The Problemist, July, 2010
Written by Michael McDowell
The July issue recorded the passing of former BCPS President Robin Matthews, with an
appreciation by John Rice. Bob Meadley and Geoff Foster discussed Australian composer
E. D. McQueen. Also included were reports of the problem meetings at Nunspeet and
Andernach, and Thomas Maeder's fairy award for 2008. Browsing in the library covered
Schach ohne Grenzen, the 1969 collection of T. R. Dawson's work. Miniatures featured
prominently in the Supplement, with the annual solving competition and a selection
by John Rice of some early more-movers, while David Shire’s series on problem themes
reached H for Herpai.
E. D. McQueen
Melbourne Leader, 1934
Mate in 2
Eric McQueen’s most famous problem, a perfectly constructed task showing twelve mates after
the moves of one rook.
R. C. O. Matthews
1st Prize, Die Schwalbe, 1952
Mate in 6
1...g6 2.Bxb6 d5 3.Rd4 Kxf2 4.Rxd5+ Ke1 5.Bd4 Kxd2 6.Bf2
1...d5 2.Rxd5 g6 3.Bd4 Kxd2 4.Bxb6+ Ke1 5.Rd4 Kxf2 6.Rdxd1
Robin Matthews was primarily known for his three-movers, but here shows his skill as a
more-move composer, combining two Indian manoeuvres in each of the variations.
Combat, 20th June 1953
Mate in 3
1.Ra8 (>2.Rc8 and 3.Rc5)
1...Rc3 2.Se8 e3 3.Sf6
1...Rd3 2.Re8 and 3.Re5
1...Re3 2.Sc8 c3 3.Sb6
A lucidly constructed study in pawn obstruction, taken from a recently published supplement to
diagrammes devoted to the chess column of the magazine Combat.
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