Chess Problemist Maurian

Mar 7, 2013, 12:13 PM |

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.]