1st Unofficial World Championship Problem Composing Contest

Discussion and analysis about certain positions.

Please express your opinion and vote within 2 weeks for the one you think best.

Poll ended at Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:41 pm

"SCOOPER"
4
33%
"UDERCUT"
8
67%
 
Total votes : 12

1st Unofficial World Championship Problem Composing Contest

Postby Bill Salot on Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:41 pm

"SCOOPER"
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Black to Play; White to win

"UNDERCUT"
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White to Play and Draw

Please express your opinion and vote within 2 weeks for the one you think best.

Then send your own original, unpublished compositions for future contests to Bill Salot at either wjsalot@comcast.net or 1006 Elmwood Drive, Colonial Heights, VA 23834-2905, USA

More entries will make better contests.

SOLUTION TO “SCOOPER”:

26-31A, 25 27, 31-24, *10 7B, 17-10 15 6, 24-15C, *13 9, 5-14D, *6 9, WW

A – If 8-11, *25 27, 11-9, *13 6, WW

B – Not 19 16, 24-27 or 17-22, Draws.

C – If 3-10, *12 3, WW

D – If 3-10, 12 3, 5-14, *3 7, WW

SOLUTION TO “UNDERCUT”:

*18 15, 20-24AB, *22 18C, 24-27, *29 25, 30-21, *26 30, 28-24, *23 19, 27-32, *19 16, 24-27, *15 19, Draws

A – If 28-32, *15 19, 32-27, *26-31, Draws

B – If 28-24, 15 10 or 15 11, 24-27, *26 31 Draws.

C – Not 15 19, *24-27, 26 31, 17-26, 31 22, *27-31, 22 18, now *28-32, RW, but 31-27, *18-22, Draws
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Re: 1st Unofficial World Championship Problem Composing Cont

Postby George Hay on Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:14 am

Hi Bill, I have a correction (?) that does not take away from the problem, and may be a plus!
For Undercut, note A it looks to me after White moves 26-31, the last move shown, Black ends up
in the same loosing position jumping either way! Black can then only prolong the game with 13-17.
For after White jumps 22x13, White has "the move" and a First Position win!?
--George Hay

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Re: 1st Unofficial World Championship Problem Composing Cont

Postby Jay H on Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:14 pm

Hey.....that "clincher" ending theme is the same as used in "Checkercycle"'s most recent you tube video.........credited to none other than Bill Salot himself.
Coincindence these problems both show thier faces at the same time....
:?: :?:


:) :)
Aut Inveniam Viam Aut Faciam !!!
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Re: 1st Unofficial World Championship Problem Composing Cont

Postby Jason Solan on Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:46 pm

I'm very much a sucker for man-down draws, so undercut gets my vote.
Excellent problems.
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Re: 1st Unofficial World Championship Problem Composing Cont

Postby Eric Strange on Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:19 am

Undercut got my vote, After looking at both problems and analyzing them in my head, Scoopers position I instantly felt black would lose and saw how to finish it. I stared at undercut for a while not seeing what the best move was or how to capitalize on the position. I was on the right path with the first 2 moves but the man down draw escaped me from a couple moves back. I had to run this through a program and the man down draw was brilliant. Bravo
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Re: 1st Unofficial World Championship Problem Composing Cont

Postby vhabgood on Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:54 pm

I vote for the undercut. I can imagine this problem coming up in a real situation better. Both problems are well composed.
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Re: 1st Unofficial World Championship Problem Composing Cont

Postby liam stephens on Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:15 am

I voted for undercut - fine ending.
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Re: 1st Unofficial World Championship Problem Composing Cont

Postby Danny_Alvarez on Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:15 am

both problems are great.... i think undercut has a bit more depth though.

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