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Bruno's Chess Problem: 09/15/2019

F.Giegold, Deutsche Schachblätter, 1967

Mate in 4 (***)
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1. Ng3! exf4 2. Kd7 fxg3 3. Bxg3 Kxb6 4. Bf2#
  1... e4 2. Nf5 ... 3. Ne7 ... 4. Nec8#
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2019-09-16 13:50:03, by slowbut2
very nice
2019-09-16 13:40:21, by slowbut2
Ng3! :-)
2019-09-16 13:20:27, by slowbut2
Ng3? - going to check
2019-09-16 13:19:29, by slowbut2
before my seeing comments and solution: My solution [arrived to through the 32-pixel, B&W, restartable-moving-pieces setting]: in view of the possibility\s: it may take many tries to solve [and it did take]\ , to mate with north knight after white-king north move before north-knight southeast move followed by white-king northwest move before bishop check from or move to nearest southeast spot , white's kdseven starts
2019-09-15 11:39:18, by problemist
676 Deutsche Schachblätter, p. 262, 1966. Meredith. 2nd HM.
2019-09-15 11:29:26, by problemist
A good chess puzzle from the 'Rätselonkel.' The first idea is to play 1. Kd7? exf4 2. Bxf4 (zugzwang) Kxb6 3. Be3#, but 1.. e4! destroys the zugzwang. Therefore the wNe2 has to be activated with the four moves threat Ng3-f5-e7-c8# which follows on 1.. e4. Now on 1.. exf4 the first idea can be rescued 2. Kd7 (zugzwang) fxg3 3. Bxg3 (zugzwang) Kxb6 4. Bf2#. Comment by Dr. Karl-Dieter Schulz: "Ökonomischer und konzentrierter läßt sich die von Giegold so oft demonstrierte Spezial-Thematik des doppelten Opfers mit Hineinziehung und Pattvermeidung wohl kaum darstellen! Drei Leichtfiguren von Weiß und ein bewegliches Bäuerlein von Schwarz - Betonung liegt auf "ein" - vereinigen sich hier zu einem schwingenden und schwungvollen Tempo-Tanz, dem es in seiner "hintergründigen" und "umfassenden" Zweigleisigkeit an originellen Einlagen wahrlich nicht mangelt."

Fritz Emil Giegold (* 2.3.1903 in Leupoldsgrün, † 13.11.1978 in Leupoldsgrün) German composer, see wikipedia de. "Leupoldsgrün. That's the place. It became world-famous, at least in the problemists' world, because of one person: Fritz Emil Giegold. His enigmatic, difficult but facetious and ravishing longmovers fascinated and amused solvers of many chess magazines and newspaper columns and owed him the nickname of 'Rätselonkel' (Puzzle Uncle). His specialty consisted in forced black play, but very hidden and counter-intuitive white moves. ["Kein geringerer als Ado Kraemer bescheinigte ihm 1960, unter den Komponisten derjenige zu sein, der das Moment des Rätsels im Schachproblem am geistreichsten interpretiert." (Günter Büsing in "Die Schwalbe," April 2003)]

Fritz Giegold published his first problem in 1916. He edited the chess column of the Frankenpost newspaper from 1948 until 1978 and also collaborated with other publications. He wrote one book with Walther Horwitz: "Zaubereien auf dem Schachbrett" (1962) and two anthologies were published after his death: Herbert Engel and Karl-D. Schulz's "Fritz Giegold - 200 problematische Einfälle und Ideen." (1982) [today's problem is reprinted as No. 123, we quoted the comment above], and Herbert Engel's "Problemsammlung von Fritz Giegold" (1985) which is available online [today's problem is reprinted as No. 513]."

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