Archive 2003-2004 The Starter Problem
 
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The Starter Problem
Written by Brian Stephenson   

There were 596 entries this year, of which 50 were incorrect.

John Rice

8/2S1B3/8/1Qq1bk1K/b3p3/2p5/4SP2/5R2

White to play and mate in 2 against any defence

1.f4!      (2.Sg3#)
	
1...Qxe7    2.fxe5#   
1...Qxc7    2.Sd4#    
1...Bxc7    2.Sd4#    
1...Bxf4    2.Qxc5#   
1...exf4 ep 2.Qd3#    
1...Qe3     2.Qxe5#   
1...Qf2     2.Qxe5#   
1...Qg1     2.Qxe5#   
1...Bd1     2.Qd7#

The following incorrect moves, all given by entrants, are refuted in the manner shown:

  • 1.Rg1? by 1...Qxe7! and others;
  • 1.Qa6? by 1...Be8+! and others;
  • 1.Sg3+? by 1...Bxg3! and 1...Kf4!;
  • 1.Qxc5? by 1...Be8+! and others;
  • 1.Bg5? by 1...Qxb5! and others;
  • 1.f3? by 1...Qxb5! and others;
  • 1.Qe8? by 1...Bxe8+! and others;
  • 1.Sd4+? by 1...Bxd4! and 1...Qxd4!;
  • 1.Qb8? by 1...Be8+! and others;
  • 1.Sd5? by 1...Qxd5! and others.
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