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A miniature which illustrates one of the commonest helpmate themes.
Remember that the sequence of moves in each solution is Black,
White, Black, White.
Solutions: 1.e5 Sd4 2.exd4 Bd3 and 1.Qd4 Bd5+ 2.exd5
2.Sd6. As Black and White are co-operating to reach the mate it
seems paradoxical to reduce the white force, but White's guard of a
flight square must be replaced by a selfblock in order to shield
the mating piece from the queen. The problem illustrates the basic
form of the Zilahi theme, named after Hungarian composer Zoltan
Zilahi, a reciprocal effect involving two pieces where each is
captured in one solution while delivering the mating check in the
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