## Saturday, January 31, 2015

### Adventure in composition with Andernach Lions

In this post we will observe the attempt for composing problems having specific fairy pieces, namely Andernach Lions.

Lion : Is a hurdle jumper, moves at Queen lines, jumps over a hurdle and steps on one of the empty squares (or captures a piece there) which are exactly behind the hurdle.
The "hurdle-color changing" Lion (or
Andernach Lion) when passes over a hurdle changes the color of the hurdle (except it is a King or a neutral piece).

Last year we had seen, among the awarded problems in the World Congress on Chess Composition (WCCC) in Bern, the following problem with one Andernach Lion.
The composition tourney asked from the composers a helpmate two-mover with hurdle-color changing Lions. We had two ideas but the deadline was only three hours, so we barely had the time for checking one composition, the problem-776.

 Problem-776 Manolas Emmanuel (GRE) and Prentos Kostas (GRE) Commendation, Quick Composing Ty, WCCC 2014 Bern 2Sk4/3p4/8/3K4/8/8/1(whL)2r3/8 (3 + 3) (hL hurdle-color changing Lion b2 + 0) h#2, two solutions 1.Re2-f2 hLb2-g2(wRf2) 2.Kd8-e8 hLg2-a8# 1.Re2-e5+ hLb2-g7(wRe5) 2.Kd8xc8 Re5-e8# The Judge wrote : "Nice miniature. The white rook and Lion exchange functions in the mate".

The second idea lead us to the Problem-795. The idea here was to put the black Lions as epaulets from both sides of the mating piece, so they cannot capture it. This is achieved with Orthogonal - Diagonal Transformation, as you can see in the solution.

The prominent composer Kostas Prentos, international maitre and multi-champion of Greece in solving contests, has moved to Uinted States of America, that is why his name is appended with USA.

 Problem-795 Prentos Kostas (USA) and Manolas Emmanuel (GRE) Julia's Fairies No.593, 04-09-2014 8/8/(whL)5b1/2(bhL)p4/3pk3/1K6/1(bhL)P1r3/8 (3 + 7) (hL, Andernach Lion a6 + b2 c5) h#2, a) Diagram, b) wPc2 to g2 a) 1.hLc5-f2(wPd4) Kb3-c3 2.hLb2-d2(bPc2) hLa6-f1(wRe2)# b) 1.hLc5-g5(wPd5) Rb3-c4 2.hLb2-g7(wPd4) hLa6-h6(wBg6)# For this problem we had many comments, mainly because the black pieces bRe2 and bBg6 stayed inert, waiting to change color. It is not forbidden for black pieces to stay inactive in some of the solutions (for white pieces this is forbidden), nevertheless the composition could be altered.

The composer Ladislav Packa had proposed to us the idea to convert the inactive pieces to Andernach Lions. In the following Problem-796, besides Lions (moving in Queen lines) we use a Rook-Lion (moving in Rook lines). To achieve what we want, we start with a white move, so the problem is now h#2,5 .

 Problem-796 Packa Ladislav and Prentos Kostas and Manolas Emmanuel Pat a Mat No.90, December 2014, page 242 Problem No.790 7b/3(bhRL)4/2p1p3/4(bhL)(bhL)2/P1kpP(whL)2/8/2p1p3/4K3 (4 + 10) (hL, Andernach Lion f4 + e5 f5) (hRL, Andernach Rook-Lion 0 + d7) h#2.5, two solutions 1…hLf4-c7(whLe5)+ 2.hRLd7-b7(bhLc7) Ke1xe2 3.hLf5-d7(wPe6) hLe5-b8(whLc7)# 1…hLf4-f7(whLf5)+ 2.hRLd7-g7(bhLf7) Ke1-d2 3.hLe5-e7(wPe6) hLf5-f8(whLf7)# Here there is Orthogonal - Diagonal Transformation and the idea of Lions as epaulets is well presented.

Since the moves have become 2.5, the question arises if we can make something different for helpmate twomover. I have tried the position which is shown as Problem-797.

 Problem-797 Manolas Emmanuel (GRE) original 3K1(whL)2/8/8/2SP2(bhL)1/3k4/1P6/5br1/1s4B1 (6 + 5) (Andernach Lion f8 + g5) h#2, a) Diagram, b) bRg2 to b4 a) 1.hLg5xg1(wRg2) Rg2-g5 2.hLg1-a1(wSb1) hLf8-f1(wBf2)# b) 1.hLg5xc5(bPd5) Bg1-h2 2.hLc5-e3 hLf8-a3(wRb4)# Here we see the Orthogonal - Diagonal Transformation, but not the epaulets, which may be abandoned. Black pieces are used that stay inactive in some phase (not forbidden, but not economical enough), and the solutions have not the same number of color changing.

Maybe I can do better. Let us try a new position.

 Problem-798 Manolas Emmanuel (GRE) original 8/8/8/1(bhL)pk4/p7/4Kp2/1P2(bhL)1(bhL)1/8 (2 + 7) (hL Andernach Lion 0 + b5 e2 g2) h#2, a) diagram, b) bPa4 to e6 a) 1.hLg2-c2(whLe2) b2-b4 2.hLc2-c6(wPc5) hLe2-a6(whLb5)# b) 1.hLb5-f1(whLe2) b2-b3 2.hLf1-f4(wPf3) hLe2-h2(whLg2)# Here White has minimal force, just one Pawn, but he can find the required forces to make two mates, one in an orthogonal way and one in a diagonal way. In each solution there are three changes of color.

Can this become better? The answer is yes.

 Problem-799 Manolas Emmanuel (GRE) and Prentos Kostas (GRE) dedicated to Ladislav Packa The Problemist vol.25 No.1, January 2015, problem F3184 Commendation, vol.27 No.6, November 2019, p.242 4K3/8/8/1(bhL)pk1p2/p2p4/5p1(whL)/1p2(bhL)1(bhL)1/8 (2 + 10) (hL Andernach Lion h3 + b5 e2 g2) h#2, two solutions 1.hLg2-c2(whLe2) hLh3-e3(wPf3) 2.hLc2-c6(wPc5)+ hLe2-a6(whLb5)# 1.hLb5-f1(whLe2) hLh3-c8(wPf5) 2.hLf1-f4(wPf3) hLe2-h2(whLg2)# The composition is not in a twin form, it has two solutions. There is orthogonal - diagonal transformation. White has only an Andernach Lion. In each solution there are four color changes and they are all necessary! Comment by Judge Michal Dragoun : Full analogy in recolouring of the pieces.

## Thursday, January 29, 2015

### ISC 2015, results

11. INTERNATIONAL SOLVING CONTEST, 25 JANUARY 2015
RESULT (Category 1)
(country) : GREECE / ATHENS
M = male / F = female      0=wrong solution  “-“=no solution
 NAME Date ofbirth 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 TOT.Pts. TIME1 TIME2 TOT.TIME PLACE Kourkoulos-ArditisStamatis 7/6/1998 5 4 0 3 2,5 - 5 5 5 4 5 - 38,5 114 116 230 1 MendrinosNikolaos 25/10/1964 5 5 5 1 2,5 - 5 5 0 5 5 - 38,5 120 120 240 2 FougiaxisHarry 20/4/1966 5 5 - - 2,5 0 5 5 0 - 5 - 27,5 116 116 232 3 Papastavropoulos Andreas 28/3/1955 5 5 - - - 2,5 5 5 2 - 1,5 - 26 120 120 240 4 Skyrianoglou Dimitrios 28/9/1973 5 5 - 0 2,5 1,25 5 - - 4 3 - 25,75 120 120 240 5 Papargyriou Anastasis 1989 5 4 - 0 2,5 - 5 0 - 2 5 - 23,5 120 120 240 6 Kostouros Alexandros 27/5/1977 5 5 0 0 2,5 0 5 0 0 2 3 - 22,5 120 120 240 7 Halkias Stelios 11/4/1980 5 5 0 3 - - 5 0 0 2 - - 20 120 120 240 8 Vlahos Elissaios 11/8/1973 5 4 0 2 - 0 5 0 - 2 - - 18 118 120 238 9 Petridis Evangelos 11/10/1958 5 5 - 0 - 0 5 0 - 1 0 - 16 120 118 238 10 Mitsakis Konstantinos) 22/5/1964 5 5 0 0 - - 5 - - 0 - - 15 120 120 240 11 Paggali Marianna (F) 1983 5 - - - 2,5 - 5 - - - 1,5 - 14 120 120 240 12 Zervogiannis Alexandros 1991 5 4 0 0 - - 0 0 0 1 0 0 10 120 120 240 13 Manolas Emmanuel 12/7/1950 5 0 - 0 - 0 0 - - - 1,5 - 6,5 120 117 237 14

Other results from Patra here : http://sopatron.gr/11th_ISC.htm

## Sunday, January 25, 2015

### ISC 2015, problems and solutions

ISC 2015

 categories problems solutions 1 difficult 1st round 2nd round 1st round 2nd round 2 medium 1st round 2nd round 1st round 2nd round 3 easy round one round one

14 solvers in category 1 (very encouraging for us to see 14 solvers in the day of national elections!!! )
The Winners :
1 ... Kourkoulos Arditis Stamatis 38,5 points / 230 minutes
2 ... Mendrinos Nikos 38,5 p. / 240 m.
3 ... Fougiaxis Harry 27,5 p. / 232 m.

 The judge Giannis Garoufalidis, Anastasis Papargyriou, Andreas Papastavropoulos, Nikos Mendrinos FIDE Maitre

## Saturday, January 10, 2015

### A monograph for the Leibovici theme for helpmate twomovers

The site kobulchess.com has published a monograph (in English) by the composer Massimo La Rosa about the Leibovici theme in helpmate twomovers.

This is a detailed monograph and we are lucky having internet access and reading excellent works, like this article.

The author was helped by Zivko Janevski, Mario Parrinello and Brian Stephenson and has dedicated his article to Chris Feather.

You may find the article here : http://kobulchess.com/images/pdf/leibovici.pdf

## Wednesday, January 07, 2015

### A gift for a nameday

Today in Greece is celebrated the nameday of John (=Ioannis, Gianni, Johannes). I will dedicate today's post to my good friend and excellent chess composer, Ioannis Kalkavouras.

Since he likes logical compositions, I created a small one, it is only threemover, not a multimover as they are the ones he usually composes.

Happy nameday, John!

 Problem-794 (original) Emmanuel Manolas, GR dedicated to Ioannis Kalkavouras 2s1SBB1/p2pr3/1p3p2/8/2PkSP2/2pPp3/4K3/8 (8 + 9) #3 Tries: {1.Bxe7? [2.Bxf6#] Sxe7!}, {1.Sc7? [2.Sb5#] a6!} Key: 1.Sg7! [2.Sf5#] 1…Sd6 2.Bxe7 [3.Bxf6#] Sxc4 / Sxe4 / Sf7 / Se8 3.Sf5# 1…Re5 2.Bb4 [3.Bxc3#] Rxe4 3.Sf5# 1…Rxg7 2.Bxg7 [3.Bxf6#] The try 1.Bxe7? with threat [2.Bxf6#] (this is the Main Plan) is answered with 1...Sxe7! After the key 1.Sg7! with a different threat [2.Sf5#] (this is the Pre-Plan), Black tries to resist with 1...Sd6 and then reappears the try-move Bxe7 with the initial threat [Bxf6#] (that is the Main Plan).

## Monday, January 05, 2015

### 2nd Greek Cup on Solving, the participants

 2nd Greek Cup on Solving Chess Problems 04 January 2015 Unofficial Table of Grades s/n Full name cat. Elo City po- ints ti- me 1 #2 2 #2 3 #2 4 #2 5 +- 6 +- 7 #3 8 #3 9 #4 10 #4 11 h#2 12 h#5 13 s#2 14 s#6 1 Konidaris Panagiotis Preveza 64,2 148 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4,2 5 0 5 5 5 5 2 Papargyriou Anastasis Ilioupoli 58 150 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 0 5 5 3 0 3 Papastavropoulos Andreas Ilioupoli 57,5 150 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 3,5 4 5 5 5 4 Sidiropoulos Nikos Ptolemaida 54 150 5 5 5 5 4 1,5 5 3,5 5 5 5 5 5 Fougiaxis Harry Ilioupoli 53 150 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 4 5 5 5 6 Petridis Evangelos Ilioupoli 50,5 145 5 5 5 5 5 1,5 5 5 4 5 5 7 Vlahos Elisseos Ilioupoli 50,5 147 5 5 5 5 4 1,5 5 5 5 0 5 5 0 8 Skyrianoglou Dimitris Aegaleo 49 148 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 9 Garoufalidis Ioannis Ilioupoli 49 150 5 5 5 5 5 0,5 5 0 3,5 5 5 5 10 Stamatopoulos Apostolos Y Patra 48 140 5 5 5 5 5 1,5 5 0 3,5 0 5 5 3 0 11 Mitsakis Konstantinos Ilioupoli 46,7 147 5 5 5 0 4 5 5 4,2 3,5 5 5 12 Sklavounos Panagis Ilioupoli 46 145 5 5 5 5 4 1,5 5 0 5 0 5 2,5 3 0 13 Manolas Emmanuel Aegaleo 46 148 5 5 5 5 5 0,5 5 0 5 0 5 2,5 3 14 Koutoukidis Panagiotis Ilioupoli 45 150 5 5 5 0 5 5 5 5 5 5 15 Anamodouras Leocratis Ilioupoli 44,3 150 5 5 5 0 4 5 1,8 3,5 0 5 5 5 16 Hatzimanolis Antonios Triandria 44 150 5 5 5 0 5 1,5 5 5 0 5 2,5 5 17 Spiliadis Athanasios Patra 41,4 150 5 5 5 0 5 5 5 2,4 3,5 0 2,5 3 18 Pountzas Chrysanthos Patra 39,5 148 5 5 5 5 4 0,5 5 0 0 5 5 19 Hahamis Nestor Y Preveza 35,5 131 5 5 5 0 5 5 0 5 0 2,5 3 0 20 Katagis Thodoris Y Preveza 35 137 5 0 5 0 5 5 0 5 5 5 21 Kodounas Georgios Ptolemaida 35 150 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 22 Masouros Panagiotis Patra 35 150 5 5 5 0 4 0,5 5 0 0 5 2,5 3 23 Marinakis Christos Y Chania 34,5 150 5 5 5 0 5 0,5 5 0 3,5 0 2,5 0 3 0 24 Christoforidis Christoforos Y Drama 34 134 5 5 5 0 4 5 5 5 25 Voutskidis Panagiotis Ptolemaida 33 150 5 5 5 1 0,5 5 3,5 5 3 26 Urosevic Marija W Agios Kirikos 32,5 150 5 5 5 0 5 5 2,5 5 27 Ropakis Christos Y Preveza 32,5 150 5 5 5 0 5 0 5 2,5 5 28 Zaronikas Dimitrios Y Patra 31 140 5 5 5 0 5 1,5 5 0 0 0 2,5 2 29 Kollias Dimitrios Y Patra 31 150 0 5 5 5 0 5 3,5 0 2,5 5 30 Pagges Vasilios Y Preveza 31 150 5 5 5 0 5 0,5 5 2,5 3 31 Christoforidis Vasilios Y Drama 30,5 148 5 5 5 5 5 0,5 5 0 0 32 Kakoulidis Vasilios Y Patra 30 149 5 5 5 0 5 0 0 5 5 33 Diamantakos Ioannis Vathy 30 150 5 5 5 0 5 0,5 5 5 5 3 0 34 Hahamis Efstathios Y Preveza 29,5 141 5 0 5 0 1 0,5 5 0 5 5 3 0 35 Koulis Ioannis Preveza 29 150 5 5 5 5 4 5 0 0 36 Gizis Konstantinos Y Ermoupoli 28,5 150 5 5 5 0 1 5 2,5 5 37 Zemanas Ectoras Y Aegaleo 27,5 139 5 0 5 0 5 0 5 0 0 2,5 5 38 Teskos Giorgos Agios Kirikos 27,5 145 5 0 5 0 5 0 5 2,5 5 39 Giavasopoulos Thomas Y Ilioupoli 27,5 146 5 5 5 0 4 5 0 3,5 0 0 0 40 Kefsikoglou Petroula W,Y Preveza 27,5 150 5 5 5 0 5 2,5 5 41 Daskalaki Sofia W Chania 25,5 150 5 0 5 5 4 1,5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 42 Kollias Ioannis Y Patra 25,5 150 5 5 0 4 5 0 0 1,5 5 43 Spyropoulos Marios Ilioupoli 25,5 150 5 0 5 0 4 0 5 0 3,5 0 0 3 44 Symigdalas Antreas Ermoupoli 25,5 150 5 5 5 0 5 0,5 45 Georgakis Spyridon Preveza 25 149 5 0 5 0 5 1,5 5 3,5 46 Tsimpoukellis Panagiotis-G. Y Drama 24 146 5 5 5 0 4 0 5 0 0 47 Kefsikoglou Athanasios Preveza 23,5 150 5 0 5 0 1 0 5 2,5 5 48 Samonas Konstantinos Preveza 23,5 150 5 0 5 0 1 5 0 0 0 2,5 5 49 Mpouzas Sotirios Ilioupoli 21,5 150 5 0 5 0 4 5 2,5 0 50 Diamantakos Sotiris Y Vathy 21 150 5 0 5 0 1 0,5 5 0 0 0 2,5 2 51 Raftopoulos Emmanouil Y Preveza 20 150 5 5 0 4 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 52 Tsotsos Alexandros Y Ptolemaida 20 150 5 5 5 5 53 Merai Savina W,Y Agios Kirikos 19 110 5 5 5 4 54 Diamantakou Ecaterini W Agios Kirikos 19 112 5 5 5 4 55 Artsidakis Giorgos Y Chania 19 150 5 0 5 0 4 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 56 Rek-Doulos Andreas-Pant. Y Ermoupoli 17 150 5 0 5 0 1 5 1 57 Ziogas Christos Preveza 16 150 5 0 5 0 1 0 5 0 58 Ignatiadis Alexandros Y Aegaleo 16 150 5 0 5 0 1 0,5 2,5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 59 Kapsaskis Giorgos Y Ermoupoli 16 150 5 0 5 0 1 5 0 60 Halavazis Petros Y Ermoupoli 16 150 5 0 5 0 1 5 0 0 61 Christodoulakis Stefanos Chania 16 150 5 0 5 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 62 Kefalou Maria-Chrysoula W Agios Kirikos 15 85 5 5 5 63 Hatzinikolaou Emmanouil Vathy 15 120 5 5 5 0 0 64 Voutskidis Ioannis Y Ptolemaida 15 150 5 5 5 65 Giannopoulou Anastasia W Triandria 14,5 150 5 0 5 4 0,5 0 0 66 Ioannou Panagiotis Preveza 14 45 5 0 5 0 4 67 Bekirai Juliano Y Agios Kirikos 14 105 5 0 5 0 4 68 Sifogiannakis Andreas Y Chania 13 150 5 0 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 69 Michailidou Magdalini W,Y Drama 12 150 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 3 70 Kefalos Stamatis Agios Kirikos 11,5 80 5 0 5 0 1 0,5 0 71 Kefalos Isidoros Y Agios Kirikos 11,5 86 5 0 5 0 1 0,5 72 Nikolaou Giannis Chania 11 150 5 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 73 Papoutsi Theodora W Preveza 11 150 5 0 0 0 1 0 5 74 Fandrithi Antria W Chania 10,5 150 5 0 0 0 3 0 2,5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 75 Poulos Stylianos Agios Kirikos 10 35 5 0 5 76 Daflos Ioannis Preveza 10 47 5 0 5 0 77 Kopsidas Evangelos Patra 10 95 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 78 Gerontas Alexandros Preveza 10 116 5 0 5 0 79 Valsamidis Antonis Y Ermoupoli 10 150 5 0 5 0 0 80 Tzimas Giorgos Ermoupoli 10 150 5 0 5 81 Dellas Sotirios Preveza 9 47 5 0 0 0 4 82 Stroponiati Elena W,Y Karlovasi 6,5 120 5 0 0 0 1 0,5 0 0 0 0 83 Stathakis Giannis Chania 6,5 150 5 0 0 0 0 1,5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 84 Dagkas Spyros Preveza 6 47 5 0 1 0 85 Marinos Dimitrios Preveza 6 112 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 86 Gemelas Stergios Y Agios Kirikos 6 150 0 0 0 1 0 5 87 Panousou Aggela-Maria W,Y Karlovasi 6 150 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 88 Felekis Vasilios Preveza 6 150 5 0 0 1 89 Balis Georgios Patra 5 20 5 0 0 0 90 Bekirai Valentino Y Agios Kirikos 5 105 5 0 0 0 91 Kypreou Maria W Agios Kirikos 5 150 5 92 Bouza Myrto-Eleni W,Y Ilioupoli 5 150 5 0 0 0 0 93 Pantelakis Lefteris Y Chania 5 150 0 0 0 0 2,5 0 2,5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 94 Sifogiannakis Giorgos Chania 5 150 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 95 Voulgarakis Giannis Y Chania 4,5 150 0 0 0 0 4 0,5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 96 Delaveris Manolis Y Vathy 4 145 0 0 4 97 Cristodoulakis Mihalis Y Chania 3,5 150 0 0 0 0 1 0 2,5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 98 Koulis Vasilis Y Preveza 1,5 130 0 0 0 0 1 0,5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 99 Porihis Vasilios Ilioupoli 1 150 0 0 0 1 0

This table is revised 15-01-2015. The new rank (in Greek) http://kallitexniko-skaki.blogspot.gr/2015/01/2.html