Issue Reviews 2003 The Problemist, May 2003


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The Problemist, May 2003
Written by Michael McDowell   

The May issue featured a lecture report by Michael McDowell on the problems of G.C. Alvey, a notable British composer who was active in the 1910s and 1920s. Odette Vollenweider celebrated the centenary of the birth of Israel Schiffmann with a review of the Schiffmann theme. Other reports covered the final of the 2002-2003 British Chess Solving Championship, won by Jonathan Mestel, the BCPS Residential Weekend at Pitlochry, and the Dutch Problem Society's meeting at Nunspeet. In the Supplement Barry Barnes presented some recently discovered problems by the late Grandmaster Comins Mansfield, while John Rice unravelled the mysteries of dual avoidance.

G. C. Alvey

The Observer, 1922


Mate in 2

A mutate whose key creates a striking change by altering the direction of the check.

1.Kh7 Waiting.
1...f6+ 2.Qe7 (set 2.Re6);
1...Q any 2.R or QxQ;
1...Sb6 2.Bxc7;
1...fS any 2.Qd4;
1...B any 2.Qe7 or f4 accordingly.

Dirk Borst & Hans Uitenbroek

2nd Prize, Pitlochry QCT, 2003


Helpmate in 2
(b) all units one rank up

(a) 1.Kg5 g4 2.Rh6 Be7
(b) 1.Kg4 Ra3 2.g5 Bd7

Stephen Taylor’s Quick Composing Tourney asked for helpmates with at least one twin “whose twinning mechanism contributes significantly to its artistic value”. Stephen praised the paradoxical element in the Dutch joint: while the pieces are shifted upwards, the mating picture is shifted downwards!

Comins Mansfield

Time and Tide, 1956 (version)


Mate in 2

Set 1...Rxd7+ 2.Sxd7;
1...Bxd3+ Sxd3.

1.Sc6! (2.Qg5)
1...Rxd7+ 2.Rxd7;
1...Bxd3+ Rxd3;
1...Be2 or Bh3 2.Qc1.

A corrected setting by Barry Barnes of a problem which was unsound on first publication. The mates after checks are changed. A simple mechanism, artistically set.

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