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Rund um das Schachbrett

by Karl Fabel

This collection lists all retros (number 1-16, 18-21) from the chapter "Rekorde in der Retroanalyse" of Fabel's 1955 book Rund um das Schachbrett. These are all records of some sort: economy records, length records, etc.

In addition, we list two problems found elsewhere in the book. Many thanks to Otto Janko for entering this collection!

NB: The page is still slightly incomplete re: authors, publications, awards, solutions etc. Let me know how I can improve it!


1 - numerous authors
V. Røpke Tourney, Skakbladet, 1924

[888888/kPPP4/NRK5] (solution)

6+1. Last move?


2 - Dr. Niels Høeg
V. Røpke Tourney, Skakbladet, 1924

[8888/1P6/kP6/2PP4/KBb5] (solution)

6+2. Last 2 single moves?


3 - Dr. K. Fabel
Rund um das Schachbrett, 1955

(solution)

5+4. Last move (in each case)


4 - Dr. L. Ceriani
1st Prize Sahovski Vjesnik, 1951

[3bkN1K/pppprp1p/4p1p1/88888] (solution)

2+11. Last move?


5 - Dr. Niels Høeg
Skakbladet, 1916

[8/3K4/4Pk2/8888/B7] (solution)

3+1. Last 3 single moves?


6 - N. Petrovic
Problem, 1954
1st/2nd Prize 4th Thematic Tourney

(solution)

6+1. Last 6 single moves?


7 - N. Petrovic
version
1st Prize, 1953

[6K1/8/4Pk2/8/5PQ1/8/B7/BB6] (solution)

7+1. Last 7 single moves?


8 - H. August and H. Heimpel
Schachmatt, 1948

[rnb1kbnr/pppqp1pp/3p4/88/5PpK/PPPPP2P/RNBQ1BNR] (solution)

15+16. Last 3 single moves?


9 - H. August and Dr. K. Fabel
Fairy Chess Review, 1949

[2bqkb2/1pppppp1/88/N5P1/p3QPR1/PPP1PKPN/R1BQ1B1b] (solution)

16+12. Position after Wh. 17th move. Last 16 single moves?


10 - H. August
Die Schwalbe, Feb. 1941

[3N2bn/1Q3prq/6Pk/6pr/3Q2Nb/1PPR1PP1/QPp2p1p/n2b1K2] (solution)

13+14. Last 54 single moves?


11 - Dr. K. Fabel
Am Rande des Schachbretts, 1947

[Br1nK3/n1pp2p1/Q3pp2/1p5n/5P2/PP2b1P1/RkPPPP1p/1b4B1] (solution)

13+14. Position after Wh. 42th move. How did the game go?


12 - Dr. Karl Fabel
Die Schwalbe, Aug./Sep. 1942

15+15. Wh. and Bl. retract 22 moves and then h#1


13 - H. August and Dr. Karl Fabel
Fairy Chess Review, Dec. 1946

[1Krk4/pp1rp1b1/2pB4/2pRP3/3p2P1/5Pp1/2PPPpb1/7N] (solution)

10+13. Wh. and Bl. retract 35 moves and then 1#


14 - H. August
Die Schwalbe, 1942

[7n/5PpP/6pR/6KR/3p1pNP/1b1P1kqQ/pPp1BPrb/b5Br] (solution)

13+14. What was the position 65 single moves ago?


15 - Dr. L. Ceriani and Dr. K. Fabel
Am Rande des Schachbretts, 1947

[Kr6/8/1r6/88/1PPPPpPP/kpbrrP1R/qbrnrrbn] (solution)

9+16. Shortest proof game in 183 moves


16 - Dr. K. Fabel and Dr. L. Ceriani
Am Rande des Schachbretts, 1947

[8/p1b2p1p/888/1PPPPKPP/bpqrrPBb/kbbnrRRn]

11+16. Last 111 moves are without captures or Pawn moves !


18 - Dr. Julio Sunyer and George Alvey
The Chess Amateur, 1929

(solution)

14+11. Release the position (Hint: the bl. King played 96 moves!)


19 - Dr. K. Fabel
Fairy Chess Review, 1953

[nb6/qrp1p3/Qp6/rp2p3/B2p4/1P5P/1BPPPPkp/nRRRK2R] (solution)

14+14. (a) Last 6 single moves? (b) Least number of moves by the bl. King?


20 - T. R. Dawson
The Chess Amateur, 1930

[k2KRbn1/Pq1NprP1/bPBrPRp1/1pPpp1P1/p4pp1/888] (solution)

11+15. Who wins?


21 - Dr. Karl Fabel
Fairy Chess Review, Jun. 1946

[1nb1BBqQ/1PrrRNpN/1pR1K2p/2ppp1pP/1p2k1P1/4P3/1P2P3/8] (solution)

14+14. Can White win?


A - Dr. Karl Fabel
Am Rande des Schachbretts, 1947

[8888/4PppP/1p1p1krR/BPbPrppR/K1BrRRRR]

13+11. Ortho-Reconstruction in 171.5 moves (Wh. starts)


B - Dr. Karl Fabel
parallèle 50, 29.09.1950

[8/1P1P1P2/6P1/1P2P3/4P1p1/P1p3p1/p1p3pp/kBrbK1Qr] (solution)

11+11. Ortho-Reconstruction in 21.5 moves (Wh. starts)