[Retros] First example of 'reverse mate' theme

Ryan M. DoubleExclam at comcast.net
Sat Oct 16 17:27:20 EDT 2004

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I found a letter I sent in 1979 to the great composer James G.
Mauldon, in which I sent him several compositions including three e.p.

4r1nq/1p3K1k/3q1n1b/4r1pP/5pbp/6pp/7p/8 w - - 0 1 (qq) Mate in 1.

4r1nr/p4K1k/5n1b/4q1pP/1b3pbp/6pp/7p/8 w - - 0 1 (bbb) Mate in 1.

5nr/5K1k/2bq1n1b/3prPp1/5ppp/6np/7p/8 w - - 0 1 (nnn) Mate in 1.
I believe the FEN for this should be
6nr/5K1k/2bq1n1b/3prPp1/5ppp/6np/7p/8 w - - 0 1 (Nf8/Rg8 move right one

Thanks for the examples, Tom. They prove that the theme is more
difficult than I thought it would be! The third problem is especially
nice with the bQ and bRe5 unable to release any squares for the white
King. Too bad the promoted piece is the only way (or is it?) to force 14
bP captures.

-Ryan M.

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