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mrmip

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Tue Jan 24 2006 2:28PM | edited: 2:29:20 | MsgID: 3443316


Originally posted by: "papadoble
I cracked the Shinkman! It took me a whole week!! I was getting nuts, stuck in circular reasoning about the candidate moves/plans. Kotov, help me!




Congrats Papadople! I do not recall how long it took me, but let us say two weeks - so you are twice as smart as I

Let us keep the puzzles there without solutions for a while still, so other solvers can get the pleasure of cracking them.

As for Kotov, he says that you should count the canditates with fingers under the table. Another russian advice is that you should sit on your hands in order not to move impulsively - like Taimanov. Of course if you obey both wisdoms,it may look a bit funny....



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Tue Jan 24 2006 10:03AM | edited: 10:04:35 | MsgID: 3441921


Originally posted by: "mrmip"
(...) I can still vividly recall the trouble I had cracking that miniature ! (...)



I cracked the Shinkman! It took me a whole week!! I was getting nuts, stuck in circular reasoning about the candidate moves/plans. Kotov, help me!



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Thu Jan 19 2006 9:05AM | MsgID: 3405722


I was wondering if your Latin is correct so I put the original (nice ) thread title back.
Thanks for these light compositions! I wouldn't call them simple...



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Tue Jan 17 2006 2:27PM | MsgID: 3393316



Thanks Mrmip for the new homework you sent us. I haven't gone through the problems so far but they look very challenging.

So please give us few days to return with pur answers before you reveal us the keys.

Thanks again

mulan69



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Tue Jan 17 2006 12:41PM | MsgID: 3392624


The topic got the name from Papadoble's concern that new 'simple' compositions run a high risk of being anticipated.
Well I did a quick research and can happily point out that new miniatures still pop up merrily.
The case in point is StrateGems 2006, which contains the following by Robert J Bales Jr:








Analyse position



Helpmate in 5 moves

Very neat and reminds me of the classic by Shinkman:








Analyse position



Helpmate in 4 moves

I can still vividly recall the trouble I had cracking that miniature !
If you have not solved that before, please, take a shot...

Speaking about the ultimate simplicity, one really cannot pass over Ring et Staudte (Schwalbe 1965):








Analyse position



Helpmate in 4 moves

Funny that they get out so much from so little, ehh?