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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.]

 



 

 

 

 





 

 





 


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Comments


  • 19 months ago

    batgirl

    "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#



  • 19 months ago

    vladt73

    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 #

     

  • 22 months ago

    ashcoep123

    Sorry I was wrong :C

  • 22 months ago

    StevieBlues

    Nice puzzles. Thanks BG

  • 22 months ago

    EvanTheTerrible

    That first puzle is excellent.

  • 22 months ago

    Dany2k7

    Rd5+ Kf4 Bg3 Kxg4

  • 22 months ago

    batgirl

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

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




  • 22 months ago

    ashcoep123

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

  • 22 months ago

    BlooTooth101

    Houdini shows that the first puzzle is not mate in 3

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