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Problem 453: Srecko Radovic - Helpmate
radovic(17.10.2014) Distant selfblocks and three different mates by the wQ in this Meredith and white minimal longmover helpmate by Srecko Radovic.
1.Qb4 Qa8+ 2.Kb6 Qxf3 3.Kb5 Ke2 4.Kc4 Qd3#
1.Bd6 Qg8 2.Kb7 Qxg4 3.Kc6 Kxf3 4.Kd5 Qe4#
1.Bb5 Qxf5 2.Bc7 Ke3 3.Kb7 Ke4 4.Kc6 Qd5#


0 #1 Vitaly Medintsev 2014-10-17 10:32
The problem would look better without the third solution, on my taste
+1 #2 Seetharaman Kalyan 2014-10-17 11:47
The capture on f5 is indeed distracting. But then, there is a third echo mate.
+4 #3 Nikola Predrag 2014-10-17 17:15
Content includes the annihilation of 3 black units which prevent wK's moves. The true question is "could that brutality make the most original part of content?"

If yes, all these 3 units are thematic and therefore should be equally treated.
From the thematic aspect, the capture of bS is not worse than the captures of bPs.

In such type of problems the economy is of crucial importance. Thematic pieces should have some functions in all phases.
Here, by default, their presence disables various dualistic "versions" of the solutions.
Not much, but in a basic principle, it matches the art of a white-minimal Meredith.
+3 #4 Nikola Predrag 2014-10-17 17:15
However, the art of such problems is also to justify the length filled with the boring moves.
The repetition of Ka7-b7-c6 suggests that bK is simply on the wrong initial square.

If a piece plays the trivial moves to its final square, the routes should be different in different phases.
That would suggest that the initial square (as well as the length) was required to unify all phases.
+3 #5 Kjell Widlert 2014-10-19 20:17
I most of all regret the fact that Qd5# is not a true echo-mate because of the "unnecessary" blocks on c5+b5. The repetition of K-b7-c6 is also a weakness.

Has this triple echo been done without these constructional flaws? I would expect so...

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