2nd HM, British Chess Magazine, 1954
Mate in 3
Norman Littlewood (1933-89) was a true chess all-rounder. As a player he finished second or joint second in four consecutive British Championships in the 1960s and represented England in two chess Olympiads, while as a composer he won the Brian Harley Award for three-movers in 1966. This elegantly constructed problem is a good example of his style.
1.Qf8 threat 2.Re2+ Kxe2 3.Qf2. 1...Bf7 2.Sb2 threat 3.Sd1; 2...Rd5 3.Sc4; 1...Rf5 2.Se1 threat 3.Sg2; 2...Bd5 3.Qc5; 2...Rxf2 3.Qxf2; 1...Ke4 2.Sf4+ Ke5 3.Re2 or 2...Ke3 3.Sg2. Two matching variations where bishop and rook in turn play a critical move across d5, after which the other makes an interference. The economy of the position is excellent.