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This week, we present a three-mover by the English composer most associated with the
genre. With the Final of the WCBCSC taking place next Saturday (22 Feb) at Eton
College, I am sure you need all the practice you can get, so no clues!
What we have here is a splendid exploitation of the related themes of Nowotny and
Grimshaw. The key 1.Qg3 threatens the Nowotny 2.g5, with the variations 2...Bxg5
3.Qe5# and 2...Rxg5 3.Qf4#.
Black’s two thematic defences involve a Grimshaw on b3, each failing to a different
Nowotny on g5: 1...Rb3 allows 2.Sfg5+ Bxg5 [2...Rxg5 3.Qf4#]
1...Bb3 is met by the other Nowotny 2.Shg5+ Rxg5 [2...Bxg5 3.Qe5#]
There are also two by-play variations: 1...exf6 2.Sd6+ Sxd6 3.Rd4# and 1...Rf5
2.Bxf5+ gxf5 3.Qe5#.
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