Good old times 1
Recently I have got a very welcome present from a former chess composer. We have been in contact for some time
thanks to my blog in Slovak language (it has also a
column on chess composition in Slovak).
As he has been moving
he was trying to get rid of as many things as possible. Among others, he has found old issues of feenschach and
offered them to me. As a part of them is from the time I still was not interested in chess problems, they present
a view into history of fairy chess to some degree unknown to me.
As I started studying them, I have found a lot of interesting problems, no surprise. So in the coming series
I will try to show some of them with the commentary from the current point of view.
This selection is based on study of feenschach issue 85 (dated October - December 1987).
Narayan Shankar Ram
dedicated to P. Valois
3rd Prize feenschach 1983
1.Rg2? th. 2.Sxc4 A Bxc4#
1...d4 a 2.Sxc6 B Rxc6#
1.Qf6? th. 2.Sxc6 B Rxc6#
1...d4 a 2.Sc2 C Nxc2#
1.Neg5! th. 2.Sc2 C Nxc2#
1...d4 a 2.Sxc4 A Bxc4#
(1...Rxb4,Rc3,Rc2,Rc1 2.Se4 Bc4#
1...Nc2 2.~ Nxb4#)
Excellent example of Ukrainian cycle (also known as cyclic Le Grand).
White lines of guard of mates Nc2# (e6-c2, h7-b4), Bxc4# (g4-c4, h5-b5), Rxc6# (h2-b6, h1-c6) interesect on two squares,
d5 and d4. Keys defunct always one of those through d4 and one of those through d5. This way the attack changes and threat
paradoxes are motivated. Compare to my completely different twomover
in Vogtlaender chess and Sentinelles, nevertheless with 3+3 lines going through pair of squares.
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