Insights from Kreuzberg, Berlin

Who issues an instruction to who has always been a difficult topic. In Germany, the year 1882 marked a new direction through the new empowerment of the public administration sector. An argument in the well known urban district ‘Kreuzberg’ in Berlin triggered the reformation. A monument, constructed sixty years earlier, was threatened to be overbuilt. The Berlin Police Department tried to forestall this by releasing a public regulation which upset the owner of the vacant lot who filed complaint and in the end won the court proceedings.


The following diagram Black directs White’s task. But how?


Kreuzberg 1

 Black’s turn, Black wins

L. Spasov – Kr. Georgiev, 1983. 1…Be3 The bishop may not be moved, as checkmating through the queen will sacrifice the rook. 2. fex3 after 2… Qh3+ leads to the checkmate. 2.Nc2 Qf3 and game over. Does the reader find a way of defence for Black?


The complaint was processed by the Prussian Supreme Court for administrative matters which passed a guiding judgement. After all, the claimant’s victory was a milestone in ending the absolute police state. From that moment on, the tasks of the police force was limited to the prevention and soling of illegal activities. The organization of social life on the other hand was now out of their control.


Full knowledge of the successful offense is advantageous in the following task:


Kreuzberg 2

 White’s turn, White wins

Mischto – Klosa, 1955. 1. Qh7+ Kxh7 2. Rxg7+ Kh8 (2… Kh6 3. R1g6#) 3. Rg8+ Kh7 4. R1g7+ Kh6 5. Rg6+ Kh7 6. R8g7+ Kh8 7. Rh6#

1 – 0


Monika Galambfalvy from Vienna (Elo around 1700 back then) had to learn how fast the conditions change in chess the hard way: She was the bronze medallist of the national championship in 2005 and therefore belonged to the squad that had unexpected visitors on a random Sunday morning.


The white king may also receive unexpected visitor soon – how does he get through despite the defence?


Kreuzberg 3

Black’s turn, Black wins

Gusti – Nutrizio, 1958. 1… Rd1+! 2. Qxd1 (2. Kxd1 Qd4+ 3. Ke1 [3. Bd2 Nxf2+ 4. Ke1 Nd3+] 3… Qxf2+ 4. Kd1 Rd8+ 5. Kc2 Nc5+ 6. Kb2 Nd3+) 2… Qc3+ 3. Bd2 Nxd2 4. Qxd2 Qxa1+ 5. Qd1 Qxa3

0 – 1


The unexpected visit was paid by the Austrian Anti Doping Committee that demanded 75 milliliters of her urine. As Galambfalvy was stressed out by a sick daughter and a broken boiler, she did not comply with their request. The amateur chess player was obviously not familiar with the consequnces of her denial. With one call of the chess association the next day she was informed about the accusation of being a doping case. Was she rather a victim?! Mind the notation signs.. During the following hearing the player proved the situation and could not even guess the extent of the sentence. The verdict consisted of a (frowned upon) two-year suspension of the 72nd in women’s national rankings.


White literally arrested the black king in this diagram. What moves were made?

Kreuzberg 4

 White’s turn, White wins

Van Weersel – Visschedijk, Rotterdam, 2000. 1. Qxf8+ and game over! You don’t believe it? Feel free to check yourself 🙂

written by Frank, translated by Birthe