Grandmaster and composer Pal Benko celebrated his 88th birthday earlier this month and passes on some birthday gift problems to US chess readers. In the October 2013 cover to the left, he was featured for his 85th birthday in a feature you can read in our magazine archives (if you are logged on as a member.) Solve and enjoy and wish Pal a Happy Birthday!
1.)Am.‘A’ is for Amiens, France, my birthplace. It is a gothic problem, as famous as the Gothic cathedral of Amiens.
Mate in 3
2.) Not to be mistaken with the Eiffel Tower, the problem below is shaped in the number ‘1’, and it is a four move solution. This is meant to represent July 14, when the French Revolution is celebrated.
Mate in 4
3.) The number ‘7’ stands for the month of my birthday, July.
Mate in 7
4.) Sometimes my birthday is mixed up with July 14th, though I was actually born on July 15th. You will see this reflected in the number of solutions in this problem and the next.
Helpmate in 2, White to move, then Black should put up an imaginary man which can move to h2 that helps white to give a one move mate on h2.
How many different men can black place to allow for this helpmate on h2?
5.) Trick 2
Same stipulations as 4.)
6.) I became 88 on July 15. You can find the number ‘8’ in the problem twice. It is also a mate in 2 and I was born in 1928.
Helpmate in 2 , Black moves (2 twin solutions)