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Bruno's Chess Problem: 06/22/2022

F.Fleck, Magyar Sakkvilag, 1932

Mate in 2(***)
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1. Rc3! ... 2. Nxc7#
  1... Kxe6 2. g8=Q#
  1... Nc4 2. Rd3#
  1... Nxf3 2. Bxf3#
  1... Qf7, Qxe6 2. Qd3#
  1... Qxf3 2. Qxf3#
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2022-06-22 06:52:55, by problemist
"In the general tendency toward specialization, philosophy too has established itself as a specialized discipline, one purified of all specific content. In so doing, philosophy has denied its own constitutive concept: the intellectual freedom that does not obey the dictates of specialized knowledge." Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) "Why still philosophy?" (1963).

5-6th HM. FIDE Album. Of course the bold captures 1. Qxb5?, Rxe5?, Rxf5? must fail 1.. Qxe6!, Nxe5!, b4! More subtle is the try 1. d4? guarding c5 with the threat 2. Nxc7#, but 1.. Qd3! defends. The good key uses the same threat by 1. Rc3 and now all mates are provided in six variations using the various pins 1.. Kxe6, Qxe6, Qxf3, Nxf3, Qf7, Nc4 2. g8Q#, Qd3#, Qxf3#, Bxf3#, Qd3#, Rd3#. An interesting problem with several hidden treasures to be discovered and enjoyed.

Ferenc Fleck (* 17.2.1908 in Budafok, † 25.2.1994 in Budapest) Hungarian composer, Honorary Master and FIDE Master, see wikipedia de, it, lv. The German article is to be recommended as it is particularly comprehensive and contains an extensive discussion of the Fleck theme and its variants. "Ferenc Fleck was Honorary Master in chess composition but also an international judge and left his name to the Fleck theme: "Separation of the threats (at least 3) by an equivalent number of black defences, and there is no dual after each defence" (source: Problemesis)." For more biographical details see also the Hungarian site

From Günter Büsing's 'Kalenderblatt' in 'Die Schwalbe', April 2008: "Mehrfache Drohungen sind in der Regel unerwünscht, doch anders ist es beim Fleck-Thema, wo es darum geht, dieselben durch schwarze Verteidigungszüge zu differenzieren. Wie weit dieses Spiel getrieben werden kann, zeigt die Aufgabe von [Petrus] Overkamp (Niederländisches JT, 1951–52, 2. Preis), in der [...] nicht weniger als sieben Drohungen [...] durch die schwarzen Züge eindeutig separiert werden [...] Den Erfinder dieses Vorwurfs, Ferenc Fleck (17.2.1908-25.2.1994), konnte der Schreiber 1987 bei einem Besuch des Münchner Problemkreises in Budapest noch persönlich kennenlernen."

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