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One of a number of recent Russian publications is a collection of the work of GM for Composition Yakov
Vladimirov. This famous miniature was chosen to feature on the cover of the book.
The key 1.Qh4 sets up a zugzwang. If the rook moves to g8, f8 or e8 the queen must choose her reply
carefully: 1...Rg8 2.Qh2+ Ka8 3.Qa2+ Kb8 4.Qxg8 (or 2...Rg3 3.Qxg3+ Ka8/Kc8 4.Qg8/Qc7),
similarly 1...Rf8 2.Qg3+ Ka8 3.Qa3+ Kb8 4.Qxg8 and 1...Re8 2.Qf4+ Ka8 3.Qa4+ Kb8 4.Qxf8. Any
queen check will work after 1...Rc8, but the king moves give two more accurate continuations
1...Kc8 2.Qe7 Kb8 3.Qe5+ Ka8 4.Qxh8 and 1...Ka8 2.Kg7! (threat 3.KxR) Re8 3.Qa4+ Kb8
4.Qxe8 or 2...Rc8 3.Qa4+ Kb8 4.Qa7. A fine study in the power of the fork!
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