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Bruno's Chess Problem: 06/17/2022

M.R.Vukcevich, 3rd Pr., The Problemist, 1971

Mate in 3(***)
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1. Qb1! ... 2. Qxg6 ... 3. Qf5#
     2. ... Be4 3. Qg4#
  1. ... Nb2, Nc3, Nb6 2. Qxg6 ... 3. Qf5#
     2. ... Be4, Ra5 3. Qg4#
  1. ... Rc3 2. Qxg6 ... 3. Qf5#
     2. ... Be4, Rc5 3. Qg4#
  1. ... Re3 2. Qxg6 ... 3. Qf5#
     2. ... Be4, Re5 3. Qg4#
  1. ... Bd5 2. Nxd5+ Kxf3 3. Qd1#
  1. ... Rd3 2. Nxd3+ Kxf3 3. Qd1#
  1. ... Bxf3 2. Nd3+ Rxd3 3. Qb8#
  1. ... f5 2. Qf1 ... 3. Ne2#
     2. ... Bxf3 3. Nd5#
     2. ... Nc3, Rxf3 3. Nd3#
     2. ... Re3 3. dxe3#
  1. ... Rxf3 2. Nd5+ Bxd5 3. Qb8#
  1. ... Ra1 2. Ne2+ Kxf3 3. Qd3#
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2022-06-17 07:36:56, by problemist
"Thus we play the fools with the time, and the spirits of the wise sit in the clouds and mock us." William Shakespeare (1564-1616), "King Henry IV, Part II" act II, sc. ii, l. 155.

FIDE Album. On the captures on f3 there are set mates 1.. Bxf3, Rxf3 2. Nd5+, Nd3+ decoying the black piece and so opening a line for the wQ 2.. BxN, RxN 3. Qg4#. These are given up and exchanged in the solution with the new idea of using the pieces on f3 as self-blocks 1. Qb1 (2. Qxg6 with decisive threats) Bxf3, Rxf3 2. Nd3+, Nd5+ (line opening for the wQ) Rxd3, Bxd5 3. Qb8#; on 1.. f5 2. Qf1 (3. Ne2#) and now on the captures on f3 there follow the set moves as mates using the pin 2.. Bxf3, Rxf3 3. Nd5#, Nd3#. A side variation is 1.. Ra1 2. Ne2+ Kxf3 3. Qd3#. There is some further dualistic by-play. Reprinted in "Mat Plus" 1994 and the composer's collection "My Chess Compositions" 2003. Comment by the Judge Alex Casa (1932-2005): "A very happy exchange of white second moves after the two captures on f3, which are followed by annihilations in the set play and self-blocks in the actual play. Here also we deplore the short mate when 1... Kxf3. This defect did not exist in No. C5360 (A. Grin and A. Lobusov) which showed the same idea with an identical matrix, but which, published six months later, had unfortunately to be set aside as anticipated." (The Problemist, March 1972, p. 193, available online).

Milan Radoje Vukcevich (Милан Радоје Вукчевић) (* 11.3.1937 in Belgrade, 10.5.2003 in Shaker Heights) Serbian-American Grandmaster in chess composition, see wikipedia arz, de, el, en, fr, it, lv, nl, ru, sr. "Milan Vukcevich was a prominent American chess player (3rd in US closed Championship in 1975, see his games on and composer. He was also an acclaimed scientist who was considered for a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. About his personality the best is to quote from an eulogy written by Michelle Vukcevich in 2003 (the eulogy was itself quoted in a biographical sketch centered on Milan's scientific achievements):

Milan was a continual, tireless educator. He gave lectures and encouraged students throughout his career and absolutely shined in the classroom. He believed that the evolutionary driving force of humanity is increased knowledge. He, himself, was constantly learning new things. He couldn't sit still for two minutes without a chess board or a science magazine in his hand. To his students he was an inspiration, to search for truth and understanding. And he was a counselor, to search for their personal growth...

Milan Vukcevich composed in all genres (orthodox, studies, fairy problems,...). Of course, Milan also had talent for writing. He published in 1981 "Chess by Milan: Problems and Games of Dr. Milan R. Vukcevich" and in 2003 "My Chess Compositions". In 2008 Siegfried Hornecker also published an article, on, about Milan, quoting many problems."

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