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Given the paucity of entertainment which appears to be emerging from the world
championship match in Chennai (an overdose of "Chicken Madras", as former Chess
editor John Saunders characterised it!), I thought it might be a good time to set
something a bit more challenging than usual. So we have a great moremover by a
legendary British composer, the late Norman Macleod. There is an obvious battery on
the long white diagonal, but how to get the WK out of the way?
The try 1.Kd5? (threat 2.Kxc4 mate) fails to 1...c1Q! 2.Nxc1 Qxb2, when Black has the
defence 3.Kxc4+ Qg2. Instead, more subtlety is required: 1.Kf3! (threat 2.Kg4 mate)
Rh4 2.Kg2! (Threat 3.Kf1) dxe2 3.Kf3! (threat 4.Kxe2) c1S But now Black has been
forced to under-promote to a knight on c1, so now we can revert to the original
idea. 4.Ke4 (threat 5.Kf5) Rh5 5.Kd5 (threat 6.Kxc4) Qb4 (Now forced, since the
try-defence of queening on c1 is no longer available) 6.Kc6 (threat 7.Kc7
mate) Qe7 7.Kb5+ Qb7 8.Bxb7#
A superb problem, which netted Norman the maximum 12 points in the relevant FIDE
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