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A pawn on its original square can of course have a maximum
of four legal moves. Problems in which a white pawn shows
all four such moves are known as the Albino theme, whilst
the equivalent with a black pawn has the now
politically-incorrect name Pickaninny. In this problem, the
late Chris Reeves manages to combine both themes. In the
try-phase, the four Albino pawn moves are each refuted by
the equivalent Pickaninny reply. Thus, 1.c3? threatens
2.Re5 mate, but 1...exf6!; 1.cxd3? threatens 2.d4 mate,
but 1...e5!; 1.c4? threatens 2.Qd5 mate, but 1...e6!;
1.cxb3? threatens 2.b4 mate, but 1...exd6!
The key is 1.Rb4! with the threat of 2.Se4 mate, and
the variations 1...exd6 2.Bxd6#, 1...Sc4+ 2.Rxc4# and
A splendid problem, although the post-key play is perhaps
rather mundane, certainly relative to the try-play. Even
so, the quality of thr try-play phase makes this is
splendid achievement, in my view.
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