David Friedgood: More on Novotnys

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1/27/2012 – We continue with our discussion of the Novotny theme in chess problems, where a white unit plays onto the intersection square of, typically, a black rook and bishop, causing a double interference. Dr Milan Vukcevich was an OTB IM and a GM of Chess Composition. He explored this theme with many superb creations and our selections in this article are all by him.

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David Friedgood: More on Novotnys

Firstly, here is a two-mover for you to solve.

Milan Vukcevich, 2nd HM, Probleemblad, 1962

Mate in two

This is a messy position, but it contains an idea that led to many subsequent imitations. There are Novotny possibilities on d6, e7 and e4, but which is the one that solves the problem and why do the others fail? What theme is shown in addition to the Novotny? The solution will be published next week.

The following problem shows how a good deal of interest – and complexity – can be added by extending the number of moves to three. The solution is given at the end of this article.

Milan Vukcevich, 2nd Prize, British Chess Federation, 1961

Mate in three

The following three-mover is for you to solve and is probably easier than the two-mover. There is a Novotny in the making on e5, but you need to complete it. Once you have the key and threat forcing mate on the third move, you still need to find Black’s defences and White’s responses to them. The solution will be published next week.

Milan Vukcevich, Schach-Echo, 1970

Mate in three

The closing problem is a four-mover showing two variations, in each of which there are two Novotnys. The solution is given at the end of this article.

Milan Vukcevich, 2nd Prize, The Problemist, 1971

Mate in four

There is a lot more I can show on the Novotny theme, but let’s give it a rest for a while. Next time we’ll look at a different item from the cornucopia of the chess problem art. Any queries or constructive comments can be addressed to me at david.friedgood@gmail.com

Solutions to problems two and four above

Copyright in this article David Friedgood 2012/ChessBase

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