Monday, September 25, 2017

2nd Cup "Vyron Zappas" solving tourney, 2017

Problems:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2-Lv0IlDIs6YVhycFVTSTBJcEU/view?usp=sharing

Problems with solutions:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2-Lv0IlDIs6YlNRazNoTHQzS0E/view?usp=sharing

Solvers and Grades :
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2-Lv0IlDIs6SHRiell6VEVOekk/view?usp=sharing



Aegaleo Athens, Icaria island, Syros island

Monday, June 12, 2017

4th IOSC 2017 (Results from Greece)

Results

Israel Open Solving Championship (Greece, Athens 11.06.2017) - Final Individual Results

Ra
nk
IDNameCatCoun-
try
Rating#Ti-
tle
#
2
#
3
#
n
egh#
n
s#
n
Time
Rnd1
#
2
#
3
#
n
egh#
n
s#
n
Time
Rnd2
PointsTime
Total
1ME01NIMendrinos,
Nikos
.GRE2340.2670FM55555-11853-2-412039238
2PA01ANPapastavropoulos,
Andreas
sGRE2193.67140-55535-120055-0412037240
3FO01HAFougiaxis,
Harry
.GRE1993.32260-525-5-11854-05311634234
4KO01PAKonidaris,
Panagiotis
.GRE2121.45173-50555012003335012034240
5KO02ALKostouros,
Alexis
?GRE2016.74242-00-52.5-1200005-512017.5240
6LO01DILoutragotis,
Dimitris
jGRE1805.00417-5305--1200--3--9916219
7MI01KOMitsakis,
Konstantinos
.GRE1729.52486-50-5--12050----12015240
8PE01EVPetridis,
Evaggelos
.GRE1697.58505-5020--1205--2--12014240
9MA01EMManolas,
Emmanouel
sGRE1750.01467-50-02.5-1205----012012.5240


Main Judge : Ioannis Garoufalidis
11/6/2017

Cat1 Round1 Problems
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2-Lv0IlDIs6TXRRZXFwS3gtalE/view?usp=sharing

Cat1 Round1 Solutions
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2-Lv0IlDIs6VDBjWnVSVUNISzQ/view?usp=sharing

Cat1 Round2 Problems
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2-Lv0IlDIs6U0FETzNwV1BNWms/view?usp=sharing

Cat1 Round2 Solutions
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2-Lv0IlDIs6U2RVak9xVU5YN2c/view?usp=sharing

Cat2 Round1 Problems
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2-Lv0IlDIs6NU1WQll0XzVFQ3M/view?usp=sharing

Cat2 Round1 Solutions
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2-Lv0IlDIs6RG1LTEplS2laMnM/view?usp=sharing

Cat2 Round2 Problems
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2-Lv0IlDIs6U3dZQ0hlNS1Bd00/view?usp=sharing

Cat2 Round2 Solutions
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2-Lv0IlDIs6OFhBZThMd3Q4dnc/view?usp=sharing

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Anthology of Portuguese Chess Composers

The first anthology exclusively dedicated to portuguese chess composers has just been released.

Dedicated to the memory of Rui C. Nascimento (1914-2012) – FIDE ́s Honorary Master of Chess Composition – this anthology covers the entire history of chess in Portugal through a selection of problems published in the national press and in international medias such as The British Chess Magazine, Die Schwalbe, The Problemist, among others.

This edition is limited to 100 copies with handmade covers, making each book a unique object of collection. All orders and inquiries can be sent directly to the publisher using the following link:
escoladosilencio.wordpress.com/contacto

Sunday, January 29, 2017

ISC 2017

The invitation is here
http://www.wfcc.ch/wp-content/uploads/ISC-2017-Announcement.pdf

In each participating country there are local controllers.
For Greece, look here : http://kallitexniko-skaki.blogspot.gr/2017/01/13th-isc-29-01-2017.html

(there will be more details written here, after the event)

Friday, January 27, 2017

WCCC 2017 Dresden

In 2017 the World Congress for Chess Composition will be held in Dresden, Germany.

The announcement here : https://wccc2017.de/

Composition tourneys:
http://www.dieschwalbe.de/kompositionsturniere.htm#tt222

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Database of problems in Solving Contests

A Solving Tournaments Problem Database (STPDB) is created by Luc Palmas.

The announcement is here http://kunstschach.ch/pdb.html

There is a way to download these problems.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Call for compositions #2, h#2

Here is a call for compositions #2 and h#2.

http://chess-compose.blogspot.gr/2017/01/marcel-tancau-mt-2017-c-25-xii-2017.html

The theme is free for #2.

The h#2 must be in the form "Helpmate of the Future" (HotF), which is defined as "h#2 having any number of solution pairs, where in each pair the solutions are closely related".
Examples of such problems you can find in the section A of this award: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2-Lv0IlDIs6N1lhWjNQckpMOWs/view

Fellow composers, please send!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Thursday, January 05, 2017

A Welcome to 2017 with cooperations

I will open the January with wishes for health and successes to all composers.

Let us hope that the new year 2017 will bring joy and happiness to all people.



Three compositions - cooperations of mine, belonging to fairy chess because they use grasshoppers, were published last year and I have learned about it this year.

I offer my thanks for the cooperation to Vito Rallo (with colours of Italy) and to Kostas Prentos (with colours Greece/USA).

The Grasshoppers are pieces - hurdlers. They see on a row or file or diagonal another piece - hurdle, and they jump on the square exactly after the hurdle. If this square is nonempty, it could only contain an opponent piece, which is captured by the Grasshopper.


Problem-833
Vito Rallo (ITA) and Emmanuel Manolas (GRE)
Phenix 265, 09/2016
8/8/8/GK6/8/3g1k2/3P4/8
(3 + 2), (Grasshoppers a5 + d3)
 Helpmate h#6

1.Gg3 Ge1 2.Kf4 d4 3.Ge5 d5 4.Ke4 d6 5.Kd5 d7 6.Kd6 d8=Q#

Theme Excelsior (a pawn starts from its initial position until it is promoted). Self-blocking. Miniature. A comment : A beautiful mate is presented.


Problem-834
Emmanuel Manolas (GRE) and Vito Rallo (ITA)
Phenix 268, 12/2016
3g4/8/8/k7/8/7G/8/s3K3
(2 + 3), (Grasshoppers h3 + d8)
Helpmate h#7, fairy condition Andernach

1.Ka4 Kd2 2.Gd1 Kc3 3.Ka3 Gb3 4.Ka2 Kb4 5.Sxb3(wSb3) Sc1+ 6.Ka1 Ka3 7.Gb1 Sb3#

The fairy condition Andernach changes the colour of the capturing piece. Self-blocking. Miniature. A comment : Difficult manouver, to change the colour of the piece that will mate.


Problem-835
Emmanuel Manolas (GRE) and Kostas Prentos (Greece/USA)
Strategems, 12/2016
1g6/5G1G/8/2pk4/7K/8/1pp5/5G1G
(5 + 5), (Grasshoppers f1f7h1h7 + b8)
Helpmate h#4

1.c4 Gb5 2.Kc6 Gd7 3.Kb7 Gc7+ 4.Ka8 Gb7# (mate at a8, northwest, NW)
1.Ke6 Gd5 2.Kf6 Gf7 3.Kg7 Kh5 4.Kh8 Kg6# (mate at h8, northeast, NE)
1.Ke4 Ge1 2.Kf3 Gf2+ 3.Kg2 Gh2 4.Kh1 Kg3# (mate at h1, southeast, SE)
1.Kc4 Gf8 2.Kb3 Gb1+ 3.Ka2 Gb3+ 4.Ka1 Gf6# (mate at a1, southwest,SW)

Star of the bK, who gets mated at the four corners of the chessboard. In two variations the White activates the white royal battery with mirror symmetry.