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Problem 436: Alexey Oganesyan - Selfmate
oganesyan(18.08.2014) Longmover selfmate by Alexey Oganesyan. Selfmates with similar bP play are known, but the wK trip with switchback looks new fresh element in the mechanism.


+1 #1 Seetharaman Kalyan 2014-08-18 13:31
Nice! Of course he used this King moves before kobulchess.com/.../...
He has nicely developed into switchbacks! Welldone! But, are there 5 switchbacks? I cound 4! :-)
+2 #2 Aleksey Oganesjan 2014-08-18 13:44
Oh, of course 4, you are right :-)
+1 #3 Sven-Hendrik Lo?in 2014-08-26 19:29

is there a good reason for the first two moves?
There are so many threats by black that it is obvious that the two free black pieces need to be pinned. I would avoid to include them even though the order is unique. I think that the first two white moves restrain black in a very harsh way.
0 #4 Seetharaman Kalyan 2014-08-27 13:06
Quoting Sven-Hendrik Lo?in:
I think that the first two white moves restrain black in a very harsh way.

I think you are right! It may not be a bad idea to start the problem with 3.Qe2 or 3.Bc5-b6 (with queen placed at e2).
+1 #5 Aleksey Oganesjan 2014-08-27 13:55
Yes, initially I had a version with Qe2 as a first move. I thought long and decided to enrich a content of the problem by adding a thematic try 1.Bb6+.
Also I would like to wR and wB move too, because I didn't like that only wK moved in the solution.
So, that is why I still prefer this version. But another composer can have another opinion, it's perfectly normal in this case :)

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