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#.

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