Judy's Problems - Part IV


Judy, The mid-19th century female chess talent who played the wonderful games in my previous posting, Judy, was also an extremely skillful chess problemist.  Her problems were published in the Illustrated London News, the Gateshead Observer,  Chess Player (edited by Kling and Horwitz), Home Circle and Staunton's Chess Players' Chronicle.

Rod Edwards researched and collected 60 problems of which 15 were cooked (through computer analysis) and sent me all of the good ones save 3.  My intention is to publish the entire collection - sans solutions - here in seven parts along with Mr. Edwards' notes.

Judy's Problems - Part I        
                          - Part II 
                          - Part III

Chess problems by ‘Judy,’ (a.k.a. ‘Stella’)


Problems from the Illustrated London News (ILN):



Problem No. 433

White to play, and mate in six moves. 

(ILN May 8, 1852, p.371)



Enigma No. 738

White, playing first, to mate in seven [should be six -RE] moves. 

(ILN May 22, 1852, p.411)





Enigma No. 769

White to play, and mate in five moves. 

(ILN Oct. 23, 1852, p.339)






Enigma No. 778

White to play, and mate in six moves. 

(ILN Dec. 11, 1852, p.515)

Note: also appeard as Problem No. 9 in The Chess Player, vol. 3, Nov. 1852, p.98.






Problem No. 464

White, playing first, to mate in four [should be three –RE] moves. 

(ILN Dec. 18, 1852, p.547)

Note: the white pawn at c2 had originally been placed at c4. This was corrected the following week (ILN Dec. 25, 1852, p.563).






Problem No. 482 - Une Difficulté

White to play, and mate in six moves. 

(ILN Apr. 23, 1853, p.307)







  • 8 years ago


    While the solutions are available (or one could find them by using a computer application), I don't plan on publishing them here, but will rather let the problems stand as they are.

                   "what does -RE mean in chess terms?"

    Nothing in chess terms. RE stands for Rod Edwards and indicate that the comments were his, not mine.

  • 8 years ago


    I think the problems are kind of hard for beginners. Where can we possibly get the solutions?

  • 8 years ago


    And one more thing, what does -RE mean in chess terms?

  • 8 years ago


    Still havent figured out the solutions to last ones problems. Where can i get solutions?

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