A Benko Happy Birthday to Rex Sinquefield

RexUMoves

Rex at Ultimate Moves, Photo Austin Fuller

 

Are you recovering from Sinq Cup withdrawal? If so, we have just the remedy.

Grandmaster Pal Benko, who recently celebrated his own 87th birthday, composed a set of problems for Chess Club founder and president Rex Sinquefield’s 71st birthday on September 7, 2015. The series includes mates in three in Rex’s initials, and his age. See how quickly you can solve all 8!

Rex and his wife Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield were recognized by 2015 Sinquefield Cup Champion Levon Aronian in a heartwarming speech, who said: “In (the) history of chess, I don’t know anyone that has had so much love for chess.”

RexUM3

Rex at Ultimate Moves, Photo Austin Fuller

R 1)

Mate in 3

White to move.

 

R 2)

Mate in 3

White to move.

 

S 1)

Mate in 3

White to move.

S 2)

Mate in 3

White to move.

7 a)

Mate in 2

White to move.

7 b)

Mate in 3

White to move.

1 a)

Mate in 2

White to move.

1 b)

Mate in 3

White to move.

US Chess wishes Rex Sinquefield a happy birthday!

Jen Shahade and Rex Sinquefield

Jen Shahade and Rex Sinquefield

 

GM Maurice Ashley explains the rules of Ultimate Moves to a star-studded crowd

GM Maurice Ashley explains the rules of Ultimate Moves to a star-studded crowd.

 

The Mayor Francis Slay, Sinq Cup Champ Levon Aronian and the Sinquefields.

The Mayor Francis Slay, Sinq Cup Champ Levon Aronian and the Sinquefields.

Comments

  1. Jose Aldea
    To
    [email protected]
    Today at 9:36 AM
    June 19, 2016

    GM Pal Benko
    [email protected]

    Dear GM Benko

    Please permit me to ask a favor. Please see if the below original chess puzzle has a mistake or not.. I submitted that chess puzzle to GM IIham Aliev . (see Exhibit A). But GM Mihalco, Judge, claimed it has two solutions, re-B-d8 and B-c6,thus disqualified. I believe he is wrong. There is only one solution. Mate in six. Actually, it took me some 30 years to compose and polish the puzzle which is quite very complicated and with exceptionally elegant solution…

    Chess Puzzle:
    White Black
    Ka3 …….Pa7
    Pa4 …….Pc5
    Ba5 …….kc4
    Pa6 .,,,,,,,,Pc3
    Bb7 .…….Pd7
    Pc2 . ……Nd5
    Pd6 . ……Pe3
    Pe2 ………Pg7
    Nf3 ……..Ph5
    Pg5
    Ng1

    White to play, mate in six.

    Solution: White moves P-g6!!, B-d8!!!,B-g5!!!!,Bxe3!!,N-e5!!, N-f3!! Mate in six
    All Black moves lead to above mate in 6

    Now: as commented by respected GM Mihalco my puzzle has two solutions?, re B-d8 and B-c6? Not right:

    IfB-d8 P-g6!!! No mate in 6

    If B-c6 Pd7xBc6
    P-d7 N-b4
    P-d8 queen NxPch
    K-a2 N-b4ch
    BxN KxB no mate in 6

    If B-c6 Pd7xBc6
    P-d7 N-b4 ch
    BxN PxB ch
    PxP K-N4 no mate in 6
    (with reserved follow up,, for instance, P-c2, etc. no mate in 6)
    All other moves by black after B-c6 cannot mate in six

    I shall appreciate very much to receive your finding. By the way, I still can remember your glory days GM Benko. I am too a later senior citizen. I have seen your composed chess puzzles. More power to us! My email jsaldea`[email protected]

    Jose S. Aldea
    [email protected]

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Exhibit A

    June 11, 2016

    GM Ilham Aliev
    FIDE Tournament Director in composing 2016
    [email protected]

    Dear GM Ilham :

    Attached too is copy of another email dated October 11, 2015.with diagram of my chess puzzle which notation is the same with my email dated October 15, 2015. . In this connection, I regret I am filing a protest against the unfair comment of respected GM Mihalco, Judge, that my puzzle had second and third solutions,re-B-d8 and Bc6, thus my entry was disqualified. That comment is wrong, see below (B).. THERE IS ONLY ONE SOLUTION, MATE IN SIX see below.(A).

    I shall appreciate to receive a response. My email is [email protected]. Thank you.

    Very truly yours,

    JOSE S. ALDEA
    [email protected]

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