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Bruno's Chess Problem: 05/01/2016

C.P.Sydenham, 1er Pr., The Problemist, 1977

Mate in 2(**)
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1. Qxd6! ... 2. Qxe5#
  1. ... Qxd5 2. Qxd5#
  1. ... Qe6 2. Qxe6#
  1. ... Qxe7,Qd4,Qxg7 2. Qxf4#
  1. ... Qxf5 2. Rc4#
  1. ... Qxd6+ 2. Nxd6#
  1. ... Qf6 2. Nxf6#
  1. ... Kd4 2. Nxc3#
  1. ... Kxf5 2. Qg6#
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2016-05-01 09:01:48, by slowbut2
before my seeing comments: My solution: to queen mate\foresee black king moves, white's qdsix is start before mate with q\n \etc.
2016-05-01 08:39:21, by problemist
The well hidden capturing key threatens 2. Qxe5#. Mates are changed for 1.. Kd4 which has the set mate 2. Qa4# and in the solution the pin mate 2. Nxc3#. All the other variations (except 1.. Kf5) result from a move of the bQ and show a wide variety of mates. From a theme tourney. What was the theme? FIDE Album.

IM Colin Peter Sydenham (*13.12.1937), GB, "is a specialist of the direct twomover and of the helpmate duplex. One of his favourite helpmate duplex can be found on theproblemist.org as well as his autobiography, where you shall learn about the Horatian Society and Superpins, and his selected problems." Here is the beginning, showing his wide interests beyond chess: "I was born in Hampstead on 13.12.1937. After Eton and King’s (where I read two years of classics and one of law) I practised for nearly 40 years at the Chancery Bar. My classics left me with a lifelong love of Horace, and I was Secretary of the Horatian Society for over 20 years. Other hobbies include Mediaeval carving, following cricket and some gentle boating on the River Alde. When I retired from the Bar (2003) the first project which I could not resist was to publish my verse translation of Horace’s Odes (2005). I found this pushed chess problems to one side (which was not what I had intended), and now the energies which went into composition have been diverted into running a Latin Poetry reading group in Aldeburgh."

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