The Problemist, November 2007
Written by Michael McDowell
In the November magazine John Rice presented a full report on this year's World Congress
of Chess Composition at Rhodes, where Great Britain dominated the WCSC, winning both team
and individual titles. John also gave a selection of awardwinners from the composing
tourneys while Paul Valois detailed Commission business and reviewed new books on sale at
the congress. Fuller reviews were given to new collections of the work of Norwegian
composers and the late American composer Edgar Holladay. Browsing in the library covered
Soviet Chess Compositions 1945-47, compiled by György Páros. The two-move award for 2006
was published along with the Study of the Year for 2006. The Supplement included
articles by John Rice examining some three-move miniatures by Russian GM Viktor Chepizhny
and the work of the aforementioned György Páros, one of the great helpmate composers. Bob
Lincoln selected eight favourite problem books by British authors, and Paul Valois
presented an interesting letter from 1884, written by the famous pioneering composer
1st HM., The Problemist, 2006
Mate in 2
The Nowotny try 1.Rd7? threatening 2.Sf7 and 2.Qxe6, fails to 1…c4!,
while a pair of White Grimshaw tries fail to Grimshaw interferences –
1.Rc4? (>2.Sd3) 1..Bd7! and 1.Bc4? (>2.Sd3) 1...Rd7!.
A further try 1.Be1? (>2.Bc3) is refuted by 1...Qc4! because of the unguard of d4.
The key 1.Qh3! (>2.Qc3) avoids any errors and gives the variations
1...Rd7 2.Qxe6; 1...Bd7 2.Sf7; 1...Qc4 2.Sxc4; 1...Qd3+ 2.Sxd3 and 1...f3 2.Qh2.
The judge praised the perfect construction.
1st Prize, Gruzia Ty., 1947
Mate in 3
1...Sd7 2.Se2 any 3.Sd4
1...Se6 2.Sd3 any 3.Se5
1...Sg6 2.Sh3 any 3.Sg5
1...Sh7 2.Sg2 any 3.Sh4
Four matching anticipatory interferences.
2nd Prize, Stella Polaris, 1970
Helpmate in 2: 2 solutions
1.Rc1 Se7+ (Sc3+?) 2.Rxc5 Kf3
1.Bf8 Sc3+ (Se7+?) 2.Bxc5 Kg4
The white king and knight must guard e4 and f5, but as a knight move gives check Black must
remove the rook, and the knight must avoid closing the path to c5.
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