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Stuttgarter Zeitung

Christmas Contest, 2007

In the yesterday's issue of the "Stuttgarter Zeitung" the traditional Christmas Contest was published in the chess column of Harald Keilhack.

You can find the German original here:

Icon: Link http://kaniaverlag.de/htm/Weihnachts2007.html

Here is my translation [by Jens Guballa]:


Send your solutions until 15th of Jan 2008 latest (post stamp) to

Stuttgarter Zeitung (Schach)
Postfach 10 60 32
70049 Stuttgart
Germany

Among the senders of correct solutions of A and B the following prices are drawn by lots: A cordless telephone, a micro wave and a color TV.

Please take care that after a retraction or the coloring of pieces a legal position arise, and check which side has the move.

In addition you should check whether more than one solution exists.

Have fun solving!


A - Werner Keym

Stuttgarter Zeitung, 12/2007 (Original)

[4N2R/5kpp/3P1B2/3PpK2/8/8/8/8]

6+4. What is the shortest mate?

[4N2R/5kpp/3P1B2/3PpK2/8/8/8/8]

Solution


B - Günther Weeth

Stuttgarter Zeitung, 12/2007 (Original)

[5Bnr/4pp1k/5P1P/5PpK/8/8/8/8]

5+6. Change the color of one chessman, then checkmate in one move.

[5Bnr/4pp1k/5P1P/5PpK/8/8/8/8]

Solution


Here are three more problems for our experts. All senders of correct solutions C - E will be mentioned when the solutions is published and they will receive a book price.

C - Bernd Schwarzkopf

Stuttgarter Zeitung, 12/2007 (Original)

Find a position with two white and two black chessmen where white can achieve a stalemate in one move. Thereby the squares of the chessmen (calculated from its midpoint) shall build a quadrangle of maximum size.

Example:

R5n1/8/8/8/8/7K/8/7k

[R5n1/8/8/8/8/7K/8/7k]

Solution


D - Harald Keilhack, borrowed from a game

Stuttgarter Zeitung, 12/2007 (Original)

[k1n5/p1P2rp1/P3p1pp/p7/8/5NP1/P4R1P/1K6]

8+9. Is there a win for white, who has the move?

[k1n5/p1P2rp1/P3p1pp/p7/8/5NP1/P4R1P/1K6]

Solution


E - Günther Weeth/Werner Keym

Stuttgarter Zeitung, 12/2007 (Original)

[2b5/1p1pppp1/7p/R7/4PP2/4P3/1P1PPR1b/4KB1k]

10+9. White retracts two half moves, black retracts one half move. Can white then checkmate in one move? (Proca retractor)

[2b5/1p1pppp1/7p/R7/4PP2/4P3/1P1PPR1b/4KB1k]

Solution