October 31, 1955

# 19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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HERMAN D. LEVI
Saginaw, Mich.

SHORT CUT
Sirs:
I solved the problem in 35 minutes by moving the White pieces four straight times, leaving the Black stable. Here is my solution: K-B7, B-B2, B-B5, R-B5.
VINCENT RICCHENTI
Chula Vista, Calif.

R.S.V.P.
Sirs:
I have been studying it for two days and have not yet solved it.
STANLEY CUNNINGHAM
Lynchburg, Va.

?Neither have the Messrs. Ricchenti, Levi and Terrel nor the many other readers who sent SI their "solutions." To end the suspense, here are the magic moves: the key first move, Kt-B6, limits Black to three possible moves.

Following each of these alternatives:

Variation One:
1 Kt-B6, K-Q3; 2 B-B2, P-K5; 3 R-Q2ch, KxKt; 4 B-Q7 mate. If Black moves 2...K-Q4; 3 Kt-Kt4ch, K-Q3; 4 B-B5 mate. If Black moves 3...K-K5;4 R-B4 mate.

Variation Two:
1 Kt-B6, K-K5; 2 Kt-Kt4, K-K6; 3 BxP, K-K5; 4 R-K2 mate. If Black moves 2...K-Q5; 3 B-B2ch, K-K5; 4 R-B4 mate.

Variation Three:
1 Kt-B6, P-K5; 2 Kt-K7ch, K-Q5; 3 B-K2, K-K6; 4 Kt-B5 mate. If Black moves 3...P-K6; 4 R-B4 mate.

RARE ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIND
Sirs:
Before you consider Mr. Metcalfe's suggestion that you sponsor the Lhasa apso dog on the Place the Face television program (19TH HOLE, Oct. 3), take my advice and avoid a certain fiasco.

No amount of disguise could fool any literate American who knows Li'l Abner's old friend Hairless Joe when he sees him.

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