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

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”