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.
Judy's Problems - Part I
- Part II
- Part III
- Part IV
Chess problems by ‘Judy,’ (a.k.a. ‘Stella’)
Problems from the Illustrated London News (ILN):
Enigma No. 855
White, playing first, gives mate in four moves.
(ILN Dec. 17, 1853, p.515)
Problem No. 518
White, moving first, to checkmate in five moves.
(ILN Jan. 21, 1854, p.61)
Note: The black pawn at d2 was not present when the problem originally appeared, and the problem was flawed. Staunton suggested the addition of the d2 pawn, which fixes the problem, a few weeks later (ILN Feb. 18, 1854, p.156).
Problems from The Chess Player
Vol. 1, Problem No. 14
White to move, and mate in five moves.
(CP Oct. 18, 1851, p.105)
Vol. 1, Enigma No. 15
White moves first, and mates in three moves.
(CP Oct. 25, 1851, p.119)
Vol. 2, Problem No. 42
White to play, and mate in six [should be five –RE] moves.
(CP May 1, 1852, p.137)
Vol. 3, Enigma No. 1
White to play and mate in five moves.
(CP Aug. 14, 1852, p.12)