What Do You Think of Contest #12 Results?

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What Do You Think of Contest #12 Results?

Postby Bill Salot on Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:41 am

CONTEST #13 RESULTS: The three currently most prolific composers competed with 2 entries each in a tight race.

Scythe, by Bill Salot, won with 6 votes. The checker pattern after 4 moves looked like a scythe and led to a timed shot and a piece-down win.

The Zipper, by Roy Little, was 2nd with 5 votes. Maneuvering 2 pieces and then sacrificing 6 secured an astonishing quintuple jump finale.

Standard Destination, by Ed Atkinson, was 3rd with 4 votes. Several forcing moves set up a remarkable double-exposure pitch and a shot into 1st Position, hence the problem title.

Slocum Remembered, by Ed Atkinson, was 4th with 2 votes. Its intricate path to a triple jump was reminiscent of Slocum’s most famous problem (#25 in SLOCUM STROKES).

Misdirection, by Bill Salot, was 5th with 1 vote. Its finish was similar to Slocum Remembered. Both may have suffered from the similarity.

Double Duty, by Roy Little, provided the biggest story. Late in the contest, Jim Somers found an uncanny resemblance between it and #61 in SLOCUM STROKES. Surprisingly, in 1894, Slocum #61 won first prize in a major international problem composing contest, while in 2013, Double Duty received 0 votes. Is competition stronger now than it was then?

SLOCUM STROKES may be downloaded from:
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Re: What Do You Think of Contest #12 Results?

Postby George Hay on Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:13 am

Hi Bill, congratulations on winning contest #12! For Double Duty, variation B ending, it does have a very similar ending to
Slocum #61, but overall it is not an "uncanny resemblance" IMHO. Would you consider the setting in Double Duty slightly better than in Slocum #61 because DD has a man on square 4, while #61 has a king on 4? I really liked the symmetry in Slocum Remembered, and Slocum #25 has got to be one of the most amazing problems I ever saw! Your notes on #25 in Slocum Strokes really help to bring out the pure logic of the problem!

"Is competition stronger now than it was then?"
It is very difficult to compare eras, and who is doing the judging in any era is of course a big factor! Also what judges, either the public or experts, would consider a good problem might be different in different eras! The bottom line is that I am confident that today's checker problem composers would be able to compete in any era!

--George Hay
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