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Bruno's Chess Problem: 06/22/2017

S.Herland, Deutsche Schachzeitung, 1906

Mate in 4(***)
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1. Ng4! ... 2. Ne5 ... 3. Nf4#
  1... a5 2. Ne5 ... 3. Nf4#
     2... axb4 3. axb4 ... 4. Nf4#
  1... Kc4 2. Re3 ... 3. Ne5 ... 4. Nf4#
  1... Kc6 2. Re7 ... 3. Ne5 ... 4. Nf6#
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2017-06-22 06:37:48, by problemist
Meredith in the Bohemian style. The hidden key idea is to bring wNf2 to e5 where it controls vital flight squares of the bK. Then model mates with the other wN follow in symmetric variations after 1.. Kc6(c4) 2. Re7(e3) 3. Ne5 or 1.. a5 2. Ne5. A good chess puzzle showing the power of a centralized Knight.

Sigmund Herland (*27.9.1865 in Vienna, +15.8.1954 in Bucharest) Austrian-Romanian composer, see wikipedia en, ru. "Sigmund Herland was a chess player and composer. A collection of 327 selected problems by Sigmund Herland was published by Ekaterina Yaremska-Iliescu (available online, today's problem is reprinted as No. 175). Sigmund Herland composed in all genres (studies, direct or fairy problems, in Bohemian or strategic style) and was often very creative and original. Sigmund Herland also composed what can be considered as the forerunner of the first cyclic Babson task (composed by Peter Hoffmann, Schach 2005). The story of this problem, published by Alain C. White in the Theory of Pawn Promotion, was evoked by Steven Dowd in his "Skittles" on ChessCafe."

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