SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Good morning Friday! A beautiful day with a clear sky and much promise. What better way to improve this scene but with a clever study? Material is even but the Black King is stuck on the back rank. This gives rise to mating themes…but the only White piece that can mate the Black King is his Rook; and where ever it moves to threaten mate the Black Rook can defend.
So the question is this: how to break this symmetry? White to play and win. Good luck!
Thomas Dawson 1923
WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!
Thomas Rayner Dawson,
(28 November 1889 Leeds – 16 December 1951)
Thomas Dawson published his first problem, a two-mover in 1907. His chess problem compositions include 5,320 fairies, 885 direct mates, 97 self mates and 138 endings. 120 of his problems have been awarded prizes and 211 honorably mentioned or otherwise commended. He cooperated chess composition with Charles Masson Fox.
Dawson invented many fairy pieces and new conditions. He introduced the popular fairy pieces grasshoppe, nightrider and many other fairy chess ideas.
He was founder editor (1922-31) of The Problemist the journal of the British Chess Problem Society. He subsequently produced The Fairy Chess Review (1930-51), which began as The Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement. At the same time he edited the problem pages in The British Chess Magazine (1931-51).
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