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The Problemist, May 2005
Written by Michael McDowell   

The May issue contained reports on two problem meetings, the BCPS weekend at Derby and the Dutch meeting at Nunspeet. The awards for Fairies 2003 and Longer Helpmates 2000 were published, and articles included “A Helpmate Record Challenge” by Sir Jeremy Morse, “Fond Memories, a personal reminiscence” by Cedric Lytton, “A survey of queen and Imitator mates” by Ladislav Belcsak, and in the Supplement “Avoidance of white mate in the reflexmate” by Paul Valois. John Rice and Barry Barnes gave a full obituary of the late Finnish composer and former PCCC President Jan Hannelius, while David Shire reviewed The Complete Studies of Genrikh Kasparyan for In the Library. John Rice reviewed a new book, The Wangling Wizards, a collection of problems by the Warton brothers, compiled by Michael McDowell.

Jan Hannelius

1st Prize, Suomen Tehtäväniekat, 1952

K4B2/3S4/6k1/5sbR/4s2p/3Q4/B5R1/7b

Mate in 2

Set 1...Sed6 2.Rh6
1...Sfd6 2.Rgxg5
1...Kxh5 2.Bf7

1.Qd5 (>2.Qf7)
1...Sed6 2.Rgxg5
1...Sfd6 2.Rh6
1...Kxh5 2.Qf7

The set half-pin is abandoned, leading to a reciprocal change of mates after the knight defences. Jan Hannelius made over 1000 problems in a composing career that spanned 73 years.

Thomas & Joseph Warton

1st Prize, British Chess Magazine-75 JT, 1955

8/6p1/1p3pP1/1R2pp2/K2P1k2/p3p3/P1p5/2B3RB

Mate in 3

Set 1...e4 2.Rg2 Kf3 3.Rxf5

1.Bb7 ()
1...e4 2.Ba6 Kf3 3.Rxf5
1...exd4 2.Bxa3 (>3.Bd6); 2...e2 3.Bc1

A mutate whose key prepares for an ambush against e2. The Warton brothers delighted solvers for over fifty years with their distinctive problems, built around odd keys and well-hidden manoeuvres.

T. R. Dawson

Hamburger Correspondent, July, 1924

2k5/pp6/r1pQPK2/p1B2P2/1p3P2/3P3P/6p1/6Sb

Reflexmate in 4

T.R. Dawson pioneered many themes in the reflexmate. This problem is an early example showing avoidance of White mate. The key is 1.Ke5, and if Black does nothing, White continues 2.Ke4 3.Kf3 and 4.Se2, forcing 4...g1Q mate. Note that 3.Qe5? for 4.Se2 g1Q fails because after 3...Kd8! White must mate with 4.Qb8. Black defends by 1...b5 2.Ke4 Rb6, and now the intended 3.Kf3? fails to 3...Rb8!, forcing 4.Qd7. However 2...Rb6 eliminates the potential queen mate at b8, and White can safely continue 3.Qe5 for 4.Se2 g1Q.

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