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South African born Gerald Anderson (1898 - 1983) had a long and eventful life. A decorated pilot in the First World War, he had a distinguished career in the British Foreign Office, serving in embassies in many countries. While stationed in Lisbon in 1946 he was the opponent in the last known game played by Alexander Alekhine. A versatile composer, Anderson was particularly known for highly strategic three-movers, and formed a famous partnership with the American composer Vincent Eaton. This problem shows Anderson in lighter mood.
Solution: The key is 1.Rh2, subtly aiming at a2 and threatening 2.c4 and 3.Sc6. If 2...bxc3 ep 3.Bxc3 or 2...g1Q 3.Ra2. If 1...Qxh2 the removal of the queen’s guard of the bishop allows 2.c3 threat 3.cxb4. 1...gxh2 opens a path for the bishop - 2.Bh4 and 3.Bd8. A promotion on g1 is met again by 2.c3, with the double threat of 3.cxb4 and 3.Ra2. Finally 1...Qxe1 or 1...Qf1 loses control of the h-file, allowing 2.Rh6 and 3.Ra6.
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