Contest 31 - The Most Entries So Far

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Contest 31 - The Most Entries So Far

Postby Bill Salot on Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:24 am

Round 1 is underway now. None of the preceding 30 problem composing contests had this many entries. Eight (8)different composers have offered eight (8) original "escape" problems, with identical terms and solutions of comparable length.

Because of the number of problems, the contest is being conducted in two rounds. The winner of the first round will advance to the second round to compete against the entries that received byes in the first round. First-time entrants have all received byes. None of the contestants' names will be divulged until the second round is completed. They will include surprises.

Get in on the fun now. Help us decide which problem advances to the second round by going to the contest page, reviewing the animated solution, and voting for the one you deem best.
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Re: Contest 31 - The Most Entries So Far

Postby Bill Salot on Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:22 am

Unofficial World Championship Checker Problem Composing Contest 31 - Part 1 – Results
347 visited. The 13 who voted have seen the results already. The problem called Tight Squeeze led from beginning to end, garnering 77% of the votes, the largest winning percentage in any of these contests, falling just three votes short of unanimous. Scattered Brains stole two votes for second place, and Desperate Escape took one for third. The other two entries got zip.
In each contest, we try to match problems of equal merit. Boy, did we get it wrong this time! Tight Squeeze had the fewest pieces and shortest solution, had an ending squeeze and no trick variations, was easiest to solve, and practically played itself. What attracted the votes?
Scattered Brains was named after its retreating moves. Desperate Escape had great depth, cleverly skirting Third Position. Ook arose in a game and was what an orangutan said. Simple Simon combined ideas, including an ending squeeze that got no votes.
How will Tight Squeeze fare against entries by three surprise, first-time entrants in Part 2 of the contest? Will it be another mismatch? All of the composers' names will be announced after completion of the overall contest on February 28, 2017.
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