# Chess Problemist Maurian

 Charles de Maurian, well known as Paul Morphy's childhood and life-long friend, developed very quickly as a chess player.  He began learning the game from Morphy during the 1853-4 school year at Spring Hill College and was able to place first in the 1858 New Orleans chess tournament.  What isn't well known is that Maurian was also a decent problemist. Below are three of his compositions published in his chess column in the New Orleans "Sunday Delta." [I put the positions in the first three diagrams, with the solutions in the 3 below them.]                Solutions:

• 3 years ago

"The second problem is cooked by

1.Se1-g2 + ! 1...Kf4-g3 2.Qg7-h6 threat: 3.Qh6-h4 #

2...Kg3*g4 3.Bd5-f3 + 3...Kg4-g3 4.Qh6-h4 #

3...Kg4-f5 4.Rd1-d5 #"

Actually no.

After 1. Ng2+ Kg3 2.Qh6,  Black has 2...Kf2, followed by 3. Qh4+ Kxe2 4. Qh1#

• 3 years ago

The second problem is cooked by

1.Se1-g2 + ! 1...Kf4-g3 2.Qg7-h6 threat: 3.Qh6-h4 #

2...Kg3*g4 3.Bd5-f3 + 3...Kg4-g3 4.Qh6-h4 #

3...Kg4-f5 4.Rd1-d5 #

• 3 years ago

Sorry I was wrong :C

• 3 years ago

Nice puzzles. Thanks BG

• 3 years ago

That first puzle is excellent.

• 3 years ago

Rd5+ Kf4 Bg3 Kxg4

• 3 years ago

"Yes, U r right. its mate in 2.    Rd5+, Kf4,Bg3#"

Is that what Houdini said?  But Bg3 is check, not mate:

• 3 years ago

Yes, U r right.its mate in 2.          Rd5+, Kf4,Bg3#

• 3 years ago

Houdini shows that the first puzzle is not mate in 3