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Bruno's Chess Problem: 03/25/2019

F.Giegold, 1971

Mate in 4 (**)
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1. Qb5! axb5 2. Be5 a6 3. Kd8 Kf8 4. Nd7#
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2019-03-25 06:25:59, by problemist
Good chess puzzle of the 'Rätselonkel.' To gain a tempo White sacrifices the wQ, then 2. Be5 and by zugzwang the bK is decoyed to f8 3. Kd8 Kf8 with the unexpected mate 4. Nd7#. Published in 'Landeszeitung für die Lüneburger Heide.'

Fritz Emil Giegold (* 2.3.1903 in Leupoldsgrün, † 13.11.1978 in Leupoldsgrün) German composer, see wikipedia de. "Leupoldsgrün. That's the place. It became world-famous, at least in the problemists' world, because of one person: Fritz Emil Giegold. His enigmatic, difficult but facetious and ravishing longmovers fascinated and amused solvers of many chess magazines and newspaper columns and owed him the nickname of 'Rätselonkel' (Puzzle Uncle). His specialty consisted in forced black play, but very hidden and counter-intuitive white moves.

Fritz Giegold published his first problem in 1916. He edited the chess column of the Frankenpost newspaper from 1948 until 1978 and also collaborated with other publications. He wrote one book with Walther Horwitz: "Zaubereien auf dem Schachbrett" (1962) and two anthologies were published after his death: Herbert Engel and Karl-D. Schulz's "Fritz Giegold - 200 problematische Einfälle und Ideen." (1982), and Herbert Engel's "Problemsammlung von Fritz Giegold" (1985) which is available online (today's problem is reprinted as No. 574)."

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