Grasshopper Chess: Helpmate in 3


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5 men, 3 types

P. A. Petkow
feenschach #6869 1964
Helpmate in 3, two ways, (b) Gc5 to e5

Solution:
(a) 1.Kc1 Qd3 2.Gd2 Qc3† 3.Gc2 Qa1‡ and 1.Kd1 Qc3 2.Gc2 Qd3† 3.Gd2 Qf1‡
(b) 1.Kd1 Qe3 2.Ge2 Qd3† 3.Gd2 Qb1‡ and 1.Ke1 Qd3 2.Gd2 Qe3† 3.Ge2 Qg1‡

Comments: Echo (WK bystander). (a) Reflection in c|d line, (b) Reflection in d|e line, (a)-(b) Translation {0,1}.

M. Jacobs
feenschach #3827 1958
Helpmate in 3, (b) Gh4 to b1

Solution:
(a) 1.Ke8 Qf6 2.Ge7 Qd6 3.Kf8 Qg6‡
(b) 1.Ke8 Qb7 2.Gb8 Qc7 3.Gd6 Qe7‡

Comments: Changed mate, and mating piece.

B. Hegermann
FCR #10900 1957
Helpmate in 3, with set mate

Solution: set 1....Gh1‡ play 1.Ga7 Rg7 2.Gc7 Rf7 3.Gg7 Rf8‡

Comments: Mutate

J. Sunyer
Fairy Chess Review #6454 1945 (version)
Helpmate in 3

Solution: 1.Kg3 Gf3 2.Kh2 Rg7 3.Kh1 Rg2‡

Comments: As published WK was on a1, WR d7, allowing dual 2...Rd2†.
Symmetric finale.

J. Dohrn-Luttgens
feenschach #2023 1954
Helpmate in 3, with set play, (b) after key of (a)

Solution: (a) set 1....Bf1 2.Ge1 Kf3 3.Gg1 Bg2‡ play 1.Kg1 Kf3 2.Gh4 Gg4 3.Gh2 Bg2‡
(b) set and play of (a) are interchanged

Comments: Exact Echo: Reflection in a8-h1 diagonal

5 men, 4 types

B. Rehm
feenschach #2626 1955
Helpmate in 3, with set play

Solution: set 1....Gd4 2.Kc2 Rb2† 3.Kd1 Rd2‡
play 1.Kd2 Gb6 2.Ke2 Rb2† 3.Kf1 Rf2‡

Comments: Changed mate

P. Kniest
Die Schwalbe 1962
Helpmate in 3, with set play, (b) Ga5 to b8, (c) Ga5 to e1

Solution:
(a) set 1....Sg3 2.Kg4 Sf5† 3.Kh5 Rg5‡
play 1.Ke3 Gc7 2.Kd2 Sc3† 3.Kc1 Rc2‡

(b) set 1....Sg3 2.Kg4 Sf5† 3.Kh3 Rg3‡
play 1.Ke3 Gb5 2.Kd2 Sc3 3.Ke1 Re2‡

(c) set 1....Sg3 2.Kg4 Sf1† 3.Kh3 Rg3‡
play 1.Ke4 Kc6 2.Kd3 Rg3† 3.Kc4 Rc3‡

Comments: Echoes.

6 men 3 types 3G

R. McClure
Chess Problem #71, 12 May 1943
Helpmate in 3

Solution: 1.Gh2 Se4 2.Gg1 Gg8 3.Kh1 Sg3‡

Comments: BGs just act as blocks

E. Klar
Revista Romana de Sah 1947
Helpmate in 3 (a) Gf1, (b) Gf3, (c) Gf5

Solution:
(a) 1.Gb3 Gb5 2.Gb6 Kc1 3.Gb4 Se2‡
(b) 1.Kd4 Gc6 2.Gc7 Kd2 3.Gc5 Sf3‡
(c) 1.Kd3 Gc5 2.Gd2 Sh3 3.Gd4 Sf2‡

Comments: Exact Echoes. Translations.

R. J. Darvall
Fairy Chess Review #5151 June 1942
Helpmate in 3, with G,K,S (a) d8,d6,f6 (b) b7,b6,f6 (c) b7,f6,d6 (d) a6,f6,d6 (e) e8,f6,g6, (f) e8,c6,a6

Solution:
(a) 1.Gd2 Ke5 2.Ke3 Gd1 3.Ge2 Sg4‡
(b) 1.Kd2 Kc5 2.Gc2 Gb1 3.Kc3 Se4‡
(c) 1.Kf2 Kg5 2.Gg2 Gh1 3.Kg3 Se4‡
(d) 1.Gf2 Gf1 2.Ke3 Ke5 3.Ge2 Sc4‡
(e) 1.Gf2 Ge1 2.Kf3 Kf5 3.Ge2 Sh4‡
(f) 1.Gd2 Ge1 2.Kd3 Kd5 3.Ge2 Sb4‡

Comments: Exact Echoes. Translation or reflection left or right.

Note: In the problem as published the twinning was rather confusingly stated in terms of pieces moved at each stage, with "each change further to the last". Here the varied positions of the three White pieces are stated for each case.

T. R. Dawson
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #1514 October 1934
Helpmate in 3

Solution: 1.Ke8 Re6 2.Gf7 Rc6 3.Gbd7 Rc8‡

Comments: Symmetric initial formation. G-wall

R. J. Darvall
Fairy Chess Review #3099 February 1938
Helpmate in 3, (a) Ga5 Rg5 (b) Ge5, Rg3

Solution:
(a) 1.Ge5 Gf5 2.Gc5 Gh5 3.Kd5 Rg6‡
(b) 1.Gc5 Gh2 2.Ge5 Rg6† 3.Kd5 Rd6‡

Comments: R/G function swap

F. R. Adcock
Fairy Chess Review #2789-91 June 1937
Helpmate in 3 (a) Ga3 Rb4, (b) Gf3 Be3, (c) Gb4 Sb3

Solution:
(a) 1.Gc5 Rb2 2.Kd4 Gc1 3.Gc3 Rd2‡
(b) 1.Kd6 Bh6 2.Gc6 Gb7 3.Gc7 Bf8‡
(c) 1.Gf4 Sd4 2.Gc4 Sc6 3.Gc5 Se7‡

R. J. Darvall
Fairy Chess Review #8074 1949
Helpmate in 3 (a) Ge1,h4, (b) Ge1,h5, (c) Gb1,h5

Solution:
(a) 1.Kd4 Re6 2.Gc4 Ge7 3.Ge5 Rd6‡
(b) 1.Kd4 Rc6 2.Ge5 Ge6 3.Gd5 Rc4‡
(c) 1.Gc5 Gh7 2.Kd4 Gf5 3.Ge5 Rg4‡

Comments: Three different mates

R. J. Darvall
Fairy Chess Review #3098 February/August 1938
Helpmate in 3

Solution: 1.Gc5 Rb6 2.Kd4 Ga5 3.Ge5 Rb4‡

Comments: Same family as above

R. J. Darvall
Fairy Chess Review #3100 1938
Helpmate in 3 GKR (a) e8,g4,g2 (b) a3,g3,c5

Solution:
(a) 1.Gc5 Kf5 2.Gc4 Rg7 3.Kd5 Rd7‡
(b) 1.Gc4 Rc6 2.Gc5 Kf4 3.Kd5 Rd6‡

Comments: Black moves differ only in move order

E. Kladnik
Bottrop V. #324, 20 May 1936
Helpmate in 3 with set play

Solution: set 1....Ge6 2.Ge7 Ge8 3.Gd7 Bg3‡
play 1.Ge7 Ge6 2.Gd7 Gc8 3.Gc7 Bb4‡

Comments: Echo. Reflection in d file

G. Dobbs
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #2119 February 1936
Helpmate in 3

Solution: 1.Kh8 Bg6 2.Gg2 Gh1 3.Gg7 Bh7‡

Comments: BK placed g8 (in check) by GPJ (20 August 1977) for symmetry.

W. Stead
feenschach #6074 1962
Helpmate in 3

Solution: 1.Gb1 Bb6 2.Gb7 Bg1 3.Gb8 Gh1‡

Comments: Corner-rattler. Full length G switchback

C. Gaulin
feenschach #4914 1960
Helpmate in 3, (b) Kd6 to d4

Solution:
(a) 1.Gg4 Gc4 2.Gb5 Gh4 3.Gg5 Bc2‡
(b) 1.Gd5 Gf6 2.Gg6 Gh6 3.Gg5 Bd7‡

Comments: Echo. Reflection in 5th rank

6men 3 types 2G

C. C. L. Sells
feenschach #9672 May 1970
Helpmate in 3, Duplex

Solution:
Black to move 1.Re7 Rc3 2.Ke6 Ke4 3.Gf7 Rc6‡
White to move 1.Kc4 Gg3 2.Rb3 Kc6 3.Gd3 Re4‡

Note: This position may have been reflected in the d file.

A. J. Sobey
feenschach #9671 May 1970
Helpmate in 3, Duplex

Solution:
Black to move 1.Ke4 Ke6 2.Be3 Gd2 3.Gd3 Bc6‡
White to move 1.Kd6 Kd4 2.Bd7 Gc8 3.Gc7 Bc5‡

A. J. Sobey
feenschach #9670 May 1970
Helpmate in 3, Duplex

Solution:
Black to move 1.Sf3 Ke6 2.Ge3 Gf2 3.Ke4 Sc5‡
White to move 1.Sc7 Gc8 2.Kd6 Kd4 3.Gd7 Sf5‡

J. R. J. Lobo
feenschach #3361 1957
Helpmate in 3 with set play

Solution: set 1....Sbc5 2.Gd2 Sa6 3.Gd8 Sb6‡
play 1.Gd2 Sbc5 2.Gd8 Se6 3.Gb8 Sb6‡

J. Dohrn-Luttgens
feenscach #3363 1957
Helpmate in 3, with set play

Solution: set 1....Gf6 2.Gf1 Sg3 3.Gd1 Sf3‡
play 1.Ga8 Gf6 2.Kf1 Sf3 3.Gg2 Sg3‡

J. Dohrn-Luttgens composed a whole series of problems with the same force as in the above example.
And the same stipulation: Helpmate in 3 with set play. We show them in tabular form:
BKb1 Gd5 WKg2 Gc2 Sa4b2 1....Sd3 2.Gh1 Ge4 3.Ga1 Sc3. 1.Kc1 Sd3 2.Kd1 Ge4 3.Gd2 Sc3. #3390 feenschach 1957
BKc1 Gg5 WKe8 Gg8 Se5g2 1....Gd8 2.Gg1 Se3 3.Gb1 Sd3. 1.Kd2 Gg4 2.Gc1 Sf3 3.Kd1 Se3. #3368 feenschach 1957
BKc1 Gg5 WKh8 Gc8 Sa7e1 1....Sb5 2.Ga5 Sc3 3.Gd2 Sd3, 1.Kd2 Sb5 2.Gc1 Sf3 3.Kd1 Sc3. #3369 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Ga3 WKh8 Ga5 Sd3d6 1....Sf5 2.Ga6 Gg5 3.Ge2 Se3. 1.Ge7 Kg7 2.Gh7 Sb5 3.Gc2 Sc3. #3391 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Ga4 WKh8 Gf1 Sc4c5 1....Gb5 2.Gd4 Sd3 3.Gd2 Se3. 1.Kc2 Gb5 2.Gd1 Sa3 3.Kc1 Sb3. #3364 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Ga5 WKh8 Ge8 Sa1c5 1....Sc2 2.Gd5 Sd3 3.Gd2 Se3. 1.Kd2 Sc2 2.Ge1 Sb3 3.Kd1 Se3. Die Schwalbe 1954 (#3360 feenschach)
BKd1 Ga7 WKf7 Gd5 Se2e5 1....Kg7 2.Gh7 Sd3 3.Gc2 Sc3. 1.Gg7 Gf5 2.Gd4 Sd3 3.Gd2 Sc3. #3381 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Ga8 WKe6 Gb2 Se2e5 1....Kd5 2.Ge4 Sd3 3.Gc2 Sc3. 1.Ke1 Gf6 2.Kf1 Sf3 3.Gg2 Sg3. #3384 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Ga8 WKg8 Gg2 Se5g4 1....Ka7 2.Ga6 Sd3 3.Ge2 Se3. 1.Gh1 Gg5 2.Kc1 Se3 3.Gb1 Sd3. #3399 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Gb7 WKh8 Ga5 Se2e5 1....Kg7 2.Gh7 Sd3 3.Gc2 Sc3. 1.Ke1 Gf5 2.Kf1 Sf3 3.Gg2 Sg3. #3382 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Gb7 WKh8 Gd8 Se1e7 1....Sd5 2.Ge4 Sd3 3.Gc2 Sc3. 1.Gf7 Sd5 2.Gc4 Sd3 3.Ge2 Se3. #3380 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Gb8 WKg5 Gg4 Sd3g3 1....Gg6 2.Gh2 Se2 3.Gd2 Sc3. 1.Gh2 Gg2 2.Gf2 Se2 3.Gd2 Sc3. #3388 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Gf7 WKc7 Gh7 Se1f1 1....Ge7 2.Gd7 Sd3 3.Gd2 Se3. 1.Gb7 Sd3 2.Gd7 Gc2 3.Gd2 Se3. #3377 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Gg6 WKa7 Gf2 Sc5f1 1....Kb6 2.Ga6 Sd3 3.Ge2 Se3. 1.Kc2 Gb6 2.Gb1 Se3 3.Kc1 Sb3. #3358 feenschach 1954
BKd1 Gg6 WKa8 Ge2 Se5f5 1....Ge6 2.Gd6 Sd3 3.Gd2 Se3. 1.Ge4 Sf3 2.Ge1 Gg4 3.Gc1 Se3. #3379 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Gg6 WKb6 Gg7 Sc5g2 1....Gg5 2.Ga6 Sd3 3.Ge2 Se3. 1.Kc2 Gg5 2.Gb1 Se3 3.Kc1 Sd3. #3394 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Gh5 WKh8 Gd2 Se2e5 1....Gf2 2.Gd5 Sd3 3.Gd2 Sc3. 1.Gd5 Gd6 2.Gf5 Sd3 3.Gc2 Sc3. #3383 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Gh6 WKa7 Gf2 Sd5e5 1....Kb6 2.Ga6 Sd3 3.Ge2 Se3. 1.Kd2 Gc2 2.Ke1 Se3 3.Gd2 Sd3. #3398 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Gh6 WKa7 Gg5 Se1f5 1....Kb6 2.Ga6 Sd3 3.Ge2 Se3. 1.Kd2 Ge5 2.Gc1 Sf3 3.Kd1 Se3. #3365 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Gh7 WKe7 Gh5 Sc5g2 1....Gb5 2.Gd7 Sd3 3.Gd2 Se3. 1.Kc2 Gb5 2.Gb1 Se3 3,Kc1 Sb3. #3370 feenschach 1957
BKd2 Gc8 WKh8 Gd5 Se3e5 1....Sd1 2.Kc1 Sc3 3.Gc2 Sd3. 1.Ke1 Sd7 2.Ge6 Sc5 3.Ge2 Sd3. #3373 feenschach 1957
BKe1 Ga5 WKb7 Gh2 Sf1g5 1....Ka6 2.Ga7 Se3 3.Gf2 Sf3. 1.Gh5 Sg3 2.Gh1 Gf4 3.Gd1 Sf3. #3367 feenschach 1957
BKe1 Gb6 WKg6 Gh5 Sc5d5 1....Se3 2.Gh6 Gb5 3.Gd2 Sd3. 1.Gd4 Sd3 2.Kd1 Gc5 3.Gd2 Sc3. #3376 feenschach 1957
BKe1 Gb7 WKc8 Gb2 Sd4f1 1....Kd7 2.Ge7 Se3 3.Ge2 Sf3. 1.Gb1 Ge5 2.Kd1 Sb3 3.Ge1 Se3. Die Schwalbe 1954 (#3359 feenschach)
BKe1 Gc6 WKh8 Gd2 Sd4e7 1....Sd5 2.Ge4 Se3 3.Ge2 Sf3. 1.Kd1 Sd5 2.Kc1 Sc3 3.Gc2 Sb3. #3395 feenschach 1957
BKe1 Gc7 WKg7 Ga7 Se3g6 1....Gd7 2.Ge7 Sf4 3.Ge2 Sd3. 1.Gh7 Kf7 2.Ge7 Sh4 3.Ge2 Sf3. #3375 feenschach 1957
BKe1 Gf8 WKb8 Gf2 Sd2e2 1....Sg3 2.Gf1 Gh4 3.Gd1 Sf3. 1.Ga8 Sf3 2.Kf1 Gf4 3.Gg2 Sg3. #3385 feenschach 1957
BKe1 Gh6 WKe7 Ga2 Sd5g1 1....Kf6 2.Ge6 Se3 3.Ge2 Sf3. 1.Kd2 Ge6 2.Gc1 Sf3 3.Kd1 Se3. #3366 feenschach 1957
BKe1 Gh7 WKh6 Ga7 Se5g3 1....Sf5 2.Ge4 Se3 3.Ge2 Sf3. 1.Gh5 Sf5 2.Kf1 Sf3 3.Ge2 Se3. #3387 feenschach 1957
BKe1 Gh8 WKf6 Gd1 Sb2d5 1....Gd6 2.Ge5 Se3 3.Ge2 Sd3. 1.Ge5 Gd6 2.Ga1 Sc3 3.Gf1 Sd3. #3362 feenschach 1957
BKe1 Gh8 WKf8 Gh2 Sf5f7 1....Se5 2.Gd4 Se3 3.Gf2 Sf3. 1.Ge8 Se5 2.Ge4 Se3 3.Ge2 Sd3. #3396 feenschach 1957
BKf1 Gb5 WKd7 Gf2 Sc2g5 1....Gb2 2.Gh5 Sf3 3.Ge2 Se3. 1.Ge8 Se3 2.Ke1 Gd4 3.Ge2 Sf3. #3389 feenschach 1957
BKf1 Gb8 WKc5 Ge5 Se4g2 1....Sg5 2.Gf4 Sf3 3.Gf2 Se3. 1.Gf4 Se3 2.Ke1 Sf2 3.Gd2 Sd3. #3374 feenschach 1957
BKf1 Gc5 WKa8 Gf2 Sg2g5 1....Gb6 2.Gh5 Sf3 3.Ge2 Se3. 1.Gh5 Gh2 2.Gf5 Sf3 3.Gf2 Se3. #3992 feenschach 1957
BKf1 Gh6 WKh7 Ga2 Sd5g5 1....Ge6 2.Gf4 Sf3 3.Gf2 Se3. 1.Gh8 Kh6 2.Gh5 Sf3 3.Ge2 Se3. #3378 feenschach 1957
Some others follow, with two set plays, or two solutions.

J. Dohrn-Luttgens
feenschach #3372 and #3397 1957
Helpmate in 3 with set play, (b) Sf4 to e5

Solution:
set 1....Sc3† 2.Ke1 Gb4 3.Gf1 Sd3.
(a) 1.Ke1 Gg5 2.Kf1 Sd3 3.Gg1 Sg3.
(b) 1.Gf6 Gf2 2.Gd4 Sd3 3.Gd2 Sc3.

Comments: Parts originally published as separate problems.

J.Dohrn-Luttgens
Feenschach 1957
Helpmate in 3 with two set plays

Solution: Set: 1... Ne2 2.Ge4 Gd4 3.Gc2 Nc3‡
and 1... Gh2 2.Gf2 Ne2 3.Gd2 Nc3‡
Play: 1.Ge4 Gd4 2.Gc4 Nf1 3.Ge2 Ne3‡

J. Dohrn-Luttgens
feenschach #3403 1957
Helpmate in 3, with set play, 2 ways

Solution: set 1....Kc5 2.Gb5 Sd3 3.Ge2 Se3‡
play 1.Ke2 Gd2 2.Kf1 Sf3 3.Ge2 Se3‡ and 1.Ke2 Sf3 2.Kf1 Gf4 3.Ge2 Se3‡

Comments: The play mates differ only in the position of the WG

J. Dohrn-Luttgens
feenschach #3411 1957
Helpmate in 3, with set play, 2 ways

Solution: set 1....Se3 2.Ge8 Gf8 3.Ge2 Sf3‡
play 1.Kd1 Gd4† 2.Kc1 Sc3 3.Gc2 Sb3‡ and 1.Ga8 Gd4 2.Ge4 Se3 3.Ge2 Sf3‡

J. Dohrn-Luttgens
feenschach #3404 1957
Helpmate in 3, with 2 set plays

Solution: set 1....Gh2 2.Gf2 Se2 3.Gd2 Sc3‡ and 1....Se2 2.Ge4 Gd4 3.Gc2 Sc3‡
play 1.Ge4 Gd4 2.Gc4 Sf1 3.Ge2 Se3‡

J. Dohrn-Luttgens
Probleemblad #3416 1954 [also feenschach #2118 1954]
Helpmate in 3, with 2 set plays, 2 ways

Solution:
set 1....Sc3 2.Gb1 Gd4 3.Gf1 Sd3‡ and 1....Gf6 2.Kf1 Sf3 3.Gg2 Sg3‡
play 1.Kf1 Ke7 2.Gf7 Sf3 3.Gf2 Sg3‡ and 1.Kd1 Kg7 2.Gh7 Sd3 3.Gc2 Sc3‡

6 men 3 types 1G

J. Dohrn-Luttgens and J. R. J. Lobo
feenschach #5422 1961
Helpmate in 2½, (a) Gb1 (b) Gc1, (c) Ga2, (d) Ge1

Solution: (a) 1.Sd3 Kf1 2.Ge4 Sg1 3.Se3‡
(b) 1.Gg5 Kf1 2.Se3† Ke1 3.Sd3‡
(c) 1.Gf2 and as (b)
(d) 1.Se3 Sg3 2.Gh4 Sh1 3.Sh3‡

Note: A Helpmate in 2½, is like a Helpmate in 3, but without the initial Black move.
Or in other words it is like a Mate in 3, with Black helping.

J. Dohrn-Luttgens
feenschach #3437 1957
Helpmate in 3, with set play

Solution: set 1....Sf3 2.Kd1 Gc4 3.Sc1 Sc3‡
play 1.Sf4 Sf3 2.Sg2 Gf4 3.Kf1 Sg3‡

J. Dohrn-Luttgens composed a series of problems with the same force and stipulation as above. We give them in tabular form:
BKa4 Sb2 WKd6 Gg8 Sa2b5 1....Sa3 2.Sd3 Sc4 3.Sb4 Sc3. 1.Kb3 Sc1 2.Kc2 Sb3 3.Kb1 Sa3. #3527 feenschach 1957
BKb4 Sc2 WKf6 Ga6 Sa3c5 1....Gg6 2.Ka5 Gb1 3.Sb4 Sc4. 1.Ka5 Ga4 2.Sd4 Ge4 3.Sb5 Sc4. #4910 feenschach 1960
BKc1 Sb3 WKh8 Ga2 Sa3d1 1....Sc2 2.Kb1 Gd2 3.Ka2 Sc3. 1.Sa1 Sc4 2.Kb1 Gd5 3.Ka2 Sc3. Probleemblad 1957
BKd1 Sg2 WKa8 Gc2 Sd4h1 1....Gh2 2.Ke1 Sf3 3.Kf1 Sg3. 1.Ke1 Gh2 2.Kf1 Sg3 3.Kg1 Sf3. #4515 feenschach 1959
BKd1 Sa1 WKe8 Gh3 Sa4b3 1....Kd7 2.Sc2 Gc8 3.Se1 Sc3. 1.Kc2 Sa5 2.Kb1 Sc4 3.Ka2 Sc3. Problem 1956 (#3424 feenschach)
BKd1 Sa1 WKh7 Gh1 Sb1d3 1....Kh6 2.Sb3 Gh7 3.Sd2 Sc3. 1.Kc2 Sa3 2.Kb3 Sc4 3.Ka2 Sc1. #3719 feenschach 1957
BKd1 Sa5 WKh8 Ga1 Sc4f4 1....Ga6 2.Sb3 Sd3 3.Sd2 Se3. 1.Ke1 Ga6 2.Sb3 Se3 3.Sd2 Sd3. #5516 feenschach 1961
BKd1 Sg1 WKe6 Gh5 Sa7d3 1....Sb5 2.Sf3 Ge2 3.Sd2 Sc3. 1.Sf3 Sb5 2.Se1 Ga5 3.Sc2 Sc3. #5515 feenschach 1961
BKe1 Sc2 WKe6 Gf1 Sd2f5 1....Gf6 2.Se3 Sg3 3.Sd1 Sf3. 1.Se3 Gf6 2.Sg2 Sf3 3.Kf1 Sg3. #4909 feenschach 1960
BKe1 Sh1 WKc5 Gd1 Sd7e3 1....Gd8 2.Sg3 Se5 3.Se2 Sd3. 1.Sf2 Se5 2.Sg4 Gh5 3.Sf2 Sf3. #5882 feenschach 1962
BKf1 Se6 WKb7 Ga6 Sg1h1 1....Gf6 2.Sf4 Sf3 3.Sg2 Sg3. 1.Sf4 Sf3 2.Sd3 Ge2 3.Sf2 Sg3. #4516 feenschach 1959
BKf1 Sg3 WKc5 Gc6 Se1g2 1....Sd3 2.Se2 Gc4 3.Sg1 Se3. 1.Kg1 Gc4 2.Kh2 Sf3 3.Kh3 Sf4. #3909 feenschach 1958
BKf2 Sg4 WKa8 Gc1 Sg2h2 1....Sf4 2.Kg3 Gg5 3.Kh4 Sf3. 1.Kg1 Se3 2.Sf2 Gf4 3.Sh1 Sf3. #5880 feenschach 1962

C.E.Kemp
Fairy Chess Review 1939
Helpmate in 3 (a) Sa2 (b) Sa3 (c) Sb5

Solution: (a) 1.Ke5 Kd3 2.Sd6 Ge7† 3.Kd5 Sb4‡
(b) 1.Sh6 Sb1 2.Sf5 Gg5 3.Sf4 Sd2‡
(c) 1.Sf-g5 Gc3 2.Sf3 Gg3 3.Sf4 Sd6‡

Theme: Exact Echoes. The transformation (a)-(b) is reflection in the a1-h8 diagonal and (b)-(c) reflection in the 4th rank, while (a)-(c) is a 90 rotation about d4. Thus demonstrating the geometrical theorem that successive reflections about two lines at an angle are equivalent to a rotation through twice that angle.

C. E. Kemp
Fairy Chess Review #3982 November 1939
Helpmate in 3, with set play

Solution: set 1....Kf2 2.Sg4 Kf1 3.Kf3 Sd2‡
play 1.Ke5 Kf3 2.Sg6 Gg7 3.Kf5 Sd4‡

Comments: Exact Echo. Translation two ranks.

R. J. Darvall
Fairy Chess Review #8711 June 1950
Helpmate in 3, (b) WK to b5, (c) WG to a7, (d) WG to c8

Solution:
(a) 1.Rb4 Rf3 2.Kc4 Gb2 3.Rd5 Rc3‡
(b) 1.Rd4 Ka5 2.Kc5 Rf6 3.R8d5 Rc6‡
(c) 1.Rb4 Gg1 2.Kc4 Rf5 3.Rd4 Rc5‡
(d) 1.Rd6 Gh3 2.Rc4† Kd3 3.Rcc6 Rf5‡

Comments: Four different mates

Note: (a) and (b) interchanged from the original to simplify the twinning instructions.

W. Alaikow
feenschach #7632 1966
Helpmate in 3, 3 ways

Solution:
1.Re5† Kc4 2.Ke4 Gc5 3.Rf3 Rd4‡
1.Re6 Kc5 2.Ke5 Gc6 3.Rf4 Rd5‡
1.Re7 Kc6 2.Ke6 Gc7 3.Rf5 Rd6‡

Comments: Exact Echoes. Translation one or two ranks.

J. Dohrn-Luttgens
feenschach #1675 1953
Helpmate in 3 with set play

Solution: set 1....Gd6 2.000 Rb1 3.Rdd7 Rb8‡
play 1.Ra7 Gd6 2.Re7 Rf1 3.Rad7 Rf8‡

Comments: Castling assumed possible. Echo. Reflection in d file. Better with bystander WK d2-d5?

6 men 4 types (2G)

W. Schlitt
feenschach #1809 1953
Helpmate in 3, duplex

Solution:
Black: 1.Ke3 Gc2 2.Gd3 Re7† 3.Kd4 Re4‡
White: 1.Rd7 Ke4 2.Gc7 Gc8† 3.Kd6 Bb4‡

Comments: Modal change.

A. Kniest
Bottrop Volks Zeitung #250 27 November 1935
Helpmate in 3

Solution: 1.Ga4 Ra2 2.Ba6 Ga1 3.Ka5 Rb2‡

Comments: Setting up G-R battery and immobilised BG. WK bystander.

P. A. Petkow and W. Alaikow
Caissa's Froeliche Tiefgarage #15/102 1970
Helpmate in 3, (a) Bc6, (b) Bb8, (c) Bb6

Solution:
(a) 1.Bb7 Rb5 2.Gb6 Rb4 3.Gb5 Ra4‡
(b) 1.Ka7 Rb6 2.Gb7 Rb5 3.Gb6 Ra5‡
(c) 1.Ka5 Rb4 2.Gb5 Rb3 3.Gb4 Ra3‡

Comments: Exact echoes, apart from WK.

B. Rehm
feenschach #9517 1970
Helpmate in 3 with set play

Solution:
1....Gd2 2.Sc5 Gc3 3.Sa6 Rb4‡
1.Ka6 Gh1 2.Ka7 Gc6 3.Ka8 Rb7‡

Comments: Knight not used in main play.

P. A. Petkow
feenschach #5947 1962
Helpmate in 3 with set play

Solution: set 1....Se6 2.Ge7 Be4 3.Ke8 Bc6‡
1.Gc4 Ge7 2.Kc8 Sc6 3.Gc7 Bf5‡

Comments: Echo. Reflection in d-file

H. Hofmann
Fairy Chess Review #9589 1953
Helpmate in 3 with set play, 2 ways

Solution:
1....Sa7 2.Kb7 Sb5 3.Kc8 Sd6‡
1.Kb7 Sd6 2.Ka6 Se4 3.Gb5 Sc5‡
1.Gb5 Bc5 2.Kb8 Sb6 3.Gb7 Bd6‡

Comments: The second mate was found as a cook.
Virtual knight circuit in set play.

J. R. J. Lobo
Fairy Chess Review #9657 1953
Helpmate in 3, (b) Gc8 to b7

Solution:
(a) 1.Kf5 Sf4 2.Gg4 Sg6 3.Ge6 Bd3‡
(b) 1.Gb4 Kg5 2.Gf4 Kf6 3.Gd4 Bc6‡

Comments: Echo.

J. R. J.Lobo
feenschach #4514 1959
Helpmate in 3 with set play

Solution:
1....Ge4 2.Ga6 Bd7† 3.Ka5 Sc4‡
1.Ga6 Gg6 2.Ka5 Bd3 3.Ga4 Sc6‡

Comments: Echo.

J. Dohrn-Luttgens
feenschach #2926 1956
Helpmate in 3 with set play

Solution:
1....Gc2 2.Ke1 Se3 3.Ge2 Bc3‡
1.Kc1 Bd4 2.Gc4 Sc3 3.Gc2 Be3‡

Comments: Exact echo except for WK (better with WKd8?). Reflection in d file.

J. Dohrn-Lutgens
feenschach #2925 1956
Helpmate in 3 with set play

Solution:
1....Kd6 2.Gc7 Sc3 3.Gc2 Bf4‡
1.Kd2 Se3 2.Ge2 Bd6 3.Ke1 Bb4‡

Comments: Exact echo, apart from WK. Reflection in d file. WK participates in play.

J. Dohrn-Luttgens
feenschach #2924 1956
Helpmate in 3 with set play

Solution:
1....Bb3 2.Gc2 Bd5 3.Kd1 Bf3‡
1.Kd1 Sb4 2.Gc4 Sd3 3.Ge2 Bb3‡

Comments: Exact echo, apart from WK (better with WHd8, WGd6?). Reflection in d file.

J. R. J. Lobo
feenschach #2601 1955
Helpmate in 3 (b) Kb5 to c4

Solution:
(a) 1.Sb7 Ga7 2.Ka6 Gc7 3.Gb6 Bd3‡
(b) 1.Sb5 Gg5 2.Gh4 Ga5 3.Gb4 Bf7‡

Comments: Echo. WK takes place of board edge, B acts from different relative direction.

6 men 4 types (1G)

B. Rehm
feenschach #3331 1957
Helpmate in 3 with set play

Solution:
1....Gc5 2.Bc7 Bf5 3.Bb6 Bc8‡
1.Bb4 Ga3 2.Ka5 Gc5† 3.Ka4 Bc2‡

Comments: Exact echo, except for WK (WKh5 better?). Reflection in 5th rank.

P. A. Petkow
Caissa's Froeliche Tiefgarage #28/195 1971
Helpmate in 3, (b) Bd4 to f4, (c) Bd4 to f2

Solution:
(a) 1.Rh6 Gd3 2.Rh3 Bf3† 3.Kh4 Bf6‡
(b) 1.Rh6 Bd3 2.Rh2 Gd2 3.Kh3 Bf5‡

Comments: Exact Echo.

C. E. Kemp
Fairy Chess Review #3983 1939
Helpmate in 3 (a) Gc5, (b) Gh5, (c) Gf7

Solution:
(a) 1.Rf5 Kc4 2.Ke4 Gg5 3.R2f4 Sd2‡
(b) 1.Rg2 Kd4 2.Rg4 Sg3 3.R5g5 Se2‡
(c) 1.Re6 Sd2 2.Ke5 Ke3 3.Rff6 Sc4‡

Comments: Exact echoes. (a-b) shift one file. (b-c) reflect in diagonal.
(a-c) transflection.

B. Rehm
feenschach #3153 1956
Helpmate in 3 with set play

Solution:
1....Gg1 2.Kg4 Bg3 3.Kf3 Se5‡
1.Bh3 Ke2 2.Ke4 Be5 3.Bf5 Sf6‡

Comments: Partial echo.

F. Rose
L'Echiquier #96 November 1935
Helpmate in 3

Solution: 1.Kc3 Sf6 2.Gc2 Bb5 3.Bd4 Se4‡

L. Stepan
feenschach #5655 1962
Helpmate in 3 with set play

Solution:
1....Be4/6(dual) 2.Sd4 Ke7 3.Ke5 Sd3‡
1.Se5 Ke7 2.Kg5 Kf8 3.Kf6 Se4‡

Comments: Echo.

L. Stepan
feenschach #5655 (version) 1965
Helpmate in 3 with set play

Solution:
1....Bd5 2.Sc6 Bc4 3.Sb4 Sb3‡
1.Sb3 Kd8 2.Kd6 Bd5 3.Sc5 Sc4‡

Comments: Echo.

6 men, 5 types

K. Dittrich
Deutsche MarchenSchach Zeitung #319 April 1932
Helpmate in 3

Solution: 1.Bh7 Gf4 2.Qg8 Gf7 3.Sg6 Gh5‡

Comments: Bottled Bishop

7 men

C. E. Kemp
Fairy Chess Review #8365 (version) November 1949 "Just J for Jubilee"
Helpmate in 3, (b) Bf8 to f7, and interchange Kc3/Gf3

Solution:
(a) 1.Kd3 Gc2 2.Ke3 Gd1 3.Rd3 Bh6‡
(b) 1.Rd4 Gf2 2.Ke4 Gd2 3.Re3 Bg6‡

Comments: Echo.
Original was a Helpmate in 4, with no WK.

C. E. Kemp
Problemist Fairy Chess Supplement #1663 February 1935
Helpmate in 3

Solution: 1.Kd7 Ga8 2.Kc8 Gc6 3.Rd7 Bc7‡

Comments: Change of axis of symmetry, e-file to c-file, apart from WK

B. Hegermann
Fairy Chess Review #10930, 1958
Helpmate in 3 with set mate, (b) WK to d2

Solution:
1....Rg8‡
(a) 1.GxRg5 Be3 2.Ge7 Bh6 3.Gg5 Bg7‡
(b) 1.GcRg5 Bc5 2.Gc1 Bf8 3.Gd3 Bg7‡

Comments: Changed mate. Elimination of mating piece. Stalemate avoidance.
Original setting had no WK. Part (b) added by G. P. Jelliss, here, October 2012.

8 men

C.C.L.Sells
British Chess Magazine 1970
Helpmate in 3, zeroposition. (a) remove B (b) remove R

Solution: (a) 1.Gd3 Re5† 2.Kd4 Gd6 3.Kc3 Rc5‡
(b) 1.Kf3 Bg8 2.Gf2 Gg1 3.Gg3 Bd5‡

Comment: Modal relationship. Symmetric finales (apart from WK).


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Helpmate in 3

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