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Problem 538: Srecko Radovic - Threemover
radovic(22.02.2015) An excellent threemover with ambush key, dynamic play, quiet moves, Gate opening and closing of lines by Srecko Radovic.
    1.Bc7! (2.Sc5+ Ka5 3.b7#)
1…Rh6 2.Qe5! (3.Qa1#) 2…Bf6 3.Qe8#
1…Rh7 2.Qg4! (3.Qxb4#) 2...Be7 3.Qd7#
[1…b3 2.Bd6 (3.Sc3/Qf4/Qg4/Re4#) 2…Sf6 3.Sc3#]
Ambush key. Quiet white continuation with Gate opening for black,
dynamic play – fighting of white and black pieces. (Author)


+6 #1 Seetharaman Kalyan 2015-02-22 03:44
Very nice problem with quiet W2 anticipating the second move black interference!
+6 #2 Ioannis Kalkavouras 2015-02-22 10:25
Moreover the setting is very nice,something which is a typical feature of this excellent Serbian composer.
+8 #3 Marjan Kovacevic 2015-02-23 00:20
It takes computer checking to reveal all the secrets of this seemingly easy-made construction. Pd2 is needed to prevent surprising cook 1.Sc5+ Ka5 2.Ra3+! ba3 3.Bc3# Bishop has to be on a6 to prevent 1.Sc5+ Ka5 2.Qg7! WK must be exactly on e2 (not d1, or g2), to prevents 1.Qg4, and 1.Qh5: Sg6 2.Sc7 Sf4+! Both BS'use the only possible squares against 1.Qh5. All in all this seems to be a perfect construction, and a really refreshing content in the times of boring modern threemovers.
+3 #4 eugene david rosner 2015-02-24 14:20
Thanks for elaborating on this Marjan. I think Milan V. would've loved this!
+1 #5 Seetharaman Kalyan 2015-02-24 16:44
Quoting eugene david rosner:
Thanks for elaborating on this Marjan. I think Milan V. would've loved this!

The Australian maestro W.A.Whyatt also loved this style of composing! In his problems the solver is not asked the question "How?" but 'why?' That aptly sums up this Radovic original.
+1 #6 Marjan Kovacevic 2015-02-24 18:34
Thanks for mentioning W.A.Whyatt, Seetharaman. I love his style, too.
0 #7 Seetharaman Kalyan 2015-02-24 20:32
However this seems to be only an improved version of the composer's earlier example of the theme.

+2 #8 Kjell Widlert 2015-02-25 13:22
Yes - the setting has been improved now almost out of recognition in several ways, but the basic idea and matrix is the same as in the older problem.

How much the judge should consider the earlier, inferior problem in the evaluation of 538 is an interesting question...
+1 #9 Marjan Kovacevic 2015-02-25 18:40
Thanks Seetharaman for finding this earlier version! Yes, 2nd and 3rd white moves in both main variations are the same, but all else turned a sketchy work into a real composition.
+1 #10 Kjell Widlert 2015-02-26 14:23
Re my comment #8 above:
The word "consider" got into the wrong paragraph! Should move to the second paragraph, just before the word "consider". Then my meaning will hopefully be clear.
0 #11 Seetharaman Kalyan 2015-02-26 18:26
Thanks Kjell Widlert. I have since corrected #8.

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