The results of the FIDE Album 2016-18 section H are ready!
As already mentioned in the previous cycle, retro composers have always been careful to select their highest-quality compositions to be considered for the album and the 2016-18 cycle could not be an exception. 90.5% of the submitted entries scored at least 4.5 points and 35.8% out of them were selected. The figures are impressive even if the absolute number of entries is limited, which obviously helps in having such high percentages.
Many thanks to the director and the judges for their hard and efficient work!
All announced results are published in the FIDE Album 2016-18 finished sections page.
The Corona pandemic made an abrupt end to all the solving competitions. At the moment we can’t predict when we will meet again. With a few small steps we will try to fill the gap.
The two first tournaments which had to be cancelled because of the pandemic were the Dutch and the German Open. To compensate the regular participants of these tournaments we decided to organize a special “lockdown” competition, where the solvers receive the problems by mail at a specific moment and have to solve them immediately. In the Netherlands Wim Velker organised already two such tournaments for the local solvers and this proved to be a great success.
After some deliberation about who to invite, we decided to accept also all +2300 solvers (past and present) worldwide. In the attached pdf you will read all the rules which are specific for this special tournament.
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The tournament takes place on Saturday 9 May 2020. It’s 1 session of 8 problems and studies (but no twomovers!). Time: 120 minutes. There are 3 “time-zones”. Everybody who wants to participate must register in advance and indicates the time-zone of his preference.
Two important remarks:
1. We count on the fair-play of all the solvers. The tournament directors can not and will not check if the solvers use any helping devices (computer, books, …). We believe in the honesty of all the participants. Show your respect for the other competitors and participate only when you adhere to this rule.
2. Isolation is one of the best ways to defeat the virus. It is therefore absolutely necessary that all the participants do the solving at their own home and alone! Solvers who violate this rule will be disqualified. This is not the moment for inviting all your chess friends.
Of course, this tournament is not for rating, norms, World Cup points, prizes or money. We are aware that this is far from the real stuff, but it’s the best we can provide at this moment.
At best, consider this as a good training session where you can compete with the other solvers. Take it seriously, but don’t take it too seriously!
— WFCC Solving Committee
Solvers’ ratings as of April 1st 2020 produced by the Solving Tournament Manager are published! 13 tournaments of the 1st quarter 2020 are included: Open Solving A. Suetin Memorial 2020, A. Suetin Memorial 2020, 43rd International Polish Championship 2020, 16th International Solving Contest 2020 Cat. 1, 16th International Solving Contest 2020 Cat. 2, 14th Urals Problemist Cup, RGSU-Cup 2020 as 3rd Alexander Pochinok Memorial Tourney, Open Solving of Championship Central Federal Region of Russia (CFO) 2020, Finnish Chess Solving Championship 2020, Solving Championship of CFO 2020, Winton British Chess Solving Championship 2020, Winton British Chess Solving Championship 2020 Cat B, 29th Branko Atanacković Memorial 2020.
The top ten remain the same solvers but some of them have exchanged their ranking. The largest three gain has again been achieved by junior solver Boris Chervonenkis (RUS / +62.94), this time ahead of women junior solver Aleksandra Safronova (RUS / +52.13) and junior solver Ural Hasanov (RUS / +51.16).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FIDE have decided to postpone the Chess Olympiad 2020 for the next year. Therefore, the recently announced Olympic Tournament in Composing is canceled. FIDE, in collaboration with WFCC, have decided to organize for 2020 the 8th FIDE World Cup in Composing 2020.
As a result of the growing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on people’s lives all around the globe and taking into account the reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicating the constant increase in the number of cases worldwide, WFCC has decided to postpone the 15th European Chess Solving Championship that was scheduled for 24-26 April 2020. The event will be held in Poltava, Ukraine in 2021 (the exact weekend will be announced at a later stage).
With regard to the 63rd WCCC / 44th WCSC 2020 that are scheduled for 3-10 October in Rhodes, the organisers will monitor the situation as evolves and will decide by the end of April or May. At the moment, in Greece flights are suspended, all schools, universities, retail shops and hotels will be closed until at least end of April and citizens are not allowed to move freely around the country (except for going to their jobs if they are still operating, to the supermarket, or to a doctor).
Stay home and be safe! – Harry Fougiaxis, WFCC president.
The All-Russian Public Organization “The Chess Federation of Russia” (CFR) and, at the request of the CFR, the Commission for Chess Composition (CCC) announce an International Chess Composing Tournament dedicated to the 44th World Chess Olympiad of 2020.
The chess composing tournament will be conducted in the following eight sections: twomovers; threemovers; moremovers; endgame studies; helpmates; selfmates in 2-12 moves; fairy compositions; retros and proofgames.
Executive Director of the tournament: Vitaly Medintsev, firstname.lastname@example.org
Send your entries by May 10, 2020 | Regulations (PDF)
Winton British Chess Solving Championship 2019/2020 | 7th tournament of World Solving Cup 2019/2020:
Participants: 32 | Winner: John Nunn (GBR – British champion) ahead of Eddy Van Beers (BEL), Martynas Limontas (LTU), Abdelaziz Onkoud (MAR) and Dolf Wissmann (NED)
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2444.21 | WSC category: 5
Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Aleksey Popov (RUS) 86 points (unchanged), 2. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 62 points (unchanged), 3. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 61 points (+19), 4. Eddy Van Beers (BEL) 45 (+23), 5. Abdelaziz Onkoud (MAR) 41 points (+16)
More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2019/20 Calendar.
The results of ISC 2020 are final as of 25th of February, 2020. 48 tournaments in 31 countries, 885 solvers from 47 countries. The overall winners by category:
Category 1 (202 solvers): Ulrich Voigt, GER (1st place), Kacper Piorun, POL (2nd place), Evgeny Viktorov, RUS (3rd place)
Category 2 (241 solvers): Alexander Smirnov, RUS (1st place), Miķelis Emīls Miķelsons, LAT (2nd place), Bartosz Świątek, POL (3rd place)
Category 3 (442 solvers): Nikita Ushakov, RUS (1st place), Agnesa Stepania Ter-Avetisjana, LAT (2nd place), Daniil Maneluk, RUS (3rd place)
The presentation page of ISC 2020 Results is updated with a gallery of participants and statistics ISC TOP 100 2005-2020 by Axel Steinbrink.
FIDE – International Chess Federation
The 16th WFCC International Solving Contest attracted a record number of 885 participants from 47 countries. Chess composition is the art of creating and solving chess problems. Tournaments, both for composers and solvers, are held all over the world and governed by the World Federation for Chess Composition (WFCC). [→more @FaceBook]
Finnish Chess Solving Championship 2020 | 6th tournament of World Solving Cup 2019/2020:
Participants: 18 | Winner: Aleksey Popov (RUS) ahead of Maksim Romanov (RUS), Kari Karhunen (FIN – Finnish champion), Dolf Wissmann (NED) and Terho Marlo (FIN)
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2236.23 | WSC category: 9
Top 5 World Solving Cup: 1. Aleksey Popov (RUS) 86 points (+13), 2. Piotr Murdzia (POL) 62 points (unchanged), 3. Martynas Limontas (LTU) 42 points (unchanged), 4. Maksim Romanov (RUS) 34 (+10), 5. Danila Moiseev (RUS) 33 points (unchanged)
More details are published in Competitions → Solving → World Solving Cup (WSC) → 2019/20 Calendar.
“Now we have the completed preliminary results of the ISC 2020. The reports of the Solving Tournament Manager (STM): Preliminary results Cat.1 | Preliminary results Cat.2 | Preliminary results Cat.3
This year we had 885 solvers (cat-1 202, cat-2 241, cat-3 442) from 47 countries and 48 tournaments in 31 countries.
Thank you to all local controllers. You make this tournament to a great success.
I want to give a special thank to
- Ivan Denkovski, Luc Palmans, Marjan Kovacevic and Neal Turner for selecting the problems
- Luc Palmans for the preparing of problem and solution sheets.
- Borislav Gadjanski for his help with all activities concerning Mat Plus and daily updates of results on Mat Plus
- all Local controllers who uses the STM for their results”
Axel Steinbrink, Central controller of ISC 2020.
The first ISC was organized in 2005 and was an immediate success. …more →
The idea of a multiple locations solving tournament was appealing, but there was also some scepticism. Of course, there were some issues, because everything was new. With trial and error in the next years the rules were slowly established. Internet, e-mail and social media made life of the controllers more easy. The Solving Tournament Manager, created by Misha Mladenović, is an incredible aid. But also the websites of WFCC (Julia Vysovska) and Mat Plus (Borislav Gadjanski) are pivotal for our competitions. We take this all for granted, but too quickly we forget all the hard work it takes.
Every year the first category of ISC welcomes some 200 solvers, many of them the best of the world. Winning this prestigious tournament is only for the happy few. The second category is much liked because the less experienced or occasional solver can enjoy a nice day of solving close at home, and still compete against the rest of the world. The introduction of a third category for kids proved to be a spark of genius. Thanks to the efforts of some local controllers, several hundred kids were this year introduced to problem chess.
The 16th edition of the ISC will be in many ways a marking point for future tournaments. Experienced solving directors provided us with interesting problems, which lead to a selection of quality problems to solve. Especially Ivan Denkovski should be mentioned, because his review of the final proofs avoided some embarrassing errors.
We can’t praise enough the central controller Axel Steinbrink for his hard work, and without him the tournament would not be such a success. He developed the rules and the procedures of this complicated competition. As you all could witness in the past days, the tournament ran smoothly, with daily updates of the results, and a minimum of complaints. One reason of the success of this year (almost 900 solvers!) is undoubtedly that the ISC is such a well organized competition.
Everyone who was ever involved in a WCSC or ECSC-championship knows how hard this work can be: supervising several hours the competition, and then marking a few hundred solving sheets in the remaining hours, while all the solvers impatiently wait for the results. But this cannot be compared with the ISC. In the past days, Axel not only collected all the results and made all the rankings. Most of all he meticulously checked the more than 1300 solving sheets “with terrible handwriting, and corrects tens of careless local controllers” (dixit Marjan Kovacević). Thanks, Axel!
Finally, we thank all the participants for their efforts, congratulate the winners, and look forward to the 17th edition!
Luc Palmans, Central controller of ISC 2020, Spokesman of WFCC Solving Committee
Some words of gratitude to Axel Steinbrink, by the local controllers:
“Axel is the right man, in the right place, at the right time! He’s a perfect combination of a busy bee with an eagle eye!” (Paweł Stawarz, Poland)
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“Аксель тактичен, обьективен, в своих выводах аккуратен, безошибочен и точен как часы.” (Borisas Gelpernas, Lithuania)
“Axel is an unsung hero of the ISC: the man who creates pleasure for hundreds of solvers, checks thousands of papers with terrible handwriting, and corrects tens of careless local controllers. All in time, all with smile.” (Marjan Kovačević, Serbia)
“How he sees it all?! Experience or subtle intuition? So fast, precise and enthusiastic! Dear Axel, let it be always the same joy for you as you give to all of us!” (Julia Vysotska, Latvia)
“It was hard work for Axel! Thank you much Axel.” (Tongon Sumiya, Mongolia)
“Всё возрастающая популярность ISC турниров это заслуга, прежде всего, главного арбитра и идейного вдохновителя соревнований Акселя Стейнбринка (Германия). В подобных случаях на Руси говорят – арбитр от Бога! Даже не могу представить, как можно реально выполнить тот масштабный объём работы, который он проводит! Сотни листов с решениями, на разных языках, разным почерком. А вы видели, какими каракулями пишут дети до 13 лет? И весь этот огромный поток информации Аксель внимательно анализирует, исправляет ошибки региональных судей, ведёт активную переписку с ними. При этом отмечу высочайший профессиональный уровень А. Стейнбринка в подборе заданий, с чёткой градацией по уровню сложности и возрасту участников. Я сотрудничаю с Акселем, а он провёл 15 из 16 турниров, всё время. Могу отметить его поразительную обязательность: на все письма он оперативно отвечает, хотя его загрузка колоссальная! Огромная благодарность Акселю не только от меня, но и от десятков тренеров, детей, их родителей, а также рядовых решателей со всех регионов России! (Oleg Efrosinin, Russia – Volgograd)
“Axel is the Beverly Hills Cop of the ISC! (For those who don’t know that Hollywood flick: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beverly_Hills_Cop Axel is the name of the hero, played by Eddie Murphy).” (Shankar Ram, India)
“Хочу отметить, что в этом году бьём работы был значительно больше. Однако качество работ судейской коллегии просто поражает. Я, как местный контролер, прекрасно понимаю какой сложной и большой была работа судей. Я хочу выразить свою благодарность Акселю и всей его команде за быстрое и четкое судейство. Судьи не только быстро находили неточности присуждения местных контролеров, но и поясняли причину допущенных ошибок. Уверен, что только благодаря слаженной и четкой работе судейской коллегии, турнир получил огромную популярность во многих странах мира. Надеюсь на дальнейшую плодотворную работу.” (Aleksandr Derevchuk, Ukrain)
“The enormous work Axel does in ISC needs appreciation from the entire chess problem fratetnity. It is men like him who are ‘behind the scene’ carrying loads of work silently make the event a successful one. May his tribe flourish!” (CGS Narayanan, India)
“Я уже давно наблюдаю за судейской работой Акселя. По моему мнению, это высококачественная работа. Не только в турнирах ISC, но и во всех, включая чемпионаты мира, подборки композиций всегда интересны и всегда сбалансированы по стилям и по трудности. Про таких людей говорят так : человек на своем месте. Крепкого здоровья, Аксель, и удачи во всем! (Alexander Azhusin, Russia – Tver)
16th ISC problems and solutions:
Problems cat.1 | Problems cat.2 | Problems cat.3 | Solutions cat.1 | Solutions cat.2 | Solutions cat.3
ISC 2020 Winners | Full Report