Problem Composing Contest 33 - Breeches

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Problem Composing Contest 33 - Breeches

Postby Bill Salot on Sat May 20, 2017 7:56 am

Unofficial World Championship Checker Problem Composing Contest 33 - Breeches

Contest 33 is underway at the link below. It has six commendable, original, unpublished problems. They all end in simple beginners’ breeches, but it takes master play to find them. Five are escapes.

These contests are now in their sixth year. Several composers have been competing in almost every contest in pursuit of the coveted World Championship. The current champion is Wilma Wolverton.

The winning problem will be determined, as usual, by anonymous electronic voting at the web site.

The number of voters in the last six contests, stretching over the past year, has consistently been in the 13 to 20 range. This suggests that many of them are repeat voters loyally returning to participate in each new contest. We would like to thank them, but we don’t know who they are.

We want to keep the voting anonymous for those who do not want to be identified. But a suggestion has been made for others to let me know who they are and how they voted. If at least a few will do so over multiple contests, we will be able to determine who among them correctly identified the most winning problems. We could then crown him or her the Unofficial World Champion Judge of Checker Problems. Wouldn’t you like to know who that person is? Perhaps this new World Championship would even lead to an increase in future contest voting.

So please vote in the current contest, and when you do, consider sending your comments to my e-mail address shown just under the diagrams on the voting page at the link below.

Cheers!
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Re: Problem Composing Contest 33 - Breeches

Postby George Hay on Sun May 21, 2017 7:18 am

I'll let you know how I voted Bill, of course before the contest is over! :)

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Re: Problem Composing Contest 33 - Breeches

Postby Bill Salot on Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:28 am

Contest 33 is complete.

The short, but mystifying Rare Encounter, by Ed Atkinson, utilized a Double Breeches escape to attract 5 votes and break Roy Little's winning streak. Jim Somers, Liam Stephens and Brian Hinkle gave up anonymity to announce their votes for it. That puts them at the coveted top of a new ladder of astute problem evaluators. How long can they stay there?

Roy Little took 3 votes and 2nd place with his Technique, the only win and the largest setting with the most moves to reach the Breeches. It corrected a 125-year old published game with a single, late, extremely unnatural move. George Hay publicly cast his vote for it, which places him near the top of the voting ladder.

Tied for 3rd place with 2 votes each were Peachy, a tough Double Breeches draw, by Louis Cowie, and Big Brother, the only 2x2 known to end in an escape via Breeches. The latter was composed by the venerable George Slocum, who published it in the Chicago Inter Ocean on 3/19/1895, thereby disqualifying himself again. Gene Ellison voted for it.

Tied for 4th and last with 1 anonymous vote each were Decent, a clever Breeches escape, by Lim Loy, correcting Master Play; and Draw Breeches, a snoozer by Bill Salot.

The contest site had 318 visitors, 14 of whom voted.
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Re: Problem Composing Contest 33 - Breeches

Postby George Hay on Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:53 am

Awesome contest Bill, the hardest part (since this is a judging contest, not a solving contest :) ) was deciding what problem to vote for. For me the tie-breaker was Technique by Roy Little was the only Win, so I voted for Technique with its in the pocket breaches! What a rare find, George Slocum's Big Brother, "the only 2x2 known to end in an escape via Breeches."

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