Kavalek at Huffington: Fourth of July Fireworks

7/4/2010 – On July 4th, 1776, the US declared its independence from Great Britain. Since then this day has been a federal holiday, associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies. And now with chess puzzles, of which GM Lubomir Kavalek presents two for Independence Day. Solutions next week.

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Chess Puzzles: Fourth of July Fireworks

By GM Lubomir Kavalek

It's Independence Day – time for fireworks! The sparks are flying in both puzzles with explosive key-moves and beautiful finishes. Try to solve them or revisit this column on July 11 to see the solutions.

Composed by the Berlin master Julius Mendheim at the beginning of the 19th century, the five-mover is a great example of a stormy power play. In those days, chess problems looked like positions from tournament games, in which the mating side was in a big trouble. The solution usually consisted of sparkling combinations.

Julius Mendheim

White mates in five moves

The mating idea of another German composer, Fritz Emil Giegold, is astonishing. It was a favorite chess problem of the late Washington Post music critic, Joseph McLellan.

Fritz Emil Giegold

White mates in two moves

The solution to the puzzles will appear next week.

Original column hereCopyright Huffington Post


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