29 June 2012

Black or White (4)

Time for the knights. We'll start with three miniatures and a nice co-production.

  1Attila Benedek  
Magyar Sakkélet 10/1971
2nd Prize Tipografia Blitz Tourney
a) Diagram
b) wNb7

  2Sergej W. Radtschenko  
Ideal-Mate Review 04-06/1998
a) Diagram
b) bNe8

  3Eligiusz Zimmer  
Problemkiste 12/2011
a) Diagram
b) wNc5

  4Christer Jonsson  
Rolf Wiehagen
Problem-Forum 09/2001
a) Diagram
b) bNh4

The last two compositions show more than one colour change. This is even more fascinating and it's only the beginning.

  5Eligiusz Zimmer  
Schachmatnaja Komposizija 2007
a) Diagram
b) wNc8
c) wNe5

  6György Bakcsi  
Laszlo Zoltan
Mat Plus 1997
4th Commendation
a) Diagram
b) wNg7
c) further wNg5

1a) 1. Nd6 a3 2. Nb5 Nb6#
b) 1. Kb5 a4+ 2. Ka6 Nc5#
2a) 1. - b8=N 2. Kxe8 Re6#
b) 1. - Rd6 2. Rc8 bxc8=N#
3a) 1. Na5 Rc4 2. Nb7 Rc8#
b) 1. Nb8 Na6 2. Rb7 Nc7#
The white knight seems to be well placed on c5, especially after one has seen the solution to a). But Black has no waiting move (1. Na5 Rd..h5 2. ? Rd..h8#).
4a) 1. Rf3 Rd5+ 2. Rf5 Nf3#
b) 1. Rf4 Rc5+ 2. Rf5 f4#
5a) 1. Nc6 d6 2. Na7 Bc7#
b) 1. Ra7 Bc7+ 2. Ka8 Nb6#
c) 1. Be6 Bb6 2. Bf7 Nxd7#
6a) 1. Nf3 gxf3 2. Nh5 Rg4#
b) 1. Nf3 Nf5+ 2. Kh5 g4#
c) 1. Rh2 Nh3 2. Kg3 Nf5#

22 June 2012

Black or White (3)

Bishops changing colours are next — surprise, surprise. No. 1 with the "same" moves in both phases is my favourite in this installment. Of course, all those ideal mates shown in the other three chess problems are also very beautiful.

  1Leonid Makaronez  
Schach-Echo 04/1972
a) Diagram
b) bBd1

  2Nikolai O. Dolginowitsch  
Ideal-Mate Review 03-04/1995
a) Diagram
b) bBd8

  3Viktor S. Kolpakow  
Ideal-Mate Review 10-12/2000
a) Diagram
b) bBc3

  4Viktor S. Kolpakow  
Ideal-Mate Review 10-12/2000
a) Diagram
b) bBa5

1a) 1. e4 Nd4 2. Na3 Bb3#
b) 1. Nd4+ e4 2. Bb3 Na3#
2a) 1. Kf7 Be7 2. Qe8 Bd5#
b) 1. Qa3 Kg6 2. Qf8 Bc6#
3a) 1. Nb2 Kd7 2. Nc4 Bxd4#
b) 1. Kc4 Kd6 2. Nb4 Na5#
4a) 1. Rb4 Nf3 2. b5 Bxb4#
b) 1. Bc3 Bxb7 2. Bd4 Ne4#

15 June 2012

Black or White (2)

We'll continue with the rooks. No surprise, right?

  1György Bakcsi  
Probleemblad 03-04/1988
a) Diagram
b) bRc6

  2Manfred Rittirsch  
Problemkiste 1994
a) Diagram
b) wRh8

  3Viktor S. Kolpakow  
Sachova skladba 06/2000
a) Diagram
b) bRb6

  4Horst Böttger  
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung 2003
a) Diagram
b) bRe8

1a) 1. Rf7 Bd1 2. Kxd5 Bf3#
b) 1. Nc4 Qg7 2. Kxd5 Qe5#
2a) 1. Bh7 Bc3 2. 0-0 Nh6#
b) 1. Ke7 Ne5 2. Be6 Bd8#
3a) 1. Kh7 Sf5 2. Dg8 Th6#
b) 1. Dh7 Ka8 2. Tg6 Sf5#
4a) 1. Kf1 Sd3 2. Dg2 Te1#
b) 1. Df1 Kc1 2. Te2 Sd3#

08 June 2012

Black or White (1)

Do you know or remember the twinning according to Forsberg? I wrote about it here. How about variegating this theme? We would not change the piece type but change the piece colour.

When I started collecting appropriate chess problems for this subject I had no idea that there are so many nice compositions, though I already restricted my search to helpmates in two moves! Therefore, I have decided to split up my findings into different sections. The first part is about queens. Here we go ...

  1Thomas R. Dawson  
British Chess Federation 07/1942
a) Diagram
b) bQh8

  2Milan R. Vukcevich  
Bilten 05/1962
Partizan TT, 2nd Place
a) Diagram
b) bQd1

  3Laszlo Lindner  
feenschach 08-09/1978
a) Diagram
b) wQa8

  4Nikolai I. Nagnibida  
Suomen Tehtäväniekat 1994
a) Diagram
b) bQb8

1a) 1. Nc3 Qxc3 2. Re4 Qc6#
b) 1. Qc8 dxc8=N 2. Re3 Nb6#
2a) 1. exd1=N Nd4 2. Ne3 Ne6#
b) 1. Qd8 exd8=N 2. Bd2 Ne6#
3a) 1. Qg2 a8=Q 2. Qh2 Qa1#
b) 1. Rxg3 Qg2 2. Rg7 Qxg7#
4a) 1. Kc6 Qb4 2. Kd5 Ne7#
b) 1. Kc8 Ke7 2. Nc7 Nd6#

01 June 2012

On the traces of Giegold (2)

Let's have another look into my own history book. Here some more of my compositions. Enjoy!

  1Gerson Berlinger  
32er 7/1988

  2Gerson Berlinger  
32er 12/1988

No. 1 has the try 1. Be4? h6? 2. Bb1 hxg5 3. Rc2 Ke4 4. Rc4# that is naturally refuted by 1. - dxe4! The solution goes 1. Be2! h6 2. Ba6 hxg5 3. Bb7 Ke4 4. Rc4#. Too bad that there is no way to convert the try into another variation. No. 2 is a nice puzzle, I think. 1. Ka4! Kd4 2. Rc1 Ke3 3. Rd1 Kd4 4. Nc4 Kxc5 5. d4#

  3Gerson Berlinger  
Schach-Echo 12/1988

  4Gerson Berlinger  

The third chess problem shows two white pieces "going home": 1. Bh3! h5 2. Bf1 h6 3. Ng1 Kd4 4. Nf3+ Kc5 5. d4#. The last diagram is a bit of a mystery. When I saw it some time ago here, I immediately knew that it was composed by me. For example, I remembered how I tried to do better with those white pawns on h5 and h6. The really strange thing is that I have no other memory or any notes about when and where it was published for the first time. I only know it was reprinted in a newspaper in 2004 (Stadtzeitung Rieselfeld 12/2004 Nr.34). The comment for that diagram states it was published in a German TV magazine somewhere in the 1990s. But I am sure that also was a reprint. Can you help me with that issue? The solution is 1. Ra4! (threat 2. Bd4+ Kxd4 3. Qc3#); 1. - c5 2. Bb8+ Kxf6 3. Ra6# or 2. - Kd4 3. Qc3#; 1. - f3 2. Qxe3+ Kxf6 3. Bd4,Qd4,Qe7#.