## Tuesday, June 30, 2009

### Emmanuel Manolas (3)

Today's post is relevant with the theme Rex solus (=King alone), in which the black King is alone on the chess board. The white forces threatening him will eventually win and the solvers must find the way.

Below we present eight original compositions of the Greek composer Manolas (the owner of this blog).
The Problems 367 – 373 are two-movers and the Problem 374 is a three-mover.

Their solutions will not be difficult to find. Please try to solve them, and then send a comment with the eight keys.

Problems for solving. (The solutions have been appended to the end of this post).

 (Problem 367)Emmanuel Manolas original, Mate in 2.#2 (4 + 1) [8/8/8/8/6S1/3k4/Q5B1/4K3]

 (Problem 368)Emmanuel Manolas original, Mate in 2.#2 (5 + 1) [7Q/8/5P2/8/2Sk4/4S3/4K3/8]

 (Problem 369)Emmanuel Manolas original, Mate in 2.#2 (7 + 1) [6QR/8/1K1SS3/4k3/7P/8/5P2/8]

 (Problem 370)Emmanuel Manolas sketch, Mate in 2.#2 (6 + 1) [R6S/K2P2k1/6P1/6P1/8/8/8/8]

 (Problem 371)Emmanuel Manolas original, Mate in 2.#2 (7 + 1) [2R5/3B4/8/8/P2kP1P1/3S4/3K4/8]

 (Problem 372)Emmanuel Manolas original, Mate in 2.#2 (6 + 1) [3QK3/8/SS6/Pk6/8/8/2P5/8]

 (Problem 373)Emmanuel Manolas original, Mate in 2.#2 (7 + 1) [RB4S1/8/2k5/2P2P2/8/2K5/2B5/8]

 (Problem 374)Emmanuel Manolas original, Mate in 3.#3 (7 + 1) [8/5S2/1S6/BPk5/K7/R7/2P5/8]

20090729 : update : The solutions of the problems

Problem 367
Tries : [1.Qc4+? Kxc4!], [1.Qd2+?/Qb2? Kc4!], [1.Qa4? Kc3!], [1.Qb3+? Kd4!].
Key : 1.Bd5!

Problem 368
Tries : [1.Qh5?/Qc8? Kc3!], [1.f7+? Kc5!].
Key : 1.Qb8!

Problem 369
Tries : [1.Rh5+? Kxd6!], [1.Sc5?/Sf8?/Sd8?/Sc7? Kd4!], [1.Sd4? Kxd4!], [1.Kc5?/Kc6?/Kc7? Kf6!].
Key : 1.Sf4!

Problem 370
Tries : [1.Sf7? Kxg6!], [1.Rg8+? Kxg8!], [1.Rf8? Kxf8!], [1.d8=S? Kf8!].
Key : 1.d8=B!

Problem 371
Tries : [1.Re8?/Bc6? Kc4!], [1.Rc4+? Kxc4!], [1.Rc1?/Rc2?/Rc3?/Rc5?/Rc6?/Rc7? Kxe4!], [1.Bb5?/Be6?/Be8? Kxd4!], [Sf2? Ke5!].
Key : 1.Rd8!

Problem 372
Tries : [1.Qg5+?/Qd2?/Qd5+? Kxa6!], [1.Qd3+?/Qa8?/Qc8?/c4+? Kxa5!], [1.Sc8?/Sa8? Ka4!], [1.Sa4? Kxa4!].
Key : 1.Sc4!

Problem 373
Key : 1.Bd6!

Problem 374
Tries : [1.Bd2?/Bc3? Kxb6!], [1.Ra1?/Ra2?/Rh3?/Rg3?/Re3?/Rc3+?/Rb3?/c4? Kd4!].
Key : 1.Rf3!