Judy's Problems - Part I

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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.