Quick Thematic Tourney (time : three hours)a) Theme: Orthodox two-mover where at least two variations have the mating move starting from (or ending to) the same square.
Black correction. The move 1...Βc3 corrects the moves 1...Βxh4 and 1...Rd2. The move 1...Βd2 corrects the moves 1...Βxb4 and 1...Βc3.
b) Theme: Helpmate with two solutions (or twin), where in one a pawn A makes a single step and a pawn B makes a double step, and in the other the pawns exchange roles.
h#2, a) diagram, b) wBa2->f2
a) 1.Kc5 e3 2.Sd6 d4#
b) 1.Kd5 d3 2.Qd6 e4#
Selfblock. Model mates. Dual avoidance.
Azerbaijan Study TourneyTheme : Sacrifice (with or without check) of a white chessman (piece of pawn) on a square guarded by two black chessmen.
The Judge decided that the thematic moves were not sacrificies and gave no distinction.
Later he send this problem to be published : [Olympiya Dunyasi No62 13-15.09.2011, problem 721].
Second Bulgarian Wine TourneyTheme : Helpmate two-movers with at least a Chameleon-piece (of type Q-S-B-R-Q). Other fairy pieces or conditions are not allowed.
The Judge Diyan Konstadinov wrote [Six different solutions, but with Not homogeneous play].
METAXA Tourney Jesi (Italy) 2011 in memoriam Albert H. KNIESTThe Greek Judge Pavlos Moutecidis (who has started the custom with local wines to accompany the prizes) asked the following.
Theme : Selfmate Maximummer with set play. No limit on the number of moves. The total number of pieces should not exceed 10. Other fairy conditions or pieces are not allowed.
It contains the theme white Chernous ("A white piece A theatens the black King. A black piece is self-pinned to stop the threat. Then the White unpins B, the piece A self-blocks the white King and the black B delivers mate"). (The theme Chernous has reversed colours).
I will post the second part very soon.