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Bruno's Chess Problem: 01/07/2022

M.R.Vukcevich, W.C.C.T., 1975

Mate in 3(**)
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1. Qa4! ... 2. Qxc4 ... 3. Ne2#
  1. ... Be5 2. Ne6+ Bxe6 3. Ne2#
  1. ... Ne3 2. Ne2+ Bxe2 3. Ne6#
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2022-01-07 09:39:32, by problemist
"Another explanation for the persistence of the paranormal, I submit, is due to the transcendental temptation. In my book by that name, I present the thesis that paranormal and religious phenomena have similar functions in human experience; they are expressions of a tendency to accept magical thinking. This temptation has such profound roots within human experience and culture that it constantly reasserts itself." Paul Kurtz (1925-2012) in: "The Skeptical Inquirer," Vol. 25, (2001), p. 47.

18th Place, 1. WCCT, 1972-1975. FIDE Album. The try 1. Qc6? (2. QxB) Ne3, Be5 2. Ne6+, Ne2+ fails to 1.. Bd5! On the key 1. Qa4 (2. QxB) there is shown reciprocal change 1.. Ne3, Be5 2. Ne2+, Ne6+. Reprinted in "Mat Plus" 1994.

Milan Radoje Vukcevich (* 11.3.1937 in Belgrade, 10.5.2003 in Shaker Heights) Serbian-American Grandmaster in chess composition, see wikipedia arz, de, el, en, fr, it, lv, nl, ru, sr. "Milan Vukcevich was a prominent American chess player (3rd in US closed Championship in 1975, see his games on chessgames.com) and composer. He was also an acclaimed scientist who was considered for a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. About his personality the best is to quote from an eulogy written by Michelle Vukcevich in 2003 (the eulogy was itself quoted in a biographical sketch centered on Milan's scientific achievements):

Milan was a continual, tireless educator. He gave lectures and encouraged students throughout his career and absolutely shined in the classroom. He believed that the evolutionary driving force of humanity is increased knowledge. He, himself, was constantly learning new things. He couldn't sit still for two minutes without a chess board or a science magazine in his hand. To his students he was an inspiration, to search for truth and understanding. And he was a counselor, to search for their personal growth...

Milan Vukcevich composed in all genres (orthodox, studies, fairy problems,...). Of course, Milan also had talent for writing. He published in 1981 "Chess by Milan: Problems and Games of Dr. Milan R. Vukcevich" and in 2003 "My Chess Compositions". In 2008 Siegfried Hornecker also published an article, on ChessProblem.net, about Milan, quoting many problems."

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