The Two Best Problems From The 1933 Composed Chess Problem Competition – British Chess Foundation

The British Chess Foundation organized composed problem competitions from the years 1929 to 1979. In this video we look at 2 of the best Mate-In-3’s from the 1933 competition.

Timestamps
0:00 – Intro to the competitions
0:51 – Problem 1
5:56 – Problem 2

Problem 1 FEN:
k6K/1n3p2/1PB1p3/3p4/2p3P1/Pp6/p6B/Q7 w – – 0 1

Problem 2 FEN:
5k2/5B2/1PPp2K1/4pN2/3RR1PP/8/pppppp2/5rb1 w – – 0 1

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114 Comments

  1. Why you donΒ΄t correct your mistake?

  2. pawn to f5, then Queen to g7… Now they move parn to a1 queen they have to take then pawn to b2 etc

  3. 2nd puzzle, at 7:48, Kn to g7, black pawn promotes e1, kn e6 mate (before promoted queen can check white King. Even I'm missing something if blk queen takes white rook e4, other white rook takes queen.

  4. At 4:28 after Qg7, what's to stop black from playing a1, promoting to Queen, and pinning white's queen to their king? A delaying move, but enough to prevent the mate in 3, unless I'm missing something, which I probably am.

    Edit: Yep, I was missing something simple. Bxb2 delivers checkmate, as the bishop is guarded by the queen. Thank you oledakaajel and Cesar Figueiredo for point it out. And thank you Micheal Kerolos for letting me know I wasn't the only one to miss this.

  5. In the first puzzle, when you gave the example of pawn move to f5, you cannot deliver the check mate with the queen because Black Will promote and pins it… You have to deliver the mate with bishop πŸ™‚

  6. first problem im still confused on, it seems like white is winning at all times

  7. In the second puzzle you neglected what happens if black responds to our king move with a rook move, threatening to promote with check if we continue with out knight plan. In this case, whatever file the rook moves to can no longer promote, so we can proceed with the two move mate available on that file.

  8. Nelson you didnt cover the lines, in second problem, when rook moves to free the f2 pawn (example: Kf6, Rc1, Ne7, f1Q+). At that point instead of moving Knight we move pawn that is now blocked by Rook (example: Kf6, Rc1, c7, f1Q, c8Q#).

  9. In the first position, what's wrong with Kg8? On most pawn moves you can take it and deliver checkmate next turn (queen can no longer be pinned) and on b2 you can go Qd1.

    Edit: Oh, I guess e5 on the second move blocks the bishop.

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