The Problemist, September 2007
Written by Michael McDowell
Articles in the September issue included a report by Ian Watson on the 2007 European Chess
Solving Championship, David Shire asking “What does the composer want you to
see?” and a selection of recent British tourney successes. Awards included helpmates
in 2 for 2005, helpmates in 3 for 2003 and the C. M. Bent Memorial Tourney for studies.
Browsing in the library covered Vybrané Šachové Skladby, the personal collection of
Vladimir Pachman, while John Rice reviewed an important new book The art of composing
selfmates, by the master of the genre, Petko Petkov. In the Supplement John Rice
explained Nietvelt defences and presented a selection of problems by the late Swiss task
expert Jacques Fulpius, while Geoff Foster discussed a favourite problem.
2nd Prize, Liga Problemista TT, 2000
Mate in 2
Set 1…Ke3 2.Bxc5
1...Bd5, Bf5 2.Sxb3
A notable task, showing changed pin mates after three flights.
2nd Prize, The Problemist, 2005
Helpmate in 2: 2 solutions
1.Qxa8 Rxg8+ 2.Qxg8 Bxh6
1.Qxc1 Bxh6+ 2.Qxh6 Rxg8
Spectacular sweeping manoeuvres eliminate the unwanted guards on the mating squares.
4th Prize, Ceskoslovensky Sach, 1950
White to play and win
1.Sc6? Bc7 2.Bc6??
1.Bc6? Sc7 2.Sc6??
3.Se7+ K any
White must win a piece, but direct attack fails because knight and bishop get in each other’s
way. A preliminary check forces Black to weaken his position, allowing a tempo-gaining check
in each line.
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