"J Healy v T Duncan, Islington Club Championships - 1997. The black knight attacks two pawns, so the obvious drawing line for white is 1 BxKt, PXB when neither king has a route into the opposing position. But instead white (to move) set a clever trap which snared black and won the game. Can you work out what happened?
Winner John Healy is the author of two best-selling award-winning novels."
Following on from previous Grass Arena puzzles (TGA III, TGA II, TGA) today we have another John Healy chess problem that originates from Leonard Barden and reaches the S&BCC blog via thegrassarena.net
Aside from finding the right move
(a) does anybody know anything of the "two best-selling award-winning novels" that Barden says Healy had published? I'm only aware of The Grass Arena but that was not a novel.
(b) Our previous John Healy puzzles have dated from 1975, 1976 and 1980 respectively and the concluding lines of The Grass Arena (published 1988) read,
"Back in England I never met the Countess again, nor did I play any more chess tournaments. Time clouding memory cured my longings for both."Today's puzzle is dated 1997. Is that a misprint or did John Healy come back to competitive chess at some point?