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Bruno's Chess Problem: 11/18/2017

V.Pachman, Narodni politika, 1937

Mate in 3(***)
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2017-11-18 11:01:05, by problemist
Reprinted as No. 152 in "Vybrané šachové skladby" (1980).
2017-11-18 10:44:11, by problemist
Strategic problem with a Bohemian touch. The direct attack 1. Qe8? fails to 1.. Bh4! Also there must be a reason why on a7 there is a Bishop and not merely a Pawn. Using these hints White creates the threat 2. Bxb6+ Kb8 3. Bc7# keeping an eye on both c8 and e8 with his Queen. Now with 1.. Ra5 Black unguards b6 so that the decoy 2. Qc8+ works 2.. RxQ 3. Nxb6# and on 1.. Ba5 the mainplan 2. Qe8 succeeds as, with the decoy of the bB, Black is deprived of 2.. Bh4. Side variations are 1.. RxN+ 2. QxR and 1.. Rd7 2. Qe8+(QxR).

Vladimir Pachman (*16.4.1918 in Bělá pod Bezdězem, +8.8.1984 in Praha) Czech composer and Grandmaster in composition, see wikipedia cs, de, it, lv, ru. "Vladimir Pachman is the brother of o.t.b. GM Ludek Pachman and the great-nephew of Bohemian composer Josef Cumpe (1868-1943). Vladimir composed about 1200 problems and studies, most of his problems in 3 or more moves. He was granted the title of International Judge upon the creation of the title in 1956. He edited the problems columns in "Ceskolovensky Sach" and wrote many books and articles. The following ones can be downloaded on the Internet:
"Problémový šach - Výběr 100 trojtahových úloh Fratiška Matouška" (1950) about F. Matousek's problems;
"České zvonky z Prahy" (1958);
"Šachová úloha" (1953), a treatise on direct mates with 239 examples, mostly three-movers;
"Vybrané šachové skladby Vladimíra Pachmana" (1972) about his own problems;
An article in Schach 1959: "Über das Wesen der Böhmischen Schule"about the Bohemian School;
Article in EG 61 (1980) "Logical Studies".
The quality of Pachman's works is high; he could include strategic and logical elements in Bohemian problems.

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