Michael McDowell (after Lionel Kieseritzky)
The Problemist Supplement, 2005
Mate in 5
Lionel Kieseritzky, like Adolf Anderssen, his opponent in the celebrated game played in 1851, was both a top player of his time and a composer. This task was inspired by one of his problems.
1.Kxf5+ Kd3 2.Kxf4+ Kd4 3.Kxg3+ Ke5 4.Kxf3+ Kf6 5.Kxe2; 3...Ke3 4.Rxf3; 1...Kd4 2.Rxf4+ Ke3 3.Re4+ Kd3 4.Sc5+ Kc2 5.Qxb3; 2...Kd3 3.Sc5+ Kc2 4.Qxb3; 3...Ke3 4.Re4; 1...e6 2.Qe6+ any 3.Qe4. Consecutive firings of five different royal batteries in the main variation, building on Kieseritzky’s four-fold example. Guy Meissonnier describes the problem as an example of the Durbar theme. This takes its name from a tourney conducted in the Pittsburg Gazette-Times in 1912, where all of White’s moves in the mainplay had to be made by the king. It was possibly inspired by the Delhi Durbar of December 1911, attended by King George V.
Illustrated London News, 1849
Mate in 4
1.Kxc5+ Kxe5 2.Kxb6+ Kd4 3.Kxc6+ Kc3 4.Kxd7.