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A problem by a famous Danish composer which shows a thematic link between the defences and the mating moves.
After the key, 1.Qg7, threatening 2.Qxf7+ Qd5 3.Qxd5, the black pawn at c7 can defend four times, leading to four mating moves by the white pawn at c2. 1...cxb6 2.Scxb6+ Kb5 3.c4; 1...c5 2.Sxb2+ Bxb2 3.cxb3; 1...c6 2.Qxg4+ Sxg4 3.cxd3 (dual after 2...Se4), and 1...cxd6 2.Sxd6+ Kd4 3.c3. A beautifully constructed task. There is one by-play variation 1...Qd5 2.Bxd5+ Kd4 3.c3.
Jacob Hoover: A true delight of a problem.
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