By David L. Brown
July 27, 2006
Congratulations to David Dana-Bashian for submitting the first perfect entry for the June Key Krackers.
Dr. Steven Dowd has distinguished himself as a fine solver (making Expert), and quickly has become one of our stronger composers! Through his new contacts, he has encouraged friends abroad to submit their recent works to KK. And shortly, as Steve's compositions evenually make awards in other magazines, I hope to present them here as well.
New Solvers: In Directmates (commonly known as Mate in Two, Three, etc.) White always moves first. Only the key-move defeats every black defense in the stipulated number of moves. You should list only these keys, no variations!
In Helpmates, Black always moves first, and both sides cooperate or "help" to mate the Black King. All moves must be legal. Full length solution(s) to helpmates must always be given by the solver. The best way to understand helpmates is to study past issues with solutions.
Long-time solvers: Please note that these numbers correspond to 2642-2653 in Brown's ouevre. The ladder competition is still in effect.
Mail your list of solutions before August 15th to David L. Brown, 2217 N. Alpine, Rockford, IL 61107 1437. Or e-mail vampade@insightBB.comE-mail or mail twelve correct answers before anyone else and get a free, signed copy of U.S. Problem Anthology, a problem collection compiled by Edgar Holladay.Please remember that you can only win a free book once a year. Please include the KK month on the subject line of your email or at the top of your mailed entry. A perfect score this month is 42. Solutions will appear online with the August issue of Chess Life.
4th HM Israel CT 1953-54Mate in Two
Problem 1970 Mate in Two
Schackvariden 1930Mate in Two
1st Pr. Dagbladet 1957Mate in Two
5th HM Hartong Mem. 1988 Mate in Two
Problem 1964Mate in Three
Vart Land 1897Mate in Three
Parallele 50 1950Mate in Three
Miniatures Strategiques 1935 Mate in Four
1st Pr. Mat 1987Mate in Seven
2nd HM Goumondy Ty. 1986Helpmate in Two
1st Pr. feenschach 1986Helpmate in Two