White to play and checkmate

Problems 049to 060

49

Checkmate in 4 moves

(Henry Augustus Loveday - The Chess Player's Chronicle, Feb 1845)

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The Indian Problem is a chess composition , published in 1845 by Howard Staunton in his chess magazine The Chess Player's Chronicle. A whole genre of chess compositions, the so-called Indians.
The composition was enclosed with a letter from India to Staunton, in which it was said that this problem had scoffed at the ingenuity of all who had been shown it in India. Staunton published it in the Chess Player's Chronicle , noting that this was the toughest four-move he had ever seen and that some of the best English players couldn't have solved it. He then regularly used it as a cover illustration for the chess magazine.
It was not until years later that it turned out that Staunton had received the problem from a British clergyman living in India (Reverend) named Henry Augustus Loveday (1815-1848). According to today's standards, this “original Indian” is incorrect having 9 solution

1. Bg5! waiting
1. ... b4 2. Bc1 waiting
2. ... b5 3. Rd2 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#

1. Be3! waiting
1. ... b4 2. Bc1 waiting
2. ... b5 3. Rd2 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#

1. Bc1! waiting
1. ... b4 2. Bh1 waiting
2. ... b5 3. Rd2 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#
1. ... b4 2. Kb1 waiting
2. ... b5 3. Rd2 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#
1. ... b4 2. Kb2 waiting
2. ... b5 3. Rd2 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#
1. ... b4 2. Rd2 waiting
2. ... b5 3. Bh1 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#
2. ... b5 3. Kb1 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#
2. ... b5 3. Kb2 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#
1. ... b4 2. Rd6 waiting
2. ... b5 3. Rd2 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#
1. ... b4 2. Rd7 waiting
2. ... b5 3. Rd2 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#
1. ... b4 2. Rd8 waiting
2. ... b5 3. Rd2 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#

1. Bh1! waiting
1. ... b4 2. Bc1 waiting
2. ... b5 3. Rd2 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#


1. Kb1! waiting
1. ... b4 2. Bc1 waiting
2. ... b5 3. Rd2 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#

1. Kb2! waiting
1. ... b4 2. Bc1 waiting
2. ... b5 3. Rd2 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#

1. Rd6! waiting
1. ... b4 2. Bc1 waiting
2. ... b5 3. Rd2 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#

1. Rd7! waiting
1. ... b4 2. Bc1 waiting
2. ... b5 3. Rd2 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#

1. Rd8! waiting
1. ... b4 2. Bc1 waiting
2. ... b5 3. Rd2 waiting
3. ... Kf4 4. Rd4#

compare to #50

Date added: 10/1/2022

50

Checkmate in 4 moves

((Henry Augustus Loveday - The Illustrated London News, 10 Mar 1855)

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1.Kb1! b4
2.Kc2 b5
3.Rd3 b6
4.Bxf3#

compare to #49

Date added: 10/1/2022

51

Checkmate in 7 moves

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1. Bf4!+ Kd5
2. Re3 Nf7
3. Bc7 Nxd4
4. d8=Q+ Kc6
5. Qxd4+ Kxb5
6. Qd5+
7. ... Ka4 2. Qc4, Re4#
7. ... Ka6 2. Qa5#

Date added: 2/3/2022

52

Checkmate in 6 moves

(Ralph Herbert Bridgewater - Chess, 14 Nov 1936)

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1. Bb1! waiting
1. ... b2 2. Ra2 waiting
2. ... b3 3. Ra3 waiting
3. ... b4 4. Ra4 waiting
4. ... b5 5. Ra5 waiting
5. ... b6 6. Be4#

Date added: 12/3/2022

53

Checkmate in 4 moves

(Nikolaj Mihajlovich Gerasimenko - Schach, Aug 1966)

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1. Bd8! waiting
1. ... Kxd8 2. Kd6 waiting
2. ... Kc8 3. Rb2 waiting
3. ... Kd8 4. Rb8#
2. ... Ke8 3. Rf2 waiting
3. ... Kd8 4. Rf8#
1. ... Kc8 2. Kc6 waiting
2. ... Kb8 3. Bb6 [4. Rd8#]
3. ... Ka8/c8 4. Rd8#
1. ... Ke8 2. Ke6 waiting
2. ... Kf8 3. Rg2 waiting
3. ... Ke8 4. Rg8#

Date added: 23/6/2022

54

Checkmate in 4 moves

(Composer)

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Date added: 10/1/2022

55

Checkmate in 4 moves

(Composer)

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Date added: 10/1/2022

56

Checkmate in 4 moves

(Composer)

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Date added: 10/1/2022

57

Checkmate in 6 moves

(Composer)

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Date added: 10/1/2022

58

Checkmate in 4 moves

(Composer)

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Date added: 10/1/2022

59

Checkmate in 10 moves

(Composer)

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Date added: 10/1/2022

60

Checkmate in 4, white to move

(Composer)

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Date added: 10/1/2022