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Bruno's Chess Problem: 01/09/2019

E.Boswell, Svenska Dagbladet, 1928

Mate in 2 (**)
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1. Qa8!
  1... d4 2. Qh1#
  1... c3 2. Kxb3#
  1... b2 2. Kb4#
  
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2019-01-09 10:05:01, by slowbut2
before my seeing comments: My solution [submitted in a style the honorable problemist was imitating on 2018-11-09 08:29:17]: to mate with queen after some black move, white's qaeight starts
2019-01-09 06:30:13, by problemist
The key has to be performed by the wQ, but attacking on the b-file fails, e.g. 1. Qb7?, Qb6? c3!, d4! So the next idea is to build a Royal KQ-battery on the a-file, but 1. Qa6?, Qa4? fail to 1.. d4! Thus the wQ has to observe the diagonal a8-h1 which only works from a8. Then 1.. d4, c3, b2 2. Qh1#, Kxb3#, Kb4#. Prize. A gem, which was often reprinted:
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Edward Boswell (* 14.10.1899 in Lancaster, 22.3.1960 in Lancaster) British composer. "Edward Boswell was a specialist of selfmates and the president of the BCPS (British Chess Problem Society) from 1958 until 1960. He was an International Judge."

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