The Problemist, July 2005
Written by Michael McDowell
The July Problemist contained a report on the 1st European Chess
Solving Championship, won by Finland ahead of Great Britain and Serbia
& Montenegro. Historical articles dominated, with Australian problemists
Bob Meadley and Geoff Foster selecting from the work of their late
countryman J.J. O’Keefe, and Michael Lipton unearthing some
“buried two-move treasure” from the period 1914-1928. In
the Supplement Michael McDowell went back further to rework a problem
by the famous mid-19th century player Lionel Kieseritzky. Chris Reeves
continued his investigations into Tertiary Threat Correction, and the
Ukranian duo of Valentin Rudenko and Viktor Melnichenko summarized the
results of their research into en passant defences. Yochanan Afek
stepped in as judge to make the rather belated award for studies from
1990-1991, while John Beasley’s In the library article reviewed
B.H. Wood’s collection of 19th century problems from the column of the
Illustrated London News.
In the Supplement David Shire explained the popular fairy piece
the grasshopper, and strong solver Fred Holt revealed his thought
processes while solving a moremover from the January issue. Paul Valois
corrected an old Havel three-mover, and John Rice quoted from the
three-movers of the late Friedrich Chlubna.
1st Prize, Midweek Sports Referee, 1928
Mate in 2
A well-keyed problem from one of Scotland’s finest composers, with some
intriguing line effects and dual avoidance.
1...S random 2.Qd4
1...Sxe3 2.Sc3 (2.S5f6?)
1...B random 2.S5f6 (2.Sc3?)
1...Bxd5 2.Qh4 (2.Bd3?)
1...exd5 2.Qe8 (2.Qh4?)
J. J. O'Keefe & W. J. Smith
1st Prize, Good Companions, 22/02/1917
Mate in 2
An excellent solving problem, with a double-flight-giving key which
disrupts the three set variations 1...d5+ 2.Sc5, 1...bS any 2.Rd4 and
1...eS random 2.Bg2.
1...bS any 2.Qd4
1...Sd3, Sf3 2.Qf3
5th Comm., The Problemist, 1990-1991
White to play and win
Black is threatening mate, and 1.Bh3? fails after 1…Re8+ 2.Bc8 Rxc8+.
White plays for mate by
1.Bc6! Rh5 2.Be8! Rh8
3.a8S+ Ka6 4.Sc7+ Kb6
5.Sd5+ Ka6 6.b5+ Ka5 7.b4.
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