8th World Chess Composing Tournament of the FIDE
Questions and Answers 11
Section D (studies)
Can pieces A and B be used more than once to make thematic moves?
Reply: Of course, they can (but be careful – see announcement, example 4).
In the position White: Ke8, Se6, Sg3 / Black: Ra5, is the sequence 1…Re5
2.Se2 thematic? (Can Se6 be pinned?)
Reply: Yes, it can.
In the position White: Bc2, Sf6 / Black: Ra6, is the sequence 1…Rd6
2.Bd3 thematic? (Does the rook move constitute a new attack on Sf6?)
Reply: Attacking a piece that is already en-prise looks inconsistent with
the spirit of the theme.