Monday 27 December 2010

'nEw aesthEtics"

Look at the chess diagram below (or open its facebook link) to see the 2nd prize (I won) in the British journal The Problemist (1997), for mate in 2 moves with the cyclic change of key and 2 mates (try / solution). Composing the chess problems (I did) is a mental free-skating, gymnastic, choreography... The judge(s) ranks the best compositions according to their originality, intricacy, and economical construction.
click on the picture to open its facebook link
'How difficult to solve it' had been the first criterion for the best compositions. Later Italians G Cristoffanini and A Mari (en l'Echiquier Belge 1928) focused on the change of mates (new strategy) to produce reciprocal changes of mates - a double jump (AB-BA). A cyclic change of mates - a triple jump (ABC-BCA) prototype was composed by Slovak L Lacny (1949), followed by Scottish N Macleod (1950), followed by the 1st quadruple jump (1955) composed again by Lacny, etc...Picasso had defined sort of 'new strategy' in cubism (Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, 1907) changing the African masks' attributes. Likewise objects' metamorphosis by MC Escher (1898-1972), the time lines of Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958), the discrete energy elements: E = hv, of M Planck quantum hypothesis (1900), the discovery of infinitesimal calculus (new mathematics) by I Newton and G Leibniz in the late 17th century, 'Epic of Gilgamesh' from ancient Mesopotamia turning the fear of death into (one of) the first literature's form(s), etc...The "new strategy" coincides with the Chinese ceaseless transition (change), challenging the 'identity' relation on which the European science clings.The identity in equations of mathematics / chemistry / physics, is illusionary as the left hand side differs (by position, time) from the right hand side (Heraclitus panta rhei): P is not P. Understanding the "new aesthetics' behind the changes of the same units is a real personal revolution in thinking.Am I exaggerating?
Not at all (pas du tout)...
MiRO BRADA, london, 4. MaY, 2010

Poem according to the "nEw aesthEtics'
(theme: reciprocal change of balls)
My balls are swayingMoje gule sa hompáľajú
first in the front,prvé vpredu,
second in the back.druhé vzadu.
And even when they line upa aj keď sa vyrovnajú
even then they are swaying.stále sa pritom hompáľajú.
And what if they are exchanging?a čo keď sa vymieňajú?
Second in the front,druhé vpredu,
first in the back.prvé vzadu.
Are they still swaying?aj pritom sa hompáľajú?
...they are swaying...hompáľajú sa...
swaying they hompáľajú
Miro Brada, Brussels, March 2008
Morning, 2 hours before I visited Rene Magritte's house.

Some of my other chess problems:
Mate in 2, 3rd HM, The Problemist, 1998, (Cyclic le Grand / Ukraine theme)
Mate in 3, 6th place, World Chess Composition Tournament, 1998, the sole threemover of the tourney with the cyclic theme (Cyclic threat form of Lacny / Shedey theme)
Mate in 2, 2nd Comm, Probleemblad, 1995, (Cyclic le Grand / Ukraine theme)

In 1995 I defined the new type of fairy chess conditions redefining a mate, e.g. MAFF (mate with a free field), OWU (mate with just one white unit), later I also defined quasi-pseudo theme redefining the theme as such (reciprocal change, cyclic change, etc):
New ideas in Chess compositions (summarized in American journal StrateGems in 2000)

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