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Bruno's Chess Problem: 03/30/2020

W.Speckmann, Tagesspiegel, 1995

Mate in 4 (**)
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1. Bh7! Ke5 2. Kf7 e6 3. Kg6 Ke4 4. Kf6#
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2020-03-30 12:18:35, by problemist
An Indian problem with 8 pieces close to a miniature. There is just one variation starting with the critical move 1. Bh7! beyond the critical square g6. Now 1.. Ke5 2. Kf7 e6 3. Kg6 (releasing stalemate by moving on the critical square) Ke4 4. Kf6# (by discovered check of the key piece). Easy only if you are familiar with the Indian theme. It has a long history dating back to "The Indian Problem" of Henry A. Loveday, 1845, starting what later became the Logical School, see Herbert Grasemann's "A cleric's idea, which made history" which was lately reprinted and updated (by Eisert and Rehm, Editions Fee=Nix, 2014).

Werner Speckmann (* 21.8.1913 in Dortmund, † 23.2.2001 in Hamm) German composer and International Master, see wikipedia de, it, lv, ru. "International Judge, he was a specialist of miniature logical problems. He wrote "Strategie im Schachproblem" in 1959, "Das logische Schachproblem" and "Schachminiaturen" in 1965, "Kleinste Schachaufgaben" in 1970. He composed mostly miniatures and was the editor of the problem section of the "Deutsche Schachzeitung" from 1973 till 1988. He was also interested in fairy chess and was the inventor of the fairy piece "Superpawn". His son Lothar Speckmann (* 1958) maintains the splendid website "Werner Speckmanns elektronische Schachbücher" to his memory. More reading in English (to be found among the "Nachrufe"): His obituary by Colin Russ published in "The Problemist", May 2001."

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