von Mark Kirtley
Teil 2, Probleemblad 2000, Einleitung
Following the first article (PB 1999-3), here is another collection
of proof games with solutions in no more than 7.0 moves. They are all
shortest proof games this time.
№1 has a deceptively tranquil look in that
no surviving piece is away from home.
In the next three examples no pawn is away either. This suggests a
history of switchbacks, and one of the four compositions has a remarkable
abundance of them, while another hasn't any at all.
Peter's №5 is perhaps the only proof game
ever composed with three equal-length solutions without twinning. There
were two shorty composing challenges given in the first article. One
of them asked for an AUW, although I had real doubts that it was possible.
But in №7 Gianni presents it to us. The other
challenge was for two tempo maneucers on the same side in one line of
№8 is an answer from the combined efforts
of Joost, Gianni and Michel, which incredibly has a third tempo on the
All the examples following №8 also have tempo
Gerd's №9 has now-you-see-them-now-you-don't
The quiet attractiveness of the five-move tempo trek in Pascal's
№10 is combined with a second surprise.
№11 has a theme and an anti-theme.
Michel's №12 gives the seeker of beauty a
lot to smile about. One of its themes has a name, but I think the other
one is new. Many thanks to those composers who contributed their suggestions