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Bruno's Chess Problem: 09/20/2018

J.T.Blakemore, Chess Bouquet, 1897

Mate in 3(***)
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1. Nh4!
  1... Kd4 2. Nf5+ Kd5 3. Ne5#
     2... Kc3 3. d4#
  1... Kc6 2. Nf5 ... 3. Ne5#
     2... Kb5 3. Nd4#
  1... Ke6 2. Nf5 ... 3. Ne5#
     2... Kxf5 3. Nce3#
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2018-09-21 07:08:52, by problemist
>using MS Paint

There was a time when Bruno supplied the feature that you could move the pieces in the diagram when registered. Apparently, this does not work anymore, when registered now I don't see any diagram at all. While this is good for training purposes, sometimes one also needs a board to try it out.
2018-09-20 17:36:33, by slowbut2
2018-09-19 16:26:09, by problemist
"Good work slowbut2! I would have bet that you stumbled on this one :-)"
2018-09-20 17:35:00, by slowbut2
re 2018-09-19 16:26:09, by problemist, yes I do have it built in me and perhaps in the fact that i check myself using MS Paint's square Cut\Paste only for the pieces leaving white squares and less-than-clear occupied squares. But feels good to know that i have an audience - including the honorable problemist - for it.
2018-09-20 16:00:38, by problemist
Of course the solution depends heavily on black zugzwang as White could not mate the bK on c6 and e6. But zugzwang guarantees that after two black moves the bK cannot be on these squares.
2018-09-20 08:17:43, by problemist
Good chess puzzle with a well-hidden key. Thus, it takes some time to crack this chess nut, so that four stars would also be adequate here. Something has to be prepared for the K-flights to c6, d4, e6. The tries 1. Kb7?, Rc8?, Rxf4? don't achieve this: 1.. Kd4!, Ke6!, Kc6! It may be a hint that White should be able to check on d4 after 1.. Kd4 such that d4 is guarded and on the K-flight to c3 3. d4# works. Interestingly, the first two moves of White are identical in all three variations 1. Nh4 2. Nf5. On 2.. Kb5, Kc3, KxN 3. Nd4#, d4#, Ne3# while on the other moves 3. Ne5#.

J.T. Blakemore (* 1844 in Birmingham) British composer.

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