Unofficial World Championship Checker Problem Composing Contest 62


May 14, 2022---June 30, 2022

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Unofficial World Championship Checker Problem Composing Contest 62 – Results

It was tight race between 4 original, unpublished versions of deferred “Breeches”. Only 3 votes separated first from last place. There were 130 visitors, 15 of whom voted.

Tied for top spot, with 5 votes, were the late Roy Little’s cute 3x3, Baby Breeches, his 24th contest win and Wilma Wolverton’s subtle 4x4, Stuck Out of Luck, her 2nd win. George Hay and Liam Stephens (Ireland) voted for Baby Breeches. Lloyd Gordon (Canada), Slava Gorin (Russia), and Kathy Wirthwein voted for Stuck Out of Luck.

Third, with 3 votes, was Bill Salot’s 3x3, Back and Forth. Don Myles voted for it. Last, with 2 votes, was Ed Atkinson’s 4x4, Royal Maneuvers.

The International Voters’ Ladder now stands as follows:

1 – Mark Sokolovsky, has picked 7 winners in 8 tries (88%)

2 – Don Myles, 5 wins in 7 tries (71%)

3 – Liam Stephens (Ireland), 18 wins in 30 tries (60%)

4 – Kathy Wirthwein, 15 wins in 26 tries (58%)

5 – George Hay, 16 wins in 30 tries (53%)

6 – Gene Ellison, 11 wins in 23 tries (48%)

7 – Wilma Wolverton, picked 5 wins in 11 tries (45%)

8 – Lloyd Gordon (Canada), 11 wins in 26 tries (42%)

9 – Slava Gorin (Russia), 9 wins in 24 tries (38%)

10 – Gary Ellison, 4 wins in 13 tries (31%)S

Sixteen (16) others have either picked fewer than 31% winners or voted in fewer than 6 contests.

Losing "Breeches" are suicidal positions that allow your opponent’s King to move between two of your pieces, stealing one. While considering it elementary, relatively advanced players occasionally allow it to their chagrin. Rarely does hidden play insidiously force opponents into losing "Breeches" but the problems in this contest surprisingly do just that. Help us decide which one is best by voting for it at Get on the free Voters’ Ladder by divulging your vote to the e-mail address below the diagrams. Previously, such problems have been the hidden theme in only Contest 33, June 2017.

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Which problem should win the championshp?
Baby Breeches 5
Stuck Out of Luck 5
Back and Forth 3
Royal Maneuvers 2

Total votes: 15


Baby Breeches

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Back and Forth

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Stuck Out of Luck

White to Play and Draw

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Royal Maneuvers

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Previous Contests

Contests 1-55 can be accessed on the old contest page.

Contest 56 can be found here.

Contest 57 can be found here.

Contest 58 can be found here.

Contest 59 can be found here.

Contest 60 can be found here.

Contest 61 can be found here.

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Please enter your original, unpublished, dual-free problems in future contests by sending them at any time to:

Bill Salot

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