Issue Reviews 2002 The Problemist, July 2002


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The Problemist, July 2002
Written by Michael McDowell   

The July magazine was dominated by the text of the Colin Vaughan Memorial Lecture, delivered by Barry Barnes at Cheltenham and incorporating many of Colin's own reminiscences of his years of involvement in the chess problem world. A stalwart of the Society over many decades, serving as President from 1981-83 and as editor of The Problemist from 1972-85, Colin is fondly remembered by those who knew him. Interference unpinning of White was one of his favourite themes, as the following problem exemplifies.

Colin Vaughan

1st Prize, British Chess Magazine, 1948


Mate in 2

1.Sd7 (>2.d6)
1…Sc random 2.Sdxc5; 1…Scd6 2.Sexc5;
1…Sf random 2.Sf6; 1…Sfd6 2.Sxg5.
Correction interferences releasing the e6 knight.

The judgments in the Great Britain v USA composing match were published in full. GB narrowly won the fairy section by 69-67, and a decisive 78-43 result in the directmate section made the final result GB 147 USA 110. The stipulation for the directmate section was "Two or three-movers combining at least one cross-check with any of the modern themes based on threat transference, separation or reversal effects". John Rice's first placed problem can be found in the Review of the Year. 4th place went to the following problem.

Michael Lipton & Barry P Barnes

4th Place, GB v USA Composing Match, 2001

Mate in 2

Set 1…Bxc5 2.Qxc4; 1…Bxe5 2.Qxe4.
1.Bxd5 (>2.Qxc4/Qxe4)
1…Bxc5+ 2.Sc6; 1…Bxe5+ 2.Be6

The Brian Harley Award for the best three-move problem by a composer from the Commonwealth published in a British source during 1997-99 was awarded to an eminent Indian composer.

M Parthasarathy

3rd Prize, The Problemist, 1999


Mate in 3

1.Rxd6 (>2.Rxd5+ Scxd5/Sexd5 3.Se6/Sf5)
1…Rh5 2.Qb4 (>3.Qc5) 2…Sa6 or e6 3.Se6;
1…Rh6 2.Qd2 (3>Qxe3) 2…Se random 3.Sf5;
1…Qf8 2.Bb4 (>3.Bc5) 2…Sa6/Se6 3.Se6;
1…Qg8 2.Bd2 (3.>Bxe3) 2…Se any 3.Sf5.
"A complex choice of quiet continuations, depending on which white piece is attacked and which mate prevented. The sweeping black moves and counter-intuitive white moves are attractive."
(from the judges' report)

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