Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Task from Nikos Pergialis (2)

From mr Nikos Pergialis comes another task (a six-bullet-gun, as he said) with Royal Battery. (The previous one is here)
(In the Royal battery one King moves discovering a piece which checks the other King. We can have at most 6 variations in an orthodox problem. If this happens, the composer has achieved a task).

Comment by the composer ...

"If black attempts to give check, he dies instantly. Let some venerables see this six-bullet-gun, this Royal task with 12 pieces, and not be indifferent to the rules of chess composition.

 Ton a'thlo en anamoni' - (This task in waiting)
 sas ton parousia'zo - (I present to you)
 ki an ge'rasa re ma'gkes mou - (and though I am aged, my urchins)
 pa'nta mprosta' kita'zo - (I always look ahead).

(5 + 7)
Nikos Pergialis

Try : {1.exd5? [2.Ke4#] d3!}
Key : 1.Bd1! (zugzwang)
1...Sf2 2.Kxf2#
1...Sg3 2.Kxg3#
1...h2 2.Kg2#
1...d3 2.Ke3#
1...dxe4+ 2.Kxe4#
1...exf4 2.Kxf4#

The composer likes problems with a few pieces and ideal mates. Sometimes he accompanies them with verses. We will present more problems by the last rembetis Nikos Pergialis.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Chess-related paintings

An excellent slide-show!


Thursday, October 04, 2012



On occasion of 11th Warsaw Solving Grand Prix the Mazovian Chess Society announces the international tourney in following section:

h#2 with set play – judge Eugeniusz Iwanow
s#3 with try/tries– judge Waldemar Tura

E. Iwanow, 1st PR OZSz. Częstochowa 1982
White Kh1 Rg7 Ph3
Black Kh4 Bg4 Sf4. (3+3) h#2*    
1...Kh2 2.Sh5 R:g4#
1.Kh5 h4 2.Sg6 Rh7#

W. Tura, Phénix 1994
White Ke8 Qg5 Bh2 Pd7 Pe7
Black Ke6 Qh8 Bg8 Sf2 Pb7 Pg6 Pg7 Ph7. (5+8) s#3        
1.d8Q? ~ 2.Qf4/Qgd5+ 1...Se4!
1.Kf8! ~ 2.e8R+ K:d7 3.Qd5+ Bd5#
1...Se4 2.d8S+ Kd7 3.Qg4+ Be6#
1...K:d7 2.Qd5+ Kc8 3.Qe6+  B:e6#

Zeropositions, fairy pieces and conditions not allowed.

In each group there are 3 prizes.

Closing date: October 31st 2012.

Award will be ready by November 25th 2012.

Problems (on diagrams or in notation) with the complete solution send to: