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 My first composition
http://www.chessvideos.tv/puzzle-6669-F ... rwhite.php

My first totally original composition (ie. one not based on a game).

I think it leaves a lot to be desired, but it's an interesting process! When you create a puzzle yourself it's amazing how many resources you find for the 'opponent' that completely ruin your idea! I know this puzzle is very basic and perhaps a bit unrealistic, but I hope with time I'll be able to get some more interesting ones on the go :)

Please let me know what you think.



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Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:03 pm
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Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:49 am
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 Re: My first composition
Interesting first try, for sure !

I tried to create a puzzle once and I was going for a spectacular solution - and I got it to work. Unfortunately, my line was only second best and I gave up after trying for a long time.

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Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:20 am
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 Re: My first composition
I saw your solution, but chose a way to get a clearly better endgame where white can play for a win.
Then I had a deeper look at your solution and think that the end position is clearly better for white, but your variation is too short.

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Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:05 am
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 Re: My first composition
This idea of puzzle composition is very cool.

Say you have a motif you want to make work. The creative process will lead to the same patterns and piece formations cropping up again and again.
Then in a game this pattern may appear again and you will find it easier to spot a potential tactic.

I love it

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Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:28 pm
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 Re: My first composition
zeitnotakrobat wrote:
Your solution 1.Nf5 Qb4 2.Nc2 Qd2 3.Ne7+ Kh8 4.Bd3 h6 5.Ng6+ Kg8 6.Nxf8 Kxf8 should be continued with 7.Rhf3 Nd8 8.Bg6 when white picks up f7 for free.
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Actually I did see that white wins f7 but I thought it's best to stop the puzzle somewhere. Winning back the exchange whilst maintaining the initiative and more pieces seemed a good place to stop, but probably you're right that I should have continued until all the forcing moves are over.


Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:45 pm
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 Re: My first composition
I think this is a good start, I encourage you to continue with compositions :)
Through compositions, you train your brain to see pattern and ideas rather than moves. And also, it is a very pleasant feeling when you make a composition work, the same type of feeling as when you solve a difficult problem, make something work or create a nice orderly computer-program. (By the way, chess can be seen as a very limited sub-field of mathematics, making puzzles a type of math-exercise, studies -- a type of math-problem, and fundamental research such as KNNvsKP -- a type of math-theorem.)

I would have some suggestions though. Please keep in mind the following:
It is not enough that your idea works, it must also be that no other idea works; in other words, do not stop when the computer says that your idea works.
Make the key move (=first move) unique, nothing else should work.
Make as many intermediate moves as possible unique; best is when all black responses are met with unique white moves.
Avoid duals, if you can; if not, at least minimize their impact.
Use as few pieces as possible to show the idea; get rid of all redundant pieces; give more as many tasks and roles to individual pieces as possible.
Make the initial position look nice; this always attracts attention :)
Finally, check for yourself, computers may be mistaken in their evaluation.

So, keep up the composing work.

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