Die Schwalbe

30 problem(s) found in 3781 milliseconds (displaying 30 problem(s)). [COMMENTDATE>=20200919 AND NOT K='Hilfsrückzüger' AND K='Belén-Thema']

1 - P0517402
György Paros
446 Magyar Sakkvilag 07-08/1936
2. Preis
P0517402
(8+9) C+
h#3
1. Kxc2+ Sd1 2. Dxb4+ Sdc3 3. Kd3 0-0-0#
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Krabbe's Reprint: "And here is a (helpmate-)example from as far back as 1936.

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Thanks to Zalmen Kornin and Frank Richter (and the Chess Problems Forum) for pointing this out."
F123
Verst-4
James Malcom: This is the earliest known helpmate that features the Belen theme. (2020-09-20)
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Keywords: Castling (wg), Belen Theme
Genre: h#
Computer test: (Popeye C-Version 3.52 (2048 KB))
FEN: 8/8/8/n3n1b1/NPp5/P3pp2/PNP5/Rqk1Kb2
Reprints: 253 Tim Krabbé's Website 14/1/2005
Input: HBae, 1997-09-28
Last update: James Malcom, 2020-09-21 more...
2 - P1038125
Denis M. Saunders
Juan Kloostra

C7426 The Problemist 09/1987
P1038125
(13+6) C+
#4
1. Tf7! Tf4, T~ 2. La2+ Kxc2 3. Txf4, ~xT Kd3 4. 0-0-0#
1. ... Tg5 2. Lxg5 h4 3. Txf3 h3, exf3 4. Se2#, e4#
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BS Problemid: 23075
Authors: Saunders, Denis M
Kloostra, Juan
Sources: The Wizard of Oz 1999
Years: 1987
Im 'Problemist' ist der zweite Autor als "Jan Kloostra" angegeben
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Keywords: Brian Stephenson Collection (23075), Belen Theme
Genre: n#
Computer test: Gustav 4.1d, Brute Force
FEN: 8/7R/1P6/2P2r1p/N2Pp2B/2p1Pp2/2P2P2/RBk1K1N1
Input: Brian Stephenson, 2004-08-12
Last update: Mario Richter, 2020-09-23 more...
3 - P1373235
Samuel Loyd
E50 The New York Clipper , p. 390, 28/03/1857
P1373235
(7+10) cooked
#5
1. Dxa3+! Kc2 2. Dxb3+ Txb3 3. Se3+ fxe3 4. Lxd3+ Kxd3 5. 0-0-0#
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Cook: Dual
2. Ta2+ Tb2 3. Txb2+ Kc1 4. Ta2+,Th2+,Tg2+,Tf2+,Te2+,Td2 Kb1 5. Sxc3#
"Trick 'o the trade.".
James Malcom: This is the oldest known problem that features the Belen theme. (2020-09-20)
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Keywords: Capture key, Castling as mating move (wl), Checking key, Sacrifice of white pieces, Belen Theme
Genre: n#
FEN: 3b4/8/7r/6q1/R4p2/nnpb4/Q7/RrkNKBN1
Reprints: (5) MatPlus.net Forum 3/10/2019
Input: Felber, Volker, 2020-03-08
Last update: James Malcom, 2020-09-21 more...
4 - P1380098
Wladimir Naef
Basler Nachrichten 1955
P1380098
(5+2) C+
h#2
1. Kc2 Sbc3 2. Kd3 0-0-0#
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Castling as mating move
Genre: h#
Computer test: Popeye 4.61
FEN: 8/8/8/3N4/2q5/P7/8/RNk1K3
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-20
Last update: Alfred Pfeiffer, 2020-09-22 more...
5 - P1380100
Markus Wettstein
(2856) Neue Zürcher Zeitung 16/6/1968
P1380100
(10+2) C+
#4
1. Sa4! f3 2. La2+ Kc2 3. Sdc3 Kxd3 4. 0-0-0#
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Krabbe's Reprint: "The search is over - as was to be expected, Hanspeter Suwe found a real anticipation in his archives.

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Suwe adds he does not know the exact date of publication (judging from the photo above, it's a pity that it couldn't be Belén's birthday) and nothing about the author. "It is the same matrix which has also been found by Pérez Carballo and McDowell. The problem by the last one is the best: very good construction with a fantastic key move: 1.Nd1!, a so called AZE (means Anti-Ziel-Element), a term for such a strategic move, created by the Austrian composer Helmut Zajic."
Suwe thinks there might be even older examples and will continue to look for them.

With this information, McDowell found Wettstein's (a Swiss) problem in a book Kunstschach in der Schweiz / Les Echecs artistiques en Suisse" by Hans Henneberger (1980), who comments: "A chess riddle in which one really wouldn't expect castling!"
James Malcom: The first known correct Belen theme directmate. (2020-09-20)
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Castling as mating move
Genre: n#
Computer test: Popeye 4.61
FEN: 8/8/8/1P6/3P1p2/P2P4/1N3P2/RBkNK3
Reprints: 253 Tim Krabbé's Website 28/7/2004
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-20
Last update: Alfred Pfeiffer, 2020-09-22 more...
6 - P1380101
Milos Marysko
Die Schwalbe 1960
P1380101
(8+6)
h#4
1. Kxc2+ Ld1+ 2. Kxd3 b4 3. Txb4 Lf3 4. Tc4 0-0-0#
3. ... Lb3 4. Txe4 Td1#
2. ... Kf1 3. Txb3 Lxb3 4. Kd2 Td1#
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Henrik Juel: This looks like a cooked h# (2020-09-20)
James Malcom: Probably, but I don't know whether it's a 3.1 helpmate or not, as I got this from YACPDB. Someone would have to check the original source. (2020-09-20)
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Keywords: Belen Theme (Normal & Anti-), Castling as mating move, Checking key
Genre: h#
FEN: 8/8/8/4p3/4P3/pPpPp3/P1P1B3/Rrk1K3
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-20
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7 - P1380103
Manuel Pérez Carballo
253 Tim Krabbé's Website 17/7/2004
"The Belén Theme"
Gewidmet Belén (His partner)
P1380103
(8+5)
#4
1. Sxa4! droht 2. Sbc3+ Tb1 3. Txb1
1. ... Txc4 2. Sbc3+ Kc2 3. Ld3+ Kxd3 4. 0-0-0#
2. ... Tb1 3. Ld3 Txa1 4. Se2#
1. ... Txb1 2. Ld3 Txa1 3. Txc2+ Kb1 4. Sc3#
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"This problem introduces a theme which, to the composer's and my knowledge and surprise, seems not to have been thought of before. Pérez Carballo (a Spanish chess player of around 2150 living in Glasgow - one of the first things he did there was to go to a library where he could see with his own eyes Barbier's 1895 Glasgow Weekly Citizen articles in which the Saavedra position was discovered - "I was almost crying of excitement as I turned the pages of the thick bound volumes until I got to the very colums") always felt attracted to the unusual in chess. He didn't play the Spanish but the Portuguese (1.e4 e5 2.Bb5) and composed some problems and studies with castling and en passant ideas, but this is his first publication.
The idea for this problem had "haunted him for almost a decade", but the best he had been able to come up with was a version with an inexcusably bad key; the capture of a Queen. Then one weekend, he decided to give it one last, all-out try. When he went to bed early Sunday morning, nothing had worked but after waking up, he realised he had seen the solution in a dream. It still needed a finishing touch - the a4 and b4 pawns had been absent - but when he added them, it worked.

1.Nxa4 threatening 2.Nbc3+ and mate. Black has two defences:
a) 1...Rxb1 when 2.Bd3 Rxa1 3.Rxc2+ Kb1 4.Nc3 is mate, and
b) 1...Rxc4 2.Nbc3+ Kc2 (2...Rb1 3.Bd3 Rxa1 4.Ne2 mate) 3.Bd3+ Kxd3 4.O-O-O mate

The switchback mate 4.Nc3 in variation a) and the model mate 4.Ne2 in b) are nice, but 4.O-O-O mate in b) is the central idea of the Belén Theme: in a direct-mate, the Black King starts at c1 and is mated by O-O-O.

But why Belén theme? Pérez Carballo sent me his problem on 17 July, because on that day it was 5 years ago he met his "other passion outside chess", his partner Belén - the Spanish form of Bethlehem. He dedicates his problem to her, and names the theme after her, wondering if ever before a chess theme has been named after a loved one.

So far so good, but there could be two reasons he's holding his breath now. A reader (Hanspeter Suwe for instance, the editor of the castling magazine König & Turm) might know of an earlier Belén problem - and a composer might be inspired to make a better Belén, either improving on this setting, or creating an new one. Pérez Carballo does realize his problem is not the perfect rendering of the theme. For one thing, the ideal Belén would be a three-mover. The flight-taking key is not very good; a black piece on b1 would conceal the solution better (but then it would have to be a four-mover) and he did not manage the Meredith form - 12 pieces or less. But the Pa3 is needed to stop 1.Na3+; the Pa4 is needed to stop 1.Nd2+ Kb2 2.Rb1+ Kxa3 3.Rxb3 mate, and the Pb4 is needed to stop 1.Nd2+ Kb2 2.Rb1+ Kxa3 3.Rxa4 mate.

But he did create the first Belén - nobody can take that from him."
James Malcom: This is the problem on Tim Krabbe's site that sparked the world wide chess phenomenon known as the Belen Theme and the problem that named the theme-https://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/chess2/diary13txt.htm (2020-09-20)
Henrik Juel: The thematic variation is correct
1.Sc3*a4 Rc2*c4 2.Sb1-c3+ Kc1-c2 3.Be2-d3+ Kc2*d3 4.0-0-0#
But the problem is very damaged by duals in other variations, e.g.
1... Tcc3 2.Ld1,Ld3,Sd2+,Sxc3+ (2020-09-20)
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Castling as mating move, Capture key
Genre: n#
FEN: 8/8/8/8/pPR5/PrN1p3/2r1B3/RNk1K3
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-20
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8 - P1380104
Michael McDowell
253 Tim Krabbé's Website 26/7/2004
P1380104
(9+1) C+
#3
1. c4! Kc2 2. Sbc3 Kd3 3. 0-0-0#
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Within hours, the English problemist Michael McDowell sent me a Belén problem that was both a Meredith and a three-mover.

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"Or start Na4 on c3 for a 9-piece setting if you don't mind a flight-taking key," he added. Man for man, that setting was later independently also sent to me by Joshua Green. (The key is then 1.Na4)." [P1380105]
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Rex solus (s), Castling as mating move
Genre: 3#
Computer test: Popeye 4.61
FEN: 8/8/8/8/N7/PPP5/P4P2/RNk1K3
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-20
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9 - P1380105
Joshua Green
253 Tim Krabbé's Website 26/7/2004
P1380105
(8+1) C+
#3
1. Sa4! Kc2 2. Sbc3 Kd3 3. 0-0-0#
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[ P1380104] "Or start Na4 on c3 for a 9-piece setting if you don't mind a flight-taking key," he added. Man for man, that setting was later independently also sent to me by Joshua Green. (The key is then 1.Na4)."
A.Buchanan: The castling & e.p. conventions are not inherently retro, although they may combine with other content. We don't enough about the history of the game, so the convention simply decides (2020-09-21)
James Malcom: Wrong problem to comment on, Andrew? (2020-09-21)
A.Buchanan: Hi James - I should have said: this problem was marked Retro not #3, so I changed the genre. My earlier comment is an explanation (2020-09-22)
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Rex solus (s), Flight taking, Castling as mating move
Genre: 3#
Computer test: Popeye 4.61
FEN: 8/8/8/8/8/PPN5/P4P2/RNk1K3
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-20
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10 - P1380106
Michael McDowell
253 Tim Krabbé's Website 26/07/2004
P1380106
(6+1) C+
#3
1. La2+! Kc2 2. Sg3 Kxd3 3. 0-0-0#
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"Just a few minutes later, McDowell sent me this miniature setting, for the price of a checking key."
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Rex solus (s), Checking key, Flight giving key, Stalemate dissolution, Castling as mating move
Genre: 3#
Computer test: Popeye 4.61
FEN: 8/8/8/8/3B4/3P4/8/RBk1K2N
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-20
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11 - P1380107
Manuel Pérez Carballo
253 Tim Krabbé's Website 27/7/2004
P1380107
(9+5) C+
#4
1. Sc3! Kc2 2. Sxa2 Lxa2 3. Lxa2 Kd3 4. 0-0-0#
1. ... Kxb2 2. Sxb1+ Kc1,Kc2 3. Sa3#
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" I may, through lack of attention, have created a awkward problem for the composers. They do care a lot, and rightly so, about precedence, anticipation, novelty of idea & setting.
Between sending me his first Belén problem on 17 July and my publication of it on 24 July, Pérez Carballo also sent me a gamefile with games of his, and at the end two "Belén Theme" four-movers, the second being a new version which I must admit did not really take root in my mind.
Right after my publication of the Belén problem, Michael McDowell sent me the two three-movers above and the next day, the four-move version with 1.Nd1!
As it turns out now however, that other four-mover in Pérez Carballo's gamefile anticipates, to a degree, McDowell's 1.Nd1 four-mover.

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Largely the same setting and the same play. There can be no doubt that McDowell's problem is better (at the Chess Problem Discussion Board Pérez Carballo recognizes that) but there is also no doubt Pérez Carballo had some of the ideas first - of course without McDowell knowing that. Still, an anticipation. But: is an anticipation an anticipation without publication? Have I wronged somebody and if so, whom?
I'm afraid all I can do is turn beet-red, and thank both composers for their work. The Belén Theme Story amounts to an interesting insight into the development of a problem idea."
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Flight giving key, Castling as mating move
Genre: n#
Computer test: Popeye 4.61
FEN: 7B/8/8/8/2B1p3/4Pp2/pP3P2/RbkNK1N1
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-20
Last update: Alfred Pfeiffer, 2020-09-22 more...
12 - P1380108
Michael McDowell
253 Tim Krabbé's Website 26/7/2004
P1380108
(8+2) C+
#4
1. Sd1! Kc2 2. Sdc3 Lxa2 3. Lxa2 Kd3 4. 0-0-0#
2. ... Kc1 3. Sxb1 Kc2 4. Sa3#
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"And next morning, he sent me "something that looks like a proper chess problem.

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1.Nd1! Not only a black piece on b1, but also a key which fills up all the castling squares. 1...Kc2 2.Ndc3 Bxa2 (Kc1 3.Nxb1 Kc2 4.Na3 mate) 3.Bxa2 Kd3 4.O-O-O mate."
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Stalemate dissolution, Castling as mating move
Genre: 3#
Computer test: Popeye 4.61
FEN: 8/8/8/3P4/N1B5/4N3/P4P2/Rbk1K3
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-20
Last update: Alfred Pfeiffer, 2020-09-22 more...
13 - P1380115
Thomas Beuman
253 Tim Krabbé's Website 08/04/2004
P1380115
(6+1) C+
#3
1. Tb4! Kc2 2. Sbc3 Kd3 3. 0-0-0#
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"Thomas Beuman managed a Belén 3-move miniature without a checking key, and without any duals. The key does take a flight square."
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Rex solus (s), Flight taking, Castling as mating move
Genre: 3#
Computer test: Popeye 4.85
FEN: 8/8/8/3N4/R7/P7/8/RNk1K3
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-20
Last update: Felber, Volker, 2020-10-12 more...
14 - P1380116
Hauke Reddmann
Inselschach 1977
P1380116
(7+2) C+
#3
1. Sa4! Kc2 2. Sbc3 Kd3 3. 0-0-0#
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Krabbe's Reprint: "Hauke Reddmann informs me that in 1977, when he was 16, he had also composed a Belén."
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Castling as mating move
Genre: 3#
Computer test: Popeye 4.85
FEN: 8/8/8/8/8/1PN2p2/P4B2/RNk1K3
Reprints: 253 Tim Krabbé's Website 8/8/2004
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-20
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15 - P1380121
Zalmen Kornin
Kibitzer's Cafe 29/7/2004
P1380121
(5+3)
#3
1. g8=D! Kc2 2. Sxc3 Kd3,Kb2 3. 0-0-0#,Da2#
1. ... axb1=D 2. Da2,Db3 Dxa1 3. Le3#
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https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessforum.pl?kpage=566&archive=1#kibitzing

"On the subject of a mate in 3 that i showed yesterday here [ P1380114], the duals pointed out kindly by were detected too by T. Krabbé and Joshua Green, and there in "Open Chess Diary" J. Green suggests adding a White Pawn in 'a3', so the Problem is correct, but no longer a miniature and not diverse enough from an earlier MacDowell & Green setting; so the Author (my Chess friend) presents a new "Belén-Theme"- Mate in 3 - Author: Z. Kornin "The Kibitzer's Café" 2004 , Original: White: Ke1 - Ra1 - Bd4 - Nb1 - Pg7, Black: Kc1 - Pa2 - Pc3 #3 (5+3); or in Forsyth: 8-6P1-16-3B4-2p5-p7-RNk1K3 #3"
See the later P1380122
Henrik Juel: A small hint, James:
.. 2. Sxc3 Kd3 3. 0-0-0#
2. ... Kb2 3. Da2#
will force the weird animation to show what you intend it to show (2020-09-21)
James Malcom: I know how to do that Henrik-it is but my intention to animate the thematic line only. (2020-09-21)
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Promotion in the key, Castling as mating move
Genre: 3#
FEN: 8/6P1/8/8/3B4/2p5/p7/RNk1K3
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-21
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16 - P1380122
Zalmen Kornin
Kibitzer's Cafe 5/8/2004
P1380122
(9+5) C+
#4
1. g8=D! d5 2. exd6ep Kc2 3. Sxc3 Kd3,Kb2 4. 0-0-0#,Dxa2#
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Final development of the earlier P1380121

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessforum.pl?kpage=587&archive=1#kibitzing

"For those interested in Chess Problems: In Tim Krabbé's "Open Chess Diary" the investigation on an idea in Composition, the so called "Belén-Theme" goes on with more novelties; - i'm arriving from that chess-cyber-café... i found that Problemist, he asked me "do You know the Valladão-Theme?" - Yes, i knew that jargon: "The Problem is pronto" What? "Ready" He showed me and asked me to publish here (is related to the previous ones) Author: Z. Kornin; "The Kibitzer's Café" 2004, Original - White: Ke1, Ra1, Bd4, Nb1, Pb6, Pc5, Pe5, Pg4, Pg7 (9); Black: Kc1, Pa2, Pc3, Pc6, Pd7 (5) - Mate in 4 , or in Forsyth: 8-3p2P1-1Pp5-2P1P3-3B2P1-2p5-p7-RNk1K3 (9+5) #4 < the key introduces a threat against 'a2', 'b3' and 'c4' , there are two related thematical variations, following a scheme aAbB - bBaA in the second and third moves; the sideline defenses 2...axb1 or 2...Kb2 in the 1...d5 variation are not total stops from the initial threats; in the en-passant moment there's a choice too: 3.cxd6 ep? c5! and Black will not fall in zugzwang; so 3.exd6!! - this effects springs from a natural setting - the Pawn 'c6' is necessary to stop an eventual Qxd5... Pawns 'b6' and 'g4' prevents duals in thematical play, other features are similar to the Author's scheme from "The Kibitzer's Café" July, 29 - see above Page 566.> The last chapter from a Chess-Composition workshop on-line!!"

Konig and Turm: ""Noch im Jahr der Thema(*)-Entdeckung (*the Belén) gelang dem Brasilianer Kornin eine Darstellung mit dem Valladão-Task" Hanspeter Suwe (2007);" (quote taken from here-https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessuser?uname=vonKrolock)

Tim Krabbe's minuscule mention in #253 in a small edit to the 7/28 P.S: "(NB: see pages 566 [P1380121 ] and 587 of that forum for the on-line development of a Valladao-Belén.)"


http://www.berlinthema.de/Auswahl_PH.pdf-"Das Belén-Thema verlangt den schwarzen Königsmarsch von c1 nach d3 gefolgt von der weißen langen Rochade – wie P.H. richtig anmerkt, sollte man besser von einem „Motiv“ sprechen. Kornins Stück verbindet dieses Motiv vermutlich erstmalig mit einem Valladao.
Auf mich wirkt ein Valladao mit Damenumwandlung allerdings immer „halb“, denn der „eigentliche“ Sonderzug ist doch eine Unterverwandlung? Eine solche würde auch einen selbstverständlichen Schlüssel verhindern."
James Malcom: This is the first Valladao-Belen: the Belen theme plus promotion and en passant. (2020-09-21)
Henrik Juel: Only the cases with Black defending by d7-d5 and Kc1-c2 in his first two moves lead to dual-free full-length variations (2020-09-21)
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Valladao Task, En passant, Promotion in the key, Castling as mating move
Genre: n#
FEN: 8/3p2P1/1Pp5/2P1P3/3B2P1/2p5/p7/RNk1K3
Reprints: H48a Der Reiz des Ungewöhnlichen
König & Turm 22, p. 14, 5/2007
(15) MatPlus.net Forum 8/9/2019
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-21
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17 - P1380124
Joaquim Crusats
chessproblem.net 1/1/2007
P1380124
(8+8) C+
#4
1. Df8! Sxc2+ 2. Lxc2+ Kxc2 3. Db4 Kd3 4. 0-0-0#
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https://www.chessproblem.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=60&p=2362

http://joaquimchessproblem.blogspot.com/2008/09/blog-post_40.html
Henrik Juel: But duals in short variations (2020-09-21)
James Malcom: So, Henrik? (2020-09-21)
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Castling as mating move
Genre: n#
Computer test: Gustav 4.1d, Brute Force
FEN: Q7/1R6/8/8/P1ppp3/n1p1p3/2P5/RBk1KbN1
Reprints: König & Turm 22, p. 14, 5/2007
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-21
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18 - P1380125
James Malcom
(1) MatPlus.net Forum 29/8/2019
P1380125
(8+6) C+
s#6
1. Sd3+! Kc2 2. Tc5+ Kxd3 3. Dd6+ Ke4 4. Sc3+ bxc3 5. De5+ Kd3 6. 0-0-0+ Td2#
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James Malcom: As far as I know, this is the first presentation in a selfmate. Of course it can be argued that a Belen only constitutes White castling with mate, but as far as I see it as long as the BK's journey is done and the last move is White's castling, it is a Belen. haven't seen any opposition to this as I have seen. (2020-09-21)
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Checking key, Castling
Genre: s#
Computer test: Gustav 4.1d, Brute Force
FEN: 8/8/1Q6/1R6/1p3N2/bp6/br3PP1/RNk1K3
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-21
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19 - P1380126
James Malcom
(10) MatPlus.net Forum 31/8/2019
P1380126
(7+4) C+
s#3
1. Lc2+! Kxc2 2. Dd3+ Kxd3 3. 0-0-0+ Sd2#
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http://matplus.net/start.php?px=1600576227&app=forum&act=posts&fid=xshows&tid=2343
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Checking key, Castling
Genre: s#
Computer test: Gustav 4.1d, Brute Force
FEN: 8/8/3QR3/2r5/1pn5/B7/1P6/RBk1K3
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-21
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20 - P1380128
James Malcom
(34) MatPlus.net Forum 18/9/2019
P1380128
(12+7) C+
#5
1. Sbc3!+ Kc2 2. cxd8=S b5 3. cxb6ep Txe6+ 4. Sxe6 Kd3 5. 0-0-0#
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http://matplus.net/start.php?px=1600656376&app=forum&act=posts&tid=2343&fid=xshows&page=1

http://www.berlinthema.de/Auswahl_PH.pdf-"Wenn man eine Unterverwandlung haben will, ist die Springerumwandlung in der Regel am einfachsten zu erzeugen, wegen der unterschiedlichen Gangart des Springers. Die (H48b) mag als Erstdarstellung ihre Berechtigung haben, doch daß Schwarz statt b7-b5 auch b7-b6 spielen kann, entwertet m.E. den e.p.-Schlag weitgehend. Zudem wirkt angesichts des ungedeckten Satzschachs das erste Zugpaar künstlich aufgesetzt."
James Malcom: This is the first Valladao-Belen with an underpromotion. However, it is damaged by the common "short" ep and a dualistic move order. (2020-09-21)
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Valladao Task, Checking key, under-promotion (S), En passant, Castling as mating move
Genre: n#
FEN: 3b4/1pPPr1p1/4P1P1/p1P5/N1p5/P7/P4P2/RNk1K3
Reprints: H48b Der Reiz des Ungewöhnlichen
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-21
Last update: Alfred Pfeiffer, 2020-09-22 more...
21 - P1380129
Zalmen Kornin
harmonie 2006
P1380129
(4+3) C+
h#2*
* 1. ... 0-0-0#
1. Kc2! Sb1 2. Kc1 Sa3#
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Keywords: Belen Theme (Anti-), Castling as mating move (Satz)
Genre: h#
Computer test: Popeye 4.83
FEN: 8/8/8/8/N1p5/2Nkp3/8/R3K3
Reprints: chessproblem.net 25/2007
(15) MatPlus.net Forum 22/9/2019
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-21
Last update: Alfred Pfeiffer, 2020-09-22 more...
22 - P1380136
James Malcom
(3) MatPlus.net Forum 20/9/2019
P1380136
(9+4) C+
#3
1. Sg4! Kc2 2. Se5 Kc1 3. Sa3#
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http://matplus.net/start.php?px=1600576227&app=forum&act=posts&fid=gen&tid=2356
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Keywords: Belen Theme (Anti-)
Genre: 3#
Computer test: Popeye 4.61
FEN: 8/8/8/8/1p1Bp3/1P1kPp2/P4P1N/RN2K3
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-21
Last update: James Malcom, 2020-09-21 more...
23 - P1380143
Peter Hoffmann
H48c Der Reiz des Ungewöhnlichen 9/2019
P1380143
(14+9) C+
#5
1. Sxc3+! Kc2 2. b8=T! f5 3. gxf6ep Lb5 4. Txb5 Kd3 5. 0-0-0#
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See the improved P1380148

http://www.berlinthema.de/Auswahl_PH.pdf-"In der einschlägigen Diskussion im „MatPlus Forum“ schälte sich heraus, daß Darstellungen mit Turm- oder Läuferumwandlung noch nicht existier(t)en, und dies rief P.H. auf den Plan, der ja ausdrücklich unerforschtes Terrain sucht.
In seinem Stück ist die Unterverwandlung in einen Turm im zweiten Zug logisch begründet – was auch hier das erste Zugpaar aufgesetzt wirken läßt. Mir scheint, daß das Belén-Motiv eher eine hinderliche Vorgabe ist ... 51
(Die Zweckreinheit der schwarzen Reihenfolge-Auswahl, welche die Damenumwandlung
widerlegt, soll hier nicht näher untersucht wurden. Unseres Erachtens ist sie zweckrein, falls man bereit ist, den Austausch der Möglichkeit 5. L:e4# durch die Möglichkeit 5. 0-0-0# als bloße Kompensation zu sehen.)"

http://matplus.net/start.php?px=1570441154&app=forum&act=posts&fid=gen&tid=2361&pid=17978#n17978

Post #1-"A wonderfull surprise! PH presented today a brand new Valladao-Belen, its already published in Erik Zierke's online book in PDF on Hoffmann's works:

http://www.berlinthema.de/AUSWAHL_PH.pdf

page 181, with full solution and comments. In page 180 are also presented, and commented, the known examples of Valladao-Belen (Just two so far, one of them evolved online recently here in MP):

http://matplus.net/start.php?px=1569833313&app=forum&act=posts&fid=xshows&tid=2343&pid=17926#n17926

After a promotion to Queen, and a promotion to Knight, now we have a promotion to Rook.

****** Peter, thanks for Your interest in the Valladão-Belén!! :"

Post 7-"In his excellent # 5, Peter Hoffmann introduces important novelties in the VB field: The promotion move act in three different levels of significance (control of b3, of b5 avoiding to affect d3, and - not least- create a threat of mate in two in e4, allowing a consistent en passant part in real play) : 2.b8 = R is the most impressive single movement in the whole VB's history!

He refers to the Belén as a "motif". In the old Rebnora forum discussions Frank Richter alluded to an "ornamental effect". For Erik Zierke, the Belén condition arrive to become an obstacle ('Hindernis') for the more satisfactory expression in the Valladão field (in the same book we find others of Peter Hoffmann's creations in this field)."
James Malcom: The first Valladao-Belen with a rook promotion. (2020-09-22)
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Valladao Task, Capture key, Checking key, under-promotion (T), En passant, Castling as mating move
Genre: n#
FEN: B3b3/1P3pPQ/4p3/3pP1P1/3Pn3/BPp2p2/pP3P2/RNk1K3
Reprints: (1) MatPlus.net Forum 30/9/2019
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-22
Last update: Alfred Pfeiffer, 2020-09-22 more...
24 - P1380144
James Malcom
Zalmen Kornin

chessproblem.net 10/8/2019
P1380144
(12+9) C+
#5
1. Sc3+! Kc2 2. h8=L! e5 3. fxe6ep cxd4 4. Lxd4 Kd3 5. 0-0-0#
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https://www.chessproblem.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1078&p=2344&hilit=belen#p2344

"Yes, a Valladao-Belen with a Bishop promotion, and the first to ever appear before the public !"

http://www.berlinthema.de/Auswahl_PH.pdf-"P.H.s (H48c) löste eine verstärkte Suche nach einer Darstellung mit der nun einzig noch feh- lenden Läuferumwandlung aus, und formell ist die (H48e) die Erstdarstellung. Allerdings sehen wir hier dieselbe gravierende thematische Schwäche wie in der (H48b), daß der Doppelschritt vor dem e.p.-Schlag nicht exklusiv ist und Schwarz ebenso den Einzelschritt spielen könnte – wodurch es zum gleichen Spiel kommt nur ohne den thematisch unabdingba- ren e.p.-Schlag."

http://matplus.net/start.php?px=1600576227&app=forum&act=posts&fid=xshown&tid=2367-"****...and the solution now is complete. Yes, You knew already, I'm sure: "habemus episcopus" - after Q, N and R, a promotion to Bishop in a published Valladao-Belen!"
James Malcom: The first Valladao-Belen with a bishop promotion. (2020-09-22)
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Valladao Task, Checking key, under-promotion (L), En passant, Castling as mating move
Genre: n#
FEN: 8/4p2P/3p4/pPpp1P2/B1pP1P2/Br3p2/1P3P2/RNk1K3
Reprints: H48e Der Reiz des Ungewöhnlichen
(1) MatPlus.net Forum Moremovers 10/8/2019
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-22
Last update: Alfred Pfeiffer, 2020-09-22 more...
25 - P1380148
James Malcom
Peter Hoffmann

H48d Der Reiz des Ungewöhnlichen 9/2020
JM nach PH
P1380148
(15+7) C+
#5
1. Sxc3+! Kc2 2. b8=T! d5 3. cxd6ep Dxb5,Dc6 4. Txb5,Lxc6 Kd3 5. 0-0-0#
3. exd6ep? Dxe6+!
3. Lxd5? Dd8!
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See P1380143

http://www.berlinthema.de/Auswahl_PH.pdf-"James Malcom weist darauf hin, daß ohne die schwarze Logik in der Widerlegung der Damenumwandlung man eine eindeutige Zugreihenfolge in der Lösungsphase erhalten kann. Danke für das Interesse an unserer Schrift!"
James Malcom: Some months back, I managed to improve Hoffmann's P1380143. But has only been published recently alongside it, and ironically in the same month. The point here is that there is but a single solution. It turned out to be scarcely possible, requiring every White man but the queen. (2020-09-22)
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Valladao Task, Capture key, Checking key, under-promotion (T), En passant, Castling as mating move
Genre: n#
FEN: B1N1q3/1P1p4/4P1p1/1RP1P1P1/8/BPp2p2/pP3P2/RNk1K3
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-22
Last update: Alfred Pfeiffer, 2020-09-22 more...
26 - P1380158
James Malcom
chessproblem.net 14/10/2019
P1380158
(7+8) C+
#3
1. b8=D? Lb3!

1. Lxa2+! Kc2 2. b8=D Kxd3 3. 0-0-0#
2. ... e2,~ 3. Db1#
1. ... Kb2 2. b8=D+ Kxa1 3. Db1#
2. ... Kxa3 3. Lb1#,Lxc4#
2. ... Kc2 3. Db1#
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https://www.chessproblem.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=60&p=2362
Henrik Juel: C+ Popeye 4.61, except for the mate dual after 2... Kxa3 (2020-09-22)
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Capture key, Checking key, Promotion, Castling as mating move
Genre: 3#
Computer test: Popeye 4.61
FEN: 8/1P6/8/8/2ppp3/P1pPp1n1/b7/RBk1K1N1
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-22
Last update: James Malcom, 2020-09-23 more...
27 - P1380160
James Malcom
chessproblem.net 14/10/2019
nach György Paros
P1380160
(5+6) C+
h#3
1. Lc7+! Kxc7 2. Da6 Kd6 3. 0-0-0+ Sd7#
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See P0533854

https://www.chessproblem.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=60&p=2362
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Keywords: Belen Theme ("Reversed"), Checking key, Castling
Genre: h#
Computer test: popeye 4.85
FEN: rbK1k3/qp6/1p6/1PN5/8/8/4P3/2R5
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-22
Last update: Alfred Pfeiffer, 2020-09-22 more...
28 - P1380368
James Malcom
MatPlus.net Forum 22/9/2020
Gewidmet Zalmen Kornin & Peter Hoffmann
P1380368
(14+9) C+
#7
1. Sc3+! Kc2 2. exd4 hxg1=D+,T+ 3. Txg1 Lxh5 4. g4 fxg3ep 5. Txg3 Lg4 6. Txg4 Kd3 7. 0-0-0#
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http://matplus.net/start.php?px=1601242024&app=forum&act=posts&fid=gen&tid=2488

http://www.berlinthema.de/Auswahl_PH.pdf-"J.M. arbeitete weiter am Valladao-Belén und konnte ihn schließlich gemischtfarbig zeigen! Den „Umwandlungsdual“ halten wir für irrelevant, da ohne Pattmotiv die Turmumwandlung kein eigenständiger Zug ist. Und wir anerkennen durchaus die Pionierleistung! Andererseits ist ein ungedecktes Satzmatt eine sehr häßliche Konstruktionserleichterung."
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Keywords: Belen Theme, Valladao Task, Checking key, En passant, Promotion, under-promotion (t), Castling as mating move
Genre: n#
Computer test: Popeye 4.61
FEN: 8/5B2/6P1/3P3Q/2pq1pb1/Bp2Pp2/pP3PPp/RNk1K1NR
Reprints: H48j Der Reiz des Ungewöhnlichen 9/2020
Input: James Malcom, 2020-09-27
Last update: James Malcom, 2020-10-28 more...
29 - P1380439
James Malcom
MatPlus.net Forum 23/09/2020
P1380439
(13+1) C+
#4
1. ... Kxc2 2. Sd2! Kxd3 3. Sc4 Kc2 4. Se3+ Kd3 5. Td1#
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See also P1380440
Henrik Juel: Apparently there is a #3
1.c4? Kxc2 2.Sc3 Kxd3 3.0-0-0?
But two facts prevent this try
1. Black has no last move, so he has the move
2. wKe1 must have moved, so White cannot castle
The solution is
0... Kxc2 1.Sd2 Kxd3 2.Sc4 Kc2 3.Se3+ Kd3 4.Td1#
C+ Popeye 4.61 (2020-09-29)
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Keywords: Rex solus (s), Belen Theme (Anti-), Cant Castler, No legal last move for Black, Capture key
Genre: n#, Retro
Computer test: Popeye 4.61
FEN: 8/8/8/8/8/BPPP1P2/PPB2P2/RNk1KR2
Input: A.Buchanan, 2020-09-29
Last update: Alfred Pfeiffer, 2020-10-08 more...
30 - P1380440
James Malcom
Andrew Buchanan

MatPlus.net Forum 23/09/2020
JM, version AB
P1380440
(10+1) C+
#4
wK has moved so:
1. c4? Kxd3 2. Sc3 Kd4 3. Ld6 Kd3 4. 0-0-0#?
2. ... Kc2 3. c5 Kd3 4. 0-0-0#? is a try

1. f3! Kxd3 2. Kf2 Kc2 3. Se3+ Kd3 4. Td1#

R: 1. Kc1xLc2 Lb1xTc2,Lb1xSc2 Easter Egg!
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Henrik Juel: Compared to James's P1380439:
1. Last move could be Kc1xLc2, so White has the move
2. White may not castle, so
1.c4? Kxd3 2.Sc3 Kd4 3.Ld6 Kd3 4.0-0-0, 2... Kc2 3.c5 Kd3 4.0-0-0 is a try
The solution is
1.f3 Kxd3 2.Kf2 Kd2 3.Se3 Kd3 4.Td1#
2... Kc2 3.Se3+ Kd3,Kd2 4.Td1#
C+ Popeye 4.61
Very nice, James and Andrew (2020-09-29)
A.Buchanan: Thanks Henrik - Belen precondition of bKc1 was satisfied 1.0 move ago. From that position there is a sound #5 but position is clunky and not Meredith.
You didn’t fall into the trap of thinking Black has no last move: there is a dualized solution with BTM waiting for you if you did. (2020-09-30)
James Malcom: Haha, yeah. I fell for Andrew's trap, hook, line, and sinker! :-) (2020-09-30)
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Keywords: Rex solus, Belen Theme (Normal & Anti-), Cant Castler
Genre: n#, Retro
FEN: 8/8/8/8/8/BPPP4/PPk2P2/R2NK3
Input: A.Buchanan, 2020-09-29
Last update: James Malcom, 2020-10-08 more...
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