Grasshopper Chess: Helpmates in 2


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5 men, 2 types

C.C.Palmer
Falkirk Herald 7 February 1934
Helpmate in 2

Solution: 1.Ge6 Gh7 2.Gg8 Gh5‡

Comment: Gh7 serves only as hurdle.

5 men, 3 types

J. A. Lewis
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #1843 June 1935
Helpmate in 2

Solution: 1.Qe7† Qb4† 2.Qe6 Qe7‡

I. Sztankovszky
feenschach 1964
Helpmate in 2

Solution: 1.Qb5 Ga5 2.Qf5 Qg5‡

H. Rossler
feenschach 1975
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Qa8 2.Kh6 Qh8‡
1.Qf4† Ge4† 2.Kh4 Qg4‡

Comment:

W. H. Reilly
feenschach 1972
Helpmate in 2, (b) swap queens

Solution:
(a) 1.Qb7 Ga7 2.Qd7 Qg8‡
(b) 1.Qe2 Ge1 2.Qe6 Qe7‡

E. J. van den Berg
Fairy Chess Review #3643 April 1039
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Gd4 2.Qd6 Qd7‡
1.Qb7 Ga7 2.Kc8 Qe8‡

E. J. van den Berg
Fairy Chess Review #3644 April 1939
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Gb7 2.Kd8 Qf8‡
1.Kb8 Qg2 2.Ka7 Qb7‡

T. R. Dawson
Chess Amateur 1926
Helpmate in 2, with set play, (b) a1,a2 to a2,a3

Solution:
(a) 1....Kd7 2.Kb8 Rb1‡
1.Gc7 Gf7† 2.Kc8 Ra8‡

(b) 1....Kd7 2.Kb8 Rb2‡
1.Kb8 Ga1 2.Ka8 Rb2‡

Comment: Changed mates

H. P. Rehm
feenschach #3786, 1958
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Ge4 2.Rg1 Rf3‡
1.Rh2 Rh3 2.Rf2 Rh1‡

Comment: Changed mate.

T. R. Dawson
Chess Problem #4098, 1943
Helpmate in 2 with set play, (b) Gc8 to c4

Solution:
(a) 1....Kd6 2.Kd8 Pe7‡ 1.Kf8 Kf6 2.Gg8 Pe7‡
(b) 1....Kd6 2.Gf7 Pe7‡ 1.Gf7 Pe7 2.Gd7 Kf6‡

Comment: Exact echoes.

E. Kladnik and A. Kniest
Bottrop Volks Ztg #382 2 September 1936
Helpmate in 2

Solution: 1.Gb5 Kb6 2.Gb7 P×Gb7‡

Comment: Elimination of G

G. Leathem
Fairy Chess Review #2634 February 1937
Helpmate in 2

Solution: 1.Ph1=G Pb7 2.Ga8 P×Ga8=G‡

Comment: Promotions to G

A. H. Kniest
Bottrop Volks Ztg #255, 27 November 1935
Helpmate in 2

Solution: 1.Pc1=R Pb7 2.Rc7 Gb6‡

Comment: Underpromotion

5 men, 4 types

P. Petrow
feenschach #5078 1960
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Gh3 2.Bh6 Qh7‡
1.Be7 Ge8 2.Bf8 Qg8‡

Comment: Partial Echo: Reflection in a1-h8 diagonal, with G at different distances (WK bystander)

B. Rehm
feenschach #1912 1953
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Kf4 2.Kd4 Qc4‡
1.Kd6 Qe3 2.Ke6 Qc5‡

Comment: G not used in set play

P. A. Petkow
feenschach #5173 1961
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Bc8 2.Gb8 Ra2‡
1.Ga1 Rc2 2.Ga7 Rc8‡

Comment: Echo: Reflection in the a8-h1 diagonal (WK bystander)

G. Leathem
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #1668 February 1935
Helpmate in 2

Solution: 1.Ke5 Pe8=S 2.Ge6 Qa5‡

Comment: Asymmetry

P. A. Petkow
feenschach #5508 1961
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Kh4 2.Kh6 Qh5‡
1.Kh8 Qb4 2.Pg6 Qf8‡

Comment: G not used in set, WK not used in play

P. A. Petkow
Caissas Frohliche Tiefgarage 8 #L44e 1970
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Pf8=G 2.Kf1 Qf2‡
1.Gb7 Pg8=Q 2.Gd5 Qff2‡

Comment: Changed promotion, but G not used in final mate position

P. A. Petkow
feenschach #5327 1961
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Ra3 2.Kh1 Rh3‡
1.Kh1 Rb2 2.Pg1=G Gc1‡

Comment: Changed mate, promotion to G

T. R. Dawson
Fairy Chess Review #9175 1952
Helpmate in 2, with set mate

Solution:
set 1....Gd1‡
1.Pd3† Kb3 2.Pd2 Ba2‡

Comment: Echo: reflection in a1-h8 diagonal (BP bystander)

6 men 2 types

T. R. Dawson
Fairy Chess Review #3133 and #3897 April 1938
Helpmate in 2

Solution: 1.Kd7 Gc6 2.Ke8 Ke6 3.Gb7 Ga8‡

Comment: Asymmetry.

B. Rehm
feenschach #127 1950
Helpmate in 2

Solution: 1.Gb2 Kg8 2.Kb1 Gb8† 3.Ka1 Gh8‡

Comment: Three long-stops (G moves prevented by board limits).

J. R. J. Lobo
feenschach #8506 1967
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Gf4 2.Gg5 Gg4‡
1.Gg1 Gg4 2.Gg5 Gf4‡

Comment: Same mate in each part. Exact Echo. Identity.

6 men 3 types

B. Rehm
feenschach #2414 1954
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Ke7 2.Ke5 Qe4‡
1.Kc6 Qe4† 2.Gd5 Qb4‡

Comment: Antipin. Ga8 not used in set play.

W. A. Koroljkow
feenschach #8747 1968
Helpmate in 2, (b) swap Gs and Qs of same colour

Solution:
(a) 1.Gh7 Qg8 2.Qh5 Gh8‡
(b) 1.Qg5 Gg4 2.Gh5 Qh8‡

Comment: Quasi-symmetric position. Changed mate

T. R. Dawson
Die Standaard #200 21 September 1926
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Rc7 2.Gb6 3.Ra7‡
1.Gd6 Rg7 2.Gh2 Gh8‡

Comment: Changed mate. Immobilised Gb8

P. A. Petkow
feenschach #5572 1961
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Rff4 2.Ge6 Gh2‡
1.Ke6 Rf5 2.Ge7 Rdd5‡

Comment: Echo.

B. Rehm
feenschach #3052 1956
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Gd4 2.Rdb5 Ra7‡
1.Rd7 Rc5 2.Rdb7 Ra5‡

Comment: Exact Echo, apart from WK. Reflection in 6th rank.

J. Dohrn-Luttgens
feenschach #1707 1953
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Bb1 2.Ka1 Bd4‡
1.Ka1 Ga7† 2.Ba3 Bd4‡

Comment: Exact Echo, apart from WK. Reflection in a1-h8 diagonal

B. Rehm
feenschach #3328 1957
Helpmate in 2, with set play

Solution:
1....Sf5 2.Ke8 Sd6‡
1.Kg6 Sf5 2.Kh5 Sf4‡

Comment: Exact Echo, apart from WK. Reflection in a1-h8 diagonal

O. Kaila
Kieler N. N. #948, 24 February 1935
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:
1....Pf8=B 2.Kb8 Bd6‡
1.Ge7 Pf8=S 2.Kd8 Pb8=Q‡

Comment: Three different promotions.

A. Kniest
Deutsche MarchenSchach Zeitung #489, December 1932
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:
1....Kf4 2.Ph5 Pg3‡
1.Kh5 Pg3 2.Gh4 Pg4‡

Comment: Partial echo. G not used in set play.

6 men 4 types (2G)

B. Rehm and A. H. Kniest
feenschach #9138 1969
Helpmate in 2 with set play, (b) f5 = Black Queen (no set play)

Solution:
(a)
1....Gg5 2.Bc8 Gd8‡
1.Be4 Rc7 2.Ba8 Gb8‡

(b) 1.Qg5 Gh5 2.Qh6 Rh7‡

Comment: (a) by Rehm, (b) added by Kniest.

B. Rehm
feenschach 1974
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:

1....Gg5 2.Bg6 Rf8‡
1.Be4 Rg3 2.Bh1 Gh2‡

Comment: Contrasting mates.

P. Kniest
Source ?
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:
1....Rf5 2.Gd4 Bc2‡
1.Gd4 Rf3 2.Ge5 Bc6‡

Comment: Exact echo. Reflection in fourth rank.
(WK was at h8, but at h4 participates in echo)

P. Momreal and R. Bedoni
feenschach #6576 1964
Helpmate in 2 with set play, (b) Ge2 to d3

Solution:
set 1....Rc4 2.Sb5 Ra4‡
(a) 1.Se4 Re5 2.Sf6 Ge6‡
(b) 1.Gd4 Gd5 2.Sb5 Rc6‡

Comment: Three contrasting mates

B. Rehm
feenschach #4146 1958
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:
1....Ge4 2.Kh6 Sf5‡
1.Kf4 Se2† 2.Ke3 Be4‡

Comment: Symmetric single-file mate. No waiting move in set play.

P. A. Petkow
feenschach 1974
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:
1....Ge4 2.Bg8 Sg6‡
1.Be4 Gd5 2.Bh7 Sf7‡

Comment: Exact echo. Reflection in diagonal.

B. Rehm
feenschach #2842 1955
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:
1....Qf4 2.Pd6 Qe4‡
1.Pd6 Qe7 2.Kc5 Qb7‡

Comment: GQ battery set up. Antipin. Gf5 not used in set mate.

M. Stosic
feenschach #9362 1969
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:
1....Qb2 2.Pg1=G Ga1‡
1.Pg1=R Gc7 2.Rg3 Qh2‡

Comment: Changed mate. BGc6 not used in set play

A. H. Kniest
feenschach #8006 1966
Helpmate in 2, (b) remove Ge3, (c) remove WK in (a)

Solution:
(a) 1.Pb1=S Ga7 2.Sa3 Qa2‡
(b) 1.Pb1=G Qg3 2.Gh2 Qa3‡
(c) 1.Pb1=G Qd2 2.Gd1 Gc1‡

Comment: Strange twinning. (c) WK to h8 would do, preserving legality.
In (a) and (b) Gd6 stops Q-f8-a3, and in (b) it provides a waiting move.

K. F. Kniest
feenschach #1099 1973
Helpmate in 2, (b) rotate 180 degrees

Solution:
(a) 1.Gd6 Re3 2.Gfd4 Pc4‡
(b) 1.Ke5 Pf8=Q 2.Ge4 Qd6‡

Comment: Second G not used in (b)

6 men 4 types (1G)

C. C. Palmer
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #518 August 1932
Helpmate in 2

Solution: 1.Qg2 Q×b8 2.Qh3 Qh2‡

Comment: Type of mate first shown by W. E.Lester. Pin † Antipin.

B. Rehm
Caissa's Froehliche Tiefgarage #8L44d 1970
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:
1....Ge2 2.Qe3 Qe4‡
1.Qf3 Qa4 2.Kd5 Qe4‡

Comment: Modal change.

P. A. Petkow
feenschach #6577 1964
Helpmate in 2, (a) Gf8, (b) Ge7, (c) Gb8

Solution:
(a) 1.Bf4 Bf7 2.Ke5 Qd5‡
(b) 1.Bf4 Be6 2.Be3 Qc4‡
(c) 1.Bb4 Bb7 2.Kc5 Qd5‡

Comment: Exact echoes, apart from WK. (a)-(b) {1,1} shift, (a)-(c) reflection in d file.
WKa1 stops: 1.Bb4 Be4 2.Bc3 Qd5‡

B. Rehm
feenscach #2493 1955
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:

1....Rg2† 2.Kc1 Bc2‡
1.Ke2 Rf1 2.Rd2† Bd3‡

Comment: Changed mate. G mate and G†B Doublecheck mate (although B check is incidental).

W. Alaikow
feenschach #7556 1965
Helpmate in 2 (a) Ga3, (b) Ga4, (c) Ga5

Solution:
(a) 1.Rh5 Sf2 2.Kh4 Sf3‡
(b) 1.Rh6 Sf3 2.Kh5 Sf4‡
(c) 1.Rh7 Sf4 2.Kh6 Sf5‡

Comment: Exact echoes apart from WK.

T. R. Dawson
Fairy Chess Review #9175 1952
Helpmate in 2 with set mate

Solution:
1....Sg6‡
1.Ge7† Sg5 2.Gg7 Sg6‡

Comment: Interchange of G-block and S-guard

H. P. Rehm
feenschach #3609 1957
Helpmate in 2 with two set plays

Solution:
1....Ga2 2.Pf2 Qd1‡
1....Pg3 2.Pf2 Qd1‡
1.Pxg2 Ga2 2.Kg1 Qe1‡

Comment: Echo.

H. P. Rehm
feenschach #4095 1958
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:
1....Kh4 2.Kf4 Qe4‡
1.Pd5 Qb4 2.Ke4 Qc3‡

Comment: Changed mate. GQ battery set-up.

P. A. Petkow
feenschach #6110 1963
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:
1....Pf5 2.Gc6 Qd8‡
1.Ke7 Pd5† 2.Kf6 Qf8‡

Comment: Echo (would be exact if WKe1). Reflection in e file.

A. H. Kniest
Bottrop Volks Zeitung #257 27 November 1935
Helpmate in 2

Solution: 1.Pe1=S Re2 2.Pb1=G Gd1‡

Comment: Promotions. Immobilised BG

E. Kladnik and A. Kniest
Bottrop Volks Zeitung #383 2 September 1936
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:
1....Bd6 2.Gf8 P×f8=Q‡
1.K×g7 Bd6 2.Kh6 Bf8‡

Comment: G not used in mate

F. Douglas
The Problemist #354 March 1929
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:
1....Bd7 2.Gc6 Be6‡
1.Ge2 Bd3 3.Gc4 Be4‡

Comment: Echo.

A. H. Kniest
feenschach #8322 1967
Helpmate in 2 with three set plays

Solution:
1....Gh2 2.P×h2 Bg2‡
1....Gf2 2.Pg2† B×g2‡
1....Bg2† 2.Kh2 Gf4‡
1.P×h3 Gf2 2.Ph2 Gh4‡

Comment: Sacrifice key. G switchback

M. N. Popov
feenschach 1961
Helpmate in 2

Solution: 1.Ph1=G Sf3 2.Gc1† Sc3‡

Comment: Crosscheck

6 men 5 types

H. Schiegl (after Nagnibida and Kniest)
Caissa's Froeliche Tiefgarage #8L/44a 1970
Helpmate in 2, 2 ways

Solution:
1.Rd4 Gc4 2.Kf4 Qe4‡
1.Rf3 Be7 2.Re3 Qe4‡

Comment: Apart from WK: Exact echo, one-line mate,
reflection in diagonal or 90 degree rotation. WG guards WQ and stops RxQ.

M. N. Popov
Problemista date? (probably quoted in feenschach 1963 alongside Leibocvici problem below)
Helpmate in 2 (a) Ka6, (b) Ka5, (c) Ka4, (d) Ka3, (e) Ka2

Solution:
(a) 1.Ga5 Q×g2 2.Ra7 Qc6‡
(b) 1.Ga4 Qg1 2.Ra6 Qc5‡
(c) 1.Ga3 Qf1 2.Ra5 Qc4‡
(d) 1.Ga2 Qh8 2.Ra4 Qc3‡
(e) 1.Ga1 Qh7 2.Ra3 Qc2‡

Comment: Apart from WK and BP: Exact echoes. Vertical shift.

P. Leibovici
feenschach #6149 1963
Helpmate in 2 (a)Kd4,Ga4, (b)Kd5,Ga5, (c)Kd6,Ga6

Solution:
(a) 1.Ge4 Qf8 2.Rc4 Qd6‡
(b) 1.Ge5 Pd3 2.Rc5 Qd7‡
(c) 1.Ge6 Pd4 2.Rc6 Qd8‡

Comment: Apart from WK: Exact echoes. Vertical shift.

B. Rehm
feenschach #5273 1961
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:
1....K×d3 2.Kd6 Ke4‡
1.Rd4† Q×d4 2.Kd6 Qg7‡

Comment: Discovered mates by Grasshopper. Setting up G-K and G-Q batteries.
Elimination of BR. Exact echo: reflection in d file.

Possibly my favourite composition on this page.

P. Sola
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #1779 April 1935
Helpmate in 2

Solution: 1.Kd3 Rc2 2.Ge3 Bh7‡

Comment: Asymmetry.

A. Kniest and O. Welgos
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #694 February 1933
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:

1....Rg8 2.Pe1=G Bd3‡
1.Pe1=G Re8 2.Gg1 Bh3‡

Comment: Apart from WK: Exact echo. Reflection in f file. 'Pendulum' change.

T. Steudel
feenschach #2786 1955
Helpmate in 2 with set play, (b) Gd6 to f6

Solution:
(a)
1....Rc4 2.Kd5 Bf7‡
1.Gf6 Be8 2.Kf5 Bd7‡

(b)
1.Gd6 etc.
Same as (a) but with set and play interchanged.

Comment: Apart from WK: Exact echo. Reflection in e file.

C. E. Kemp
Fairy Chess Review #9609 1953
Helpmate in 2 with set mate

Solution:
1.Sd4‡
1.Ba2 Ga1 2.Bd5 Sd4‡

Comment: Switchback by BB.

B. Rehm
feenschach #2492 1955
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:
1....Gf1 2.Kb1 Sc1‡
1.Kb3 Sd4† 2.Ka4 Bb4‡

Comment: Changed mate. WB and WS interchange roles.

9 men

R.McClure
Fairy Chess Review 1941
Helpmate in 2 (a) diagram (b) a4 - a3.

Solution:
(a) 1.Ba3 Kc7 2.Rb4 Bb6‡
(b) 1.Ra4 Bf2 2.Bb4 Gf1‡

Comment: Modal changes.

10 men

C. C. Palmer
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #578 October 1932
Helpmate in 2, two ways

Solution:
1.Sc7 Rc6† 2.Sa6 Rc8‡
1.Qb6† R×b6† 2.Ra6 B×d5‡

Comment: The second solution was found as a cook. Contrasting mates.

11 men

J. E. H. Creed
Fairy Chess Review 1944
Helpmate in 2 with set play

Solution:
1...e4 2.Gd4 Gg-e3‡
1.Qc5 Kg6 2.Ge4 Nf4‡

Comment: A complete change in the mate.


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Helpmate in 2

Solution: 1. ‡

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