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Bruno's Chess Problem: 06/18/2022

E.Visserman, 1st Pr., De Waarheid, 1973

Mate in 3(****)
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Level : * (very easy) to ****** (very hard)

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1. Nxf6! ... 2. Be4+ ... 3. e3#
  1... exf6 2. Qa7+ ... 3. Qa1#
  1... Rxb4 2. Nd7 ... 3. Qxe5#
  1... cxd5, exd5 2. Nd7 ... 3. Qxe5#
     2... dxc4 3. Nc5#
  1... Rxd5 2. Nxd5 ... 3. Qxe5#
  1... Nxc4 2. Bxc4+ Rd5 3. e3#
  1... Nxg4 2. Nxg4+ e5 3. Qxe5#
  1... gxf4 2. Ne4 ... 3. Qxe5#
     2... f3 3. Ng3#
  1... Bxf4 2. Rxf4+ gxf4 3. Qg1#
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2022-06-18 09:18:25, by problemist
"O sleep! O gentle sleep! \ Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frighted thee, \ That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down \ And steep my senses in forgetfulness?" William Shakespeare (1564-1616), "King Henry IV, Part II" act III, sc. i, l. 5.

FIDE Album. There are black checking threats after 1.. Nxg4, Ra5 so something forced is needed, also the jailed wQ should be freed. So the key is 1. Nxf6 (2. Be4+ 3. e3#) with a firework of tricky and beautiful variations: on 1.. exf6 not 2. Qxf6? 3. Qxe5# as 2.. Rxb4! defends, instead 2. Qa7+ c5, Rb6 3. Qa1#; an echo happens on 1.. Bxf4 2.Rxf4+ gxf4 3. Qg1#; on 1.. exd5, cxd5 2. Nd7 (3. Qxe5#) dxc4 3. Nc5#; on 1.. gxf4 the switchback 2. Ne4 (3. Qxe5#) f3 3. Ng3#. Side variations are 1.. Rxd5, Nd7, Nxc4, Nxg4 2. Nxd5, Nxd7+, Bxc4+, Nxg4+; on 1.. Rxb4 both 2. Nd7 and 2. Ne4 work, a minor dual. Challenging to solve, but wortwhile the effort.

Eeltje Visserman (* 24.1.1922 in Blokzijl, † 23.3.1978 in Den Haag) Dutch composer, Grandmaster and International Judge, see wikipedia de, fi, it, lv, ru. "E. Visserman was a wonderful composer who deservedly won numerous composing tourneys. He composed problems of all types, but mostly two- and threemovers. He was also the editor of a column in magazines "Tijdschrift van de KNSB" and "Probleemblad". An anthology of his problems was published after his death: "Schaakproblemen van E. Visserman" by Albertus Marinus Koldijk, 1986."

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