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The Weekly Chess Problem, 16th February, 2015
Written by Michael McDowell   

M. M. Barulin, G. P. Golubev, A. P. Gulyaev, L. I. Loshinsky, E. I. Umnov & V. I. Schiff

64, 1932

2B4K/4B1R1/1R5p/2S4k/5p2/3p1qp1/3prrS1/3Q1s2

Mate in 2

A basic concept in chess problems is the critical square, a square on which a piece can interfere with a line-moving piece. Critical play involves a move across a critical square which allows an interference, while anticritical play involves a move across a critical square which prevents an interference.

This week’s problem, by a sextet of great composers from the Soviet era, illustrates both themes. It was composed as a memorial tribute to another eminent Soviet composer, Leonid Isaev.

Any comments or questions on this problem should be addressed to Michael McDowell using the ‘Contact’ item in the menu on the left.

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