This message is to let everyone know that Unofficial World Championship Checker Problem Composing Contest #5 has been activated today, July 1, on the Contest Page and will be accepting votes through July 29, just before the Nationals start. I'm hoping that John Acker will be the first to announce the names of the composers and will do it at the Nationals.
For some unknown reason, the Contest #5 diagrams did not show up on the cover page, but you will find them if you press the "Go to Contest" button on the cover page.
Although these contests are primarily to encourage composers to show their wares, I think solvers may find the four small, short, practical, but clever, original, unpublished problems to be of value in preparing for forthcoming crossboard encounters. I believe above average players (as all of you are) will be able to solve them from the diagram. But to be sure, please check the composers solutions against yours, and then vote for the one you deem best.
Your votes are the composers' rewards for a job well done.