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The Problemist, May 2014
Written by Michael McDowell   

In the May issue David Friedgood reported on the BCPS weekend at Newcastle. Articles included The cyclic Zagoruiko, a brilliant new discovery, by John Rice, The logic and beauty of threat correction, by Valery Shanshin, and a selection of Christopher Jones' recent awardwinners. Informal awards covered Twomovers 2012 (judge José Antonio Coello Alonso) and Sections 2 and 3 of the Fairies award for 2011 (judge Eric Huber). Browsing in the library examined Classic chess problems by pioneer composers by Kenneth Howard. In the Supplement David Shire continued his review of the two-moves of A.F.Mackenzie, and Barry Barnes presented a selection of Master Composers' Own Favourites.

György Bakcsi

1st Prize, Tipografia, 1975

2BRR3/3SBp2/1Sp2P2/6K1/4k3/6Q1/b3pp2/2rs4

Mate in 2
Move the black king to d4

(a) 1.Ba6 (>2.Qd3, Qf4)
1...Rc4 2.Bc5
1...Bc4 2.Sc5

(b) 1.Ba6 (>2.Qd3, Qe5)
1...Rc4 2.Sc5
1...Bc4 2.Bc5

Reciprocal change of mates following Grimshaw interferences – an imaginative idea which would seem at first consideration to be impossible!

 

Touw Hian Bwee

3rd Prize, Schach-Echo, 1975/I

4R2q/3Q4/2pSp3/3kbb1R/4SP2/4P3/K5B1/8

Mate in 2

1.Qa7? (>2.Qc5)
1...Bxd6 2.Sd2
1...Bxe4 2.Qd4
1...Bd4!

1.Bf1! (>2.Bc4)
1...Bxd6 2.Qxe6
1...Bxe4 2.Sb7

Beautifully matched play, with abandoned batteries and changed half-pin. The economy is superb.

 

Franz Pachl

1/2 Prize, Shakhmatna misl, 1983

5R2/2p1r3/R3p2K/3skq2/2rspp2/6bB/8/2B5

Helpmate in 2: 2 solutions

1.Rg7 Bb2 2.Qxf8 Rxe6
1.Bh4 Ra5 2.Qxh3 Bxf4

In each solution Black closes a line to allow the queen to move away and open a line without giving check. The white rook and bishop exchange pinning and mating functions.

 
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