SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Winter, of ChessHistory fame, had a brief item revolving around some interesting aspects of the problem below. The author of this composition is Stamma. There is a mate in 10 moves (!) that goes back atleast to 1846, and no doubt even earlier! White moves first, if you were wondering…
”The position provided by Michael McDowell for David Goode’s sculpture was the composition by Stamma on page 269 of Praktische Sammlung bester und höchst interessanter Schachspiel-Probleme by A. Alexandre (Leipzig, 1846)”
7636. Sculpture (C.N. 7614)
SOLUTION: It is cute, especially since White gets to sacrifice virtually every piece and mate with the Bishop pair! 1.Qf4-ch!! PxQ 2.BxP-ch and then a couple of moves later–after Black has interposed whatever pieces he wants to block the checks–he his King into the corner. Then follows 5.Nb6-ch! PxN 6.PxP-ch Na6 7.RxB-ch!, 8.RxN-ch! 9.Bg2-ch and finally 10.BxR-mate!
Here is the David Goode statue (wow!) with the starting position of this exact same composition of Stamma!
David Goode (born in Oxford in October 1966) is a British sculptor.
He attended the Sir Henry Doulton School of Sculpture in Stoke-on-Trent and specialized in portraits and figurative work. In 1988, at the age of 21, he started work as a portrait sculptor at Madame Tussauds in London, making him the youngest ever waxwork modeller to have worked for Madame Tussauds. Some of his waxworks at the museum include Freddie Mercury, Joan Collins, Madonna, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzeneggr and Yasser Arafat.
In 1994 Goode became a freelance sculptor. He took on numerous private commissions and started exhibiting his own work. In that same year Goode was accepted into the Royal Society of British Sculptors as well as the Society of Portrait Sculptors.
Parts of his goblin collection were introduced at the Chelsea Flower Show of 1995. Since 2004 several of Goode’s sculptures have been shown in the sculpture trail at Sausmarez Manor, Guernsey.
David Goode now lives and works in Oxford