Judy's Problems - Part I

 Judy, The mid-19th century female chess talent who played the wonderful games in my previous posting, Judy, was also an extremely skillful chess problemist.  Her problems were published in the Illustrated London News, the Gateshead Observer,  Chess Player (edited by Kling and Horwitz), Home Circle and Staunton's Chess Players' Chronicle. Rod Edwards researched and collected 60 problems of which 15 were cooked (through computer analysis) and sent me all of the good ones save 3.  My intention is to publish the entire collection - sans solutions - here in seven parts along with Mr. Edwards' notes. Chess problems by ‘Judy,’ (a.k.a. ‘Stella’)   Problems from the Illustrated London News (ILN):   Enigma No. 606  White to play, and mate in three moves.  (ILN Sept. 14, 1850, p.231)         Enigma No. 613 White to play, and mate in seven moves.  (ILN Oct. 19, 1850, p.311)       Enigma No. 621 White, playing first, mates in five moves.  (ILN Nov. 16, 1850, p.383)     Enigma No. 630 White having to play, gives mate in four moves.  (ILN Dec. 21, 1850, p.479)         Enigma No. 641 White, playing first, mates in four moves.  (ILN Jan. 25, 1851, p.59)          Enigma No. 670[i] White to play, and mate in four moves.  (ILN Mar. 29, 1851, p.257)        Note:  Staunton’s Enigmas in the ILN had a numbering problem: after No. 699, he inexplicably went back to 670 and continued from there again. I have indicated by [i] or [ii] the first or second problem appearing with numbers 670-699.

• 15 months ago

I appreciate you batgirl!  Where are the solutions for the Judy problems? I don't have the time to think through each problem.  Are we supposed to figure these out on our own, if so, I will---I learn faster if I see the solution.

Sincerely,

Jason

• 3 years ago

In Enigma 630 c3 is not mate because black's queen is on that file.  Black would take with the queen which is then supported by the king so that white cannot capture with their own king.

• 4 years ago

very nice topic on women chess players !

• 4 years ago

Problem #630 had been transcribed wrong.
The one now is the correct problem

• 5 years ago

hmm... wow.  I'll need to check the source to see if the problem was transcribed correctly.

Thanks!

• 5 years ago

Yes, i think at problem 630, white just have to play c3 to mate.

• 5 years ago

I feel elated to see judy's creativity in chess problems and am really impressed. But I don't understand why four moves are required for white to checkmate black in problem no. 630 when we can achieve the desired result in just one move! I may be excused if I'm wrong but I mean it. Thank you. Awaiting your response...

• 5 years ago

ThanKs Batgirl!keep it like that on the chess.com.Ihave seen many of your comments on that block

• 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing Judy's problems.