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Masterworks of Retro Analysis

by Karl Fabel - Part 1

1 - A. Troitzky
Retrograde Analysis, 1915

[2k5/ppp4n/2p4P/K5pP/RP3p1p/p7/P1PPP1P1/2r2B1n]

11+12. White to play and win

[2k5/ppp4n/2p4P/K5pP/RP3p1p/p7/P1PPP1P1/2r2B1n]

Link: Solution


2 - Dr. J. Sunyer
Fairy Chess Review, 1937

[4k2r/1p1p1p2/5p1P/3N1Kpp/p3NP2/P1p5/P1QPP1P1/3B4]

12+10. Mate in 2

[4k2r/1p1p1p2/5p1P/3N1Kpp/p3NP2/P1p5/P1QPP1P1/3B4]

Link: Solution


3 - Dr. J. Sunyer
Neujahrsgru?#376;, 1930

[8/3p2pK/1p1p2p1/b7/QP1N4/RPP4P/RBpPPP1p/b1Bk4]

14+10. Black to play and draw

[8/3p2pK/1p1p2p1/b7/QP1N4/RPP4P/RBpPPP1p/b1Bk4]

Link: Solution


4 - H. Stempel
Hamburger Problem-Nachrichten, 1950

[B4N2/p1pNp1Bp/1p2pp1P/4PkpK/5P1R/6P1/1PPPR3/3b4]

14+10. White retracts his last move and mates in 1

[B4N2/p1pNp1Bp/1p2pp1P/4PkpK/5P1R/6P1/1PPPR3/3b4]

Link: Solution


5 - B. Sommer
Die Schwalbe, 1953

[2kr4/ppp1pp2/2P1pp2/1P6/3q4/2PP4/1Pp1PP2/5RK1]

9+11. Proca-retractor. Wh. retracts 2 moves and mates in 1

[2kr4/ppp1pp2/2P1pp2/1P6/3q4/2PP4/1Pp1PP2/5RK1]

Link: Solution


6 - N. Plaksin
Schachmatnaja Moskva, 1969
Special Prize

[nr2k1b1/B1pppp2/pp4p1/6P1/8/2PPP3/PPpqP2P/K5br]

10+15. Draw

[nr2k1b1/B1pppp2/pp4p1/6P1/8/2PPP3/PPpqP2P/K5br]

Link: Solution


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

6+1. Last 6 single moves?

[6K1/7B/4Pk2/8/6Q1/4Q3/8/B7]

Link: Solution


8 - N. Petrovic
Problem, 1967

[1k3N2/bP5p/pp1PPPP1/2pPBbRB/3pppp1/8/PP6/R3K3]

14+11. (AP) Mate in 4

[1k3N2/bP5p/pp1PPPP1/2pPBbRB/3pppp1/8/PP6/R3K3]

Link: Solution


9 - N. Petrovic
Problem, 1959
1st Prize

[kNbRQqnN/prppbrPB/K1Pp1pRB/P5p1/8/p5PP/4P3/8]

14+14. Who wins?

[kNbRQqnN/prppbrPB/K1Pp1pRB/P5p1/8/p5PP/4P3/8]

Link: Solution


10 - Valerian Onitiu
1st Prize Die Schwalbe 1934

15+10. Wh. retracts one move and mates in 1

[7N/1p1p1p1B/7R/6pP/5Ppk/2PP1Pbr/P2P1rPQ/2KR2bN]

Link: Solution