The Problemist, July, 2008
Written by Michael McDowell
The July issue featured part 1 of Geoff Foster's discussion of the Mäkihovi theme, and
“Active queen sacrifices in 3-move miniatures” by Michael Lipton. John Rice
marked the 40th anniversary of the invention of Circe chess with a selection of examples
and reported on this year’s meeting at Andernach. Awards included the longer helpmates for
2004 and the Byron Zappas Memorial Tourney for two-movers. Browsing in the library covered
the 1868 collection American Chess Nuts and there were reviews of Lubyansky Gambit
(published 2004) and My Way, the personal collection of Christer Jonsson. The
Supplement featured selections of Hungarian miniatures and problems by Portuguese
Barry Barnes & Christopher Reeves
1st Prize, Die Schwalbe, 1964/II
Mate in 2
Set 1...Kd4 2.Rb5, Rxb4, Rc6, Rxd6
Try 1.Sf4? (>2.Qd5) 1...Kd4 2.Rb5; 1...Rxf6!
Try 1.Be4? (>.Qd5) 1...Kd4 2.Rxb4; 1...Rh5!
Try 1.b3? (>2.Qc4) 1...Kd4 2.Rc6; 1...d5!
Key 1.Bd3! (>2.Qc4)
The Mäkihovi theme involves mate separation by White. Here the four mates set after 1...Kd4
are separated by three tries and the solution and there is an excellent fifth opening of the
battery after the selfblock 1...d5.
New York Albion, 14th June 1856
Mate in 5
1.Sc6 (>2.Qb7+ Ke8 3.Qe7) 1...Kxc6
2.Qb7+ Kd6 3.Sd8 c4
Amusing! Loyd was 15 years old at the time of publication.
Helpmate in 2, Circe: 5 solutions
1.Sfxe6 (Bf1) Rh5 2.Rxh5 (Rh1) Be2
1.Qxe6 (Bf1) Rh5 2.Sxh5 (Rh1) Bd3
1.Rcxe6 (Bf1) Rh3 2.Qxh3 (Rh1) Bc4
1.Rexe6 (Bf1) Re8 2.Sxe8 (Rh1) Bb5
1.Scxe6 (Bf1) Rc8 2.Rxc8 (Rh1) Ba6
In each solution the bishop, in discovering mate from the reborn rook, must play to a square
which has been doubly unguarded. A beautifully simple idea.
(For the definition of Circe see the introductory article on Fairy Chess)
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