Looking at a non-author’s solution, I am never sure, who plays by themselves and who uses a strong engine. Archimedes 🙂
Task 1. Appears difficult, 21 moves to make. However, in the solution, the capturing of the queen is immediately apparent in the first 3-5 moves, and the rest is just a matter of an effective technique. However, due to the striking 21 moves, we gave as much as 15 minutes here for the Tas.
And there is the first solution! Not author’s solution. It’s a great surprise. The conditnions, capturing the queen and last move Qh6# all observed. And to that, checkmate on move 22, whole 6 moves ahead faster! Incredible, but also obvious, a GM solved it. Congrats to GM Jasto!
However, there is also the Time-Out! (15 minutes, 31 sec.) Pawel Weichhold’s. Unbelievable solution and we decided to make an exception off the regulations, and award this solution. $50.
And, Sammed Shete, India, 2 hours 50 minutes. Timeout, knock-out. But, as the only player, he managed to win the queen, like the author. Distinction and $25.
Task 2. funny hint of Goldchess here. And also an IQ test as well as attention test, as knowing our site as well as where to find past solutions was crucial here. The position comes from the previous edition, where we asked the players to find a checkmate on move 27 involving the sacrifice of two rooks for a bishop. The solution is shown in the Non8-4 Play Off. And now it was just a matter of changing move 26, and the solution remained the same! $250 to take! And and … incredible finish! Levon Hambartsumanian of Armenia surpassed another player, the Polish Lukasz Luba by 17 seconds! And he is the winner. Both solutions almost author’s solutions!
Task 3. How to find a prescription to trick CEEC? Dear players,.. what an incredible day! One non-author’s solution, and Armenak Yeghazariyan of Armenia managed to Upload it … 3 seconds before the time passed!
Task 4. This is Tal’s corner, traditionally … Tal’s soul! One solution, non-author’s, Pawel Weichhold, there is a bit of Tal here… but not enough.
Task 5. Also a surprise, Task from previous Saturday, position from Vidit’s game, which the players managed to solve a whole move faster than the author. Now, the author gave 4 extra moves hint, and let’s see … $1.000 prize is waiting. 🙂
It’s 18.14 CET, and … no solution of 5th Task submitted… is it coming, or not? Our Team also has adrenaline flowing through its veins. 🙂 Conditions, instructions: checkmate on move 42, involving the capturing of a queen. And there is a solution! But… it’s m44, unfortunately! Out. Too bad. $1.000 has passed by the players’ noses this time.
Among the players who did not win a prize this time, we will randomly draw a free license for next week’s edition. Thank you for Your participation!
Overall, Poland-Armenia 2:2, with a tiny bit of favor for Poland 🙂
We announce Play-off!