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Bruno's Chess Problem: 01/11/2019

M.G.Garcia, 1996

Mate in 5 (*****)
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1. O-O-O! ... 2. Ng5 ... 3. Nxh7+ Rxh7 4. Rg6#
     2... Bc7 3. Qxc7 ... 4. Qe7#
        3... Rc8 4. Nxh7+ Rxh7 5. Rg6#
  1... gxh3 2. Rg1 ... 3. Qd7 ... 4. Qe6#
        3... Re8 4. Qf7#
        3... Rg6 4. Nh5#
     2... h2 3. Qd7 ... 4. Qe6#
        3... hxg1=?+ 4. Rxg1 ... 5. Qe6#
           4... Re8 5. Qg7#
           4... Rg6 5. Nh5#
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2019-01-11 08:37:35, by problemist
In the preface of the collection it is mentioned: "Los mates directos fueron publicados en revistas y diarios nacionales e internacionales." It would be of historical interest to know these original references, but unfortunately they are not supplied.
2019-01-11 07:41:53, by problemist
White wants to have 1.. exf4 2. Qa1# and 1.. gxh3 2. R1g1. For this only castling long suffices! Then 1.. gxh3 2. Rdg1 h2 3. Qd7 (threat 4. Qe6#) hxg1Q+ 4. Rxg1 (retaining the threat and now also 5. Qg7#) Rg6 5. Nh5# and on 1.. b4, g3 2. Ng5 with the threat 3. Nxh7+ Rxh7 4. Rg6# which Black can prolong by only one move 2.. Bc7 3. Qxc7 Rc8 (pin) 4. Nxh7+ Rxh7 5. Rg6#. To solve this castling has to be spotted as well as the threat play with Ng5 and Nxh7+. This is sufficiently hidden to justify 4 stars. Bruno gives an extra star for the black check on g1. The problem is reprinted in "Estudios Artisticos de Ajedrez. Nº 2 – Año 2010 – Salta - Argentina, Problemas de Mario Guido García," as No. 68.

Mario Guido García (* 1948 in Salta) Argentinian composer and International Judge. More biographical information can be found on the website of the Unión Argentina de Problemistas de Ajedrez. There also a pdf-file of the collection mentioned above is to be found (as well as pdfs of additional publications).

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