Awarded Problems

I could not have imagined a more delightful set of entries to this tourney. My thanks to Dan Meinking for administering the tourney and for keeping after me to make the difficult choices required by the high level of the competition. Thanks also to Michel Caillaud, Noam Elkies, Ryan McCracken and Kostas Prentos, who woodshedded the 94 entries (after Dan had given them his initial review) and cooked 13 of them, leaving 81 problems to judge. (I believe Dan notified the authors of the cooks; many attempted ambitious schemes which I hope can be corrected and published.)

The entries exhibited numerous motivations for a promotee to leave its promotion square and return, which was the theme of this tourney: these included capture of an opposing unit (most often a pawn or a blocked bishop); clearance; screening of one king or the other against check; provision of a safe path for the opposing king; and tempo. In general, games in which capture-and-return was the principal motivation were less successful than others, though this was not uniformly the case. The theme lent itself to the production of extra-set pieces in the diagram, but happily many composers managed against all odds to avoid this even while showing complex ideas.

I am comfortable with the selection of nine problems for prizes, though I am not sure I got the ranking among them right. They are all splendid problems and achieve their aims elegantly, without evidence of the difficulty which composing them surely entailed. I selected fifteen problems for Honorable Mention and twenty-two for Commendations. While this honors slightly over 50% of the entries - which may seem a high proportion - the truth is I wrestled with myself to cut the list down. There were many fine problems that do not appear here, and they surely would have had the overall level of composition not been so high.

I thank everyone who contributed to make this tourney a great success and a wonderful birthday present!

Gianni Donati, Princeton, NJ, December 2003

Please send claims of anticipation or unsoundness to Dan Meinking (dmeinking(at)cinci.rr.com) by July 31, 2004.

1 - **Michel Caillaud** (France)

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1st Prize

13+15. Proof game in 15 moves (C+)

[1n2r3/1ppk3p/1p2rn2/3p1pp1/3bq3/7b/1PPPP1PP/1NBQKBNR]

2 - **Michel Caillaud** & **Reto Aschwanden**
(France/Switzerland)

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2nd Prize

12+15. Proof game in 20 moves

[1kb5/6pp/n2p2n1/pp2p1B1/5p2/b2PP3/q1r2PPP/RNrQK1NR]

3 - **Reto Aschwanden** & **Michel Caillaud**
(Switzerland/France)

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3rd Prize

16+13. Proof game in 19.5 moves (C+)

[rnbqk1nR/pppppp1p/5P2/8/2B2R2/N1P2N1P/P1PPP2P/3QK1B1]

4 - **Mark Kirtley** (Alpine, TX)

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4th Prize

14+12. Proof game in 23.5 moves

[1kBr2n1/2p2pp1/2rp1p2/3RbP2/2r5/3P4/pPPP2P1/RNBK1BN1]

5 - **Michel Caillaud** & **Reto Aschwanden (Fr**ance/Switzerland)

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5th Prize

15+14. Proof game in 24.5 moves

[rn2k3/pp1p1p1p/3P1nr1/4p3/1P5q/K1RPPRPQ/PN2N2P/2b1Bb1B]

6 - **Michel Caillaud** & **Reto Aschwanden**
(France/Switzerland)

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6th Prize

14+15. Proof game in 17.5 moves (C+)

[q2nbbn1/pp1rpp2/1r1pk3/6p1/P4p2/8/1PP1PP1P/RNBQKBNR]

7 - **Unto Heinonen** (Finland)

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7th Prize

15+15. Proof game in 22 moves

[r2qkbn1/p2b1pp1/3pp3/2p3p1/r1B1P1RP/B1PP1N2/P1Q2PPR/1nK3N1]

8 - **Rustam Ubaidullaev** (Russia)

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8th Prize

13+15. Proof game in 19 moves (C+)

[3n2nk/pbpppp2/p7/5rq1/7p/4b1r1/PP1PP1PP/RNB1KBNR]

9 - **Michel Caillaud** (France)

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9th Prize

14+14. Proof game in 19.5 moves

[1Rb2bR1/2pkp2q/n4n2/p5Pp/4p2r/4p3/1PPPPPr1/1NBQKBN1]

Honorable Mentions, sorted by: number of moves, total units, and total white units.

10 - **Dan Meinking** (Cincinnati, OH)

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After Satoshi Hashimoto

Honorable Mention

14+15. Proof game in 9.5 moves (C+)

[rnbqkbnr/pp1ppppp/8/8/2PP4/2B5/PK2PPPP/2NR1BNR]

11 - **Rustam Ubaidullaev** (Russia)

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Honorable Mention

15+14. Proof game in 10.5 moves (C+)

[rnb3rk/pppp2bp/8/4pp2/4n3/1P5P/P1PPP1BP/RNBQK1NR]

12 - **Michel Caillaud** (France)

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Honorable Mention

14+15. Proof game in 12 moves (C+)

[r1b2rn1/ppppbpk1/3p2nq/7p/8/8/PPPPPPP1/RNBQKBN1]

13 - **Olli Heimo** (Finland)

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Honorable Mention

13+12. Proof game in 12.5 moves (C+)

[rnbRkb2/p2ppp2/8/7p/8/8/P1PPPP1p/qNBQKBNR]

14 - **Dan Meinking** (Cincinnati, OH)

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Honorable Mention

15+14. Proof game in 14 moves (C+)

[rnBkqbn1/p1ppp1p1/2p5/3rQ3/7p/5P2/P1PP1PPP/RNB1K1NR]

15 - **Jorge J.** Lois (Argentina)

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Honorable Mention

15+13. Proof game in 15.5 moves (C+)

[6Bn/ppp1p1b1/2p1k1pr/5b1q/7r/8/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK1NR]

16 - **Satoshi Hashimoto** (Japan)

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Honorable Mention

14+15. Proof game in 16 moves (C+)

[r1bq1nn1/1p3p2/2pp1pp1/1kb4p/5r2/8/2PPPPPP/RNBQKBNR]

17 - **Kostas Prentos** (Greece)

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Honorable Mention

13+13. Proof game in 16.5 moves (C+)

[1Rb4B/pqppp2p/2n4n/3k1p2/8/P7/2RPPPP1/1NbQKBNr]

18 - **Jorge J. Lois** & **Roberto Osorio**
(Argentina)

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Honorable Mention

14+15. Proof game in 16.5 moves (C+)

[rnbqk1n1/1ppp1p2/P4rp1/4pR1p/3P3P/2PR4/2P1PPP1/KNbQ1B2]

19 - **Paul Raican** (Romania)

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Honorable Mention

12+13. Proof game in 17.5 moves (C+)

[rnkB1bnr/pb1p1pp1/8/1K6/6b1/1P3Q2/PB1P3P/R1q1N1NR]

20 - **Göran Wicklund** (Sweden)

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Honorable Mention

13+13. Proof game in 17.5 moves (C+)

[1n5Q/2pppp1p/4b2k/Rp4r1/p7/b6P/2PPP1PR/1NqQKBN1]

21 - **Rustam Ubaidullaev** (Russia)

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Honorable Mention

14+13. Proof game in 18 moves (C+)

[6r1/P1pppprk/1p4p1/1n3b2/8/2q5/PbPPPP1P/RNBQKB1R]

22 - **Ryan McCracken** (Albuquerque, NM)

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Honorable Mention

13+16. Proof game in 18 moves (C+)

[rnbq1bnr/1pp1p1pp/1k2p1R1/8/Q1R2P1P/N1P5/P2PP2B/1rK1N1b1]

23 - **Kostas Prentos** (Greece)

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Honorable Mention

14+14. Proof game in 20.5 moves (C+)

[R7/1ppppnp1/5prp/1pn5/5rk1/7q/NPPPPPP1/R1BQKBN1]

24 - **Paul Raican** (Romania)

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Honorable Mention

16+14. Proof game in 21 moves (C+)

[2kr1bnr/pRpnppp1/Q2Rb3/2Bp4/P1P1P3/2N2BP1/P2P1PP1/Kq4N1]

Commendations, sorted by: number of moves, total units, and total white units.

25 - **Michel Caillaud** (France)

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Commendation

15+14. Proof game in 8 moves (C+)

[1rb2bnr/p3p1pp/1p1p1k2/5p2/5q2/8/P1PPPPPP/RNBQKBNR]

26 - **Noam D. Elkies** (Cambridge, MA)

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Commendation

16+14. Proof game in 9 moves (C+)

[r1b1kbB1/pp1ppp2/2n3q1/2p5/r3n3/8/PPPPP1PP/RNBQKBNR]

27 - **Andrew Buchanan** (Los Angeles, CA)

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Commendation

15+16. Proof game in 9.5 moves (C+)

[rnr1b1k1/ppp2ppp/2pQpq1n/2b5/8/8/PPP1PPPP/RNB1KBNR]

28 - **Ivan Denkovski** & **Gligor Denkovski**
(Macedonia)

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Commendation

9+14. Proof game in 12 moves (C+)

[rnb1kbn1/ppp1ppp1/6p1/8/8/3P4/PPPP4/2KQ1rNR]

29 - **Kevin Begley** (Elk Grove, CA)

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Commendation

15+14. Proof game in 12.5 moves (C+)

[2q2b1r/p1k1pppp/N1nr4/2p5/1nb5/8/PP1PPPPP/R1BQKBNR]

30 - **Roberto Osorio** (Argentina)

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Commendation

13+15. Proof game in 13.5 moves (C+)

[1nbqkbnr/1Pppppp1/1pP4p/8/1K6/2N5/PB2PPPP/R1r3NR]

31 - **Noam Elkies** (Cambridge, MA)

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Commendation

15+12. Proof game in 14 moves (C+)

[4n1bk/pppnr3/3p4/2b1p3/6Pq/8/PPPPP2P/RNBQKBNR]

32 - **Mark Kirtley** & **Dan Meinking** (U.S.A.)

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Commendation

13+12. Proof game in 15 moves (C+)

[1nb1k1nr/2pp1ppQ/B4p1R/1P3P2/1P6/b7/1PP1P2P/1N2K1Nq]

33 - **Goran Wicklund** (Sweden)

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Commendation

14+12. Proof game in 15 moves (C+)

[1nbq1k2/1Rpppp1p/1p3n2/8/8/PP6/1BPPP1PP/Qq1K1BNR]

34 - **Jorge J. Lois** & **Roberto Osorio**
(Argentina)

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Commendation

15+15. Proof game in 15.5 moves (C+)

[5bnN/p1ppp1p1/r1n1k1p1/rp1b4/8/5p2/PPPPPPP1/R1BQKBNR]

35 - **Goran Wicklund** (Sweden)

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Commendation

10+13. Proof game in 16 moves (C+)

[rnbqk1nr/2ppp1Qp/6pb/8/8/5KQB/1PPPPPR1/8]

36 - **Jorge J. Lois** (Argentina)

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Commendation

12+13. Proof game in 16.5 moves (C+)

[1QbqkNnr/2pp1ppp/8/8/4PR1r/1K1P4/P1B1N1PP/1nbR4]

37 - **Ion Murarasu** & **Paul Raican** (Romania)

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Commendation

13+12. Proof game in 16.5 moves (C+)

[1Rb2B1r/p1ppnr1p/n2k1q2/8/8/8/1PPPKPP1/RN1r1BNR]

38 - **Kostas Prentos** (Greece)

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Commendation

14+12. Proof game in 16.5 moves (C+)

[5rB1/2ppppp1/1qp3b1/k7/2rn4/8/P1PPPP1P/RNBQK1NR]

39 - **Rustam Ubaidullaev** (Russia)

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Commendation

15+13. Proof game in 17 moves (C+)

[N1bqk1n1/3pppp1/2p5/ppn4p/1K6/3B4/P1PP1PPP/RNBQ2NR]

40 - **Goran Wicklund** (Sweden)

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Commendation

11+14. Proof game in 18 moves (C+)

[rnbqkbnr/QpppP1pR/7P/7R/P7/7B/1P1PP3/1b2K1q1]

41 - **Bo Lindgren** & **Dirk Borst** (Sweden/Netherlands)

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Commendation

12+13. Proof game in 18 moves (C+)

[rn1q1rk1/B1ppppp1/1p5n/8/8/2Q2P2/P1RPNPPP/nB3K2]

42 - **Kostas Prentos** (Greece)

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Commendation

14+11. Proof game in 22.5 moves (C+)

[1Q1Nr1Bk/2bnr2p/5n2/3p1b2/8/p4Qr1/1PPP1KP1/RN3BNR]

43 - **Olli Heimo** (Finland)

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Commendation

10+14. Proof game in 24 moves

[1n6/1p2np2/3kp1pp/Pr3bb1/3q3r/n7/1PPPPPP1/2B1KB2]

44 - **Göran Wicklund** (Sweden)

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Commendation

14+13. Proof game in 25.5 moves

[2R2R2/1pppkppp/4p2B/2r2n2/3P4/R6b/2PQ1PPP/r1n1KBNR]

45 - **Andrey Frolkin** (Ukraine)

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Commendation

14+10. Proof game in 27 moves (C+)

[1B3NN1/1b5n/5q1n/6kp/p4br1/2NP4/1PPP2B1/RN1Q1RnK]

46 - **Nicolas Dupont** (France)

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Commendation

10+15. Proof game in 29.5 moves

[8/3p1p1B/1p4pn/q1p1n3/1k2r3/b4b2/pbPPPPP1/r1BQKB2]