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A miniature masterpiece by Godfrey Heathcote, which may not prove that easy to solve.
Solution: 1.Kc2, placing Black in zugzwang. Three of the four lines end in
model mates: 1...Kf6 2.Sf8 Ke5 3.Sd7; 1...fxe6 2.Qf3 Kd4 3.Qf4 and 1...f6
2.Be7 f5 3.Qe2. The fourth line is 1...f5 2.Qg5 Kxe6 3.Qe7 or 2...Ke4
3.Qf4. Heathcote could have converted the 3.Qe7 mate into a fourth model
by starting the bishop at f8, when the first line becomes 1...Kf6 2.Sc5,
but would have had to place the white king at b1, as starting on b2 would
allow a cook by 1.Sc5. He preferred a more subtle key (1.Kc3? fxe6!), a
fine example of artistic restraint.
Jacob Hoover: I must say that this was fairly difficult. The line starting
with 1 ... f6, despite taking me the longest time to find, is my favorite,
as it results in the major players (black king, white queen, white knight,
white bishop) all ending up on the same line. I found that visually
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