Group B – h#2 ,

Helpmate in two moves

Judge: Borislav Gadjanski

The thematic condition was the display of „antagonistic pairs“ of
solutions in an h#2. This sort of theme contains elements of paradox in its basic definition, so it was interesting
to see what would be the composers’ creative answer to this challenge.

The package that I got on the 20th May from the neutral judge, Marko Ložajić, blew me away. Twenty high-quality
compositions represent a reponse beyond all expectations and a confirmation that the choice of theme hit the jackpot.
In such a situation and tight deadlines it is never easy to make a choice and rank the compositions in a way that
causes the fewest possible negative comments. When faced with a wealth of compositions that completely satisfy the
theme, the taste, personal inclinations and prejudices of the judge gain in importance, and this is precisely what
happened here. I had to eliminate a composition which I had long considered for one of the top spots, that is B-6
(Kg1/Kd5). The reason is the existence of a complete ideal predecessor (see Annex A, in the right column).

I gave advantage to those compositions, in which the antagonism in the strategy is clear and easily noticeable.
The commendations are unordered.

Many thanks to Marko Ložajić for translation into English!

After the claims, the Awards have been changed! **Final version** is:

Thematic condition

Antagonistic pairs

Two pairs of solutions in h#2 present some kind of opposite tactical effects. Composers are free to use their imagination with a help of following examples.

Example 1

Fadil ABDURAHMANOVIĆ

3.Pr. Sakkélet 1997

white Ph3 Kf8 Re8 Bh4b1
black Pg6g5d4f2 Kf4 Bc4c1

h#2

4.1.1.1

(5+7)

1.Kf4-f3 Re8-e1 2.Bc1-f4 Bb1-e4# 1.f2-f1=R Bb1*g6 2.Rf1-f3 Re8-e4# 1.Bc4-e2 Bb1-e4 2.Kf4-e3 Bh4*g5# 1.g5-g4 Re8-e4 + 2.Kf4-f5 h3*g4#

In the 1^{st} pair wR & wB support each other to allow mates on e4.
In the 2^{nd} pair wR & wB interfere with each other on the critical square e4.

Example 2

Fadil ABDURAHMANOVIĆ

Živko JANEVSKI

2.Pr. Problemist Ukraini 2015

white Ph5g4 Kd7 Rd6 Bd4
black Bg7 Kg5 Qb4 Pc7c5f5h3e2 Sc4c2 Rh7d2

h#2

4.1.1.1

(5+12)

1.f5-f4 Bd4-f2 2.Sc2-d4 Rd6-g6 # 1.Kg5-h4 Rd6-g6 2.Sc4-d6 Bd4-f2 # 1.c7*d6 Bd4-e5 2.Kg5-h6 Be5-f4 # 1.c5*d4 Rd6-d5 2.Kg5-f6 Rd5*f5 #

In the 1^{st} pair of solutions black “liquidates”
thematic white pieces. In the 2^{nd} pair black “revives” the same white pieces through unpinning.

Example 3

Fadil ABDURAHMANOVIĆ

1.Pr. J. Elbaz 60 JT 2017

white Qd2 Pa5d5 Kh6 Bg5
black Pa6b5c3 Kc4 Bf3c1 Sb2 Rg2

h#2

4.1.1.1

(5+8)

1.Kc4-b4 Qd2-f4+ 2.Kb4*a5 Bg5-d8 # 1.Bf3-d1 Bg5-e3 2.Bd1-b3 Qd2-d4 # 1.Kc4-c5 Qd2-d3 2.Rg2-d2 Bg5-e7 # 1.Bf3*d5 Bg5-f6 2.Rg2-g5 Qd2*c3 #

White avoids self-pin (see dual-avoidance moves) in the
1^{st} pair. In the 2^{nd} pair white allows self-pin (counting on unpinning by black).

Fadil Abdurahmanović (BIH) 2

Zoran Gavrilovski (MKD)

Živko Janevski (MKD)

Marko Klasinc (SLO)

Vasyl Kryzhanivskyi (UKR)

Luis Miguel Martín (ESP)

Vitaly Medintsev (RUS) 2

Dieter Müller (GER) 2

Emanuel Navon (ISR) 2

Abdelaziz Onkoud (MAR)

Aleksandr Semenenko (UKR)

Anatoly Skripnik (RUS) 2

Nikola Stolev (MKD)

Menachem Witztum (ISR) 2

**14 names**

from **9** countries

A : Valery Gurov

3-4.Pr. Problemist Ukraini 2015

white Pf2e2f3h5d6 Kc2 Ba2b6 Rf7
black Pb4g5g7d7 Sf4d8 Bg2 Ke5 Rb5

h#2

4.1.1.1

(9+9)

1.Rb5-d5 e2-e4 2.Rd5*d6 Rf7-f5 # 1.Sd8-b7 e2-e3 2.Sb7*d6 Bb6-d4 # 1.Rb5*b6 Rf7-f5 + 2.Ke5-d4 e2-e3 # 1.Sd8*f7 Bb6-d4 + 2.Ke5-f5 e2-e4 #

B : Michal Dragoun

Pr. The Problemist 2007

Album FIDE 2007-09

white Pc4f4 Kd8 Ba8g7 Se5 Rg3
black Bh8 Kd4 Qh6 Pe7b5b3 Sc1 Rd2

h#2

4.1.1.1

(7+8)

1.Sc1-d3 Ba8-d5 2.Sd3-c5 Se5-c6 # 1.b5*c4 Se5-f3 + 2.Kd4-d3 Sf3-d4 # 1.Qh6*f4 Se5-c6 + 2.Kd4-e4 + Sc6-d4 # 1.Qh6-c6 Rg3-c3 2.Qc6-c5 Se5-f3 #

C : Fadil Abdurahmanović

2. Pr. MAT 1980

Album FIDE 1980-82

white Qh8 Pg5a4f4 Kf8 Rc8d4 Bc4
black Qh3 Pg6b3d3e3 Kc3 Be2

h#2

2.1.1.1

(8+7)

1.Qh3*c8 + Rd4-d8 + 2.Kc3*c4 Qh8-d4 # 1.Qh3*h8 + Bc4-g8 + 2.Kc3*d4 Rc8-c4 #

D : Michal Dragoun

Probleemblad 1993

white Qe8 Pd5c4 Kc7 Re6f5 Bg6e5
black Bf7 Ke4 Qg8 Pb7d4f4g4 Sc6h6 Rh7c5

h#2

2.1.1.1

(8+11)

1.Bf7*e6 + Rf5-f7 + 2.Ke4*e5 Qe8*e6 # 1.Bf7*g6 + Be5-g7 + 2.Ke4*f5 Qe8*g6 #

E : József Korponai

1.Pr. Schach-Echo 1970-I

Album FIDE 1968-70

white Pc5 Sg4b3 Bg8 Ke1 Rd1
black Bd4 Kd5 Qg6 Pe2 Sc6 Re6

h#2

b)Sb3→g7

(8+11)

a) 1.Qg6-d3 Bg8-h7 2.Bd4-e5 Sg4-e3 # b) wSb3-->g7 1.Qg6-f7 Rd1-c1 2.Re6-e5 Sg4-f6 #

F : Fadil Abdurahmanović

Živko JANEVSKI

The Problemist 2016

white Qg2 Kf8 Bd7
black Pg6c5f3g3 Re4 Ba6d4 Ke3

h#2

4.1.1.1

(3+8)

1.Bd4-e5 Bd7-b5 2.Ke3-d4 Qg2-d2 # 1.Re4-e5 Bd7-g4 2.Ke3-e4 Qg2*f3 # 1.Ke3-f4 Qg2-b2 2.Bd4-e3 Qb2-f6 # 1.Ke3-d3 Bd7-a4 2.Re4-e3 Qg2-c2 #

BPCF2018B - Award

1st Prize

Fadil Abdurahmanović, BIH

white Pa4f5c3d3 Ke2 Rc8 Se8g6
black Qh1 Pb4b5h4g7 Kd5 Rg4h2 Bf2h5

h#2

4 sol.

(8+10)

1.Bf2-g3 + Ke2-e3 2.Bg3-e5 Sg6-e7 #
1.Rg4-e4 + Ke2-d2 2.Re4-e5 Sg6-f4 #
1.Bh5*g6 c3*b4 2.Rg4-d4 Rc8-c5 #
1.Rh2-h3 a4*b5 2.Bf2-d4 c3-c4 #

FEN: 2R1N3/6p1/6N1/1p1k1P1b/Pp4rp/2PP4/4Kb1r/7q

(C+ by Popeye)

2nd Prize

Vitaly Medintsev, RUS

white Qh7 Pe5b4 Sc6g5 Rd8 Ka1
black Pb7e7e6h6c4c3e3f3 Sd6f5 Re2 Kd3

h#2

4 sol.

(7+12)

1.h6*g5 Rd8*d6 + 2.Kd3-e4 Rd6-d4 #
1.b7*c6 Qh7*f5 + 2.Kd3-d4 Qf5-e4 #
1.Re2-d2 Sg5-e4 2.Sf5-g3 Se4*g3 #
1.c3-c2 Sc6-d4 2.Sd6-b5 Sd4*b5 #

FEN: 3R4/1p2p2Q/2Nnp2p/4PnN1/1Pp5/2pkpp2/4r3/K7

(C+ by Popeye)

3rd Prize

Aleksandr Semenenko, UKR

white Pf2 Kc2 Be7 Se2g4
black Rh3f8 Kd5 Bc4 Sg6b5 Pe6f5e3a2h4

h#2

4 sol.

(5+11)

1.Sb5-a7 f2*e3 2.Sa7-c6 Se2-c3 #
1.Rf8-c8 f2-f4 2.Rc8-c6 Sg4-f6 #
1.Rh3-h1 Se2-c3 + 2.Kd5-d4 f2*e3 #
1.Sg6-h8 Sg4-f6 + 2.Kd5-e5 f2-f4 #

FEN: 5r2/4B3/4p1n1/1n1k1p2/2b3Np/4p2r/p1K1NP2/8

(C+ by Popeye)

4th Prize

Zoran Gavrilovski, MKD

white Ke3 Rg5 Sg3 Bh2f3
black Ba2 Kd6 Qd1 Pb6b4 Sb3a5 Rh7h1

h#2

4 sol.

(5+9)

1.Qd1-a1 Sg3-e4 + 2.Kd6-c6 Se4-f6 #
1.Qd1-f1 Sg3-f5 + 2.Kd6-c5 Sf5-d6 #
1.Sb3-c5 Rg5-g7 2.Ba2-e6 Sg3-f5 #
1.Sa5-c6 Bf3-g4 2.Rh7-e7 + Sg3-e4 #

FEN: 8/7r/1p1k4/n5R1/1p6/1n2KBN1/b6B/3q3r

(C+ by Popeye)

Spec. Prize

Fadil Abdurahmanović, BIH

white Qa4 Kd1 Bc1
black Pb5d7e4f7h5 Kf5 Rf6 Be6h2

h#2

4 sol.

(3+9)

1.Be6-a2 Bc1-f4 2.Kf5-e6 Qa4*e4 #
1.Rf6-h6 Qa4*b5 + 2.Kf5-f6 Qb5-g5 #
1.Kf5-g6 Qa4-a8 2.Be6-f5 Qa8-g8 #
1.Kf5-e5 Bc1-e3 2.Rf6-f5 Qa4-d4 #

FEN: 8/3p1p2/4br2/1p3k1p/Q3p3/8/7b/2BK4

(C+ by Popeye)

1st Hon. Mention

Menachem Witztum, ISR

white Ph5h4d2b3 Kb5 Bd7b2 Sf7
black Ba1d3 Ke4 Qf4 Pc4b6b7e3 Sh3 Rg6c2

h#2

4 sol.

(8+11)

1.Rc2-c3 Bd7-c6 + 2.Ke4-d4 d2*c3 #
1.Rg6-e6 Sf7-g5 + 2.Ke4-f5 Bd7*e6 #
1.Ke4-d5 Bb2-c3 2.Bd3-e4 b3*c4 #
1.Qf4-f3 Bd7-e6 2.Sh3-f4 Sf7-d6 #

FEN: 8/1p1B1N2/1p4r1/1K5P/2p1kq1P/1P1bp2n/1BrP4/b7

(C+ by Popeye)

2nd Hon. Mention

Vitaly Medintsev, RUS

white Qa8 Pb3g5f5d6a7 Rd5e8 Be5 Kc7
black Pc3g7 Ke4 Bb1 Rb4d8

h#2

4 sol.

(10+6)

1.Rd8*a8 Be5*c3 + 2.Ke4*d5 Re8-e5 #
1.Rd8*e8 Rd5-d4 + 2.Ke4*e5 Qa8-d5 #
1.Ke4-f3 Be5-g3 2.Rb4-g4 Rd5-d3 #
1.Ke4-e3 Rd5-d1 2.Rb4-f4 Be5-d4 #

FEN: Q2rR3/P1K3p1/3P4/3RBPP1/1r2k3/1Pp5/8/1b6

(C+ by Popeye)

3rd Hon. Mention

Emanuel Navon, ISR

white Pa4e6 Kb7 Rb5 Sc5
black Bh8h1 Kc4 Qg7 Pd3d4c3a3d7b6e4f6 Sd1c8 Rf7e7

h#2

4 sol.

(5+16)

1.f6-f5 Sc5*d3 2.Rf7-f6 Sd3-e5 #
1.c3-c2 Sc5-b3 2.Sd1-c3 Sb3-d2 #
1.Re7-e8 Sc5*d7 2.Sc8-e7 Sd7*b6 #
1.Sc8-a7 Sc5*e4 2.Sa7-c6 Se4-d6 #

FEN: 2n4b/1K1prrq1/1p2Pp2/1RN5/P1kpp3/p1pp4/8/3n3b

(C+ by Popeye)

4th Hon. Mention

Menachem Witztum, ISR

white Pg4f4f5e2d4c4 Sf3g6 Re7 Kg1 Bb6
black Bg2b8 Ke3 Qe4 Pd3c3b7d7d6 Sh1e6 Rb5b4

h#2

4 sol.

(11+13)

1.Bg2-f1 Kg1*f1 2.Se6*d4 Bb6*d4 #
1.Qe4-c6 d4-d5 + 2.Ke3-e4 Sf3-g5 #
1.Qe4*d4 f5*e6 2.Qd4-c5 e6*d7 #
1.Qe4-e5 d4*e5 + 2.Se6-c5 e5*d6 #

FEN: 1b6/1p1pR3/1B1pn1N1/1r3P2/1rPPqPP1/2ppkN2/4P1b1/6Kn

(C+ by Popeye)

5th Hon. Mention

Emanuel Navon, ISR

white Kg1 Re1h4 Se4b7
black Bb1h8 Kd5 Qa1 Pd4c3f5f7d7c6 Se5 Rf6h5

h#2

4 sol.

(5+13)

1.Se5-d3 Re1-e2 2.Kd5-e5 Se4*c3 #
1.d4-d3 Rh4-f4 2.Kd5-d4 Se4*f6 #
1.f5*e4 Re1*e4 2.Rf6-e6 Re4*d4 #
1.Bb1*e4 Rh4*e4 2.Kd5-e6 Re4*e5 #

FEN: 7b/1N1p1p2/2p2r2/3knp1r/3pN2R/2p5/8/qb2R1K1

(C+ by Popeye)

Spec. Hon. Mention

Anatoly Skripnik, RUS

white Qb1 Ka1 Re1
black Ph2d6d7b5 Kg8 Rh1

h#2

4 sol.

(3+6)

1.Kg8-f7 Re1-f1 + 2.Kf7-e6 Qb1-e4 #{
1... Qg6? 2.Kf8 Re8??}
1.Kg8-g7 Re1-g1 + 2.Kg7-h6 Qb1-g6 #{
1... Re7? 2.Kh8 Qh7??}
1.Rh1-f1 Re1-e7 2.Rf1-f8 Qb1-h7 #
1.Rh1-g1 Qb1-f5 2.Rg1-g7 Re1-e8 #

FEN: 6k1/3p4/3p4/1p6/8/8/7p/KQ2R2r

(C+ by Popeye)

Commend.

Živko Janevski, MKD

white Pd4 Kd2 Rg5 Bb5
black Pf4e5c4 Kd5 Be7h3 Sa7

h#2

4 sol.

(4+7)

1.Kd5*d4 Bb5-c6 2.e5-e4 Rg5-d5 #
1.Kd5-e4 Bb5*c4 2.e5*d4 Bc4-d5 #
1.Bh3-d7 d4*e5 2.Kd5-e6 Bb5*c4 #
1.Sa7-c8 Kd2-c3 2.Sc8-d6 Rg5*e5 #

FEN: 8/n3b3/8/1B1kp1R1/2pP1p2/7b/3K4/8

(C+ by Popeye)

Commend

Marko Klasinc, SLO

white Qf7 Pc6 Kh3 Re6
black Bf8 Kc5 Qd7 Pb7b6d4 Sg7a7 Rd8

h#2

4 sol.

(4+9)

1.Qd7-c7 Re6-e5 + 2.Kc5-d6 Qf7-d5 #
1.Qd7-d6 Re6-e4 2.d4-d3 Qf7-c4 #
1.Kc5-d5 Qf7-f2 2.Bf8-c5 Qf2-a2 #
1.Bf8-d6 Qf7-f1 2.Kc5*c6 Qf1-c4 #

FEN: 3r1b2/np1q1Qn1/1pP1R3/2k5/3p4/7K/8/8

(C+ by Popeye)

Commend

Vasyl Kryzhanivskyi, UKR

white Kh2 Pc4a3e3f3a4 Ba5 Rc8 Sg2
black Qf4 Pb3 Kd3 Be1 Sg3b2

h#2

4 sol.

(9+6)

1.Be1-b4 Sg2-e1 + 2.Kd3-c3 Ba5*b4 #
1.Qf4-c7 Sg2-f4 + 2.Kd3*c4 Rc8*c7 #
1.Qf4*c4 Rc8-e8 2.Sg3-e2 Sg2*e1 #
1.Sb2*c4 Ba5-b6 2.Sc4-d2 Sg2*f4 #

FEN: 2R5/8/8/B7/P1P2q2/Pp1kPPn1/1n4NK/4b3

(C+ by Popeye)

Commend

Dieter Müller, GER

white Pa5e7h7 Ka2 Be5d7 Sb5c3
black Pa4 Kb4 Be8h8

h#2

4 sol.

(8+4)

1.Kb4-c5 Bd7-e6 2.Be8-c6 Be5-d6 #
1.Kb4*a5 Be5-c7 + 2.Ka5-a6 Bd7-c8 #
1.Be8*d7 e7-e8=Q 2.Bd7*b5 Qe8*b5 #
1.Bh8*e5 h7-h8=Q 2.Be5*c3 Qh8*c3

FEN: 4b2b/3BP2P/8/PN2B3/pk6/2N5/K7/8

(C+ by Popeye)

Commend

Abdelaziz Onkoud, MAR

white Pg4h7 Se2d7 Bg6 Kg1 Rc4
black Bd4f1 Ke4 Qg8 Pf7b5c5c2f3 Se3 Rf5

h#2

4 sol.

(7+11)

1.b5*c4 Bg6*f7 2.Bd4-e5 Sd7*c5 #
1.f7*g6 Rc4-c3 2.Rf5-e5 Sd7-f6 #
1.Bf1*e2 h7-h8=Q 2.Be2-d3 Qh8-e5 #
1.c2-c1=S h7*g8=S 2.Sc1-d3 Sg8-f6 #

FEN: 6q1/3N1p1P/6B1/1pp2r2/2Rbk1P1/4np2/2p1N3/5bK1

(C+ by Popeye)

Commend

Anatoly Skripnik, RUS

white Rf3 Kc4 Bc2g7 Pg3h6
black Rf4a3 Kf5 Be4c1 Pd4g6h5

h#2

4 sol.

(6+8)

1.Be4*c2 Rf3-e3 2.Rf4-g4 Re3-e5 #
1.Rf4*f3 Bc2-a4 2.Bc1-g5 Ba4-d7 #
1.Ra3-e3 Bc2*e4 + 2.Kf5*e4 Rf3*f4 #
1.g6-g5 Rf3*f4 + 2.Kf5-g6 Bc2*e4 #

FEN: 8/6B1/6pP/5k1p/2Kpbr2/r4RP1/2B5/2b5

(C+ by Popeye)

Commend

Nikola Stolev, MKD

white Qa3 Pb4b5c4g4h3 Ka2
black Ke6 Pd5d4e7f6g6a7 Bc5f5 Re5d6 Sc7

h#2

4 sol.

(7+12)

1.Bf5*g4 Qa3-g3 2.Ke6-f5 Qg3*g4 #
1.Rd6-c6 Qa3-a6 2.Ke6-d6 Qa6*c6 #
1.Rd6-d7 g4*f5 + 2.Ke6-d6 b4*c5 #
1.Bf5-e4 c4*d5 + 2.Ke6*d5 Qa3-b3 #

FEN: 8/p1n1p3/3rkpp1/1Pbprb2/1PPp2P1/Q6P/K7/8

(C+ by Popeye)

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