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Bruno's Chess Problem: 04/19/2021

N.Shankar Ram, 1st Pr., Salazar Jubilee Tourney, 1986

Mate in 2(**)
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2021-04-20 00:30:52, by slowbut2
before my seeing others’ comments: My better solution [arrived to through the 32-pixel, B&W, restartable-moving-pieces setting and “(?)”]: 1. ndseven
2021-04-20 00:25:03, by slowbut2
before my seeing others’ comments: 1. Ne4? dxe4!
2021-04-19 18:17:57, by problemist
Well, slowbut2, a "reverification" of your proposed key 1. Ne4?! is badly needed. Or was it a typo? It seems you have mates only on 1.. N~, f2 but what if Black takes 1.. PxN or 1.. d4 or 1.. B~?
2021-04-19 14:08:34, by slowbut2
before my seeing others’ comments: My solution [arrived to through the 32-pixel, B&W, restartable-moving-pieces setting and “(?)”]: in view of the following possibility\s:::::: a white knight should move\\ ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, it seems [ reverification is intended later on and before seeing others’ comments] that white's nefour starts
2021-04-19 08:05:51, by problemist
FIDE Album. The key by wNc5 creates zugzwang, but 1. Nxa4?, Nd3? Nxb5!, f2! So 1. Nd7 and on 1.. N~, B~ 2. Nb6# (Ne5#), Ne5# further 1.. Kxb5, d4, f2 2. Qxd5#, Nb6#, Qe2#. Some interactions with the tries: changed mates, a cycle of double mates. In all phases passive dual avoidance in form of the Mari theme is shown. (Encyclopedia of Chess Problems: "Black opens line for white linemover which then cannot be closed on mating move.")

Narayan Shankar Ram (* 26.2.1961) Indian composer and International Master. "Narayan Shankar Ram seems to enjoy cycles of moves and letter-themes too. He won the 3rd and 4th WCCT fairy sections (one of them with Ukrainian cycle problem) and also many other prizes. He became IM in chess composition in 1992 at the age of 31 (he currently has 43.50 points in the FIDE albums). He is one of the world experts in reflexmates." In 2017 he published a booklet on the work of the leading Indian composer C. G. S. Narayanan (* 1947) "CGSN - 70
- Selected Chess Compositions" which is available online from the BCPS website. On the photos also Shankar Ram is depicted.

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