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Bruno's Chess Problem: 04/10/2024

C.Bayer, BCA Turnier London, 1862

Mate in 3(***)
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1. Bf7! ... 2. Nf5+ Kxe4 3. Nfg3#
  1. ... Rxf7 2. Nc3 ... 3. Ned5#
     2. ... Rxf6, gxf6 3. Qd2#
     2. ... Qxc3 3. Qf4#
  1. ... Bd6 2. Nd5+ Kxe4 3. Qf4#
  1. ... Qa3, Qc3 2. Nd5+ Kxe4 3. Qf4#
     2. ... Qe3 3. Qxe3#
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2024-04-10 11:56:02, by problemist
"I have second thoughts. Maybe God 'is' malicious."

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) To Valentine Bargmann and Peter Bergmann, later in Princeton, meaning that God makes us believe we have understood something that in reality we are far from understanding. See Bargmann, “Working with Einstein,” in Some Strangeness in the Proportion, ed. Harry Woolf (Addison-Wesley, 1980), 480–481.

2nd Prize. A difficult (4 stars) chess puzzle with some nice mates. The good, sacrificial, and well-hidden withdrawal key 1. Bf7! (to decoy bRd7 from d5 or guard d5) threatens 2. Nf5+ Kxe4 3. Ng3# (Qf3#) (further threats 2. Nf1+, Nd5+). On 1.. Rxf7 the quiet 2. Nc3! (3. Qd2#, Ned1#, Ned5#) Kxc3, Qxc3, Qa8+ 3. Nd5# (a pin model mate to conclude the main variation), Qf4#, Ned5#. Further 1.. Qa3 (Qc3) 2. Nd5+ Kxe4, Qe3 3. Qf4#, Qxe3#; 1.. Kxe4 2. Qf3+ Kd4 3. Nf5#. Often reprinted, see yacpdb, also selected as No. 286 in Breuer's "Ideengeschichte" 1982.

Conrad Bayer (* 10.11.1828 in Olmütz, † 21.9.1897 in Vienna) Austrian-Czech composer, see wikipedia cs, de, it, lv, ru, uk. The Czech entry is particularly comprehensive. Bayer was a follower and theoretician of the Old-German School of chess composition (see wikipedia de, fr, lt, lv), so his problems are expected to be hard to solve and there is a (partly dualistic) thicket of variations in the by-play with the main variation ending in a model mate.

Since the opening in October 2000, I had published online more than 6650 free chess problems. If you want more details, look at my chess figures pages.

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