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Bruno's Chess Problem: 11/11/2019

F.Palatz, Die Schwalbe, 1934

Mate in 5 (***)
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1. Rd2! ... 2. Rd8#
  1... Bc7 2. Re2 ... 3. Re8#
     2... Be5 3. Rxe5 ... 4. Re8#
        3... Nc7 4. Kf7 ... 5. Rh5#
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2019-11-11 11:48:59, by problemist
Also reprinted as No. 71 in the section "Blockung, gestaffelter Vorplan (Lenkung)" of "Kleinkunst im Schachproblem", Düsseldorf (1963), with miniatures of Fabel, Maßmann, Palatz, and Speckmann, edited by Fabel. It is the completely revised second edition of "Kleinkunst" (1943). Both editions are available online. It is remarkable that this problem could be composed already in 1883 when the theoretical background of the Logical School was not yet available.
2019-11-11 09:21:23, 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: black king still before last black move\ knight still before third black move \ , to mate with rook after black rook moves west before bishop guards northmost black spot [or rook captures bishop] before rook moves one spot east before bishop defense before white king northwest move [or rook check \ ], white's rdtwo starts
2019-11-11 06:52:37, by problemist
Reprinted as No. 38 in "Kleinkunst - 120 Schachminiaturen" (Prague, 1943) by Franz Palatz, Dr. Wilhelm Maßmann, Dr. Karl Fabel. Comment: "Weiß lenkt den Läufer erst zur Blockung des Springers nach c7 [...], darauf zum Wegschlag nach e5 und führt dann den Hauptplan Kf7 [...] aus. Gestaffelte Vorpläne. Minimalproblem."
2019-11-11 06:13:52, by problemist
Logical miniature and R-minimal. Anticipated by L.Moreau, Canadian Spectator, 1883. The tries 1. Re2?, Kf7? fail to 1.. Nc7! (2. Rd2 Ne6), Bf4! So the foreplan 1. Rd2 Bc7 (blocking the good defense Nc7 on Re2) and now 2. Re2 Be5 3. RxB Nc7 4. Kf7 5. Rh5#.

Franz Ferdinand Ludwig Palatz (* 18.7.1896 in Hamburg, † 1945 in Pommern) German composer, see wikipedia de, it, lv. "Franz Palatz was one of the greatest theoreticians of the beginning of the 20th century. He wrote "Antiform" in 1929 with Mongredien and in 1935 he published "Miniatures stratégiques" comprising 200 miniatures. Among his articles we may quote "Antiturton, Zepler und die Antiform" (Deutsches Wochenschach, 1923) or "Klassifizierung der Zugwechselaufgaben" (DW 1925) He also impulsed the growth of the helpmate genre by many articles."

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