Issue Reviews 2007 The Problemist, January 2007


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The Problemist, January 2007
Written by Michael McDowell   

Articles in the January issue included a report by Ian Watson on the 2nd European Chess Solving Championship, Michael Lipton on “Miniatures with the Banny theme”, and an examination by John Rice of the classic work on selfmates Les Mille et un Mats Inverses, which was published 100 years ago. Three informal awards were published; reflexmates for 2003-2004, two-movers for 2005 and fairies for 2004. Browsing in the library covered Sonatas in chess, the collection of three-movers by C. A. L. Bull, and this was complemented by an article in the Supplement presenting 24 of Bull’s lighter three-movers.

Yury Gordian & Valentin Rudenko

1st Prize, Birnov Memorial Ty., 1988


Mate in 3

1.Rd3 (>2.Re3+ Kxd4 3.Rd3+ Ke4 4.Qe1)
1...f4 2.Qe1+ Kxd5 3.Qa5+ Ke4 4.Sf6
1...Sxd6 2.Sf6+ Kxe5 3.Sh5+ Ke4 4.Re3

A problem taken from a new collection of the work of Ukrainian composer Yuri Gordian. The switchback manoeuvres force the black king to remove a piece so that a square beyond can be guarded. There is an AB-BC-CA cycle of white 2nd and 4th moves.

Stefan Schneider & Herbert Grasemann

3rd HM., Deutsche Schachblatter, 1979-1980


Mate in 6

1.Rb8 (>2.Qxg8+ Kxg8 3.Bg6+)

2.Kb4 (>3.Qg7) Rb3+
3.Ka5 Rg3
4.Rb7+ Kh8
5.Qxh6+ Bh7

3.Ka5 Rc5+
4.Rb5 Rc7
5.Qxh6+ Kxh6

A six-mover which provided tough solving for the competitors in the ECSC.

C. A. L. Bull

Natal Mercury, 3rd November 1917


Mate in 3

1.Se8 (zugzwang)
1...Kxe6 2.Qe4+ Kd7 3.Sf6
2...Kf7 3.Sd6
1...Kf5 2.S6g7+ Ke5 3.Bf6
2...Kg6 3.Qh5
1...Bxe6 2.Bf6+ Kf5 3.Qb1
1...Bf7 2.Sf6 any 3.Qe4

A typical Bull lightweight, with a flight-giving key leading to four model mates, including an echo.

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