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Stefan Schneider was one of the great exponents of the New German style of composition. The website
chesscomposers.blogspot mentions that he preferred light positions with “Klarheit in Form und
Inhalt” (clarity in form and content). This four-mover is a characteristic example of his work.
Solution: 1.Kh3 threatens 2.Rd5+ Ke3 3.Kg2 and 4.Rd3. Black's only defence is
1...e6, after which White continues 2.Bc6, threatening 3.Re4+ Kxc5 4.Rc4. Again there is
only one defence, 2...f5, and having induced anticipatory selfblocks to allow a sacrifice of the rook
White plays 3.Ba5, and 4.Bc3 mate cannot be prevented.
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