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The Weekly Chess Problem, 10th March 2014
Written by Steve Giddins   

Uwe Scholz & Hans Moser

3rd Prize, Die Schwalbe, 1989 (version)

8/8/6K1/3B2P1/2S3kP/6Pb/4rPp1/3Q2B1

Selfmate in 13

Time to return to the selfmate, and this week, a long one! However, fear not! Many solvers naturally assume that the longer a solution is the harder it will be to find, but, in fact, this is not necessarily the case. The requirements of soundness and uniqueness of solution mean that in a long problem White generally has to have a great deal of control, with Black usually reduced to only a single legal move at each point, which can often make such problems easier to solve than a hard 3-mover. For those who nevertheless would like a clue, it is in the next paragraph, so, as they say on the TV News every Saturday night, “If you don't want to know the scores, look away now!”

Clue: If, in the above position, the white bishop stood on c6, rather than d5, then White could selfmate in three, by 1.Kh6 Kf5 2.Qd7+ Re6+ 3.Kh5 Bg4. So White's task in the diagram is to find a (10-move) manoeuvre, which brings about the diagram position, but with the WB on c6, rather than d5.

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Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 10:58
 
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