The Checker Maven

The 'Masked Man' Returns for March

We're pleased to present our Masked Man problem for March. The challenge is twofold; solve the problem, and identify the composer, who is pictured in the photograph above.

Here's the problem:

WHITE

BLACK
Black to Play and Win
We won't keep you waiting this time, so click on Read More to check your answers... but please do try the problem first, as it's a nice one.



Did you identify Frank R. Wendemuth, Illinois champion of 1915, and a skilled problemist?

How about the problem itself? Here's how it goes:

6-9 19-16 9-18 17-14 18-22* 14-18 22-25* 18-15 25-29 16-12 29-25 12-8 7-11* 15-19 25-21 8-3 5-9 3-7 11-15 19-10 9-14 10-17 21-14 Black Wins.

Plenty of "star" moves here, and even though the very first move is reasonably obvious, demonstrating the win is a bit of work. This is a problem worthy of study.

Do you like the "Masked Man" features? We have two or three of them left to publish; let us know what you think.

03/26/05 - Category: Problems - Printer friendly version
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