For the 32nd time Zdravko Maslar (together with bernd ellinghoven) has organized the fairy chess meeting of Andernach. After the historical Balkan Pik (restaurant owned by Maslar himself) the meeting is now held in the Kolpinghaus. Andernach is a town on the Rhine north of Koblenz, which is now well known to all fairy chess enthusiasts around the world thanks to Maslar who settled there in the '50s after leaving Yugoslavia (a well known fairy condition is named after the town).
Many composers attended the meeting (about forty) from nine countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain, Israel and, after too many years, Italy.
As always there were a composing tourney, a solving contest (with Andernach rules: i.e. the number of solutions is not known) and an over the board fairy chess blitz tournament.
The composing tourney was for any type of problems in take&make a new condition invented by Hartmut Laue. When a piece captures, it must make a new move moving like the captured piece. Legality is checked only at the end of the move. Pawns move differently according to the color (white upwards, black downwards). Promotion is done when a pawn ends its move on the eigth rank. If it's not possible to make the second part of the move, then the move is illegal. King capture is orthodox (i.e. there's no need to make the second part of the move). An interesting condition, perhaps is worth trying to play it. The tourney has been subdivided into three parts: direct, help and proof games.
The blitz tournament was played Saturday afternoon: the new fairy condition was elektroblizz, just a funny name to indicate orthodox chess played on a 8x7 chessboard. A small change that makes the game especially violent, e.g. the double-step move of a pawn attacks a normally developed knight. Too optimistically we played in the open air ... and the last round had to be canceled (all remis) for adverse condition of the pitch with pieces flooding everywhere. Myself ... hmm ... am trying and forget my results.
Minilectures in the evenings: Hartmut Laue on take&make, Werner Keym on helpmates with four castles in two solutions. Werner accompanyed his lecture playing a saxophone (yes, it is a soprano saxophone and not a clarinet).
Sunday morning prize givings and goodbye to 2007!
Composing tourneys: direct play
1 prize: Reto Aschwanden
2 prize: Hans-Peter Rehm
3 prize: Michel Caillaud
Composing tourneys: help play
1 prize: Hemmo Axt
2 prize: Thomas Maeder and Ulrich Ring
3 prize: Ruud Beugelsdijk
Composing tourneys: Proof games
1 prize: Michel Caillaud
2 prize: Dirk Borst
3 prize: Dirk Borst, Joost de Heer
1 prize: Thomas Maeder
2 prize: Manfred Rittirsch
3 prize: Michel Caillaud
Composing proof games with take&make is really interesting; unfortunately Popeye has been updated (by Stephen Emmerson) at exceptional speed, but there was a bug just for SPGs! I put four of them (one of mine for sheer narcissism) and you can have a go trying to cook them all!
To end up a funny example showing the possibilities of take&make. What was the last move? It's so easy, I don't give the solution!