Mate in 3
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15 Jun. 2014 – Solving a four-move directmate, and the ‘Check!’ magazine
Deutsche Schachzeitung 1902
Mate in 4
7 May 2014 – First prize problem by Geoff Foster and Ian Shanahan
Let’s consider the two types of unorthodox pieces used in this composition. A reflecting bishop, travelling on diagonal lines, is able to bounce off a board edge at 90-degrees and continue its move. Thus in the diagram, the piece on g6 has access to f7, e8 and also d7, c6 and b5 by reflecting off the top edge; in fact the reflecting bishop is pinning the nightrider on b5, without which the black king would be in check via the g6-e8-a4-c2 line. Likewise, the h5-nightrider is pinned along the g6-h5-d1-c2 line, and the h7-nightrider along g6-h7-g8-a2-b1-c2. The nightrider is a long-range piece, analogous to the rook and the bishop, that can make any number of knight-steps in a straight line as one move. For example, the h6-nightrider can move to g8, f7, d8, g4, and f2, but its access to d4 and b3 is obstructed by the f5-piece.
The Problemist 2011
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Reflecting bishop g6
30 Mar. 2014 – ‘The Original Christopher Reeves’
The booklet is introduced by David Shire in ‘Chris Reeves: Composer and Editor extraordinary’, which discusses Chris’s perfectionist style and the way he draws the best from his collaborators. The main section presents about one hundred of Chris’s two-movers, selected with comments by David, followed by two small chapters on his three-movers and helpmates.
Die Schwalbe 1965
Mate in 2
The second selection is even more impressive, showing a cycle of white self-interferences. First note the set play, 1…Sh5 2.e4, 1…Bxd3 2.Rxd3, and 1…Rxb4 2.Sxb4. If White moves one of the three thematic pieces on e2, f2, and h3 to e3, the black d2-bishop is cut off and White threatens 2.Sf4. The piece landing on e3, however, would also interfere with the remaining two of the white trios, and thereby disrupt two of the set variations. Thus the try 1.e3? impedes the h3-rook and f2-bishop, but 1…Bxd3 allows the changed mate 2.Qxd3, and only 1…Rxb4! refutes (2.Sxb4+ Kc5!). The second try 1.Re3? obstructs the f2-bishop and e2-pawn, but 1…Rxb4 now enables 2.Bxc6, and 1…Sh5! is the only spoiler (2.e4??). The last try 1.Be3? blocks the e2-pawn and h3-rook, but another change takes place with 1…Sh5 2.Qf3, and Black must answer with 1…Bxd3! (2.Rxd3??). In these try phases, the cyclic play combined with changed mates runs beautifully like clockwork. The
Mate in 2
19 Feb. 2014 – Australian Junior Chess Problem-Solving Championship
On the right are two directmates from the Championship for you to solve. Although Formanek’s two-mover is placed early in the paper (No.5) – where the tasks are arranged roughly from easy to hard – it still held me up
considerably. De Jong’s three-mover is ordered last and indeed it’s quite challenging (only one participant managed to crack it within the time limit). With no time pressure bearing down on me, I solved it in a few minutes
Mate in 2
1930, 1st Prize
Mate in 3