For one year already does chess life happen mainly virtually, as the ongoing pandemic still does not really allow for club nights and over-the-board tournaments. But Man does not live by playing blitz on the internet alone. Therefore, our former member Jochen Wege, who nevertheless stayed connected with the club, has turned to the solving of chess problems and also piqued the interest of other members. Consequentially, the idea to hold an own solving tournament came up quickly.

Jochen Wege assumed the duties of organization and compiled six chess problems each in two categories of difficulty, for whose solving a time control of two hours was set. The problem sheets were distributed to the participants at the beginning of the tournament, while the participants were allowed to solve the problems at a time that suited their own schedule. With regard to the reporting of the used time, trust was put into the honesty of the participants.

In the first category, Daniel Prenzler prevailed as expected with 27 points out of 30, with 68 minutes of time used. Following the winner, who is already well versed in the solving of chess problems, the podium was completed by Gerd Graf (22 points) and Oliver Uwira (21 points), with both having used their complete time budget of 120 minutes.

In the second category, Franziska Prüfert finished clear first with 28 points out of 30 and 120 minutes of time used. Completing the podium were Walter Gräber with 22 points and a perhaps too low time usage of 65 minutes, and Till Schneider with 13 points and 120 minutes of time used.

In order to gauge the difficulty of the first category, Jochen Wege asked Arno Zude of SV Hofheim to have a go at its solution as well. Arno Zude is a grandmaster of WFCC (World Federation for Chess Composition), even won the world championship of WFCC in 1994 and duly solved the first category with 30 points and 48 minutes of time used.

The results of the tournament as well as the posed chess problems can be found below. In addition, the problem sheets, solutions, results as well as the problems in PGN format have also been provided in the download area.

Downloads: First Home Solving Tournament 2021 (German)

Category 1
Rank Name #2 #3 St. h# #n s# Pts. Time
1 Daniel Prenzler 5.0 5.0 3.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 27.0 68
2 Gerd Graf 5.0 5.0 3.0 5.0   4.0 22.0 120
3 Oliver Uwira 5.0 4.0 3.0 5.0   4.0 21.0 120
4 Walter Gräbner 0.0 4.0 3.0 5.0   3.0 15.0 110
5 Falko Meyer 0.0 0.0 3.0 2.5   3.0 8.5 120
6-7 Franziska Prüfert 5.0 3.0 0.0       8.0 120
6-7 Till Schneider   0.0   5.0   3.0 8.0 120
Category 2
Rank Name #2 #3 St. h# #n s# Pts. Time
1 Franziska Prüfert 5.0 5.0 3.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 28.0 120
2 Walter Gräbner 0.0 5.0 2.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 22.0 65
3 Till Schneider   5.0 0.0 5.0 0.0 3.0 13.0 120
Category 2 (non-competitive)
Rank Name #2 #3 St. h# #n s# Pts. Time
1 Daniel Prenzler 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 30.0 23
2 Oliver Uwira 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 30.0 60
3 Falko Meyer 5.0 5.0 2.0 5.0 0.0 5.0 22.0 39

Category 1
Type Difficulty Ø 5 (correct) 0 < Pts. < 5 0 (incorrect) not solved
#7 858 0.71 1 0 0 6
St. 572 2.14 0 5 1 1
#2 428 2.86 4 0 2 1
#3 400 3.00 2 3 2 0
s#2 400 3.00 0 6 0 1
h#2 214 3.93 5 1 0 1
Categorie 2
Type Difficulty Ø 5 (correct) 0 < Pts. < 5 0 (incorrect) not solved
St. 666 1.67 0 2 1 0
#2 666 1.67 1 0 1 1
#4 334 3.33 2 0 1 0
s#2 134 4.33 2 1 0 0
h#2 0 5.0 3 0 0 0
#3 0 5.0 3 0 0 0