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3rd Prize, Deutschen Schachbundes 1st Theme Tourney, 1944
Mate in 5
A problem which illustrates a standard more-move structure where White has a main idea which cannot be
executed until preliminary manoeuvres have eliminated a black defence.
Solution: If White attempts 1.Rgg7?, threatening mate in 2 by 2.Ra7+ Bxa7 3.Bb7, Black defends easily
by moving his bishop off the diagonal to make way for the queen to guard a7. White neutralises this defence
with a foreplan that decoys the black rooks. 1.Be4 (threat 2.Bxd3) Rd2 2.Bd5 (threat
3.Bc4) Rf4, and with the bishop now hemmed in 3.Rgg7 and the original threat works.
If 1...Rd1 2.Bd5 mates next move.
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