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Bruno's Chess Problem: 07/17/2019

E.Palkoska, British Chess Society, 1919

Mate in 3 (***)
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1. Re3! ... 2. Qa8 ... 3. Qa4#
     2... Ba5, Ba7 3. Qxf3#
     2... Bd5, Bc6, Bxa8 3. Be2#
  1... c6 2. Qxa5 ... 3. Qa4#
     2... Bd5 3. Be2#
  1... d5 2. Qxd5 ... 3. Qb3#
     2... Bxd5 3. Be2#
  1... dxe3 2. Nxe3+ Ke1 3. Qh4#
  1... Bxg2 2. Be2+ Ke1 3. Qh4#
  1... Bh5 2. Qe8 ... 3. Qa4#
     2... c6 3. Qxh5#
     2... Bf7, Bxe8 3. Be2#
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2019-07-18 06:14:01, by problemist
1. Qe8? c6!; 1. Qg8? d5! In the solution these moves carry the additional threat QxB#. 1. Qg5? Bxe2!
2019-07-17 18:26:43, by slowbut2
one needs experience to distinguish between numbers 3 and 4 :-)
2019-07-17 18:09:58, by slowbut2
was considering 1. Re3 but seemed not working if pawn doesn't capture in first move
2019-07-17 18:03:00, by slowbut2
2019-07-17 07:20:03, by problemist
"White creates an unexpected zugzwang with 1. Re3!"
2019-07-17 17:59:01, by slowbut2
before my seeing comments: My solution [arrived to through the 32-pixel, B&W, restartable-moving-pieces setting]: in view of the possibility\s: the 3 comments[ unseen yet] probably are problemist’s - so problem is solvable and not as difficult as suckers perceive it\ queen mate from north west in second move \ knight mate in third if pawn captures queen , to mate with queen from west after rook check from east [or to mate with queen from north east\ knight], white's qeeight starts
2019-07-17 15:52:27, by problemist
Reprinted as No. 91 in the section "Decoy of black pieces from a square or line" of "Idea a ekonomie v šachové úloze" (1928, text in Czech, English ["Idea and economy in the chess problem"], and German) which is available online from Václav Kotěšovec's website.
2019-07-17 13:19:08, by problemist
As to be expected there are also model mates: 2.. BxQ 3. Be2#, 1.. PxR 2, Nxe3+ Ke1 3. Qh4#, 1.. BxN 2. Be2+ Ke1 3. Qh4#. Only the Q-mates from a4, b3 (after 2.. PxR) are not model as c2 is guarded twice.
2019-07-17 07:20:03, by problemist
White creates an unexpected zugzwang with 1. Re3! Now on 1.. Ba5~, Bg4, Bh5 the double attacks and Q-sacrifices 2. Qa8, Qg8(d7), Qe8 with the threats 3. QxB# and Qb3# or Qa4#. On 1.. c6, c5 2. QxB (threat 3. Qa4#) and 1.. d5 2. Qxd5 (another Q-sacrifice with the threat 3. Qb3#). A challenge for the solver.

Emil Palkoska (* 11.5.1871 in Přílepy, † 14.5.1955 in Praha) Czech composer, see wikipedia it, lv, ru. "Emil Palkoska was the author of more than 1200 problems in 3 or more moves in the Bohemian style and in the neo-Czech style. He wrote with Alan C. White's Christmas Series "Schachprobleme Weiss: Dame und ein Läufer" (1911), "Idea a ekonomie v šachové úloze" in 1928 and "Idea a ekonomie v šachové úloze II" in 1947. He was the editor of the problem column of the newspaper "Narodni Politika" during 38 years."

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