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MatPlus.Net Forum Competitions ChessBase India Winter Solving Championship with gorgeous prizes!
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(1) Posted by Anirudh [Wednesday, Nov 29, 2023 15:02]

ChessBase India Winter Solving Championship with gorgeous prizes!

It's an initiative to promote chess composition and creative-logical thinking through chess in India as well as the rest of the world! This event is open to absolutely everyone! Anyone, regardless of age, nationality, or gender, is welcome to participate!

The announcement is available here: - The deadline for submission for Tier 1 is 3rd December 2023 Midnight IST, culminating in many monetary prizes up for grabs for the top 3!

The first 6 (of 12) problems are announced in the article and to enter, just email the solutions to with the subject "Winter Solving" along with your full name! Incomplete solutions may still be given partial credit, so by all means, attempt as many of the problems as you can!
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(2) Posted by Anirudh [Friday, Dec 1, 2023 15:51]

Here it is in video format with me & Satanick of ChessBase India explaining the sample problems -!
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(3) Posted by Anirudh [Thursday, Dec 7, 2023 07:18]

Tier 2 of the Winter Solving Championship! Take part to win exciting prizes! - - Math, Magic, and Mystery on the Chessboard!
Note: Feel free to participate in the second tier even if you haven't in the first one! Good Luck & Happy Solving! We hope to see you in the ChessBase India mailbox!
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(4) Posted by Marjan Kovačević [Thursday, Dec 7, 2023 17:06]

Great project by Satanick and Anirudh!
It's a wonderfully stimulating window to unorthodox thinking in chess!
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(5) Posted by Anirudh [Tuesday, Dec 26, 2023 15:06]

Enjoy the composition challenge in the festive season with ChessBase!
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(6) Posted by Valery Gurov [Tuesday, Dec 26, 2023 20:25]

2k5/3p1P2/p1pp4/8/8/8/5Kp1/5B2 better.
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(7) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Tuesday, Dec 26, 2023 21:21]

@Anirudh: Funny - just last Friday at the composers meeting in Kiel a h# with
Bodens mate showed up! And even more funny, already in 1976 I did one for my
club zine! (7k/7b/7b/8/1B6/8/8/R3K3 h#2 duplex, but it's cooked by move order swap)
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(8) Posted by Zalmen Kornin [Wednesday, Dec 27, 2023 08:33]

@Valery: You mean 2k5/3p1P2/2pp4/8/8/8/5Kp1/5B2 (!?)
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(9) Posted by Joost de Heer [Wednesday, Dec 27, 2023 08:38]

The mate just screams 'one solution with Rd8 and mate from the right, one solution with OOO and mate from the left' to me, but I'm a crap composer, so I won't even try to get that correct....
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(10) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Wednesday, Dec 27, 2023 12:05]

@Joost: You mean h#1 r3k3/3p4/3B4/8/8/3B4/8/4K3 2 sol.? :-)
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(11) Posted by Viktoras Paliulionis [Wednesday, Dec 27, 2023 13:00]

A. Stepochkin
PZSzach, 2018
(= 3+9 )
h#3 2.1...
1.f2 Bb5 2.f1=S Bg3 3.0-0-0 Ba6#
1.Bc4 Bc2 2.Bf1 Bb4 3.Rd8 Bg6#

A. Stepochkin
Koni Gipanisa, 1991
(= 3+4 )
h#2 b) Move a1 c1
a) 1.b1=B Be5 2.0-0-0 Ba6#
b) 1.b1=R Ba3 2.Rd8 Bh5#

Yosif Krikheli
Schach, 1969
2nd HM
(= 3+6 )
h#2 2.1...
1.Rd8 Bb1 2.Bf3 Bg6#
1.0-0-0 Bc4 2.Rf3 Ba6#

More examples:
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(12) Posted by Valery Gurov [Wednesday, Dec 27, 2023 14:53]

2Zalmen: Of course better :-)
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(13) Posted by Anirudh [Wednesday, Dec 27, 2023 17:39]

Hello everyone! Thank you very much for your interest! The article shared is about the process of how one can go by composing their own problems and tries to provide a chronological order as to how the cooks can be eliminated. Nevertheless, the problems shared are indeed very nice. And we are welcome for more original submissions, which have chances to win prizes too :)
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(14) Posted by Viktoras Paliulionis [Wednesday, Dec 27, 2023 19:07]

Can the second solution be not thematic?

Örjan Lindberger
Springaren, 1986
(= 3+4 )
h#3 Duplex

1.Bc6 Bf1 2.O-O-O Bd6 3.Bd7 Ba6#

1.Bf5 Bb7 2.Bb1 Ba6 3.Bb2 Bc4#
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(15) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Thursday, Dec 28, 2023 03:46]

That h#2 by Stepokchin is s clssdic
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(16) Posted by Anirudh [Thursday, Dec 28, 2023 05:03]

@Viktoras - Yes, the other solution can be unthematic however one solution must show the Boden’s mate!
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(17) Posted by Anirudh [Tuesday, Jan 16, 2024 15:14]

Hello everyone - hope you had a wonderful start to 2024! The tiebreaker for the ChessBase India Winter Solving Championship was conducted here - And the winner was Vlaicu Crisan with the runner-up being Joachim Hambros! It was pleasure selecting and composing some of the problems given! Thank you all!
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