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A highly unified three-mover which features a novel dual avoidance idea.
1.Qg4 threatens 2.Qg5+ Bf5 3.Qxf5 and gives three variations where the royal battery opens to drive the black king to d5. The white king must choose carefully each time to avoid pinning the mating piece. The key is a little makeshift, but the matching strategy in the variations is delightful.
Dafydd Johnston: The triangle sketched out by the white king’s triple avoidance of pin lines more than makes up for the rather brutal key.
Peter Niehoff: Pin-avoidance. As the firing piece of a battery, the king can produce effects unmatched by other pieces. Here he has three moves but always walks into two pins. He must make the right choice to ensure that the mate is not affected by the pins.
Jacob Hoover: The battery plays and high unification made this problem very enjoyable—at least to me.
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