6th Prize, Pittsburg Gazette-Times Tourney, 1914
Mate in 3
Otto Wurzburg had problem composition in his genes, being the nephew of the great William Shinkman. He was just as versatile as Shinkman, composing everything from lightweight Bohemians to full-blooded strategic problems.
The unexpected key 1.Bd1 threatens 2.Sxb3+ Sxb3 3.Rxc2, but seems pointless, as it allows Black to queen with check. However, after 1...cxd1Q+ 2.Kxf2 Black is in zugzwang! Variations include 2...Sc2 3.Sxb3; 2...c6 3.Qd6; 2...Qf3+ 3.Kxf3; 2...Qg1+ 3.Kxg1; 2...Qf1+ 3.Kxf1; 2...Qe2+, Qh1 3.Q(x)e2; 2...Qe1+, Qh5, Qg4, Qc2 3.Q(x)e1; 2...Be3+ 3.Qxe3; 2..Bf4 3.Qxf4; 2...Bg5 3.Qxg5. A few moves lead to dual mates. The only other variation is 1...Kxc1 2.Sd3+ Kb1 3.Qb2 or 2...Kxd1, Kd2 3.Qe2. The problem, appropriately, won its award in a Memorial Tourney for Sam Loyd.