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  • Kriegspiel solving competition

    The chess variant called Kriegspiel was invented in 1899 in South Africa. Since then, this variant always has been in the attention of chess variant players and chess problem composers (with its ups and downs.) To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the game, we had a competition in solving Kriegspiel problems.

    The rules of Kriegspiel (and some additional links) can be found at Chess Variants site:

    There are two webpages with together all problems, selected for this competition. Problems differ in form, difficulty, and beauty (although different people will like different ones better.) In total, there are nine problems.

    Results

    Interested souls can first look at the solutions. Other people can read about points for solutions received by me and my comments.

    I think competition can be considered successful as problems proved to be solvable as well as not trivial, amusing, but also serious. Some problems contained traps not escaped by everyone.

    Points received for all problems

    1. Jean Roche, Comm Rex Multiplex 1986
    2. Jean Marc Loustau, 132 Phénix 2 - 1988
    3. Jean Marc Loustau, 303 Phénix 5 - 1989
    4. Jean Marc Loustau, 470 Phénix 7 - 1989
    5. Jaques Rotenberg, The Problemist 1976
    6. Jean Roche, 699 Phénix 10 - 1990
    7. Jean Roche, 813 Phénix 11-12 - 1990
    8. Jean Marc Loustau, 933 Phénix 13 - 1991
    9. Jaques Rotenberg, 1408 Phénix 19-20 - 1992

    Some other nice and original touches by participants

    Gloomy corner

    Total

    1. O. Ronat: 80
    2. D. Carey: 79
    3. A. Pfeiffer: 66
    4. J. DiMuro: 39

    Prizes

    Main prize (a book on problems by Samuel Loyd) goes to winner, O. Ronat.

    Good luck in the form of CD-ROM goes to runner-up, D. Carey.

    As all solvers proved excellent skills I decided to award also remaining two people, prizes are in the form of chess composition booklets about fairy chess written by Václav Kotesovec.

    Many thanks to everyone who contributed to success of our competition in any way!

    See also


    WWW page made by Hans Bodlaender and Juraj Lörinc.
    WWW page created: August 21, 1999. Last modified: March 1, 2001.

    Comments to Juraj Lörinc.

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    Created on: August 21, 1999. Last modified on: March 01, 2001.

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