Solver's impressions - 2004 - 2
Threemovers round - and quite nice suprise for me.
60 minutes might seem enough time to solve 3 threemovers, but in the past
it was usually too difficult for me. However, recently I have studied a lot of
orthodox threemovers as I try to transform their ideas into fairy form.
I recommend especially R.C.O.Matthews' book "Mostly threemovers" that is
very instructive and packed full with excellent problems.
Although I have found all keys and most variations, I missed a few and
thus I lost a few points. After all, 13 points out of 15 possible, one
of my best life results. Together I was on the 10th place among 29 solvers
with 28 points after 2nd round.
5rd HM Parallele 50 1950
th. 2.Rcd3 th. 3.Re5#, 2...Bh2 3.Qh1#
and 2.Rc4+ Kxd5 3.e4#, 2...Ke3 3.Re5# or Rd3#
1...Kxd5 2.e4+ Kxe4 3.Qd3#
1...Sxc3 2.Re5+ Kd4 3.e3#
1...d1Q/R 2.Qxd1! th. 3.Qd4#, Qd3#, Re5#
Bohemians are always quite a lottery, but I think it is possible to solve them by "brute force" -
try everything and look for model mates. Here I searched for some variation after 1...Kf5,
but I was unable to find one. So it was the right time to look for give-and-take key, and
1.Rd5! came in handy. I discovered only on threat 2.Rc4+ and as it had model mate I was feeling confident,
that I'm on a right track. Mates after 1...Kxd5 and 1...Sxc3 are nice, however I failed to see 1...d1Q
as a defence as I didn't notice that it unblocks d2 for 2.Rc4+ Ke3 3.Re5+ Kd2! Some points lost,
but not many.
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