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An attractive problem which was set in the solving tourney at last
weekend’s BCPS gathering in Nottingham.
Solution: Attempts at a quick mate are easily met. 1.Rd1?
(threatening 2.Bxd2) Rxd6! or 1.Rf1? (threatening 2.Rf3) Bb7! The
key 1.b3 threatens 2.Sxf5+ Ke4+ 3.Sed4+ Kd5 4.Re5
or 3...Kxf4 4.Bxd2, and Black’s defences decoy the
rook and bishop, leading each to make an anticipatory interference
on the other. 1...Ra5 2.Rd1 Rd5 3.Rf1 any 4.Rf3 and
1...Bxe6 2.Rf1 Bd5 3.Rd1 any 4.Bxd2.
David Friedgood: “Those who solved this problem enjoyed it very much! It
shows two ‘Roman decoys’: in each variation either Black’s bishop or rook
is beguiled into
protecting f5 and is then decoyed onto the defensive line of the other,
leaving Black helpless against the mate threats on d2 and f3. The idea is
well known but the presentation is exceptionally neat and pure. The
full-length threat of the key has a cute feature whereby the discovered
check from the black king is of no avail.”
Any comments or questions on this problem should be addressed to
Michael McDowell using the ‘Contact’ item in the menu on the left.