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A three-mover by one of the great composers of Bohemian problems, a style of composition built around the presentation of varied model mates (see introduction to three-movers ).
The solution will appear here on Friday 8th January.
Solution: 1.Ka8 removes the possibility of a check on the b-file and threatens 2.Bf5 followed by 3.Qf6 or 3.Qxg6 mate. If 2...gxf5 the model mate 3.Qg8 follows. Both queen and bishop can defend by moving to g3, but the selfblock allows a new model — 1...Q or Bg3 2.Bf6+ Kf4 3.Qc4. 1...Qh3 leads to a third model 2.Qf6+ Kxg4 3.Qf4.
Jacob Hoover: I found this problem interesting for the following reasons: the profusion of black units on the board (the Bohemian problems I’ve seen previously were pretty much all “rex solus” problems); and the “avoidance of self-injury” theme (1.Ka7? c4! or e2!, 1.Kc7? Bg3! etc.).
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