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Bruno's Chess Problem: 08/21/2017

A.Pankratiev, Scacco, 1999

Mate in 2(**)
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2017-08-21 08:08:30, by problemist
In the key wRb2 has to move to activate the wQ threatening 2. Qxd5#. This can be done on the b-file or on the 2nd rank. The black defenses are 1.. Rd1, Bxe4, dxe6, Nb4. While on the latter there is always 2. Qxc3#, the others are more interesting. It turns out that when moving on the b-file 1. Rb7?, Rb6?, Rb4? just one of 1.. Rd1!, Bxe4!, dxe6! refutes while otherwise changed mates are prepared. The key on the g-file shows another three changed mates on these defenses. An interesting theme in a perfect rendering. 1st Prize. The solver has to be careful not to be trapped by one of the tries.

Александр Николаевич Панкратьев (*28.5.1954) Russian composer and FIDE Master. "Aleksandr Pankratiev is a well-known helpmate composer who also composed direct mates. He is very prolific and was documented on Jan Golha's website as a possible plagiarist due to the fact that a considerable proportion of his problems was anticipated."

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