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The Problemist, November 2003
Written by Michael McDowell   

The November issue included an article by David Shire on the work of our helpmate editor Christopher Jones, and a brief examination by John Rice of the fairy condition Transmuting Kings. The deaths were recorded of two friends of the Society; American composer Edgar Holladay and chess historian Ken Whyld. Retrograde analysis featured prominently as Belorussian composer Valery Liskovets presented a number of retros with appropriate mottoes taken from Orwell’s 1984, while in the Supplement Brian Stephenson contributed the first part of an article on how to solve proof games. Brian Edwards examined the 1908 collection of 200 problems by 19th century giant Frank Healey.

Christopher Jones

StrateGems, 2003

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Helpmate in 3: 2 solutions

1.Qf5 d6 2.cxd6 Se5 3.dxe5 Bd5
1.Qe5 g6 2.hxg6 Bf5+ 3.gxf5 Sg5

In each solution the queen would guard the mating square but for the arrival of a black pawn on the relevant line. This determines the logic of converting white guards into black selfblockers. A characteristic Jones helpmate.

Frank Healey

1st Prize Set, BCA Tourney (Bristol), 1861

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Mate in 3

1.Rh1! Be8 2.Qb1 (threat 3.Qb4) 2...Bb5 3.Qg1

Healey’s most famous problem, winner of the composing tourney run in conjunction with the British Chess Association meeting at Bristol in 1861. The idea of a piece moving along a line to allow a second piece to follow (the first piece having no function after the clearance) became known as the Bristol theme. For a note on the problem’s origins see the lecture by B.G. Laws under British Chess Problemists.

Anatoly Kuznetsov

Sp. HM., 64, 1996

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Mate in 2

1.Rg5. 1...Kxc6 2.a8Q; 1...Kxe6 2.Bh8; 1...Kxe4 2.Qh1; 1...Kc4 2.Sa1

The starflights are countered by mating moves to each corner of the board. An amusing idea well worth quotation!

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