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Bruno's Chess Problem: 05/22/2017

F.Giegold, Schach Echo, 1960

Mate in 4(***)
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1. Kc3! ... 2. Rb2 ... 3. Kb4 Kxd4 4. Nf5#
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2017-05-22 12:35:40, by problemist
Typo: 4. Nf5# not 4. Rf4#.
2017-05-22 12:32:17, by problemist
The "Rätselonkel" at his best. Shown is a change of place of wRb4 and wKb2 followed by 3.. Kxd4 4. Rf4#. It is quite surprising and paradoxical that there is no battery firing with wBa1 as its rear piece. Instead White takes care that wBa1 is blocked and rendered completely useless such that the bK can capture on d4. A very good chess puzzle designed to fool particularly the experienced solver. In view of this I would rate it by 4 stars.

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 avlable online." [Today's problem is listed as No. 556 with the reference to Schach Echo 1969.]

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