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A classic model mate Meredith by Godfrey Heathcote. One of the
great British composers of the late Victorian period, Heathcote
lived long enough to win the first Brian Harley Award for
three-movers in 1951.
Solution:1.Sa2 waiting. If the knight is captured
2.Qc2 threatens 3.Bf2, while 1...Kd2 leads to
an echoed model mate 2.Kf3 bxa2 3.Be1. The remaining two
king moves also lead to models - 1...Kd4 2.Bf2+ Kc4 3.Qf1,
and 1...Ke2 2.Sb4 Kd2 3.Qe1 (2...Ke3 3.Qd3).
David Friedgood: “Surely one of the finest ever Bohemian problems. The key, sacrificing the knight, as well as donating a flight while retreating from the scene of action is amazing, especially in the context of such a lightweight problem. The model mates are as pretty as they should be; my favourite is the near-mirror mate 3.Qf1. Only one variation has a checking continuation. Truly a masterpiece.”
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