23 March 2012

Bohemian Rhapsody

I just had to choose this title ... Today, I show some early threemovers by Miroslav Havel. I don't think they are published a lot. At most 13 chess pieces are used in each diagram, all problems show beautiful model mates. Some of them have additional variations which are not given in the solutions. These are not considered to be part of the themes and thus are omitted.

1
Narodni Listy, 1899
[3b4/7p/K2pp3/8/1p1k1N2/P4P2/2Q1PP2/8]
  #3(7+6)  

2
Obrazkova Revue, 1900
[8/5K2/8/2pk1B2/N2N2p1/1p2p1Q1/1b2b3/8]
  #3(5+7)  

3
Nove Parizske Mody, 1901
[1Q1K4/p7/p4p2/3k4/1BN2p2/6b1/5P2/1B6]
  #3(5+6)  

4
Romanleser, 1902
[8/1nN5/pK4bp/3p4/4k3/6Q1/2P1BP2/8]
  #3(6+6)  

Solutions:
11. Nd5! (2. Kb5 exd5/~ 3. Qb2/Qe4#)
1. - bxa3 2. Qc3+ Kxd5 3. e4#
1. - exd5 2. f4 ~ 3. e3#
1. - Kxd5 2. Qe4+ Kc5 3. axb4#
Three different mates by the pawns.
21. Qb8! (2. Nb6+ Kxd4 3. Qh8#)
1. - Bc4 2. Qf4 (2. Nb6#) cxd4 3. Be4#
1. - Bxd4 2. Nb6+ Kc6 3. Bd7#
Nice long queen moves. Unfortunately, Nb6+ appears in each of the main variations.
31. Be7! (2. Qd6+ Kxc4 3. Qd3#)
1. - Ke6 2. Ne5 (3. Qd6#) fxe5 3. Qb3#
1. - Kxc4 2. Qb4+ Kd5 3. Qe4#
1. - f3 2. Ne3+ Kd4 3. Qb2# (2. - Kc6/Ke6 3. Be4/Ba2#)
41. Ne8! (2. Ng7 ~/d4 3. Bf3/Qe3#)
1. - Bxe8 2. Bd3+ Kd4 3. Qg7#
1. - Kf5 2. Bg4+ Kg5 3. f4# (2. - Ke4 3. Qe3#)
1. - d4 2. Bd3+ Kd5 3. Nc7#

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