The July issue introduced readers to the new BCPS President, Ian Watson, who in addition to
being a skilled solver is also a British Championship standard player. The centenary of the
first appearance of the grasshopper was marked in an article by Michael McDowell, and John
Rice discussed the landmark book Chess Problems: Introduction to an Art, which he wrote
with Michael Lipton and Robin Matthews 50 years ago. John also reported on this year’s
meeting of the Dutch Problem Society at Nunspeet. Awards included helpmates in 2 for 2011
(judges Jorge Lois and Jorge Kapros) and retros for 2011-2012 (judge Kostas Prentos).
Browsing in the library covered Edgar Holladay’s 1974 collection of the problems of Otto
Wurzburg. In the Supplement Geoff Foster presented a selection of problems by the Warton
brothers, including many grab mutate three-movers, David Shire’s problem alphabet reached Y
for Y-flights, and Paul Bissicks examined the fairy form Growing Men.
1st Prize, Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1946
Mate in 2
Set 1...Kf8 2.Rxf7
A remarkable task, with the f7 pawn promoting to Q and S on three squares.
Lasker’s Chess Magazine, November 1905
Mate in 3
1...f5 2.Sf3 Ke4 3.Qd4
1...Ke5 2.Qg3+ Kxd4 3.Qc3
An attractive miniature featuring the Indian theme.
Thomas and Joseph Warton
The Observer, 1946
Mate in 3
Black is in zugzwang. When the h7 B moves it will be captured by the K, B or S, leaving
2...Bg1 3.Bxg3, however White cannot maintain the grab of the bishop, and the key 1.Bd5!
sets up a new zugzwang, with a changed continuation 1...Bf5 2.Ba5 any 3.Bd8, subtly
exploiting the closed d and f files. The other variations remain as set.