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This week, we return to the classic direct-mate twomover, with a first prize from one of
the 20th century's greatest composers. To the experienced eye, the pin on the white
knight on d5 is clearly the focus of the problem.
The key is 1.Qf5 Threat 2.Qd3 mate. Black has various ways to meet this threat, but all
involve unpinning the white knight on d5, with fatal consequences:
1...Sce4 2.Sxf6#; 1...Sfe4 2.Sdxc3#; 1...e4 2.Sb6#; 1...f3 2.Se3#. There are also the
by-play variations 1...b2 2.Rxc3# and 1...b6 2.Rxc6#.
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