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First Theme Tournament

The theme of StrateGems' first Theme Tournament was: "In an orthodox shortest proof game, one or more pieces are not what they appear to be." Philippe Schnoebelen judged the tournament.


Michel Caillaud
1st prize StrateGems Theme Tournament
Dedicated to Gianni Donati

[r1kq1bb1/pppnp1p1/3p3n/2PN1Bp1/5r2/5PP1/PPP5/RN1QK2R] (solution)

13+15. Proof game in 17.5 moves (2 solutions)


Michel Caillaud
2nd prize StrateGems Theme Tournament

[rQbqkbnr/ppR2p1p/2n2P2/3P4/3R2P1/8/PP2NP1P/Kb3b2] (solution)

12+14. Proof game in 18.0 moves


Michel Caillaud
3rd prize StrateGems Theme Tournament

[rnbqkbnr/1ppppppp/1B6/8/P7/N1RPP1K1/2P2PPP/3Q1BNR] (solution)

12+14. Proof game in 11.0 moves
(b) d7 -> d6
(c) d7 -> d5


Michel Caillaud & Thierry le Gleuher
1st Honorable Mention StrateGems Theme Tournament

[6nr/ppp1pq1p/4b1k1/R1Pp1pB1/Q7/2b5/1P1PBPPP/RN5K] (solution)

13+13. Proof game in 18.0 moves


Michel Caillaud
2nd Honorable Mention StrateGems Theme Tournament

[8/ppp2p1p/1kn1b1pr/n7/7q/6b1/PPP1rPPP/RNBQKBNR] (solution)

14+14+. Proof game in 18.0 moves


Michel Caillaud
3rd Honorable Mention StrateGems Theme Tournament

[rn1b2N1/ppp1np1p/3p2b1/4p1k1/7q/8/PPPPPrPP/RNBQKBNR] (solution)

+. Proof game inmoves


Goran Forslund
Commendation StrateGems Theme Tournament

[1nb2rk1/1ppppp1p/8/2q4p/6n1/2PP4/P1P1PP1P/RNBQKBNR] (solution)

15+13. Shortest proof game?


Thierry le Gleuher
Commendation StrateGems Theme Tournament
This problem was later found to be cooked

[1nbqkb1r/rppppp1p/1R2Qp2/1R3KPB/1P2n2P/1P2P1B1/2PP1P2/6N1] (solution)

15+15. Proof game in 25.0 moves

Correction:

Thierry le Gleuher
StrateGems vol 2 April/June 1999 N°6 page 99

[1nbqkb1r/rppppp1p/1R2Qp1N/1R1nB2B/1P5P/1P1KP3/2PP1P2/6N1] (solution)

15+15. Shortest proof game in 25,5 moves

[1nbqkb1r/rppppp1p/1R2Qp1N/1R1nB2B/1P5P/1P1KP3/2PP1P2/6N1]


Michel Caillaud
Commendation StrateGems Theme Tournament

[1n2kbnr/1p2pppp/1ppp1N2/8/1qP5/5r2/bP1PPPP1/R1BQKBNR] (solution)

14+16. Proof game in 12.5 moves (2 solutions)