The May issue featured reports by Ian Watson on the 2013 ECSC, held in Vilnius, Lithuania,
and by David Friedgood on this year’s BCPS weekend at Bournemouth. Articles included King
and neutral pawns against king, by Sebastian Luce, some developments of a Miroslav Stošic
two-mover by Barry Barnes, Similar matrices but different content in twomovers by Zoran
Gavrilovski, and Goodbye to diagrammes by John Rice. John also reviewed the recent
Encyclopaedia of Chess Problems, by Kari Valtonen and the late Milan Velimirovic, and
presented a selection of problems from other recently published books. Thomas Brand, Hans
Gruber and Ulrich Ring presented their award for the 2010 fairies. Browsing in the library
covered the 1915 Christmas book Tasks and echoes. The Supplement featured articles by
Geoff Foster on defence by hurdle removal in grasshopper problems, the Tail-cut Unpin
theme, and light helpmates by Argentinian composer Carlos Sabadini. David Shire’s problem
alphabet reached X for X-flights (better known as star-flights), Michael Lipton analysed a
pioneering dual-avoidance two-mover by Rev.Gilbert Dobbs, and Brian Young presented some
problems which combine the Pickaninny with other themes.
2nd Prize, Dutch Problem Society 30th JT, 1961
Mate in 2
A classic Meredith employing a half-battery to show changed starflights. Note how both the try
and key also feature as mating moves.
Deutsche Schachzeitung, 1943
Mate in 4
1.Rb8? fails to 1...c1S! 2.a8Q+ Ba4. The rook needs to clear the 8th rank and does so with the
help of a sacrifice of the queen to decoy the black bishop.
Leipziger Illustrierte Zeitung, 20th August 1859
Mate in 5
1.Qh7 (>2.Qxc7, Qd7) Qg7
2.Qd3 (>3.Qb5, Qa6) Qxb2
3.Qh7 (>4.Qxc7, Qd7) Qg7
4.Qb1 (>5.Qb5, Qxb7) Qb2
An amusing game of chase from the early years of the modern chess problem.