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Bruno's Chess Problem: 06/26/2020

L.Salai, Moment, 1999

Mate in 2(**)
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1. c3! ... 2. Ra2#
  1... Qe6, Qa6, Qg8, Qf7 2. Qb2#
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2020-06-26 14:59:41, by slowbut2
before my seeing others’ comments: My solution [arrived to through the 32-pixel, B&W, restartable-moving-pieces setting]: in view of the following possibility\s::::::::::::: white move to mate with rook\ queen mate from west+northwest\ ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, it seems [ reverification is intended later on] that white's cthree starts
2020-06-26 11:04:59, by problemist
1st-3rd Prize, Pravda, 13 Feb 1998 (3074). Tries 1. Ra2?, Qb2? c4? Qa6!, Qb6!, Qxd3! Key 1. c3. The following themes are shown:
Threat reversal (twice): Change of key and threat 1. c4 (threat 2. Qb2#) and 1. Qb2 (threat 2. c4#) as well as 1. c3 (threat 2. Ra2#) and 1. Ra2 (threat 2. c3#).
Pseudo Le Grand: Exchange of threat and mate on distinct black defenses in 1. c4 (threat 2. Qb2#) Qb6 2. Ra2# and 1. c3 (threat 2. Ra2#) Qa6 2. Qb2#
Urania (twice): The moves Ra2 and Qb2 occur as (try) keys, threats (on 1. c3, c4), and mates (in 1. c4, c3 Qb6, Qa6) each in three phases.

Ladislav Salai Sr. (* 19.8.1934 in Lučenec, † 25.3.2006) Slovak composer. "He was an orthodox and fairy composer. He invented the fairy condition SAT which is described in details by Juraj Lörinc on his website and he was the editor of the magazine 'Umenie 64'." (From
"More than half of his output of around 700 compositions consisted of 2-movers, and he won some 130 tourney honours. He was very active as an editor (of 'Mat-Pat' 1983-96 and 'Umenie 64', 1996-2006), as a tourney judge and as a writer of numerous articles. He was the inventor of the fairy form SAT, of which he composed around 100 examples." (From his obituary in "The Problemist," May 2006)
His son Ladislav Salai Jr. (* 18.1.1961 in Zvolen) is Grandmaster in both composition and solving and a "renowned composer of cyclic problems."

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