August Key Krackers
By David L. Brown   
August 25, 2006
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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!

No.2654 is a Progressive twin, deriving its change from the previous part (not the diagram). Thus, B) has five white men, C) has four white men, while D) has only three white men. This and No.2655 (a normal twin), plus Nos. 2658-59 are each worth 8 points for all correct solutions. All four have a common theme, elegantly composed, and should make for easy solving!

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.

Old Solvers: all scores are recorded and you may rejoin any time where you left off. The numbers in parentheses, 2654-2659 correspond to David Brown's numbered collection.

Mail your list of solutions before September 15th to David L. Brown, 2217 N. Alpine, Rockford, IL 61107-1437. Or e-mail vampade@insightbb.com Include the month and year of your submission in the subject line of your email or at the top of your mail-in form, or it may not be considered. A perfect score this month is 44. Solutions will appear in the Online version of September's Chess Life Magazine.

Click here for July's Key Krackers. Solutions to July's KK will be published by Aug 30 here: solutions.

1.
Dr. Werner Speckmann
Shak. v SSSR 1965 (2654)
Mate in Two
B) remove c6P C) then, remove b7B D) then, remove a5B




2.
Bo Larsson
1st HM Nya Norrland 1943 (2655)
Mate in Two
B) WR to c7 C) WR to g7 D) WR to f7



3.
V. Morozov
IMR 2005 (2656)
Mate in Three
B) WN to f7



4.
N. Sinowjew
Cm. IMR 1996 (2657)
Mate in Three
B) c7B to b6



5.
Miodrag Mladenovic
1st HM Israel Ring Ty. 1986 (2658)
Helpmate in Two (Four Solutions)



6.
Miodrag Mladenovic
1st Pr. The Problemist 1986 (2659)
Helpmate in Two (Four Solutions)



Results thru the 40th Solving Leg are below.

New Expert Solvers are Jerry De Gattis and David Robinson. Congratulations!

Names in Bold type have earned an Ascent, marking over 625 points. An asterisk indicates a perfect score of 252! Any specific questions (re wrong or missing scores) may be sent to either my postal or email address above. For non-email, include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Paul Birnbaum (M11) 832
*Anatoly Goldberg (E7) 822
Christopher Myers (2) 821
David Moulton (E8) 807
Frederick Kagan (2) 795
Gary Ware (E4) 769
David Robinson (E3) 765
Martin Lubell (E8) 752
Jerry De Gattis (E3) 750
Andy Forster (1) 739
Albert Bobb (E5) 739
*D Dana-Bashian (M14) 722
Joseph R Kazimir (1) 715
Alex Markevitch (E6) 706
John Carson (2) 700
Francisco Solis (1) 695
Jaroslaw Czypinski (1) 692
Renato Casalino (E5) 673
Matthew Crane (1) 672
Yefim Treger (E5) 649
Robin Taylor (E4) 644
Phil Manglitz………………623
Fletcher Gross (E4)…………604
Adam Knight………………595
Jose Antonio Pagan (E3)…590
Harry Ryklewitz (1)…………588
Ricky Shepherd (2)………587
Kerry M Redinger (1)……564
Peter Szusz (E9)……………562
Matthew Dickey (M11)………540
Eugene Levin (M11)…………539
David Funston (2)……………532
Dailon Stauvers (E7)…………528
Edward Boyle (E3)……………528
Robert J Williams (2)…………519
Mark Baranowski (1)…………507
Clemons & Ferrell……………505
Peter Chicarello (2)……………476
Robert F Bua…………………475
Don Woodhouse……………472
Dan Maxwell (E5)……………463
Thomas Cunningham (1)……457
Pierre Espenan………………452
Jon Leisner……………………450
Maurice Leysens (E7)………423
Yutaka Satoh (2)……………417
Gabriel Balinth (E7)…………409
*Stanley Perlo (E8)…………378
Chet Sygiel…………………360
John Bosse…………………312
Joseph Bohac (E3)…………303
Barry Keith (M10)…………302
Ladislav Belcsak (E3)………291
Paul Salem (E8)……………290
Dave Wolz (1)………………276
Dale Royer…………………275
William Fraser (E3)…………273
Jacob Nemchenok (E3)……254
Ray Tomanek (1)…………252
J Schindler (1)……………251
Terry Donoghu……………250
John Ragan…………………249
Alan Bishop (2)……………248
Mario Pachajoa (E5)………238
T Louis Meaker (E3)………238
Walter Anthony (E3)………229
Kenneth Hunsucker………225
David Lenhart (1)…………224
J Fields…………………209
Kenneth Davenport (M14)…208
Charles Fortner……………200
John Coffey………………194
Frank Lee (2)………………192
Ernest Hunt (1)……………185
CJ Sanjurjo………………178
Thomas Clark (1)…………162
Allen Duldulao……………159
John D Wells……………157
J Elliott……………………155
Theron Huntley (1)………152
Martin Moskowitz (E8)……142
Paul Steiner (E3)…………138
Marvin J Johnson…………129
Doug Reynolds (1)………127
Derek DeMerchant………124
John Dutemple……………124
John B Smaltz……………117
John Woolard……………114
Cory Bryant………………102
Frank Metz…………………96
Mark Lewis………………91
Phillip Norman……………90
Jan A Van Hummel………89
J Paul Ciarrocchi…………88
Carl Aridas………………79
Ron Celio…………………74
Terry McManus (E3)……69
Keenan Moore……………49
Marvin Lee………………46
Cole Dykstra………………46
Theresa Torricellas………43
Chris McDermit…………41
Paul Adcock………………34
Sebastian Fernandez………27
Max R Luikart……………26
Archie Martin……………23
Jessie Dunaway …………18
David Ortiz………………18
Richard Chambers………18
Everette Luoma …………16
No Name…………………16
Christopher Sayers………15
Matt Peach………………14
David M Anderson………14