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Bruno's Chess Problem: 07/26/2017

F.Giegold, Schach Echo, 1961

Mate in 3(***)
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1. Qg4!+ Kxg4 2. g8=N
     2... f5, Kh5 3. Nf6#
     2... h5, Kf5 3. Nh6#
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2017-07-26 17:30:57, by problemist
Schulz comments in the book mentioned below (1982): "Eine herzerfrischende Totalblockade nach dem drastischen D-Opfer, das Weiß noch des letzten Offiziers beraubt! Doch wozu schließlich dient denn ein Bauer unmittelbar vor seiner Metamorphose? - Da müsste der Autor nicht gerade "Giegold" heißen, um neckisch zu demonstrieren, daß da nur ausgerechnet ein Springer entstehen kann. Problemtechnisch ist diese scharf zugespitzte "Kleinigkeit" zudem als harmonisches Echospiel gefügt." Also it was awarded a 1st Commendation and with 12 pieces still qualifies as a Meredith.
2017-07-26 05:55:09, by problemist
Chess puzzle with a checking key that sacrifices the wQ followed by the quiet underpromotion to a wN and echo mates on f6 or h6 based on zugzwang. Commendation. Knowing that it was composed by the 'Rätselonkel' readily suggests the key.

Fritz Emil Giegold (*2.3.1903 in Leupoldsgrün, +13.11.1978 in Leupoldsgrün) German composer, see wikipedia de. "Leupoldsgrün. That's the place. It became world-famous, at least in the problemists' world, because of one person: Fritz Emil Giegold. His enigmatic, difficult but facetious and ravishing longmovers fascinated and amused solvers of many chess magazines and newspaper columns and owed him the nickname of 'Rätselonkel' (Puzzle Uncle). His specialty consisted in forced black play, but very hidden and counter-intuitive white moves.
Fritz Giegold published his first problem in 1916. He edited the chess column of the Frankenpost newspaper from 1948 until 1978 and also collaborated with other publications. He wrote one book with Walther Horwitz: "Zaubereien auf dem Schachbrett" (1962) and two anthologies were published after his death: Herbert Engel and Karl-D. Schulz's "Fritz Giegold - 200 problematische Einfälle und Ideen." (1982) and Herbert Engel's "Problemsammlung von Fritz Giegold" (1985) which is available online." [Today's problem is listed as No. 50 and No. 201 respectively in both collections.]

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