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After last week's diversion into the wilds of fairy chess, this week we return to the
safe bosom of the orthodox twomover. Look out for the set play, as well as the
First, the set play, where we have no fewer than five thematic mates on the fourth
rank, following moves of the bR: 1...Rc4+ 2.bxc4# ;1...Rd4 2.Qxd4#; 1...Re4
2.fxe4#; 1...Rf4 2.Sxf4#; 1...Rxg4 2.fxg4#
After the key 1.Rb4! (Threats 2.Rd7# and 2.f4#), we find those very same mates
recurring, this time after queen moves along the fourth rank: 1...Qc4+ 2.bxc4#;
1...Qd4 2.Qxd4#; 1...Qe4+ 2.fxe4#; 1...Qf4 2.Sxf4#; 1...Qg4 2.fxg4#; As if that
were not enough, we also have three other mates, after captures on b4, including
the obligatory Novotny: 1...Rxb4 2.Rd7#; 1...Bxb4 2.f4#; 1...Qxb4 2.Rxh5#.
Another constructional masterpiece by one of the most outstanding composers in the
entire history of the chess problem.
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