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I am sad to announce that British chess solver/composer John Coward died suddenly towards
the end of May following a fall on the pavement outside his house in Harrow. John was
always a keen solver and was a regular competitor in the British Chess Solving
Championship, qualifying for the final on many occasions. His best performances included
fifth place in 1985-1986 and fourth places in 1987-1988 and 1990-1991.
When, in 1992, the BCPS committee thrust upon me the responsibility of editing the planned
Problemist Supplement (I had only offered to do the typesetting), John, as one of
the many friends whom I had met through the hobby, was one of those I approached for help.
I was delighted when he agreed to write a regular ‘Selections’ column for the new magazine,
and he did so for two years between May 1992 and May 1994, introducing the readership to
most of the basic terms and conventions of chess problems.
John wasn’t a prolific composer by any means, so in 1992 I was particularly pleased to
publish the following problem. It is of a type he was especially fond of and is a version
of a problem he had first published in the Evening Standard in 1955 but had never
been totally happy with. The solvers enjoyed it. You can read their comments from
The Problemist Supplement and see the solution, by clicking on the ‘Show Solution’
'A pleasing mutate with two mates changed and two variations added after the
key. Note that 2.Oh1 is a transferred mate, reappearing alter a different
defence.' (Michael McDowell) 'Excellent sacrificial key, yielding more varied
play including a model mate transference after the wR is captured.' (John
Mayhew) 'Good block problem with excellent key.' (Stephen Rothwell) 'Stunning
The BCPS sends its condolences to John’s wife Jean and the rest of his family and friends.