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A two-mover by our new Grandmaster of Composition, John Rice. Fittingly, it shared top place in a tourney dedicated to the memory of Britain’s first Composing GM, Comins Mansfield.
The solution will appear here on Sunday 23rd August.
All black moves in the diagram have mates provided: 1...B any 2.Qxh7; 1...g3 2.Qh4; 1...fxg2 2.Qxg2; 1...e1Q 2.Qxe1; 1...d2 2.Qb1 and 1...S any 2.Sd6. Three tries by the g2 knight fail because they interfere with queen lines - 1.Se1? d2! (2.Qb1?); 1.Se3? e1Q! (2.Qxe1?) and 1.Sf4? g3! (2.Qh4?). The key, 1.Sh4, prevents the queen from reaching h4 and h7, but compensates by placing guards on f3 and f5, giving three changed mates: 1...Bxg5 2.Sxg5; 1...B else 2.Rxg4 and 1...g3 2.Qxf3. Other variations remain as set. A fine mutate.
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