By John Thursby

From the PREFACE:

it kind of feels to be the customized to assert a number of phrases to the general public, while providing a set of Chess difficulties, and this tradition I shall presently avail myself of. The stratagems contained during this publication are a variety from the numerous difficulties composed through me, and released over the last six years in all of the major journals and magazines at domestic and in a foreign country.

i don't declare for my difficulties any especial or awesome profundity, nor do I intend to set myself up as a rival to different Chess authors; yet i feel that any Chess-player who takes the difficulty to appear via my e-book, will find in it entertainment and enjoyment.

i don't faux which will provide tricks on development, or to put down dogmatic ideas in challenge artwork.

In end, I should nation that i've got consistently been taken care of with the best courtesy through each Chess Editor with whom i've got corresponded, with, I remorse to assert, one amazing exception.

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1. Qf7. 1. S4g3. Four solutions: 1. Qg3. 1. e × f3†. 1. Qb1†. 1. S×d6†. Two solutions: 1. Qd3†. 1. Qe6†. 1. S×e4. (corrected) 1. Bb2.

Compare with No. 518 of Loyd’s Chess Strategy. No. 18. — Lacks point and beauty. The material used in its construction has not been handled with economy. Evidently the composer laboured hard to eradicate duals; overlooking, in his zeal, that, in consequence, the problem suffers more in beauty and economy than is gained in correctness and difficulty. The following simple position may suggest a way of presenting the idea in better form (see diagram). An idea may be troublesome to handle, but it is the artistic result reached that should receive the consideration of the judge.

Sb7†. 1. Se2. 1. g5. Seven solutions: 1. h4. 1. Sf3†. 1. R×g5†. 1. Bg7. 1. Qe3. 1. Qd3. 1. R×c7. Two solutions: 1. Qb1. 1. Qd1†. 1. Qf7. 1. S4g3. Four solutions: 1. Qg3. 1. e × f3†. 1. Qb1†. 1. S×d6†. Two solutions: 1. Qd3†. 1. Qe6†. 1. S×e4. (corrected) 1. Bb2.

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