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03 April, 18:24

The results are now published here.

01 April, 0:06

End of the tournament! Thank you all, it has been a very interesting one as always. It has also been a very tough one, and all did very well. Congratulation to the winners, Arno, and Arno & Ralf! Now I can't wait to receive all the results and check out the matrices... could you please send them, preferably in a [Category : FEN] format? I will try to put it all together as soon as possible, once I receive all the entries. It could take a few weeks/months... (check out the date :-) )

31 March, 15:33

They also find a C/26/87! Soon the end of this composition adventure...

30 March, 16:36

And they improve to A1/18/77/6!!! Hard to define... auto-competition?! :-)

25 March, 09:47

Arno and Ralf find an A1/19/70/6!

15 March, 13:27

Itamar & Cornel improve with an A2/15/70/6!

13 March, 10:39

They also find the B2/5/27!

12 March, 12:29

Ivan & Jan find the elegant B2/4/19!

08 March, 11:05

And Arno also takes the lead in the C category with a C/23/91! Just a note on what is allowed and what not. It is of course not easy to define this, but let's say that the extra pieces are supposed to be promoted ones, and thus for example a Bishop at h1 and a Pawn at g2 is not ok. Exception for the Hamster, which can really be anywhere (as is in the A and B categories).

06 March, 11:10

A new deadline has been set now to the 31st of March. This will probably be the real one. A new category, C, has been added, on an interesting idea by Cornel: no limit as to the number of pieces in the initial position :-) And Itamar & Cornel start with a C/25/84!

06 March, 10:54

Arno finds a third B2/10/46!

01 March, 18:34

Itamar & Cornel improve with an A2/12/59/3!

01 March, 13:11

Ivan & Jan find an A?/19/87/4, but with three White pieces in the final position!

23 February, 13:17

And Arno & Ralf team take the lead in the B category with a B1/17/61!

20 February, 17:04

Well, Arno signals that he has an A1/18/84/7... also with 2 solutions :-) Grrr... even in this we are beaten (for now).

20 February, 11:37

Itamar & Cornel found an A1/18/79/6, but... with 2 solutions!

17 February, 15:05

They also improve with an A2/13/65/4, an A2/14/67/4 and an A2/15/69/5!

15 February, 12:33

Itamar & Cornel improve with a B1/17/57! Very close at the top...

10 February, 10:18

Well, this turns up into a team event :-) We have a new one, Arno & Ralf! They start very nicely with a B1/16/57!

07 February, 16:36

And they also reach the 70 barrier with an A1/17/72/7!!! Yes, 7 promoted pieces! Next stop: 80... (just kidding...). They also find an A2/14/65/5 and an A2/15/67/6...

03 February, 23:42

Itamar & Cornel continue to improve with: A2/14/64/4 and A2/15/66/4!

02 February, 22:51

And we have a new fruitful collaboration set up! Itamar & Cornel have decided to team up... :-) They start with a nice series: B2/9/45, B2/10/46, B2/11/49, A2/12/58/2, A2/13/61/3, A2/14/63/4, and an A1/17/69/3!!!

01 February, 21:36

Let's set a deadline for the 15th of March, this still leaves one and a half month. It is not unchangeable, if near to the end anyone wishes for more time, it will be granted.

30 January, 20:19

Ivan & Jan improves with an A1/18/70/4!

28 January, 21:03

Itamar improves with a B1/17/55!

23 January, 21:29

Ivan & Jan finds an A2/10/53/1, A2/11/55/2 and an A2/12/57/3!

23 January, 10:21

Arno improves even more with: B2/7/39, B2/8/41 and B2/9/42!

22 January, 20:53

Arno fights back with a very impressive B2/6/37 and B2/7/38!

21 January, 20:58

Ivan & Jan improve an entry: A2/8/46/1!

21 January, 09:49

They continue an impressive series, with: B2/7/35, A2/7/45/1 and an A2/11/53/2!

20 January, 20:45

Ivan & Jan are "in the zone", and find: A2/7/44/2, A2/8/46/2 and an A2/10/52/2!

19 January, 20:17

Ivan & Jan find a very nice series of records: B2/6/30, A2/7/40/1, A2/8/44/1, A2/9/50/1 and an A2/10/51/1!

18 January, 23:33

Ivan & Jan find two very nice entries: A2/7/37/1 and A2/11/49/1!

16 January, 21:10

Ivan & Jan reach the 60 barrier in the B1 category with an B1/17/60!

11 January, 12:17

Arno finds both a B2/7/34, and an A2/7/35/1! Ivan & Jan also improve one of the entries with an A2/15/65/2...

09 January, 22:06

Ivan & Jan continue their ascent, finding an A1/18/68/5! They also find two entries in the A2 category: A2/14/60/2 and A2/15/62/3...

06 January, 14:21

Ivan & Jan improve in the A category with an A1/19/67/2! They also find a B2/12/54...

05 January, 20:00

And it is not over, they improve to B1/14/59!

05 January, 16:59

Brace yourselves... Ivan & Jan find a B1/13/58!!! That's what I would call a Big Bang... :-) Wow... This is based on a new Ivan's B2/12/53 matrix!

03 January, 12:13

Ivan is the 3rd to reach 50 in the B category with a B1/18/50!

02 January, 22:58

And we have our first entry of 2009, Ivan gets to 3rd place with a B1/16/47!

01 January, 12:07

I wish you all a Very Happy New Year! :-)

25 December, 14:13

And Arno improves even more to reach an impressive B1/18/58! He also finds a B2/17/57...

24 December, 21:21

Arno improves further with a B1/16/55!

23 December, 23:22

And he also takes the lead in the B1 category, with a B1/17/55!!!

22 December, 19:59

Arno improves further with a B1/18/54!!!

22 December, 08:58

Arno also improves significantly in the B1 category with an impressive B1/16/52!

16 December, 20:40

And it is not over! He improves to a very impressive A1/18/77/4! He also finds an A2/16/71/4 and an A2/17/72/4...

16 December, 09:02

Arno improves further with an A1/18/72/6! He also finds a second A2/16/67/6, and an A2/17/70/6...

12 December, 20:22

And Arno reaches the 70 with A1/18/70/7!!! Quite incredible... 'really wonder what the matrix looks like! He also finds an A2/16/67/6 and an A2/17/69/6... Ján and Ivan finds a B1/16/43!

10 December, 20:15

Welcome to a new tandem! :-) Ján and Ivan have teamed up, and their first entry is A1/53/17/2!

08 December, 15:40

Welcome to Ján Golha! He starts nicely with an A1/16/48/1, a B1/13/40 and a B2/3/9!

07 December, 23:37

Ivan takes first place with an A1/18/66/4!!!

06 December, 13:20

Ivan improves with a B1/13/45!

02 December, 07:46

Arno improves further with an A1/18/66/6!

01 December, 19:50

And Arno takes the lead with an A1/17/65/6!!! Wow... very tight at the top!

30 November, 17:20

Itamar improves with a B1/14/54, a B2/10/46 and a B2/11/48...

27 November, 22:08

Ralf also finds an A2/7/35/1! Itamar improves a little bit with an A2/14/59/1 and an A2/15/61/2...

26 November, 00:49

Cornel improves further with a B1/17/47!

26 November, 00:21

Ivan reaches A1/18/64/6!!!

25 November, 22:25

And Ivan follows with an A1/17/57/6!!!

25 November, 20:30

Took some time to unfreeze, but here I am, or part at least... :-) Cornel improves significantly, in both the A and B categories, with: A1/18/56/2 and B1/16/46! That's getting Itamar worried. He told me not to say it, but unfortunately I can't keep my mouth shut... ouch (just received a slap from my (his) left hand). Itamar also improves with a B1/15/54, and also finds a B2/12/50, B2/13/52 a second B2/14/53, and also an A2/7/35/1...

21 November, 00:03

Itamar improves further with: B2/8/41, B2/10/45 and a B2/11/47...

20 November, 22:12

Itamar improves with a B1/14/53! He also finds a: B2/10/43. Ralf finds a B1/14/43! Please note that tomorrow I am going to Norway for work, until next tuesday, and thus I am not sure I will read my emails, and probably won't be able to update the site until then.

20 November, 01:52

Itamar improves with a B1/16/52! He also finds: B2/9/42, B2/12/49 and a B2/13/50...

19 November, 19:12

Cornel finds a B2/9/37!

19 November, 09:17

Cornel improves with an A1/16/49/1 and a B1/13/44! He also finds a B2/10/41...

18 November, 22:41

Itamar improves with an A1/18/65/2! He also finds an A2/14/59/2, A2/15/60/2, A2/16/63/1 and an A2/17/64/1...

17 November, 23:57

Ivan improves with B1/16/43!

17 November, 23:39

Itamar finds an A1/17/61/1 and a B1/15/51!!! He also finds an A2/9/38/1, A2/10/41/1, A2/11/42/1, A2/12/51/1, A2/13/57/1, A2/14/58/1, A2/15/59/1, A2/16/60/1, a B2/10/39, B2/11/46, B2/12/47, B2/13/49 and B2/14/50!

17 November, 18:56

Quite a lot of activity lately... Cornel improves to A1/17/48/1!

17 November, 18:25

Ralf enters the A arena with a remarkable A1/19/53/6! He also finds the B2/4/19, B2/5/27 and B2/6/30...

17 November, 08:25

Ivan improves further with B1/18/42!

16 November, 23:24

Itamar finds a (the?!) B2/4/19, B2/5/27 and B2/6/30! Most beautiful and elegant matrices!

16 November, 11:16

Ivan improves with a B1/19/38!

13 November, 08:52

Cornel finds a new entry: A2/9/38/1!

12 November, 20:29

A few slight improvements: B2/12/42, A2/12/44/1, A2/13/48/2, A2/14/50/3, A2/16/53/2 and A2/17/54/2...

12 November, 07:37

Cornel improves with a B2/7/34!

11 November, 17:15

Arno improves to A1/18/52/7! 7 promoted pieces, must be quite a matrix!!! Cornel also finds an A2/10/39/1!

11 November, 12:29

Arno finds an A1/18/47/5! Hmm... worrying times (for me)... :-)

10 November, 09:00

Cornel improves with B2/7/32 and B2/8/34! Welcome to Ivan Skoba! He starts nicely with a B1/14/31... to reach 30 is not that easy in the B category, I struggled a lot in the beginning!

9 November, 12:55

Itamar finds an A1/19/56/3! He also finds: A2/13/47/3, A2/14/49/2, A2/15/51/2, A2/16/52/2, A2/17/53/2, A2/18/55/3...

9 November, 12:01

Important clarification: Hamsters are allowed to be put on any square initially, they are not considered "formally promoted", as then the opposite rows of promotions would not be possible to attain.

9 November, 09:29

He also finds a series: B2/13/43, B2/14/44, B2/15/46, B2/16/48, A2/15/49/1, A2/16/50/1, A2/17/51/1 and A2/18/53/2!

8 November, 23:10

Itamar continues to improve with an A1/19/54/2 and a B1/17/49!

8 November, 18:50

Itamar improves further with an A1/17/50/3! He also finds an A2/14/1/46 and an A2/15/1/48...

8 November, 17:04

Itamar improves with a B1/16/47! He also finds a B2/13/42 and a B2/15/45...

8 November, 16:01

Hmm... I have a dilemna, how do I talk about... myself?! :-) Well ok, Itamar (feel strange, but maybe have to consider me as the narrator, and me as the competitor as two different entities, have to ask Freud) enters the B arena with a B1/14/43! He also finds a B2/12/41... (triple hmm...)

8 November, 12:58

A few improvements: A2/12/43/2, A2/13/45/3, A2/14/46/3 and A2/15/47/3.

8 November, 09:26

Cornel improves with a nice series: A2/7/35/1, A2/8/36/1, B2/5/27, B2/6/30 and a second B2/7/31! Arno also improves nicely with: B2/8/33 and B1/9/37!

7 November, 20:40

Arno starts very strongly with: B2/4/19, B2/5/27, B2/6/30, B2/7/31 and B2/8/32!

6 November, 22:50

Small improvement to: A2/16/48/4.

6 November, 08:46

And we have our first new entries! Welcome to Ralf Krätschmer and Arno Tüngler! They both finds a (the?) B2/3/9...

5 November, 21:36

Slightly modified rules to make it more clear which final positions are allowed.

3 November, 19:23

"Hello World!"


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Rankings

Number of records entries in categories A2 and B2 (minimum 5)
 

Competitor

Number of records

  Arno Tüngler

10

Ivan Skoba & Ján Golha

10

Itamar Faybish & Cornel Pacurar

7

Itamar Faybish

6


Category A1
(best solution that can include promoted white pieces in the initial position, minimum 35 moves)
 

Competitor

Number of moves

Number of pieces

Number of promoted pieces in the initial position

Date of sending

  Arno Tüngler

77

18

4

16 December, 16:31

Arno Tüngler & Ralf Krätschmer

77

18

6

30 March, 16:32

Itamar Faybish & Cornel Pacurar

72

17

7

07 February, 15:08

Ivan Skoba & Ján Golha

70

18

4

30 January, 07:40

Itamar Faybish

65

18

2

18 November, 20:20

 Cornel Pacurar

56

18

2

22 November, 11:12

Ralf Krätschmer

53

19

6

17 November, 18:26

Ján Golha

48

16

1

08 December, 15:34


Category B1 (best solution without a promoted white piece in the initial position, minimum 30 moves)
 

Competitor

Number of moves

Number of pieces

Date of sending

Arno Tüngler & Ralf Krätschmer

61

17

22 February, 09:49

Ivan Skoba & Ján Golha

60

17

16 January, 20:55

Arno Tüngler

58

18

25 December, 13:54

Itamar Faybish & Cornel Pacurar

57

17

15 February, 05:53

Itamar Faybish

55

17

28 January, 21:02

 Ivan Skoba

53

12

05 January, 16:34

Cornel Pacurar

47

17

26 November, 00:39

Ralf Krätschmer

43

14

20 November, 20:46

Ján Golha

43

16

05 January, 16:34


Category C (best solution with as many pieces as one desires)
 

Competitor

Number of moves

Number of pieces

Date of sending

Arno Tüngler

91

23

08 March, 06:38

Arno Tüngler & Ralf Krätschmer

87

26

31 March, 15:01

Itamar Faybish & Cornel Pacurar

84

25

06 March, 00:56


Category A2 (initial position having at least one white promoted piece, and better than equivalent category B2 ranking)
 

Number of pieces in total in the initial position

Competitors

Number of moves

Number of promoted pieces in the initial position

4

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

7

Ivan Skoba & Ján Golha

45

1

8

Ivan Skoba & Ján Golha

46

1

9

Ivan Skoba & Ján Golha

50

1

10

Ivan Skoba & Ján Golha

53

1

11

Ivan Skoba & Ján Golha

55

2

12

Itamar Faybish & Cornel Pacurar

59

3

13

Itamar Faybish & Cornel Pacurar

65

4

14

Itamar Faybish & Cornel Pacurar

67

4

15

Itamar Faybish & Cornel Pacurar

70

6

16

Arno Tüngler

71

4

17

Arno Tüngler

72

4

18

Arno Tüngler

77

4

19

 

 

 


Category B2 (initial position having no white promoted pieces)
 

Number of pieces in total in the initial position

Competitors

Number of moves

3

Cornel Pacurar, Itamar Faybish, Ralf Krätschmer, Arno Tüngler, Ján Golha

9

4

Cornel Pacurar, Arno Tüngler, Itamar Faybish, Ralf Krätschmer, Ivan Skoba & Ján Golha

19

5

Arno Tüngler, Cornel Pacurar, Itamar Faybish, Ralf Krätschmer, Ivan Skoba & Ján Golha

27

6

Arno Tüngler

37

7

Arno Tüngler

39

8

Itamar Faybish, Arno Tüngler

41

9

Itamar Faybish & Cornel Pacurar

45

10

Itamar Faybish

Itamar Faybish & Cornel Pacurar

Arno Tüngler

46

11

Itamar Faybish & Cornel Pacurar

49

12

Ivan Skoba & Ján Golha

54

13

Ivan Skoba & Ján Golha

58

14

Ivan Skoba & Ján Golha

59

15

 

 

16

Arno Tüngler & Ralf Krätschmer

60

17

Arno Tüngler & Ralf Krätschmer

61

18

 

 

19

 

 


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