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A 19th century classic, described by the composer as “A favourite with
Pillsbury and other players”.
1.Ba8 d3 2.Sb7 Kxf5 3.Kf7 Kxe4 4.Sd6
A clever elaboration of the Indian theme, with the critical move and interference occurring while the black king is two squares away from the mating line, and a switchback mate. The pawns on the b-file stop cooks such as 1.Ba2 d3 2.Rc4 e4 3.Rc5 e3 4.Se4.
Dafydd Johnston: Very neat, but the most surprising thing about this problem is that with so much firepower there is no other way for White to force mate in four.
Jacob Hoover: the Indian manoeuvre. Very nice. The final position is a model. Even nicer.
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