Australian Chess Problem Composition

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628. Rauf Aliovsadzade

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The three special moves in chess – castling, en passant capture, and promotion – often serve as the focus in composed problems, where they have a natural appeal. Typically one kind of special move gets elaborated in an interesting way, such as the variety of promotions seen in the Allumwandlung theme. However, what if we combine the three special moves so that they all appear in the solution of one problem? Such a blend of effects is known as the Valladao task, and it’s named after Joaquim Valladao Monteiro who organised a composing tourney for the theme in the 1960s. The Valladao is a worthwhile idea even if the thematic moves are shown somewhat disparately, but the best renditions tend to connect them in some way and incorporate additional features. We shall look at three directmate problems that demonstrate the task here, plus more examples from other genres in Part 2.