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Bruno's Chess Problem: 09/14/2021

L.Ulanov, Scacco, 1999

Mate in 2(**)
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1. Be5! ... 2. Re2#
  1... Nxe4 2. Nxd5#
  1... dxe4 2. Nxc4#
  1... Rxe4 2. Qh3#
  1... Kxe4 2. Bxf6#
  1... Nd4 2. Bxd4#
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2021-09-14 14:41:25, by slowbut2
and in Wikipedia:

' Tartakower's remarks about chess include:

"It's always better to sacrifice your opponent's men."
"I never defeated a healthy opponent." (This refers to players who blame an illness, sometimes imaginary, for their loss.) '

2021-09-14 13:48:00, by slowbut2
well, sacrifice-bringing move makes the move attractive, and thus contributed to "easy-come" :-)
2021-09-14 12:07:11, by problemist
"easy come" or "harder than 2 stars"? Hardness seems to depend on the sharp eye of the beholder which may also vary on how one feels that day :-) But this shall not be an excuse à la "I never defeated a healthy opponent." (Tartakower).
2021-09-14 09:48:39, by slowbut2
"let us pardon reciprocally ... — that is the first law of nature" - should have sounded kind of revision of "let us pardon"
2021-09-14 09:26:24, by slowbut2
before my seeing others’ comments: My easy-come solution [arrived to through the 32-pixel, B&W, restartable-moving-pieces setting and “(?)”]: in view of the following possibility\s::::::
white adds guard of spot northwest of black king to rook mate [or north-rook or queen
or west-knight or bishop mate \\ ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, it seems [ re-verification is intended later on and before seeing others’ comments] that white's befive starts
2021-09-14 07:07:51, by problemist
"What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly — that is the first law of nature." Voltaire (1694-1778) "Tolerance" (1764).

White has to cope with 1.. Nxe8, Nd4. The paradoxical key 1. Be5 closes the e-file once more, puts wBe4 en prise (in particular gives the K-flight e4), and threatens 2. Re2#. Black may capture on e4 in several ways 1.. Kxe4, Rxe4, Nxe4, dxe4 2. Bxf6#, Qh3#, Nxd5#, Nxc4#. On 1.. Nd4 2. Bxd4#. I found this harder than 2 stars.

Ļevs Ulanovs (* 10.12.1922, † 17.6.2004) Latvian composer.

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