7th January 2019

Selected by Michael McDowell

Leonid Kubbel

1st Prize, Magasinet, 1937

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Mate in 3

An intensive rendering of a simple theme. Solvers might like to consider if the problem would be improved by replacing the black pawn at b3 with a black bishop at b1.