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Written by chessbibliophile
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00

Leonid Kubbel was a prince among composers. I first saw an endgame study by him way back in 1970s. I still remember my awe and wonder seeing how the Black monarch was chased and mated with a lone knight. Ever since I became a fan of Kubbel. But then his admirers are legion. Great players like Smyslov, Timman and Nunn have been connoisseurs of his art. In his brief life he is said to have composed more than 1500 endgame studies and problems. The 1984 edition of his work (Leonid Kubbel by Vladimirov and Fokin) lists 466 endgame studies and more than 400 problems.

Although I had this Russian book for nearly two decades I never paid attention to the problems section. Recently when I had a look I was in for a surprise.  Some of these problems are indeed beautiful. Here is an example. See if you can figure it out.

White to move and mate in two moves

Time: 5 minutes

Leonid Kubbel, Düna Zeitung 1907

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Last Updated on Saturday, 12 July 2014 21:42

+1 #25 Goldfinch 2014-07-13 15:29
Great Sir,
what is spectacular in this puzzle is the sacrifice of a worthy piece !!!
Again I thank you for the choice and proud that you are doing well for chess from your website.
See you soon and all my best regards to you and your team.
Goldfinch

+1 #24 chessbibliophile 2014-07-13 10:46
Dear Goldfinch,
You were close to the solution when you thought of bringing the queen to a-file with the idea of Qa2+.
Here I shall offer a simple hint to you and all solvers.
The first move in these problems is seldom a check, certainly not a discovered check.
In the present case it is a sacrifice.
In many others it is a quiet move with devastating effect.
Do look for it next time.
All the best.

+1 #23 Goldfinch 2014-07-13 06:23
Thank you sir,
I really enjoyed solving this puzzle !!!
Brain 2014 far from 1907
See you !
regards
Goldfinch

+1 #22 chessbibliophile 2014-07-12 19:03
Dear Goldfinch,
1.Bxh8+ e5 2.Qd8+ Rd7 3.Qxd7# and it takes one move longer.
1.Qa6 is met with 1.. Bxe5 or 1…Qxe5.
Otherwise you are closer to the solution.

+1 #21 chessbibliophile 2014-07-12 19:00
Dear M,
You have to get your notation right.
If 1.Nd7+ Ke4 2.Bg2+ f3.
That last move is a spoiler for White.

+1 #20 м 2014-07-12 07:07
1. if k from c5 goes to d7-then chess and if the king moves to e6 then bf1 goes to c4. if the king goes to e4,then bf1 goes to g2. am i right?

+1 #19 Goldfinch 2014-07-12 04:23
Dear Sir
Many moves lead to white victory.
for this beautifull problem I will choose the following solution :
1/Qa6 followed by 2/Qa2
thank you again

-1 #18 Goldfinch 2014-07-12 03:58
Dear Sir
I correct my move.
1/.Bxh8+
if 1/....e5
2/Qd8+#
if 1/....Be5
2/ç4 +#
thanks to provide solution if it is not correct.

+1 #17 Goldfinch 2014-07-12 03:49
Dear Sir,
the best move I see is ;
1/.Bxh8+ whath ever is the move
2/.Qe8 +#

+2 #16 chessbibliophile 2014-07-12 00:55
Dear Thomas,
The solution would appear soon.
Happy hunting till then!