Issue Reviews 2008 The Problemist, July, 2008


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The Problemist, July, 2008
Written by Michael McDowell   

The July issue featured part 1 of Geoff Foster's discussion of the Mäkihovi theme, and “Active queen sacrifices in 3-move miniatures” by Michael Lipton. John Rice marked the 40th anniversary of the invention of Circe chess with a selection of examples and reported on this year’s meeting at Andernach. Awards included the longer helpmates for 2004 and the Byron Zappas Memorial Tourney for two-movers. Browsing in the library covered the 1868 collection American Chess Nuts and there were reviews of Lubyansky Gambit (published 2004) and My Way, the personal collection of Christer Jonsson. The Supplement featured selections of Hungarian miniatures and problems by Portuguese composers.

Barry Barnes & Christopher Reeves

1st Prize, Die Schwalbe, 1964/II


Mate in 2

Set 1...Kd4 2.Rb5, Rxb4, Rc6, Rxd6

Try 1.Sf4? (>2.Qd5) 1...Kd4 2.Rb5; 1...Rxf6!
Try 1.Be4? (>.Qd5) 1...Kd4 2.Rxb4; 1...Rh5!
Try 1.b3? (>2.Qc4) 1...Kd4 2.Rc6; 1...d5!

Key 1.Bd3! (>2.Qc4)
1...Kd4 2.Rxd6
1...d5 2.Re6

The Mäkihovi theme involves mate separation by White. Here the four mates set after 1...Kd4 are separated by three tries and the solution and there is an excellent fifth opening of the battery after the selfblock 1...d5.

Sam Loyd

New York Albion, 14th June 1856


Mate in 5

1.Sc6 (>2.Qb7+ Ke8 3.Qe7) 1...Kxc6
2.Qc8+ Kd5
3.Qa8+ Kc4
4.Qa2+ Kd3

2.Qb7+ Kd6 3.Sd8 c4

Amusing! Loyd was 15 years old at the time of publication.

Gábor Cseh

diagrammes, 1996


Helpmate in 2, Circe: 5 solutions

1.Sfxe6 (Bf1) Rh5 2.Rxh5 (Rh1) Be2
1.Qxe6 (Bf1) Rh5 2.Sxh5 (Rh1) Bd3
1.Rcxe6 (Bf1) Rh3 2.Qxh3 (Rh1) Bc4
1.Rexe6 (Bf1) Re8 2.Sxe8 (Rh1) Bb5
1.Scxe6 (Bf1) Rc8 2.Rxc8 (Rh1) Ba6

In each solution the bishop, in discovering mate from the reborn rook, must play to a square which has been doubly unguarded. A beautifully simple idea.

(For the definition of Circe see the introductory article on Fairy Chess)

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