The Problemist, November 2004
Written by Michael McDowell
The November issue was dominated by a report on the 47th WCCC, held at
Halkidiki, Greece, the highlights of which (from the British viewpoint)
were the solving successes of John Nunn, who won the individual World
title, and the GB trio of Friedgood, Mestel and Nunn who took silver
medals in the team event behind the Israelis. Various new books were
reviewed, including Conquering Kings, a collection by Barry
Barnes of British problems featuring white king play, the second volume
of Lu Citeroni and Geoff Foster’s collection of problems by Ottavio
Stocchi, and Timothy Whitworth’s updated collection of studies by
Leonid Kubbel. Colin Russ reviewed the 1967 book
Spectacular Chess Problems by Kenneth Howard for In the Library.
In the Supplement Charles Frankiss discussed proof games where
the black pieces shift along the back rank, and John Rice presented a
selection of prizewinners by one of the great names from the
Good Companions period, Giorgio Guidelli.
Leonid I Kubbel
Leningradskaya Pravda, 1927
White to play and win
5.Qd3! and now
Twice the black queen falls to a discovered attack.
William A. Shinkman
Deutsche Schachzeitung, 1875
Mate in 3
1...cxd4 2.Rf7 and 3.Rc7
1...Kb7 2.Rf7+ Kc6 3.Rc7; 2...Ka6 3.Qa1; 2...K else 3.Qh8
1...Kd7 2.Qg4+ Kd8 3.Rf8; 2...K else 3.Qc8
From Spectacular Chess Problems. A typical Shinkman key.
1st Prize, Our Folder, February, 1916
Mate in 2
1...Bxg2, f3+ 2.Re5
A blend of favourite Good Companions themes – cross-check, self-pin and
interference, prefaced by an ideal unpinning and line-opening key.
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