Solver's impressions - special - 2

Threemovers round - it was one of two catastrophes. As I learned afterwards, second and third problems already appeared on local solving competitions and thus some people had them immediately done. I did only part of first problem.
Venelin Alaikov
diagrammes 1991

1.Ka1! th. 2.Rxb5+
1...cxd3 2.Sxe5
1...Qf8 2.fxe5
1...cxb3 2.Rd4+

After analyzing the position a bit I found two very perspective ways for white: Rxb5+ followed by two mates differentiated by black answer and silent fxe5, again with two mates. First possibility failed only on check to white king, while second was defended by Qg8. So I chose to move king, turning Rxb5+ into threat that might be defended by Qf8 what is followed by second chance fxe5. I played 1.Ka1 only intuitively as I didn't see enough other variations. Anyway it was the only threemover where I found something.

#3 (11+12)

Vladimir Cisar
1st Prize Cesky spolek sachovni 1916

1.Bg1! zz,
1...Sc6 2.Qg3
1...c3 2.Qg2+
1...d6 2.Qe3+
1...Sa6 2.Se5
1...Kd5 2.Sf6+
1...Kd3 2.Se5+

The problem for me consisted in finding attack after 1...Kd3. I didn't notice right attack although I have played 1.Bg1! on board among other moves.

#3 (5+5)

Jan Rusinek
1st Prize Szachy 1986

1.Rc4! th. 2.Bd3+
1...Rbe7 2.Sb3!
1...Rge7 2.Sxe3!

Here I was fooled by 1.Kd1 threating 2.Se1 with idea of unpinning Sd4 by 2.Sc4 or 2.Bc4 and if black plays R~d7, this would lead to nice crosscheck mates. It was naturally only a kind of solver's "fata morgana". Real solution wasn't for a second in my consideration...

#3 (8+11)

Comments to Juraj Lörinc.
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