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Bruno's Chess Problem: 02/13/2024

M.Havel, Narodni osvobozeni, 1925

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

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1. Kd2! ... 2. Na3+ Ka1 3. Nec2#
  1... Nd5 2. Nxd5 ... 3. Nc3#
  1... Nc4+ 2. Nxc4 ... 3. N4a3#
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2024-02-13 11:48:34, by problemist
"Je suis la plaie et le couteau!
Je suis le soufflet et la joue!
Je suis les membres et la roue,
Et la victime et le bourreau!"

"I am the wound and the knife! 
I am the blow and the cheek! 
I am the limbs and the wheel— 
The victim and the executioner!"

Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867) Les Fleurs du Mal. L’Héautontimorouménos (The Self-Tormentor) 

A Bohemian Meredith with 8 pieces. The key 1. Kd2 takes the flight c1 and threatens 2. Na3+ Ka1 3. Nec2# model mate. Black may defend with 1.. Nc4+, Nd5 2. NxN Ka2 3. N4a3# model mate, Nc3# model mate. Three distinct model mates by the wN coming from e3, a nice finding. Reprinted as No. 594 in "České granáty" (1943).

Miroslav Havel (* 7.11.1881 in Teplice, † 8.7.1958 in Prague) Czech composer and Grandmaster, see wikipedia de, fr, it, lv, ru. "Miroslav Havel (Miroslav Košťál) composed Bohemian problems with a high degree of mastery and artistry. You can judge by yourself by the selfmate reproduced on wikipedia de. He edited the chess column of newspaper "Čas" (1920-1923) and was honoured by the publication of 500 of his problems in "Bohemian Garnets" in the White Christmas Series. He also wrote "České granáty" (1943)." Both books are available online.
From the 'Kalenderblatt' in 'Die Schwalbe', August 2008: "Dr. Miroslav Kostal, besser bekannt unter seinem Pseudonym Miroslav Havel (7.11.1881-8.7.1958) ist wohl bis heute der bekannteste Vertreter der böhmischen Problemschule. 1923 widmete A. C. White ihm in seiner Christmas-Serie den Band 'Bohemian Garnets'. Unter dem Titel 'Ceske granaty' erschienen 1936 und 1943 weitere Aufgabensammlungen dieses böhmischen Klassikers."

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