems. Just imagine - the participants not only play through the solutions, but they even solve your fairy problems! This is an exceptional chance for every fairy chess composer as fairy solving competitions are rare.

For Marianka 2015 I have chosen to return back to basics. My pre-selected fairy elements for this year are: grasshopper, nightrider and Circe. I might add one more fairy element to this set, but it depends on the available problems and circumstances.

And here is your chance. I will be glad to receive originals for fairy solving competition from anyone not going to participate in the competition as solver. #2, #3, acceptable moremover, h#, s# and seriesmovers, possibly something slightly more exotic. Just use grasshopper, nightrider or Circe. If you think your original could be suitable for competition, send it to me (! Then if selected, it will be published also in the next Marianka bulletin in the report about the fairy solving. (So do not send anything you would like to have awarded in a tourney.) In any case, I will write you back.
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(3) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 12:08]

Is a combination of two or all three fairy elements acceptable?
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(4) Posted by Juraj Lörinc [Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 20:50]

Yes, combination is allowed and welcome.

You can find reports of fairy solving competitions including all diagrams in bulletins of years 2012, 2013 and 2014 at page

Last year there was #2 with lions and Andernach chess, some solvers were able to solve it. On the other hand, e.g. longer helpmates with fairy pieces are usually too difficult (or solvers just give priority to shorter problems in the open format).
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(5) Posted by Peter Gvozdjak [Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 16:38]

the programme and lecutures can be found here:
and the regularly updated list of participants here:

the 30-days marianka cup composing tourney will be published on 20.7.2015.
if you are thinking about a lecture, do not think more - just register it to juraj lorinc!

looking forward to meet you there in summer,
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(6) Posted by Marián Križovenský [Sunday, Jul 19, 2015 12:08]

30-day tourney Marianka Festival Cup 2015

Organizers of festival Marianka 2015 announce theme tourney for fairy twomovers with at least three phases. Deadline is set to 19.8.2015, Juraj Brabec will be the judge. Details of the announcement are given in the following file (in Slovak and English):

Original announcement post you can find here:
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(7) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Sunday, Jul 19, 2015 14:07]; edited by seetharaman kalyan [15-07-19]

Helpplay, directmate? Any stipulation?
[Added later] Ok. only directmates. Omitted to see the examples :)
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(8) Posted by Juraj Lörinc [Sunday, Jul 19, 2015 19:26]

Usually, when we (in Slovakia) speak about twomovers without any qualification, it is about #2. It might not be a practice everywhere, especially now, when h#s are far more popular with composers than directmates, but we have not changed or habit yet.

As the Marianka Cup is announced for any fairy twomovers in at least three phases, it offers fairly wide scope for authors. And needless to say, the judge, Juraj Brabec, is among world leadin experts in the area of multiphase fairy twomovers. So I bet any good entry will not be overlooked.
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(9) Posted by Juraj Lörinc [Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 07:16]

Marianka fairy tourney open also for e-mailing authors was just announced.

- In English on CCM:
- In Slovak on official Marianka festival page:

Fairly different sets of examples used in both announcements, so make sure to have a look at both if you need inspiration.
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(10) Posted by Peter Gvozdjak [Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 21:19]

smiling faces from today:
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(11) Posted by Peter Gvozdjak [Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 00:24]

lectures from yesterday:
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(12) Posted by Harry Fougiaxis [Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 09:30]

I have not understood Ladislav's point. How does plagiarism fit in the title of the lecture?

By the way, who is the author of the first composition he had shown? He mentions Vladimirov's name, but the problem is neither included in his recent book (highly recommended!) nor in WinChloe and YACPDB that I searched. Davidenko's #3 was awarded by Vladimirov a 4th prize in Uralsky Problemist 2002, and the judge does not mention in his award the first problem at all.
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(13) Posted by Juraj Lörinc [Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 15:22]

My understanding as direct participant was as follows:

- Laco first has shown the first problem, composed by him
- the problem was sent to the World Cup competition where it was included in the preliminary award among prizes (3rd Prize)
- then however the problem was disqualified and excluded from the final award by the judge, citing the second, Davidenko's problem as predecessor
- Laco is upset very much by this decision and during the lecture he has demonstrated both important differences between his and Davidenko's position, as well as defects of Davidenko
- one of points is that he really feels as being accused of plagiarism by this decision, although it was not said anywhere
- this was also explained during the lecture - the process of creation was so intensive that Laco has searched database for possible predecessors only afterwards and indeed he has seen Davidenko's problem, but dismissed it within 15 seconds as very much different
- that is why the title: he knew the Davidenko's problem, but has sent his own to competition nevertheless.

My opinion, shared with majority of lecture audience, is that this exclusion was undeserved.

The problem was later published in column in Pravda:
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(14) Posted by Harry Fougiaxis [Sunday, Aug 23, 2015 17:59]

Thanks, Juraj, it's clear now.

I agree with the audience that Davidenko's problem does not anticipate Ladislav's composition.
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(15) Posted by Peter Gvozdjak [Monday, Aug 24, 2015 18:49]

the movies from this year marianka festival:

Broken Flowers (France/USA 2005)

Adam's Apples (Denmark 2005)

Rush (Germany/Great Britain 2013)

Man on the Moon (USA 1999)

and the usual starter: Geri's Game (1997)'s_Game
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(16) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 10:29]

Funny you mention Geri, I saw the movie yesterday.
He must be a problem composer, who else would
try to cheat against himself :-)
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(17) Posted by Juraj Lörinc [Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 18:42]

The short fairy TT (for checking problems) award is published at
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(18) Posted by Peter Gvozdjak [Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 13:09]

below are the links to the lectures recorded during the marianka festival 2015.
enjoy and join us in 2016!

Ladislav Salai jr: Purposely being a plagiarist

Emil Klemanič: H#2 and migration

Juraj Lörinc: Disparate

Štefan Sovík: Discovery of a new theme

Reto Aschwanden: Composing - a new approach?

Juraj Lörinc: Proca retractors

Ľuboš Kekely: Blockade in endgame study

Marian Križovenský: Chess diagrams on the web

Michal Hlinka: Stalemate and three pinned pieces

Daniel Novomeský: Non-orthodox proof games
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