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Bruno's Chess Problem: 05/18/2019

O.Votruba, Casopis ceskych sachistu, 1926

Mate in 3 (**)
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1. Re8! ... 2. Nc4+ Qxc4 3. Qf6#
  1... Bg5+ 2. Rxg5+ hxg5 3. Nc4#
     2... Kd6 3. bxc5#
  1... Qxg6 2. Nc4+ Ke6 3. Nxc5#
  1... c4 2. Nxc4+ Qxc4 3. Qf6#
  1... axb3  Kd4 3. Qxd3#
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2019-05-18 13:49:58, by slowbut2
before my seeing comments: My solution [arrived to through the 32-pixel, B&W, restartable-moving-pieces setting and submitted in a style the honorable problemist was imitating on 2018-11-09 08:29:17]: to pin bishop to avoid bishop check and to mate with queen\knight , white's reeight starts
2019-05-18 10:10:49, by problemist
Something against the black check on g5 has to be found. Therefore the key creates a half-pin on the e-file with the threat 2. Nc4+ Qxc4 3. Qf6#. Now on 1.. Bg5+ 2. Rxg5+ hxg5, Kd6 3. Nc4# (model mate), bxc5#; 1.. Qxg6 2. Nc4+ Ke6 3. Nxc5# (model mate) and the short mates 1.. Kd6, Qxb3 2. Qf4#, Qf6#.

Otakar Votruba (* 21.4.1894 in Praha, † 13.7.1943 in Berlin) Czech composer. From the recent 'Die Schwalbe', April 2019: "Otakar Votruba (21.4.1894-13.7.1943) entstammte der böhmischen Problemschule, versuchte aber, das schwarze Spiel interessanter zu machen durch den Einsatz von schwarzen Verteidigungs-Figuren, anstatt sich auf die typischen böhmischen Stellungen mit wenigen weißen Steinen gegen einen unverteidigten König zu beschränken." On Otakar Votruba's tragic death (he was executed by the Nazis in Berlin-Plötzensee after being convicted of high treason) see his obituary "Opuštěná šachovnice" by Miroslav Havel in Šach (1945), p. 61-67 (available from the site "Chess Problem Links" of Václav Kotěšovec).

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