Issue Reviews 2006 The Problemist, September 2006


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The Problemist, September 2006
Written by Michael McDowell   

The September issue was dominated by a report by Allan Bell on the 49th WCCC, held at Wageningen , Netherlands. From the British viewpoint the highlight of the meeting was the successful defence of the WCSC team title by solvers John Nunn, Jonathan Mestel and Colin McNab. Outgoing PCCC President John Rice reported on Commission business and Paul Valois reviewed new books on sale at the meeting. A number of prizewinners from composing tourneys at Wageningen were detailed, along with BCPS informal awards for Moremovers 2004 and Selfmates in 2 and 3 for 2003-2004. Browsing in the library featured A Sketchbook of American Chess Problematists, one of the famous Overbrook series, published in 1942. In the Supplement John Rice presented some minimals with fairy units.

Avenir Popandopulo

Schach, 1983


Mate in 6

1.Ra8 (>2.Rd8+) Bd5
2.Ra5 b5 (2...Rd8 3.Sxc2+)
3.Rxb5 Sxb5
4.Sxc2+ Kc4

A straightforward more-mover, which made for pleasant solving in the Open event at Wageningen.

René J. Millour

1st Prize, The Problemist, 2004


Mate in 20

1.Ke6 Bg2 2.Kf7 Bh3 3.Kg8 Bg2 4.Kh8 Bh3 5.Kh7 Bg2 6.Kg6 Bh3 7.Kf5 Bg2 8.Ke4 g6 9.Kd5 Bh3 10-16.Kf5 Bg2 17.Ke4 Bh3 18.Kxf3 Bg2+, Bg4+ 19.RxB B~ 20.Sxc3

Developed from a famous Sam Loyd problem nicknamed “The Comet”. The King must visit h8 in order to lose a move without allowing a check from the b4 bishop. The manoeuvre is repeated after 8...g6.

Alexander Kish

1st Prize, Correspondence Chess League of America Bulletin, 1936


Mate in 2

1.Qc7 (>2.Qc4)
1...Se4+ 2.Sf4
1...Sg4+ Sf6
1...Sd1+ 2.Rf2
1...Ke4 2.Rc4
1...bxc2 2.Qxc2

A classic cross-checker with interferences and selfblock, lightly set.

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