Luis Miguel Gonzalez awarded the tourney UAPA-6 (2017-18) in three sections: A – thematic, B1 – win, B2 – draw. Here are only the prize studies. It’s up to you to decide how far they are from the prize level. And don’t forget to press the dislike button if you don’t like the studies. Dislikes influence judges more than my critical comments.
S. Didukh. Here the solver has a clear target: after the loss of his bishop White in order to win must capture the black rook or two minor pieces. Realizing this, White’s actions in the study look very paradoxical: he sacrifices his bishop losing a tempo, and the queen isn’t firing a pile of checks. She is playing quietly with the black pieces, like a cat does with the captured mice. The final chord of the white king fits well in the story about the power of quiet moves.
G.S.T. Ostmoe. Composer with several names is destined to double or triple the previously known tricks. The theme of monkey grimaces in this study is very expressive. Some solvers, of course, can wonder why the prize for such a simple study, which they can easily solve during the break between the first and second glasses of vodka. I explain once again: the complexity of the solution is only one of the criteria for evaluation of studies, and not a principal one.
Krug & M. Garcia. This is naughtiness rather than a study. Each line ending in mate is given as main line, but these “Notes of a Madman” are probably for idiots. It is clear that there is only one main line with an ideal mate with three blocks at the end. And it is unoriginal.
Didukh. Big studies with few pieces are not composed, they are found. In the old days it was called good fortune, and now, when the list of 6-piece zugzwangs is available it can be called a targeted search of luck using modern technology. The author’s skill in this study was to think up a way to show all three lines where the knight checks the king (on squares f2, g1, h2).
Tarasiuk, P. Krug, M. Garcia. Finally, a normal study with an expressive idea from those I always criticize. Anticipation by Dolgov and Maksimovsky does not matter, because the main virtue of this study is not a stalemate but the change of play after various moves of the black king. With different but similar sacrifices of the bishop in two main lines.