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Stuttgarter Zeitung

Christmas Competition, 2000

The German paper 'Stuttgarter Zeitung' has a competition this year which includes five retro problems.

For the first two problems, the following prizes can be won: Stereo-set, cordless phone, coffee machine, and various book prizes.

For the last three problems (which are presented as a "bonus"), three copies of the booklet 'Tatort Schachbrett' (place of crime: chess board) by Josef Haas will be given away.


1 - Motwani/Merkin

[6KQ/7P/5b1k/7P/8/8/8/8]

4+2. White just promoted.
(a): How can black force a draw now?
(b): Black never promoted. What was the position before white's last move?
(c): Instead of the move that lead to the diagram, how could white win?


2 - Karl Reichart
(Version by Günther Weeth/Werner Keym)

[q3nr2/2P1Rp1p/b5pb/p7/np1p2PN/1Q5P/BP3P1B/2r3R1]

11+13. Add both kings, and mate in 1. How many solutions?


3 - Josef Haas

[5nBb/6kp/3PP1PN/3PKpPp/5B1p/P7/p6P/6R1]

12+8. Mate in 1.


4 - Werner Keym & Günther Weeth
(Corrected version)

[4k2r/2pR4/pp2PpPp/8/5p1p/8/P1P2PPP/R3K3]

10+9. White retracts his last move, and then mates in 3.


5 - Unknown

[RbB5/n1p3p1/2B1p3/PpKp4/kP2P3/p2p3P/P2P3P/8]

11+10. Add a black unit (piece or pawn), and then mate in 1.