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Bruno's Chess Problem: 05/25/2023

V.Pachman, Ceskoslovensky Sach, 1951

Mate in 4(****)
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Level : * (very easy) to ****** (very hard)

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1. Bd8! ... 2. Bc7 ... 3. Bd6#
     2... Ke7 3. Bd6+ Kxe6 4. f8=N#
        3... Kd8 4. f8=Q#
  1... d4 2. Bb3 ... 3. e6 ... 4. e7#
  1... f4 2. Bg4 ... 3. e6 ... 4. e7#
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2023-05-25 12:54:27, by problemist
Man. Well sir, I have a silly walk and I'd like to obtain a Government grant to help me develop it.
Minister. I see. May I see your silly walk.
Man. Yes, certainly, yes.
(He gets up and does a few steps, lifting the bottom part of his left leg sharply at every alternate pace. He stops.)
Minister. That's it?
Man. Yes, that's it, is it?
Minister. It's not particularly silly, is it? I mean the right leg isn't silly at all and the left leg merely does a forward aerial half turn every alternate step.
Man. Yes, but I think that with Government backing I could make it very silly.
Minister (rising). Mr Pudey (he walks about behind the desk in a very silly fashion) the very real problem is one of money. I'm afraid that the Ministry of Silly Walks is no longer getting the kind of support it needs. You see there's Defence, Social Security, Health, Housing, Education, Silly Walks...
Monty Python's Flying Circus - Just the Words, Vol. 1 (1989), Episode Fourteen, "The Ministry of Silly Walks". Transmission date 15-9-70. Recording date 9-7-70.

A nice chess puzzle in the style of a Bohemian moremover. Something forced is needed to counter the black threat by Rg3-RxB-Rxg6 possibly with a check. The key 1. Bd8 threatens 2. Bc7 (3. Bd6#) Ke7 and now still the sacrificial 3. Bd6+ Kxe6 (K~8 4. f8Q(R)#) 4. f8N# model mate by underpromotion. On 1.. d5, f5 2. Bb3 Bg4 3. e6 4. e7# model mate.

Vladimír Pachman (* 16.4.1918 in Bělá pod Bezdězem, † 8.8.1984 in Praha) Czech composer and Grandmaster in composition, see wikipedia cs, de, it, lv, ru. "Vladimír Pachman is the brother of o.t.b. GM Ludek Pachman and the great-nephew of Bohemian composer Josef Cumpe (1868-1943). Vladimír composed about 1200 problems and studies, most of his problems in 3 or more moves. He was granted the title of International Judge upon the creation of the title in 1956. He edited the problems columns in "Československý šach" and wrote many books and articles. The following ones can be downloaded on the Internet:
"Problémový šach - Výběr 100 trojtahových úloh Františka Matouška" (1950) about F. Matousek's problems;
"České zvonky z Prahy" (1958);
"Šachová úloha" (1953), a treatise on direct mates with 239 examples, mostly three-movers;
"Vybrané šachové skladby Vladimíra Pachmana" (1979) about his own problems [today's problem is reprinted as No. 93a];
An article in Schach 1959: "Über das Wesen der Böhmischen Schule" about the Bohemian School;
Article in EG 61 (1980) "Logical Studies".
The quality of Pachman's works is high; he could include strategic and logical elements in Bohemian problems."

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