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Bruno's Chess Problem: 12/10/2017

S.Herland, Tidskrift f?r Schack, 1905

Mate in 3(***)
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1. Bh3! ... 2. Rxc4 ... 3. Rc5#
     2... Nxc4 3. e4#
     2... Kxc4 3. Qd3#
  1... Rxh3 2. Rxc4 ... 3. Rc5#
     2... Bd6, d6 3. Qf7#
     2... Nxc4 3. e4#
     2... Kxc4 3. Qd3#
  1... Rh1 2. Rxc4 ... 3. Rc5#
     2... Nxc4 3. e4#
     2... Kxc4, Rxg1 3. Qd3#
  1... Bd6 2. Rxe5+ Kc6 3. Rc5#
     2... Bxe5 3. e4#
     2... Kxe5 3. Qf5#
  1... d6 2. Rxe5+ Kc6 3. Rc5#
     2... dxe5 3. e4#
     2... Kxe5 3. Qf5#
  1... Nc8 2. Qf7+ ... 3. Qxd7#
     2... Kxe4 3. Qxc4#
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2017-12-10 14:53:27, by problemist
1st Prize. A very hard, but interesting problem with a well-hidden quiet threat and several sacrifices. Also the key only makes sense with that in mind, so one does not come up with it in a piecemeal fashion. It sacrifices the wB and blocks the bR (so that on 1.. RxB still 2. Rxc4 works, also not the seemingly equivalent 1. Bg4? Rh5! 2. Rxc4 Rf5) and opens the way for the wQ to d3. It also still controls e6 and d7. Now the quiet threat is 2. Rxc4!! with the further threats 3. Rc5#, Qd3#. On 2.. NxR 3. e4# and 2.. KxR 3. Qd3#. There are basically only two more variations 1.. Nc8(a8) 2. Qf7+ Kxe4, Kc6(Kd6) 3. Qf3# (and the minor dual 3. Qxc4#), Qxd7# and again a very nice R-sacrifice on e5 after 1.. d6, Bd6 with the variations 2.. PxR(BxR), KxR, Kc6 3. e4#, Qf5#, Rc5#.

Sigmund Herland (*27.9.1865 in Vienna, +15.8.1954 in Bucharest) Austrian-Romanian composer and player, see wikipedia en, ru. "A collection of 327 selected problems by Sigmund Herland was published by Ekaterina Yaremska-Iliescu (available online, today's problem is reprinted as No. 38). 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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