Chess problem corner – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #94’

Mate in two 

M.Lokker

Sahmaty vs SSSR 1972

Key 1.cNe4! waiting

1…Kd5/Kf5/Kd4/Kf4 2.Qd6/Qf6/Qc5/Qg5

The key grants two more flights

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#93’

Mate in Two

F.Davidenko

5 HM, II dual 1978

Key: 1.Qe5! waiting

1…Bb7 2.Bb5 1…d6 2.Qb5

and 1…d5 2.Qc7

Changed mates after the try 1.Bc8?

1….Bb7 2.Bxd7 1…d6 2.Qc4

and 1…d5 2.Qb6 refuted by 1…Kb5!

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #92’

Mate in three 

S.Loyd

Detroit Free Press 1877

Key 1.Qg3! (2.Qg8 3.Qa8)

1…Ka4 2.Qg8 (3.Qa2) Ka5/Bb3 3.Qa8

1…Ka6 2.Qxc7 3.Qb6

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #91’

Mate in Two 

C.Jonsson

I Pr, Skakbladet 1968

Key 1.Bh7! (2.Qf4)

1…Nd5 2.Re4  1…Ne6 2.Rf5

1…Qxf6 2.Qe4  1…Qxd4  2.Qg5

Tries 1.Bg6? Qh8! 1.Bh3? Qxd4!

1.Bd7? Ne6! 1.Bb1? Qh8!

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #90’

Mate in two

M.Lokker

2 Pr, Stella Polaris 1966

Key 1.Bb7! waiting

1…Kd3 2.Ba6; 1…Kc5 2.Qc6

1…d3 2.Qd5; 1…c2 2.Qxc2

Try 1.Ba8! refuted by 1…Kd3!

Set mate 1..Kd3 2.Qe2

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #89’

Mate in two

F.Abdurahmanovic

I prize, Medurepublicke med 1957

Key 1.Ne4!  waiting

1…Kc4/Ke4/Kc6/Ke6

2.Qf7/Qf3/Qd6/Qf7

The three different promotions by WPc7 are tries.

1.c8Q?  stalemate! 1.c8B? Kc6! 1.c8N? Kc4!

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #88’

Mate in two

G.P.Latzel

5 HM, Die Schewalbe 1956

Key:1.Ng5! (2.Qe4)

All the other moves of WNe4 are tries!

1.Nd2? Ke6! 1.Nc3? Kd4!

1.Nc5? dxc5! 1.Nxd6? g2!

1…Nf6? d5! 1.Nxg3? Kf4!

1…Nf2? gxf2!

WN wheel of tries

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#87’

Mate in two

Arnoldo Ellerman & Dr.Musante

3 prize, Die Schwalbe 1955

Key 1.Qg3! (2.Qd3)

1…b1Q  2.Qc3;1…b1N 2.Ra2

There are two tries which produce different mates

1.Qb5? (2.Qd3)

1…b1Q 2.Qe2;1…b1N 2.Bd1

but 1…Nc4!

1.Qf4? (2.Qe4)

1….b1Q 2.Qd2;1….b1N 2.Qc1

but 1…Nb3!

Zagoruyko(i.e changed mates in three phases after at least two black moves) after promotions.In problem chess only Q and N  promotions are distinguished

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #86’

Mate in three moves

M.Schneider

Miniatures Strategiques 1935

Key 1.Rb4! (2.Ra4)

1…Nc3  2.Rb5! (Ra5) Nxb5 3.cxb5

Shows Dresden theme.The initial Rb5 cannot be played as Be1 defeats it.

Black is forced to play an inferior defence Nc3 which, though closing the a5-e1 diagonal line, commits the error of losing control of b5

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #85’

Mate in two 

M.McDowell

1HM,Bulletin Problematic1990

1.Key 1.Rc5! zugzwang

1…bN any 2.Rc8;1…Nd7 2.Ne6

1….Nc7 2.Nc6

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #84’

Mate in two moves

E.Neuhaus

American Chess Bulletin 1940

Key 1.Qa5! zugzwang

1…Kxb3  2.Bd1;1…Kb1  2.Bg6

1…b1Q  2.Qc3;1…b1N  2.Qa2

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #83’

Mate in two 

H Von Gottschall

Deurtsche Schachzeitung 1892

Key 1.Bf5! (2.Qxe6)

1….exf5 2.g8N; 1….Kxf5 2.Qf3

Solution to ‘Solver’corner#82’

Mate in three moves

Holshausen, 1923

Key 1.Rf4! (2.f8Q)

1…Bxf4 2.f8Q  Bb8  3.Qf3!

1…Kb8  2.f8Q  Kc7  3.Rf7

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#81’

Mate in two

W.A/Shinkman

I prize,Hadersfield KM 1877

Key 1.Ba4! waiting

1…d6 2.bNc7;1…f6 2.dNc7

1..f5 2.e7; 1…Kxd5 .Bb3

Three slf-blocks and switchback after the BK flight

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#80’

Mate in two

Joe Bunting

To Alain White 1945

Key 1.Qf6! (2.Qxf5)

1….Kd5 2.Qe6;1…Kd3 2.Qd4

1….Kf4 2.Rxg4

The key give three flights to the BK and all three moves result in pin mates

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#79’

Mate in two

E.Lebedkin

I Pr, Na smena 1991

Key 1.Bg2! waiting

1…B any 2.Qd7 1…Bxe6 2.Qh2

1…R any 2.Qe7  1….Rxe6 2.Rd5

1…Kxe6 2.Qg6

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #78’

Mate in Two

A.M.Sparke

I Pr, Good Companion Meredith Ty 1918

Key 1.Qb6! (2.Qf2)

1…N any+ 2.Rb2;1…Ne2+ 2.Rg7

1…h1N 2.Qg1

Good cross-checker

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#77’

Mate in two

Robert Lincoln

The Problemist, May 2013

Key 1.Ba3! waiting

1…Kf6 2.Qe7;1…Kg7 2.Qf8

1…g5 2.Qf8; 1…Bg8 2.Qe7

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#76’

Mate in three moves

Herbert Hultberg

BasellandSchalitiche Zeitung 1977

Key 1.f4! waiting

This is called a ‘Grab mutate’

After the capture of BN wherever it goes black king is forced to play to a7 followed by Ra5 mate. But there is no waiting move.the key changes the grabs on e3 and e5.

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#75’

Mate in Two Moves

M.Kovacevic & Subotic

3 Com, The Problemist 1982

Key 1.Bd4! (2.Qc1)

The logical tries on the seventh rank by the WQ aiming at base rank mate are refuted thus:

1.Qd8? Re7! 1.Qe8? Rf7!

1.Qf8? Rg7! 1.Qg8? Rg7!

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #74’

Mate in two

V.Bartolovic

Problem 1970

Key 1.Kf4! (2.Bb1)

The four other white king moves giving way to WBf5 are tries defeated by four moves of a single black pawn known as ‘Pickaninny’

1.Kd5? c6+! 1.Ke5? cxd6+!

1.Kd4? c5+! 1.Ke3? cxb6!

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #73’

Mate Two Moves

C.Goldschmeding

(v Comins Mansfield)

Problem 1957

Key 1.Qf1!

1…Rb7+ 2.Rxb7;1…Rxc6+ 2.Rxc6

The interest of the problem lies in the mates after the same checks in the diagram and after the try 1.Qa1? Set: 1…Rb7+ 2.cxb7;1…Rxc6+ 2.Qxc6

After try 1.Qa1? 1…Rb7+ 2.Nxb7 and 1…Rxc6+ 2.Nxc6 but fails to Rxb5!

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #72’

Mate in Three moves

L.I.Kubbel

Sahmaty vs SSSR 1940

Key:1.a8B!

1…Ka7/Kb6  2.c8Q  K any 3.Qb7

Nice underpromotion

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #71’

Mate in Two

A.N.Dikusarov

2 Pr, Magadanski Komsomolec 1983

Key 1.Qg1! (2.Qa7)

1…Bb1+ 2.Rxb1;1…Bb3+ 2.Rxb3

1…Bf2 2.Qg8

1…Bb1+ 2.Kxb1;1…Bb3+ 2.Kxb3

Mates set for checks are changed

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #70’

Mate in three moves

T & Warton

Observer 1930

Key 1.Qb3! waiting

1…axb3 2.Kf5 any  3.g4!

1…Kg6/Kg5  2.Qg8  Kf6/Kh5 3.Bh4/g4

Typical stunning key by Wartons!

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #69’

Mate in two

E.Dobrescu

Revista de Sah 1957

Key 1.Qh8! (2.Qxe5)

1…R any 2.Qd4;1…Rd5 2.Qc8

Try 1.Qh2? (2.Qxe5) 1…R any 2.Qd6

1…Rd5 2.Qc7 but 1…Re6!

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #68’

Mate in Two

N.G.G.Van Dijk

Dagbladet 1957

Key 1.Bc8! waiting

Set mate after 1…Kh2 2.Qe5 is changed after the double flight giving key to 2.Qxh3

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #67’

Mate in two moves

Jan Hartong

Shaakmat 1947

Key 1.Qf3! waiting

 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #66’

Mate in two 

T&J Warton

Morning Post 1917

Key 1.Qc2! waiting

Set mate 1…Re5  2.Nd8 changed to 2.Qc6

after key

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #65’

Mate in Three Moves

P.H.Williams

Christmas Greeting 1904

Key 1.Kb2! waiting

1….a1Q  2.Rxa1  h1Q  3.Qxh1 mate

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #64’

Mate in Two moves

T & J Warton

Morning Post 1917

Key 1.Qc8! (2.Qxa8)

Warton brothers’ problems  were famous for their surprising keys.In the set (diagram position) all the black moves are provided with mates. The key moves sets up a threat.This is known as ‘block threat’ problem.

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #63’

Gavrilovski

2 pr, Szachy 1970

Key 1.Bb6! waiting

1…aN any 2.Bxc5;1…Nb4 2.Nc4

1…cN any 2.Ra4; 1…Nb3 2.Nc2

Correction play by both the knights

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#62’

      Mate in two moves

Matti Myllineimi

5 rec, Themes 64 TT 1970

Try 1.Rc8? (2.Bc2 A) refuted by 1…b1Q! a

Try 1.Rd8 (2.Rxd2 B) refuted by  1….b1N! b

Key 1.Ra2! waiting

1…b1Q 2.Rxd2 B;1…b1N 2.Bc2 A

The threats after tries reappear as mates

and the refutations become defences in the

reverse order.Theme Hannelius in a miniature

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#61’

Mate in Two

J.Klemensiewicz

La Startegie 1926

Key 1.Ne2! (2.gRg4)

1…Ne3 2.Rf4;1…Nf2 2.Rg3

1…Kxe4 2.Rg3

 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#60’

Mate in Three

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #60’

Key 1.Rc4! waiting

1…Na4/Nd1  2.Rb4  N any 3.Bb2

1….Nxc4 2.Kc3 N any 3.Bb2

1…Nd3 2.Ba3 Kb1 3.Rc1 pin mate

(2…N any 3.Rc1)

 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#59’

Mate in two

M.Myllyniemi

I prize,Otteln Hki 1959

Key 1.Qg4! (2.Qd4)

Changed mates after 1…c5 and 1…e5

Close tries 1.Qg7? and 1.Qg1?

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#58’

mate in two

M.Marandyuk

I prize,Parapor Peremogi 1972

Key 1.Bc4! waiting

1…b2 2.Qxd3;1…d2 2.Bd3

Try 1.Qb4? 1….b2 2.Bb3;1…d2 2.Qxb3 but 1…Kb2!

Try 1.Kf4? 1…d2  2.Bf5;1…Kd2 2.Qb2 but 1…b2!

Wealth of changed mates in this miniature

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#57’

White to play mate in three

O.Wurzburg – More White Rooks 1911

Key 1.Rd4! (2.Kb3 3.Rd1)

1…Nd5 2.Rxd5  Kxa2 3.Ra5

1…Ne4 2.Nxe4 Kxa2 3.Ra4

1…Ng4 2.Rxg4 Kxa2 3.Ra4

1..Nd7 2.Rxd7 Kxa2 3.Ra7

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#56’

Mate in two 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#56’

Jan Hartong

3 Pr, Probleemblad 1951

Key 1.Qh6! waiting

1….e6 2.Qf4; 1…e5 2.Nd6 and

1…Bf6 2.Qh3

There are mates set in the diagram for

1…e6 2.Qf3 1….e5 2.Nh6 and

1…Bf6 2.Qe4

Mates after three self-blocks changed in mutate setting

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#55’

Mate in two moves

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #55’

Friedrich Blaschke

III Pr, Schach Echo 1953

Key 1.Rh7! waiting

1…Nb6 2.Qa5;1…b6 2.Ra7

1…Bb6 2.Qe8

Three interference on one square

 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#54’

Mate in two moves

Solver’s corner #54

Dr.W.Speckmann

II Pr,Schach 1962

Key 1.Bg8! waiting

Try 1.Bb3? bxc1Q! Try 1.Bc4?cxb1Q!

 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#53’

Mate in two moves

Solver’s corner #53

B.Postma

Comm,Problemas 1971

Key 1.Kd2! waiting waiting

1…Bb7 2.Qb6;1…Rb7 2.Qc8

1…Rc7 2.Qf6

 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#52’

Mate in two moves

Solver’s corner #52

I.A.Schiffmann

3 Pr, Svenska Dagbladet 1929

Key 1.Bh4! waiting

 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#51’

Mate in two moves

Solver’s corner #51

Emilian Dobrescu

I prize,Shakmaty v CCCP 1955

Key 1.c4! waiting

1…B any 2.Qe4.2;1…Bd4 2.Qe2

In the diagram position BB shows changed correction play

1…B any 2.Qe2;1…Bd2 2.Qe4

 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#50’

Mate in Two

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #50’

Key 1.Rf2! (2.Qxg2)

1…Q any 2.QxQ;1….Qxg6 2.0-0-0

 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#49’

Mate in two

Sveto Stambuk

Sahovski Vjesnik 1952

Key 1.Ke4! waiting

1…Ka1 2.Bd4;1…Ka3 2.Nc4

1…Kc1 2.Nd3;1…Kc3 2.Na4

Close tries are 1.Bh6? Ka1!

1.Kc4? Ka3 (2.Nc4?)

1.Kd3?Kc1! (2.Nd3?)

1.Kd5?Kc3! (2.Na4?)

K-duel in miniature!

 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#48

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#48’

Jan Hartong

Jaarboek NBvP 1949

Key 1.Qb5! (2.Qe2)

1…d4 2.dRe1 1…Rh3  2.Qe8

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#47’

Mate in two moves

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#47’

O.Streath

I prize, Schach 1959

Key 1.Ne6! (2.Re2)

1…Bxe6 2.Bg7;1…Rxe6 2.Rd5

Set mates for these two defences are

1…Be6 2.Nxc6;1…Re6 2.Qf5

Changed mates

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#46’

Mate in two moves

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#46’

W.J.G.Mees

Jaarboek NBvP 1951

Key 1.Qa1! zugzwang

1….g1Q  2.Qh8;1…g1N 2.Qe5

The mate for the two defences are set in the diagram 1…g1Q 2.Qh5 and 1…g1N 2.Qd6

Mutate with two changed mates

Solver’s corner No.45 (18.07.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two moves

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #45’

C.Goldschmeding

4 HM, Israel Ring Ty 1953-54

Key 1.Nd5! (2.Qf7)

1….Kh7 2.Qh6;1…Kh5 2.Qg5

The same two mates are in the diagram for the defences

1…Rg5 2.Qxg5;1…Rf5 2.Qh6.These mates are transferred to king flight defences after key.

        Mate transference theme

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #44’

Matti Mylliniemi

Free Press 1967

Key 1.Rd8! waiting

1….Kxf5  2.Rf8

WRd5 has to obviously release the stalemate moving away on the d-file but where? On all squares other than d8 white rook interferes with his own pieces while mating. 1.Rd3? Kxf5 Rf3? Ke4!; 1.Rd4? 1…Kxf5 2.Rf4? Ke5!;1.Rd7? Kxf5 2.Rf7? Ke6!; 1.Rd6+? Kxf5 2.Be6? Kf6!

Solver’s corner No.44 (17.07.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two moves

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #43’

S.Janicijevic

Politika Express 1966

Mates are set for defences

1…Ka6  2.Bc8;1….Ka4 2.Bc2

Try 1.Qd8? waiting

1…Ka6 2.Qb6;1….Ka4 2.Qa5;1…Kxc6 2.Qd7 but fails to 1…Kc4!

Key 1.Qe7! waiting

1…Ka6 2.Bd3;1…Ka4 2.Qb4

1…Kxc6 2.Qd7;1…Kc4 2.Qc5

Different mates for Ka6 and Ka4 in three phases,A zagoruyko

 

Solver’s corner No.43 (16.07.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two moves

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #42’

R Avramaa,Sahmaty vs SSSR, 1966

Set mates in diagram for two defences

1…Kd6 2.Qe7 (A);1…f4 2.Qf6 (B)

Key move 1.Bb6! waiting

1…Kd6 2.Qf6 (B) 1….f4 2.Qe7 (A)

This is Reciprocal change, a difficult theme shown with just 8 men

Solver’s corner No.42 (14.07.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two moves

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #41’

V.Lukianov

IPr, Nahodkinskij rabocij 1965

Key 1.Qa4! (2.Qxd7)

1…0-0-0 2.Qc6;1…Rd8 2.Re6

Both pin mates!

There are mates set in the diagram

1…0-0-0 2.Qc1;1…Rd8 2.Qe8

The try 1.Qg4? (2.Qxd7) provides two different mates 1…0-0-0 2.Qc4 and 1…Rd8 2.Qe4 but fails to …d6!

Yet another superlative zagoruyko

 

Solver’s corner No.41 (13.07.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two moves

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#40’

V.Cepizhni

I Pr,Shakmaty v SSSR 1991

1.Qa4! waiting

1…Kd6 2.Qd4;1…Kf5 2.Qe4;1…f5 2.Qd4

There are two tries which cannot be missed 1.Ba8? waiting

1…Kd6 2.Ke4;1…Kf5 2.Qh5 but 1…f5!

Try 1.Qc2?waiting

1/Kd6 2.Qc7; 1…Kf5 2.Kd4 but 1..f5!

A super zagoruyko with six different mates in 3 phases in a miniature

Solver’s corner No.40 (12.07.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two moves

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#39’

R.T.Lewis

The Problemist 1992

Key 1.Qg3! waiting

There are mates already set for all the black moves-1…N any 2.Qc5;1…d4 2.Na5;1…Kd4 2.Qf4.The key changes two of the mates-1…N any 2.Qc3;1…d4 2.Qb3

Solver’s corner No.39 (11.07.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two moves

 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#38’

W.Meredith

Brooklyn Chess Chronicle 1885

Key 1.Qc8! waiting

1….Ke2 2.Qg4+  Kd3/Kf1 3.Qc4/Ne3

 

Solver’s corner No.38 (10.07.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in THREE moves

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#37’

H.G.M.Weenink

Eiget Haard 1921

Key 1.Rc2! (2.Qg1)

 

Solver’s corner No.37 (09.07.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two

 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner #36’

D.Mackay

Observer 1920

Key 1.Re3! waiting

 

Solver’s corner No.36 (07.07.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two

 

Solver’s corner No.35 (06.07.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#34’

M.Lipton

Die Schwalbe 1961

Key 1.Bc3! waiting

Close tries in this half-battery set up are 1.Nd3? Ka5! 1.Nd5? Ka3!

1…Bc5?Kxb5!

 

Solver’s corner No.34 (05.07.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two moves

 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#33’

F.Janet (after S.Loyd)

British Chess Magazine 1918

Key 1.Bf8! (2.Qa1)

1…Bxb2  2.Bxh6

Long-shot clearance key

 

Solver’s corner No.33 (04.07.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two moves

 

  

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#32’

Visvaldis Veders, 1971

Key 1.Bb1! waiting

Solver’s corner No.32 (03.07.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two moves

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner#31’

R.T.Lewis

The Problemist 1981

1.Ra6! waiting

1…Ba7 2.bxa7;1…Bc7 2.bxc7

1….Bd6 2.Nd8

There are mates set in the diagram

1..B any 2.Re8  1..Bd6 2.Nd8

A mutate with changed mate

 

Solver’s corner No.31 (02.07.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two moves

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner No.30’

Leopold Swedowski

I prize,Schweriche Schachzeitung 1962

Key 1.Ra8! waiting

1…B any 2.R(8)a5;1…Kb6 2.Rb4

There are two close tries which should not be missed.1.Rf5? waiting

1…B any 2.Nd4; 1…Kb6 2.Nd7

but fails to 1…Bd5!

1.Rb8? waiting

1…B any 2.Qa6; 1…Kb6 2.Rxb7

But fails to 1…Be4!

A superb zagoruyko again

Solver’s corner No.30 (30.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two moves

 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner No.29’

A.Kuzovkov

I prize, Bron MT 1991

Key 1.Nc3! (2.Nb5)

1….Be5 2.Qb6;1…Re4 2.Qxe4

A miniature with rich content

Mates are set in the diagram

1…Be5 2.Qc4;1…Re4 2.Qd6

After try 1.Qf5? (2.e3)

1…Be5 2.Qd3;1…Re4 2.Qc5

This three phase two mate change is known as zagoruyko

 

Solver’s corner No.29 (29.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two moves

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner- No.28’

M.Adabasev

Shakmaty v SSSR 1936

1.Qg8! (2.Qg1)

Changed mate after 1…Rxb2+ from Qxb2 to Bxb2

 

Solver’s corner No.28 (28.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two moves

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner No.27’

F.Lindgren

I Pr, Swedish Chess Assn. 1928

Key 1.Qe3! (2.Qd3/Rc1)

1…Kxd1 2.Qd2;1…exd1Q 2.Qc3

1…exd1N 2.Na3

 

Solver’s corner No.27 (27.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

 

Solution to ‘Solver’s corner No 26’

S.Loyd

Mail and Express 1891

1.Be5! waiting

1…Kxe3/Ke1 2.Rxe2

1…Kg3 2.Nd3;1…Kg1 2.Nh3

Star flight-4 diagonal moves of the black king

Solver’s corner No.26 (26.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 25’

Jac Haring

4th pl, Sportowiec 1955

Key 1.Qd4 zugawang

Excellent battery mates  including interference after 1…Na3 and and self block after 1….Ra5 in  a surprising waiter

 

Problem of the Day-25 (25.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mate in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 24’

O.Dehler

Tidskrift for Schach 1928

Key 1.Qh7! zz

Problem of the Day-24 (23.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 23’

O.Wurzburg

British Chess Magazine 1896

Key 1.Bh3!! (2.Qg4  3.Qc8)

1…a5 2.Qa6+ Kxa6 3.Bc8

One of the most famous three-movers in existence featuring the theme ‘Turton Doubling’ The queen doubles up as frontal piece on h3-c8 diagonal after white bishop withdraws to h3

 

Problem of the Day-23 (22.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 22’

Sam Loyd

Musical World 1859

Key 1.Re1! zugzwang

Problem of the Day-22 (21.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

 

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 21’

 R.T.Lewis, The Problemist 1981

         Key 1.Rd5! waiting

In the diagram cN any is met by 2.Rxe6.After key this mate is changed and one mate is added.

1….cN any 2.Bd7;1…eN any 2.Rd8

A cunning mutate.

 

Problem of the Day-21 (20.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

 

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 20’

Z.Mach

Svenska Dagbladet 1928

Key 1.Bf1! waiting

Promotions to Queen and knight are differentiated in problem chess

1….e1Q  2.Qc2;1…e1N 2.Be2

1…exf1 2.Qxf1

Problem of the Day-20 (19.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

  

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 19’

W.A.Shinkman

Tiffin Tribune 1898

Key 1.Rg1! waiting

1…Kh6 2.Kf5 2.Kh5 3.Rh1

1…h6  2.Rg2  Kh4 3.Rh2

Problem of the Day-19 (18.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in THREE moves

 

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 18’

C.G.S.Narayanan

The Hindu 1977

Key 1.Ng3! waiting

Changed mates after the two black pawn moves from the set position

Known in problem parlance as ‘Mutate’

 

Problem of the Day-18 (16.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 17’

Sam Loyd, Sessa 1868

1.Qh6!

1…Kb4 2.Qc1 any 3.Qa3

1…Ka5 2.Kb3 b4 3.Qb6

 

Problem of the Day-17 (15.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in THREE moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 16’

A.Kraemer

Bochumer Anzeiger 1926

Key 1.Rc8! waiting

The key is a Bristol clearance where one line piece gives way for another line piece moving on the same line

 

Problem of the Day-16 (14.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

 Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 15’

E.N.Nagovicyn

I HM Lokker MT 1975

1.Bc3! (2.Qf3)

 

Problem of the Day-15 (13.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 14’

H.D.O.Bernard

Chess Amateur 1918

Key 1.Qa4!

There is a good ty 1.Qc4? which fails to 1…Nd3!

Problem of the Day-14 (12.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 13’

V.Mojkin

Sp.Pr Sahmati v SSSR 1973

Key 1.Qh8!

Problem of the Day-13 (11.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 12’

D.Kanonik

I Pr, Lokker MT 1975

Key 1.Bb6!

Problem of the Day-12 (09.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 11’

Z.Mach, Nove Parizske 1899

Key 1.Ra8!

Problem of the Day-11 (08.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day 10’

S.Loyd, N.Y.Aibion 1857

Key 1.Rf4! waiting

1…Kh1 2.Kf2  Kh2  3.Rh4

1…Kxg3  2.0-0  Kh3 3.R(1)f3

Problem of the Day-10 (07.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in THREE moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day-9’

P.H.Williams, Birmingham Post 1890

Key 1.Qh3!

Problem of the Day-9 (06.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day-8’

L.I.Kubbel,Shamatnyj listok 1926

Key 1.Qa7!

 

Problem of the Day-8 (05.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day-7’

Sam Loyd, N.Y.State Chess Association 1892

Key: 1.Qa1!

 

Problem of the Day-7 (04.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day-6’

Key 1.Bb8!

(1..f2  2.Rc7 Kh2 3.Rh7)

Problem of the Day-6 (02.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in THREE moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day-5’

W.A.Shinkman, Schach 1905

Key 1.Ra3! waiting

 

Problem of the Day-5 (01.06.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

Mates in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day-4’

G.P.Latzel

5Hon.Mention, Die Schwalbe 1956

Key 1.Ng5!

A marvellous miniature (problem with seven or less men)where all the eight moves of the white knight which include seven tries and key are by the white knight

1.Nxg3? Kf4! 1.Nf2 gxf2! 1.Nd2? Ke6! 1.Nc3? Kd4! 1.Nc5? dxc5! 1.Nxd6? g2! 1.Nf6? d5!

 

Problem of the Day-4 (31.05.2018) – by C.G.S.Narayanan

White mates in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day-3’

Key 1.Qa8!

 

Problem of the Day-3  (30.05.2018)  – by C.G.S.Narayanan 

Mate in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day-2’

Key 1.Qe8!

 

Problem of the Day-2  (29.05.2018)  – by C.G.S.Narayanan   

White mates in two moves

Solution to ‘Problem of the Day-1’:

Sam Loyd

Buffalo Commercial Advertiser 1880

Key 1.Kf5!

 

Problem of the Day-1    – 28.05.2018 – by C.G.S.Narayanan 

White to play and mate in two moves

In the series of problems  which will be given daily for solving  the key move will not be a checking move but a quiet one by white. The solution will be given the next day along with the composer’s name, the name of the magazine in which published and the date of publication

(Solution will be posted tomorrow)

 

 

Preamble

chess problem, also called a chess composition Is not a position arising out of an actual game, but has been composed for the specific purpose of presenting a thematic idea with difficult key and attractive mates not often seen in the over the board play. In a direct mate problem white has to mate black in specific number of moves against any black defence. The key to such problems are invariably quiet  non-checking moves. Solving problems help improve quick grasp of positions, accurate and faster calculations and above all visualizing mating positions. With this in view “Problem of the Day’ is presented from to-day -one problem each day.The solution to the problem will be given the next day along with the composer’s name, magazine’s name and the date of publication.

To quote GM John Nunn from ‘Solving in style’ “One of the most frequently debated questions about chess is whether it is a sport or an art.If the hurly burly of tournament play emphasizes the sporting aspect then the artistic element finds its best expression in the world of chess composition.Chess problems are an unsual art form in that the solvers have to participate actively by solving the problem in order to appreciate the artist’s message”