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  1. 19 Apr '18 01:14
    I have to put this in a thread, I'm not allowed to put in my Blog.

    One day in April 1895 Fernando was looking at the Glasgow
    Weekly Citizen when a chess position caught his eye.


    White to play and draw. The solution given was:


    Fernando spotted a slight flaw and the following week
    a correction was added - White to play and win.
  2. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    09 May '18 22:59 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by @greenpawn34
    I have to put this in a thread, I'm not allowed to put in my Blog.

    One day in April 1895 Fernando was looking at the Glasgow
    Weekly Citizen when a chess position caught his eye.

    [fen]8/8/1KP5/3r4/8/8/8/k7 w - - 0 1[/fen]
    White to play and draw. The solution given was:

    [pgn]
    [FEN "8/8/1KP5/3r4/8/8/8/k7 w - - 0 1"]
    1. c7 Rd6+ 2. Kb5 Rd5+ {I ...[text shortened]... Kb3 {The Rook is attacked, Mate with Rc1 is on the board. There are no stalemates. 1-0.} [/pgn]
    Is this work covered by copyright? Is that why you can't include it in your blog?
    Interesting analysis anyway.
  3. 10 May '18 10:49
    Hi Sonhouse,

    It's not copyright, it is just that everyone who does a chess blog or chess column
    sooner or later falls back on this event. Bart was right to complain.

    I try to be a bit different. without going too far over the top.
  4. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    10 May '18 19:08
    Originally posted by @greenpawn34
    Hi Sonhouse,

    It's not copyright, it is just that everyone who does a chess blog or chess column
    sooner or later falls back on this event. Bart was right to complain.

    I try to be a bit different. without going too far over the top.
    So it has just been over reported and gouache to do it again.
  5. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    10 May '18 20:45
    Originally posted by @sonhouse
    So it has just been over reported and gouache to do it again.
    IMO, it's the world's most famous chess problem. It is helped by the back story which disguises the very fact that it's a "problem".
  6. 14 May '18 09:16
    Originally posted by @sonhouse
    So it has just been over reported and gouache to do it again.
    Yes, it's been painted in all possible watercolours before.
  7. 14 May '18 12:31
    I agree it is probably the world's most famous chess problem,

    Runner-up could be the one apparently composed by Paul Morphy.


    White to play and mate in 2 moves.

    Sometimes you see it as a mirror image


    but the first one is the more common - it's the one you see on the t-shirts.
  8. 15 May '18 22:15 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by @greenpawn34
    [b]I agree it is probably the world's most famous chess problem,

    Runner-up could be the one apparently composed by Paul Morphy.[/b[
    How about the Réti king endgame?

    White to play and draw.
  9. 15 May '18 23:32 / 1 edit
    Yes this another very famous study....with a twist.

    It first appeared in the newspar 'Deutschösterreichische Tages-Zeitung
    in August 1921 composed by one Albert Becker.

    This is the position Becker published. White to play and draw.



    After it was published under Becker's name Reti wrote to a letter
    to Kagans Neueste Schachnachrichten saying the he composed
    the study and had been showing it around Vienna before it was published.

    Source: BCM February 1990 page 73.

    ---

    More about Albert Becker

    An often repeated story is that before the start of Carlsbad 1929
    Becker suggested that Vera Menchik had no place at the Carlsbad tournament
    and that any man who lost to her should be forced to join a "Vera Menchik Club."

    Apparently this was the first time the term ' The Vera Menchik Club' had been mentioned.
    It eventually contained a few famous players: Euwe, Mieses, Sultan Khan, Reshevsky,
    Sämisch, Yates.......and of course Becker who lost his game v Vera at Carlsbad 1929.