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Bruno's Chess Problem: 04/09/2021

V.Cociu, 1981

Mate in 2(***)
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Level : * (very easy) to ****** (very hard)

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1. Nd2! Ke1 2. Qxg1#
  1... g2 2. Qh4#
  1... Bh2 2. Qf1#
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2021-04-09 12:46:18, 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:::::: knight has to start\\ ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, it seems [ reverification is intended later on and before seeing others’ comments] that white's ndtwo starts
2021-04-09 11:47:17, by problemist
Regarding the composer: While yacpdb has Victor Cuciuc, on PDB Server Victor Cociu is listed. On another problem Adrian Storisteanu comments: "The author is indeed V. Cociu, from Sibiu (also appearing on the solvers list), probably Victor Cociu in the "Chess composers' names in various alphabets" database. (2015-10-22)" In Hlas l'udu also V. Cociu is the composer's name.
2021-04-09 06:32:09, by problemist
Hlas ľudu, 20 Aug 1981 (1117v). Miniature. The key 1. Nd2 creates zugzwang 1.. Bh2, Ke1, g2 2. Qf1# (here the wP eliminates the dual 2. Ne4#, it was missing in the original printed diagram: "čo je škodlivý duál, ktorý sa dá ľahko odstrániť pridaním bPe4."), Qxg1#, Qh4# (using the black self-blocks).

Victor Cuciuc (* 22.8.1918, † 16.7.1989) Romanian composer. "In 2009 Valeriu Petrovici and Dinu-Ioan Nicula published a booklet about Victor Cuciuc: "Problemistul Victor Cuciuc" (Buletin Problemistic). Let's quote the preface of this opus:
Victor Cuciuc was a versatile man of chess: a composer, arbiter and solver, he also played chess tourneys and correspondence tourneys. Born in Bessarabia (nowadays Republic of Moldova) he started chess in the late 1930s. He asserted himself in the field of direct mate problems, in which he obtained several titles of national champion in the 1950s until the 1970s. He was the promoter of a thematic idea he thus defined in 1951: "In the initial position, no piece is pinned; during play at least three black pieces are pinned and White gives mate using these pins." After wandering through the country because of his profession of construction engineer, in the last part of his life he finally set home in the city of Braila, on the banks of the Danube."

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