Issue Reviews 2013 The Problemist, May 2013


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The Problemist, May 2013
Written by Michael McDowell   

The May issue featured reports by Ian Watson on the 2013 ECSC, held in Vilnius, Lithuania, and by David Friedgood on this year’s BCPS weekend at Bournemouth. Articles included King and neutral pawns against king, by Sebastian Luce, some developments of a Miroslav Stošic two-mover by Barry Barnes, Similar matrices but different content in twomovers by Zoran Gavrilovski, and Goodbye to diagrammes by John Rice. John also reviewed the recent Encyclopaedia of Chess Problems, by Kari Valtonen and the late Milan Velimirovic, and presented a selection of problems from other recently published books. Thomas Brand, Hans Gruber and Ulrich Ring presented their award for the 2010 fairies. Browsing in the library covered the 1915 Christmas book Tasks and echoes. The Supplement featured articles by Geoff Foster on defence by hurdle removal in grasshopper problems, the Tail-cut Unpin theme, and light helpmates by Argentinian composer Carlos Sabadini. David Shire’s problem alphabet reached X for X-flights (better known as star-flights), Michael Lipton analysed a pioneering dual-avoidance two-mover by Rev.Gilbert Dobbs, and Brian Young presented some problems which combine the Pickaninny with other themes.

John Rice

2nd Prize, Dutch Problem Society 30th JT, 1961


Mate in 2

Try 1.Sc3?

1...Kxf5 2.Bd3
1...Kh5 2.Be2
1...Kh3 2.Bf1
1...Kf3 2.Bd5


1...Kxf5 2.Sxd6
1...Kh5 2.Sxf6
1...Kh3 2.Sf2
1...Kf3 2.Sc3

A classic Meredith employing a half-battery to show changed starflights. Note how both the try and key also feature as mating moves.


Ado Kraemer

Deutsche Schachzeitung, 1943


Mate in 4

1.Rb8? fails to 1...c1S! 2.a8Q+ Ba4. The rook needs to clear the 8th rank and does so with the help of a sacrifice of the queen to decoy the black bishop.

1.Qh5! Bxh5
2.Re8! Bxe8
3.a8Q+ Ba4


Josef Plachutta

Leipziger Illustrierte Zeitung, 20th August 1859


Mate in 5

1.Qh7 (>2.Qxc7, Qd7) Qg7
2.Qd3 (>3.Qb5, Qa6) Qxb2
3.Qh7 (>4.Qxc7, Qd7) Qg7
4.Qb1 (>5.Qb5, Qxb7) Qb2

An amusing game of chase from the early years of the modern chess problem.

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