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A complex traditional two-mover which fully deserves the epithet
Solution to be published on Friday 13th March.
Solution: 1.Qb6 gives the black king a second flight, and by
indirectly attacking d4 threatens 2.Se4. This follows random
checks of the f5 knight, and there are two corrections.
1...Sxd6+ opens a rook guard on f6 and selfblocks, allowing
2.Sd3, while another selfblock 1...Sd4+ frees the rook
to mate on f5 with the bishop guarding d6. The e7 pawn gives two
further checks, selfblocking each time and leaving the knight to
guard the other flight: 1...exd6+ 2.Sd7 and 1...exf6+
2.Sb7. If the king takes his flights there follows
1...Kxd6 2.Rd4, an essential double-check, and
1...Kxf6 2.Qb2, with the knight pinned. One of Gerry
Anderson’s finest problems.
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