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Bruno's Chess Problem: 03/12/2018

K.Mlynka, 2eme Pr., 1967

Mate in 3(***)
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1. Ka2!
  1... d5 2. Bd4 f3 3. Qg4#
     2... f5 3. Qe2#
  1... f5 2. Qd1 f3 3. Qd4#
     2... d5 3. Qe2#
  1... f3 2. Qb5 f5 3. Qxc4#
     2... d5 3. Qb1#
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2018-03-12 09:12:27, by problemist
Shown is zugzwang combined with black self blocks. To use the variation 1.. f3 2. Qb5 d5 3. Qb1# the way to b1 has not to be blocked. This explains the good key 1. Ka2! creating zugzwang that is continued with the second white moves: 1.. d5 2. Bd4 and 1.. f5 2. Qd1. The second black moves form a cycle of self blocks. Comment by the composer: Cyklicke postupne blockovanie poli. Source: Banska Bystrica (BABY). 2-3m. Prebor Slovenska 1964-69. Also the multiple zugzwang is quite a challenge for the solver.

Karol Mlynka (*11.8.1944 in Kozárovce) Slovak composer and FIDE Master. "Karol Mlynka is a twomover and fairy composer. Juraj Lörinc summed it up on his website: Teacher of Slovak and German languages. Known Slovak composer, he composes since 1961, inventor of Mlynka theme (cyclic change of defence motives of 3 defences in 2 phases) as well as many other original themes from the field of so called Slovak school. International judge FIDE since 1987 and FIDE master since 1990. In recent time he works well in Pat a Mat redaction, where he is editor for #3. - Karol Mlynka also invented the Supertransmuting King and has already composed many problems with this fairy piece. The definitions and some examples can be found also on Juraj Lörinc's website. Karol Mlynka's book "100 selected chess compositions" can be downloaded from" [Today's problem is listed as No. 35 in the book "409 Selected Chess Compositions of Karol Mlynka" by Gabriel Török (available online).]

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