Written by Michael McDowell
The May issue featured a lecture report by Michael McDowell on the
problems of G.C. Alvey, a notable British composer who was active in
the 1910s and 1920s. Odette Vollenweider celebrated the centenary of
the birth of Israel Schiffmann with a review of the Schiffmann theme.
Other reports covered the final of the 2002-2003 British Chess Solving
Championship, won by Jonathan Mestel, the BCPS Residential Weekend at
Pitlochry, and the Dutch Problem Society's meeting at Nunspeet. In the
Supplement Barry Barnes presented some recently discovered problems by
the late Grandmaster Comins Mansfield, while John Rice unravelled the
mysteries of dual avoidance.
G. C. Alvey
The Observer, 1922
Mate in 2
A mutate whose key creates a striking change by altering the direction of
1...f6+ 2.Qe7 (set 2.Re6);
1...Q any 2.R or QxQ;
1...fS any 2.Qd4;
1...B any 2.Qe7 or f4 accordingly.
Dirk Borst & Hans Uitenbroek
2nd Prize, Pitlochry QCT, 2003
Helpmate in 2
(b) all units one rank up
(a) 1.Kg5 g4 2.Rh6 Be7
(b) 1.Kg4 Ra3 2.g5 Bd7
Stephen Taylor’s Quick Composing Tourney asked for helpmates with at
least one twin “whose twinning mechanism contributes significantly
to its artistic value”. Stephen praised the paradoxical element in
the Dutch joint: while the pieces are shifted upwards, the mating picture
is shifted downwards!
Time and Tide, 1956 (version)
Mate in 2
Set 1...Rxd7+ 2.Sxd7;
1...Be2 or Bh3 2.Qc1.
A corrected setting by Barry Barnes of a problem which was unsound on
first publication. The mates after checks are changed. A simple mechanism,
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