Issue Reviews 2013 The Problemist, January, 2013


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The Problemist, January, 2013
Written by Michael McDowell   

The January issue featured obituaries for two former BCPS Presidents, Tony Lewis and Christopher Reeves, and overseas composers Dan Meinking, Sergei Shedey and Leif Schmidt. John Rice presented a selection of prizewinners from the Kobe WCCC, and articles included Michael McDowell on the blind composer H.F.W.Lane, Barry Barnes on "Swiss Mix" and an introduction to a new fairy form called Superguards by Kalyan Seetharaman. Browsing in the library covered the 1935 volume Miniatures Stratégiques. Awards included two-movers for 2011 (judge Paz Einat) and three-movers for 2011 (judge Evgeny Fomichev). In the Supplement David Shire’s problem alphabet reached V for Valve, while Geoff Foster contributed articles on rex solus miniatures with black initially stalemated, the work of Australian composer Fred Hawes, helpmates featuring tempo play by both sides, and problems with long range manoeuvres designed to lose a tempo.

John Rice

1st Prize =, Mansfield MT, 1985-87


Mate in 2

Set 1...fxg2 2.Qxg2
1...B any 2.Qxh7
1...g3 2.Qh4

1.Sh4 zugzwang
1...Bxg5 2.Sxg5
1...B else 2.Rxg4
1...g3 2.Qf3
1...e1Q 2.Qxe1
1...d2 2.Qb1
1...S any 2.Sd6

A mutate whose point lies in the tries which fail by preventing queen mates: 1.Se1? d2! (2.Qb1?), 1.Se3? e1Q! (2.Qxe1?) and 1.Sf4? g3! (2.Qh4?)

Karl Fabel

1st HM., BCPS 20th Tourney, 1932-33


Mate in 3

Try 1.Bd7? (>2.Rf5) Bd3!

1.Bc6 (>2.Sf3+ Ke6 3.Bd5)
1...Bb7 2.Bd7 (>3.Bf5) Be5 3.Sc4
1...Be2 2.Bd5 B moves 3.Sc4 or Sf3 accordingly
1...Ke6 2.Bd5+ Ke5 3.Sf3
1...Bc4 2.Sxc4+ Ke6 3.Bd5

The first variation shows a Roman decoy, while the second shows the focal theme.

László Lindner

2nd Place, Cz-Hu-Pl-Ro, 1950-51


Helpmate in 3

The bishop must be unpinned to mate while guarding h3. After 1.b2 White must play a tempo move with the d2 pawn or the knight, all of which rule out Bf5 as a possible mate, leaving Bxd7. However after 2…Ba4 Black will need a tempo move, which must not prevent the mate, hence the sequence 1.b2 Se2 2.b1S Ba4 3.Bxe2 Bxd7. Note how White’s tempo move eliminated the potential dual 2.Bf1. From a match between four east European nations.

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