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A problem which proved embarrassing for one of the leading players of the day.
The key is 1.Rf2, placing Black in zugzwang and giving the variations 1...Kxd4 2.Qc3, 1...Rb6, Bb8 or Bc5 2.Qc5, 1...Rc6, Ra5 or Bb6 2.Sc6, 1...either R or Pxd6 2.Qe3, 1...Bxd4 2.Qg3, 1...Rf6 2.Re2, and 1...g5 2.Rf5. The great Russian player Mikhail Tchigorin quoted the problem in his column in the St. Petersburg newspaper Novoye Vremya and claimed a cook by 1.Sf2, saying “It is amazing to find that the judges of the tournament, the editors and readers of the various chess publications in which the problem has appeared, and we, personally, failed to see this second solution.” Tchigorin had fallen for a try, the refutation of which should not be difficult to find.
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