The Problemist, September, 2008
Written by Michael McDowell
The September issue contained a full report on the 51st World Congress of Chess Composition,
held at Jurmala, Latvia, in early September. Articles included Jeremy Morse’s latest update
of task records, “King promotions in helpmate forms” by Chris Reeves,
“Patrol and Ultrapatrol” by John Rice, and “Correcting Schiffmann at
Torquay” by Paul Valois. Other items included a number of book reviews and the awards
for the 2007 three-movers and more-movers. In the Supplement John Rice presented
“More Circe pearls”, Bob Lincoln discussed “Stepping Stones” and
Christopher Jones detailed the stages involved in composing a three-move helpmate.
Chess Pie, 1927
Mate in 2
Changed mates after all four moves of the black pawn, including one transferred mate. A
remarkable task, despite the flight-taking key.
Prize, Correction Ty., Torquay, 2008
Mate in 2
At the BCPS weekend in Torquay Paul Valois showed an unsound problem from 1928 by the great
Israel Schiffmann, and invited corrections. The main variations combine anticipatory unpin
with Grimshaw and shut-off mates.
1st Prize, Magyar Sakkélet, 1965
Mate in 5
1...Bd2 2.Ra3 (>3.Sxg4)
2...Sc3 3.Ba6 (>4.Sxg4)
An amusing problem where White repeatedly guards d3 to threaten Sxg4 mate, his fourth move
setting up a zugzwang.
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