Selection of problems and Judgment by Mr. Garoufalidis Ioannis. The selected problems had several tries, which could lead solvers astray, but, as most of the present contestants admitted, were not as extremely difficult (with the possible exception of the four-mover and the study) as in previous contests. Let us see the press bulletin :

Press Bulletin With satisfactory number of contestants, the sixth contest of ESSNA took place in Ampelokipi Chess Club. Champion of Attica is now Mendrinos Nikos who, despite his absence in recent contests, managed to gather 17,5 points solving the difficult three-mover but failing to solve the more-mover and the difficult study. Second is the experienced Fougiaxis Harry gathered easily 15 points solving the heterodox problems, and third with equal points is Skyrianoglou Dimitris. A "false step" of Papastavropoulos Andreas deprived him from a place with a medal, ranking him fourth with 15 points also but with more time than Fougiaxis and Skyrianoglou. Ilantzis Spyros is in fifth place with 13 points, while a pleasant surprise is the placement of Vlahos Elissaios with 12,5 points and sixth place. |

Place | Name | #2 | #3 | #4 | = | h#3 | s#3 | points | time | place |

1 | Mendrinos Nikos | 5 | 5 | - | - | 2.5 | 5 | 17.5 | 2:28 | 1 |

2 | Fougiaxis Harry | 5 | - | - | - | 5 | 5 | 15 | 2:22 | 2 |

3 | Skyrianoglou Dimitris | 5 | 5 | - | - | - | 5 | 15 | 2:27 | 3 |

4 | Papastavropoulos Andreas | 5 | - | - | - | 5 | 5 | 15 | 2:30 | 4 |

5 | Ilantzis Spyros | 5 | 3 | - | - | - | 5 | 13 | 2:30 | 5 |

6 | Vlahos Elissaios | 5 | - | - | - | 2.5 | 5 | 12.5 | 2:30 | 6 |

7 | Kalkavouras Ioannis | 5 | - | - | - | 2.5 | 4 | 11.5 | 2:29 | 7 |

8 | Manolas Emmanuel | 5 | - | 4 | - | 2.5 | - | 11.5 | 2:30 | 8 |

9 | Sklavounos Panagis | 5 | - | - | 1 | - | 5 | 11 | 2:30 | 9 |

10 | Konidaris Panagiotis | 5 | - | - | - | 5 | - | 10 | 2:30 | 10 |

11 | Markessinis L. | 5 | - | - | - | - | 3 | 8 | 2:30 | 11 |

12 | Anemodouras L. | 5 | - | - | - | 2.5 | - | 7.5 | 2:30 | 12 |

13 | Mihaloudis G. | 5 | 2 | - | - | - | - | 7 | 2:30 | 13 |

14 | Anastassiou M. | 5 | - | - | - | - | - | 5 | 2:26 | 14 |

15 | Georgakis I. | - | - | - | - | - | - | 0 | 2:06 | 15 |

16-17 | Magiati E. | - | - | - | - | - | - | 0 | 2:30 | 16-17 |

16-17 | Barous Th. | - | - | - | - | - | - | 0 | 2:30 | 16-17 |

In the photo, left to right : Papastavropoulos Andreas, Ilantzis Spyros, Skyrianoglou Dimitris, Mendrinos Nikos, Fougiaxis Harry. In the back : Vlahos Elissaios.

Here follow the six problems. The solutions are written at the end of this post and you may try to solve them without "peeking" unwillingly at the solution keys.

(Problem 343) I. Storozhenko, First-Second Prize, Sahmatni Kompozitsia, 2003, Mate in 2. #2 ( 11 + 10 ) | |

[8/pB5s/p2S4/4P2R/2Pk3K/Q3RpPp/1P1pqS2/3br3] |

(Problem 344) E. Plesnivy, First Prize, Chocholous Memorial, 1931 Mate in 3. #3 ( 11 + 11 ) | |

[r1b5/r1pRp3/2p1kS1S/p1P5/2P2p1P/1P3p1K/1Q1P1P1b/8] |

(Problem 345) H. F. L. Meyer, Deutsches Wochenschach, 1896 Mate in 4. #4 ( 6 + 1 ) | |

[8/8/8/2SPkS1Q/8/P7/8/7K] |

(Problem 346) Sergei Tkachenko, Third Prize, Moscow, 2003 White plays and draws. = ( 5 + 6 ) | |

[5k2/5P2/K1R1p3/3b4/8/p2B3p/2p5/1S7] |

(Problem 347) C. Feather, Broodings, 2008 Helpmate in 3. Two solutions. h#3 2.1.1.1.1.1 ( 5 + 14 ) | |

[rqR3K1/4p1B1/3p4/1pp1ss2/1r1kPp2/1p2bp2/4P3/8] |

(Problem 348) E. Ivanov, Zadachi I Etudi, 2005 Selfmate in 3. s#3 ( 10 + 10 ) | |

[8/4Sp2/2p5/P1k1B1pb/K1SR3r/RP2Pppp/7s/4Q3] |

**With bold numbers in brackets we denote the points of each problem.**

**Problem 343 (#2) : I. Storozhenko**

Tries : [1. e6? Sg5!], [1. c5? Bb3!], [1. Qb4? Bc2!], [1. Rd3+? Qxd3!], [1. Re4+? Qxe4+!], [1. Se4? Qxc4!], [1. Sf5+? Kxc4!], [1. Qc5+? Kxc5!], [1. Qc3+? Kc5!].

**Key : 1. Sd3! [5.0]**( > 2. Qc5#)

1...Qxd3 2. Rxd3#

1...Qxe3 2. Qc3#

1...Kxe3 2. Sf5#

**Problem 344 (#3) : E. Plesnivy**

Tries : [1. Rd3? / exf6!], [1. Rxc7? Rxc7!], [1. Rxe7+? Kxe7+!], [1. Sg4? Kxd7!], [1. Qe5+? Kxe5!], [1. Qd4? Bb7!], [1. Qb1? Kxf6!], [1. Qc2? Kxf6!].

**Key : 1. Qa1! [1.0]**( > 2. Rd5 ( > 3. Qe5#) cxd5 / exf6 3. cxd5# / Qe1#

**[1.0]**)

1...exf6 2. Rf7

**[1.0]**( > 3. Qxf6# / 3. Qe1#)

1...Bb7 2. Rd4

**[1.0]**( > 3. Re4#) Kxf6 / exf6 3. Rd6# / Qe1#

1...Bxd7 2. Sh7

**[1.0]**( > 3. Sg5# / Qe1#) Be8 / Bc8 / Rg8 3. Sf8# / Sf8# / Qe1#

**Problem 345 (#4) : H. F. L. Meyer**

Tries : [1. Qf3? Kf6!], [1. Qg4? / Qg5? / Kg2? Kxd5!], [1. d6? Kd5!], [1. Qf7? Kf4!].

**Key : 1. Se6! [1.0]**

1...Kxd5 2. Sd4+

___2...Ke4 3. Qb5

**[1.0]**Ke3 4. Qe2#

___2...Kd6 3. Qg5

**[1.0]**Kd7 4. Qd8#

___2...Kc4 3. Qf5

**[1.0]**Kc3 4. Qc2#

1...Ke4 2. Sfd4 (2...Ke3? 3. Qe2#) Kd3 3. Qe2+

**[0.5]**Kc3 4. Qc2#

1...Kf6 2. Qh7 Ke5 3. Se3

**[0.5]**

______3...Kd6 4. Qc7#

______3...Kf6 4. Qg7# / 4. Sg4#

**Problem 346 (=) : Sergei Tkachenko**

**Key : 1. Rc8+! [1.0]**

(1. Rxc2? A2 2. Rxa2 Bxa2 3. Sd2 h2 4. Be4 Bd5 -+)

1...Kxf7 2. Rxc2 a2 3. Rxa2 Bxa2 4. Sd2

**[1.0]**

(4. Sc3? Bc4+ 5. Bxc4 h2 -+)

4...h2 5. Be4 Bd5 6 Sf3!

**[1.0]**

(6. Bh1? Bxh1 7 Sf1 Bb7 -+)

6...h1=Q 7. Sg5+

**[1.0]**

(7. Se5+? Kf6 8. Sg4+ Kg5 9. Bxh1 Kxg4 -+)

7...Kf6 8. Sh7+ Kg7 9. Bxh1 Kxh7 10. Bxd5 exd5 11. Kb5

**[1.0]**and the pawn can be captured (=)

**Problem 347 (h#3) 2.1.1.1.1.1 : C. Feather**

**Key : 1. Kxe4!**Rd8 2. Sd3 Be5 3. dxe5 exd3#

**[2.5]**

**Key : 1. Kc4!**Kh7 2. Sc6 Bd4 3. cxd4 Rxc6#

**[2.5]**

**Problem 348 (s#3) : E. Ivanov**

Tries : [1. Rd5+? Cxd5!], [1. Sb2? / Sd2? Bg4!].

**Key : 1. Sb6! [1.0]**( > 2. Rc4+ Rxc4+ 3. Qb4+ Rxb4#

**[1.0]**)

1...Sg4 2. Qf1 ~ 3. Qb5+

**[1.0]**cxb5#

1...g4 2. Rb4 ~ 3. Rb5+

**[1.0]**cxb5#

1...Bg4 2. Rd5+ cxd5 3. Sd7+

**[1.0]**Bxd7#

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