Issue Reviews 2004 The Problemist, November 2004


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The Problemist, November 2004
Written by Michael McDowell   

The November issue was dominated by a report on the 47th WCCC, held at Halkidiki, Greece, the highlights of which (from the British viewpoint) were the solving successes of John Nunn, who won the individual World title, and the GB trio of Friedgood, Mestel and Nunn who took silver medals in the team event behind the Israelis. Various new books were reviewed, including Conquering Kings, a collection by Barry Barnes of British problems featuring white king play, the second volume of Lu Citeroni and Geoff Foster’s collection of problems by Ottavio Stocchi, and Timothy Whitworth’s updated collection of studies by Leonid Kubbel. Colin Russ reviewed the 1967 book Spectacular Chess Problems by Kenneth Howard for In the Library. In the Supplement Charles Frankiss discussed proof games where the black pieces shift along the back rank, and John Rice presented a selection of prizewinners by one of the great names from the Good Companions period, Giorgio Guidelli.

Leonid I Kubbel

Leningradskaya Pravda, 1927


White to play and win

1.a6 e3
2.a7 e2
3.a8Q e1Q
4.Qd5+ Kb4
5.Qd3! and now
6.Qa3+ Kc4
7.b3+ or
6.Qc3+ Ka4

Twice the black queen falls to a discovered attack.

William A. Shinkman

Deutsche Schachzeitung, 1875


Mate in 3

1.Qd4 ()
1...cxd4 2.Rf7 and 3.Rc7
1...Kb7 2.Rf7+ Kc6 3.Rc7; 2...Ka6 3.Qa1; 2...K else 3.Qh8
1...Kd7 2.Qg4+ Kd8 3.Rf8; 2...K else 3.Qc8

From Spectacular Chess Problems. A typical Shinkman key.

Giorgio Guidelli

1st Prize, Our Folder, February, 1916


Mate in 2

1.Bf4 (2.Rg5)
1...Bxg2, f3+ 2.Re5
1...Bd3+ 2.Se3
1...Bxf5+ 2.Be3

A blend of favourite Good Companions themes – cross-check, self-pin and interference, prefaced by an ideal unpinning and line-opening key.

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