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This month's fare is a balanced selection of two-movers and longer problems.

No. 1060 presents the knight-wheel in a some-what original form, the defenses of the black knight simultaneously opening the two white lines.

No. 1062, a joint composition by two popular American composers, contains interesting pinning defenses.

Nos. 1063 and 1064 are deceptive puzzles, the latter a dainty waiter by Herbert Thorne, fifteen-year old winner of the 1937-38 St. Petersburg Chess Club Tournament, and a remarkable "maiden" effort.

No. 1065 is a mutate claiming six self-blocks by the genial editors of the CCLA Bulletin Problem Dept., Messrs. Isador and Morris Hoch-berg.

Nos. 1066, 1067 and 1068 are lightweight compositions by prominent composers, and contain familiar but delightful strategy.

Mr. Percy Bowater and Mr. A. J. Fink give us elegant complexities in Nos. 1069 and 1070, while Mr. C. S. Kipping completes this triumvirate of master composers with his No. 1071, which illustrates three diagonal unpins of a black knight.

Our Parisian friends contribute Nos. 1072 and 1073, the former featuring reciprocal white-line openings by Black, and the latter a version of an idea attributed to the famous Von Holz-hausen.

No. 1074 is a typical Spencer strategem with unapparent modus and unpredictable mates.

Mr. R. E. McGee, a composer new to us, offers a pleasing Roman study in No. 1075.

The veteran virtuoso, Dr. Gilbert Dobbs, gives us one of his crystalline model-mates with a novel echo, No. 1076, and dedicates it to that great composer, Otto Wurzburg.

G. Goeller of Germany, presents No. 1077, a tempo study in which the white and black rooks do some intricate maneuvering.

Finally, we offer a selection of nine of the late J. F. Tracy's compositions, of which Nos. 1078 and 1079 were contributed as originals to THE CHESS REVIEW. For the choice of quoted problems we are indebted to James Stichka, Jr. of Ontario, Calif., and five of the seven presented were Mr. Tracy's, own favorites.

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