A friend of mine showed me a great white-to-mate-in-three puzzle back in the late '50s or early '60s. Unfortunately he doesn't recall it. I can remember a few things: It was composed by someone from West Virginia. White had two knights at opposite corners of a 3x3 block. White's first move was not a check. Can anyone help me find it?

  • Umm what was the stipulation (the goal)? Was it a mate problem?
    – Alan
    Jun 6, 2014 at 14:00
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    It will be nearly impossible to find with such limited information. A search of a problem database such as yacpdb.org gave me hundreds and hundreds of pages of hits for the given material combination and stipulation of #3. I cannot find information about any well-known composers from West Viriginia, and little information at all on problem chess out of West Viriginia. I found a few problems from the West Virginia Chess Bulletin, but they did not match and were not by American composers. First move not a check is true of almost all #3 problems. Jun 6, 2014 at 16:37
  • @Alan As stated, it was white-to-mate-in-three. Jun 6, 2014 at 17:32
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    @Richard Hevener Using the additional criteria of Chess Review or Chess Life in the period 1955-1965 I ended up with two problems on yacpdb matching the description where I could not confirm the origin of the composer: imgur.com/sp9TMSB. It's a long shot of course, but without any more information I think it's the best I can do. Of course, others may be aware of better sources to search, problem chess is not really my specialty. Jun 6, 2014 at 18:50
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    Also, "white's first move was not a check" is true of almost every published mate-in-three problem (except for tactics puzzles). Feb 9, 2017 at 2:49

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This is hit or miss.

No one can really know what puzzle your thinking about, so please don't down vote wrong attempts. People shouldn't be penalized for trying to help. It's only through trial and error we're going to help you find your puzzle.

Is this your puzzle: HERE?

  • The question does explicitly state that the puzzle in question was a mate-in-3, so what you've linked to certainly can't be it. Feb 8, 2017 at 20:05
  • @user34445 No, that's not it. It was mate-in-three from a position on a chess board, with White's knights at opposite corners of a 3x3 block and the first move not a check. My friend Dave, who showed me the puzzle, told me that the composer was from W.Va. But Dave now, alas, recalls nothing about the episode. He claims he never subscribed to Chess Review or Chess Life, but I suspect he may be wrong about that. Thanks anyway. Feb 8, 2017 at 22:42

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