Подведены предварительные итоги конкурса, посвящёного 70-летию известного израильского шахматного композитора Yehuda Hoch. Конкурс проводился журналом VARIANTIM, издаваемым The Israel Chess Composition Society. Арбитром был сам юбиляр, который в своём вступительном слове отметил следующее... 29 studies, which appeared in the Israeli publication "Variantim" during 2016, were submitted to me by TD Ofer Comay in anonymous form. I chose my candidates to the award and these were duly scrutinized for soundness and originality by Gady Costeff. Being an inactive study composer for the last 20 years, I have to say that in the meantime there occurred significant changes in the field (in my humble opinion – not necessarily for the better), changes of which I was not fully aware. Admittedly, one cannot disregard the accelerating technological developments; in the modern era studies are, at least to a certain extent, computer-dependent. Even if the main line is pretty and bears artistic value, the supporting variations heavily lean on computer analysis, when a human brain frequently finds it hard to follow. This, I think, reduces the joy one may derive from studies. It is difficult to enjoy the proceedings of an artistic work in which, even if the main line or the thematic try are interesting in itself, you cannot fathom every nuance and must rely on a software to conclude that a certain move would lead to mate, 90 moves ahead. This being said, I do appreciate all composers who participated in the tourney, honoring my 70th birthday. They have demonstrated a lot of imagination and creativity and invested great effort to deliver their best. For this I am grateful. This judgment expresses my private taste; naturally there may be composers, solvers or aficionados of chess studies at large, who might express a different opinion. Итоги: *.pdf; *.pgn. P.S. Сергей Дидух о конкурсе: Yehuda Hoch-70.