Judy's Problems - Part IV

Nov 21, 2008, 2:21 AM |


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

Chess problems by ‘Judy,’ (a.k.a. ‘Stella’)


Problems from the Illustrated London News (ILN):



Problem No. 433

White to play, and mate in six moves. 

(ILN May 8, 1852, p.371)



Enigma No. 738

White, playing first, to mate in seven [should be six -RE] moves. 

(ILN May 22, 1852, p.411)





Enigma No. 769

White to play, and mate in five moves. 

(ILN Oct. 23, 1852, p.339)






Enigma No. 778

White to play, and mate in six moves. 

(ILN Dec. 11, 1852, p.515)

Note: also appeard as Problem No. 9 in The Chess Player, vol. 3, Nov. 1852, p.98.






Problem No. 464

White, playing first, to mate in four [should be three –RE] moves. 

(ILN Dec. 18, 1852, p.547)

Note: the white pawn at c2 had originally been placed at c4. This was corrected the following week (ILN Dec. 25, 1852, p.563).






Problem No. 482 - Une Difficulté

White to play, and mate in six moves. 

(ILN Apr. 23, 1853, p.307)