The Problemist, January 2012
Written by Michael McDowell
Articles in the January issue included the second part of John Rice’s tribute to the
late Bo Lindgren, “Miniature twomovers with four mating pieces” by Michael McDowell,
and “Proca what?” by Andreas Thoma. Awards covered longer helpmate for 2005 (judge
Christopher Jones) and helpmates in 2½ and 3 for 2010 (judge Chris Tylor).
Browsing in the library covered the 1951 book La Composition Contemporaine by Godefroy
Martin. Michael McDowell reviewed a new book about the 19th century composer John Brown
of Bridport, while Yochanan Afek reviewed The Art of the Endgame, a collection of
studies by Jan Timman. In the Supplement Chris Feather continued his series on British
helpmate composers with a trio who are better known for their directmates, namely John
Driver, Barry Barnes and John Rice, while David Shire discussed P for Promotion, and
“Variations on a theme of Yuri Sushkov”.
Paavo J. Markkola
Parallele 50, 26th July 1947
Mate in 2
Albino half-pin mates.
John Brown of Bridport
Mate in 3
1...Ke5 2.Qc1 Kd4 3.Qc3; 2...Kf5 3.Qg5
1...Kf4 2.Qc5 any 3.Qf2
1...e5 2.Qa7 Kg6 3.Qh7; 2...Ke6 3.Qd7; 2...Kf4 3.Qf2
John Brown (1827-1863) was known for his attractive lightweight problems, a number of which
can be found in Brian Gosling’s new book.
Serieshelpmate in 8 (2 solutions)
1.g1S 2.Se2 3.Kg2 4.Kg1 5.Sc1 6.a1Q 7.Qa8 8.Qh1 Bd4 mate.
1.g1B 2.Be3 3.Bc1 4.a1R 5.Ra4 5.Bf4 7.Ke3 8.Re4 Rb3 mate.
A wonderful miniature showing all four promotions.