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papadoble

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Fri Jul 13 2007 12:21PM | MsgID: 7200026


Glad it made you smile And the sun is here too in Paris, at last.

I did smile too but still I find this problem has a sour taste as I wonder if it really adds anything to the anonymous (?) original problem displaying the idea
(especially given the useless "pieces" on b2, c3, e2)


Puzzle Challenge #1277 set by papadoble

Puzzle name: scenic railway
Stipulation: White to play

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Fri Jul 13 2007 9:58AM | MsgID: 7199422


Originally posted by: "papadoble"
See if the following problem rings a bell to some...




Certainly does for me loud and clear (as a bell). Although from another topic.
I think the theme is "Riding away from stalemate at all costs".
This was something to smile at this sunny morning.



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Fri Jul 13 2007 8:39AM | edited: 8:39:54 | MsgID: 7199139


See if the following problem rings a bell to some...


Puzzle Challenge #1564 set by papadoble

Puzzle name: Mikitovics 2007, mate in 13
Composer: J. Mikitovics, Problemaz 2007
Stipulation: White to play and mate in 13 moves

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Tue Jun 19 2007 7:42PM | edited: 7:43:25 | MsgID: 7042652


Yet another one, with roughly the same material and mating schemes, but with more sophisticated play


Puzzle Challenge #1551 set by papadoble

Puzzle name: Baumann 2006, mate in 8
Composer: Baumann H., Idee & Form 2006
Stipulation: White to play and mate in 8 moves

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Puzzle Challenge #1532 set by papadoble

Puzzle name: Nerong 1932, mate in 3
Composer: O. Nerong, Wiener Schachzeitung 1932
Stipulation: White to play and mate in 3 moves

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"¼ahké, ale keï poznáme riešenie." - I. Garaj.
Dunno what this means but obviously the blocking rook and pawns on the a-file are a flaw and could be replaced by the edge of the board, were it not for cooks.
This brings us to the following, no doubt a much better version of Nerong's idea:


Puzzle Challenge #1533 set by papadoble

Puzzle name: Chyrulik 1975, mate in 5
Composer: S. Chyrulik, Zvyazda 1975, 1.p.
Stipulation: White to play and mate in 5 moves

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Sun Dec 10 2006 1:27PM | MsgID: 5753571


Another case-study, I leave it to your appreciation, I am quite shaken...

The following masterpiece by Gurvich was posted a few months ago on the chess forum, it has always been among my favorite:


Puzzle Challenge #1239
Puzzle name: Gurvich, 1927
Composer: Gurvich, 1927
Stipulation: White to play and win

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In the excellent book 'Secrets of spectacular chess', GM Jonathan Levitt comments on the final position "A fabulous zugzwang. It is mate next move. Although my taste has changed over the years, and different ideas 'turn me on' nowadays, the final position still makes a strong impression."

A fabulous zugzwang indeed!

Now, I discover only today the following by chess god Sam Loyd:


Puzzle Challenge #1350
Puzzle name: Loyd, 1858
Composer: Loyd, 1858
Stipulation: White to play and win

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The fabulous zugzwang anticipated!!




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Thu Jan 5 2006 10:44AM | edited: 11:20:22 | MsgID: 3305852


Originally posted by: "GM Hector Walsh"
Twinning
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#0001 - HELPMATE IN 2
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Henry Forsberg
Revista Romana de Sah, 1935








Analyse position



a) Diagram.
b) Black rook on a6.
c) Black bishop on a6.
d) Black knight on a6.
e) Black pawn on a6.




I just ran on the following quadruple diagram on
http://www.chessbase.com/puzzle/christmas2005/chr05-2a.htm


Jacob Mintz
The Problemist, 1982








Analyse position



HELPMATE IN 3

a) Diagram
b) wNg2 -> wNf5
c) wNg2 -> wNg7
d) wNg2 -> wNc4

Very interestingly, the four mates are identical to the four mates of the first four twins of Forsberg's problem. I wonder if Mintz aknowledged Forsberg's earlier work.
Twin d) of Mintz' problem is quite hard to find, even knowing this, I gave up after some time...




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Originally posted by: "GM Hector Walsh"
Twinning
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#0001 - HELPMATE IN 2
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Henry Forsberg
Revista Romana de Sah, 1935








Analyse position



a) Diagram.
b) Black rook on a6.
c) Black bishop on a6.
d) Black knight on a6.
e) Black pawn on a6.




Very, very pretty!




GM Hector Walsh

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Tue Dec 13 2005 6:20AM | edited: 6:24:25 | MsgID: 3153353


Twinning
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Another way of giving variety to the play of a helpmate is twinning. Here, more than one problem is wrought from a single diagram by making small changes to it, such as moving a piece from one square to another, adding or removing a piece, turning the board round or some other device. Twinning is occasionally found in other types of problems, but is particularly common in helpmates. Next problem is a well-known helpmate in two in which the twins are created by substituting the black queen on a6 with a different piece.

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#0001 - HELPMATE IN 2
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Henry Forsberg
Revista Romana de Sah, 1935








Analyse position



a) Diagram.
b) Black rook on a6.
c) Black bishop on a6.
d) Black knight on a6.
e) Black pawn on a6.

Remember Black makes the first move, both sides cooperate and after two moves the black king is mated. All the laws of chess apply, so that for instance neither king may ignore a check.

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The next problem, by the Hungarian composer Neukomm, is another famous twinned helpmate. After you have solved the diagram position you must move the white king from h6 to h5 and solve that position, in each case constructing a mate in four moves.


Gyula Neukomm
Magyar Sakkvilág 1945

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#0002 - HELPMATE IN 4
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Analyse position



a) Diagram.
b) White King from h6 to h5.


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Have a nice solving day!
GM Héctor Walsh