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The Weekly Chess Problem, 8th October 2013
Written by Steve Giddins   

William A. Shinkman

La Stratégie, 1877

qb6/prP4B/Rp2P3/1P1P1K2/2P5/2Q5/S7/Sk6

Selfmate in 3

This week, we have a selfmate. Unlike the helpmate, where the two sides cooperate, here White (to move) is trying to force a reluctant Black to mate him. It looks pretty unlikely, given the space around the white king, and the miserably inactive black forces. However, Black's only legal moves, capturing on c7, will bring his forces to some degree of life, and White can exploit this.

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Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 06:53
 
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