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This is one of my earliest compositions. After mate in three the initials SZ of a former friend will appear on the board:
The second composition results after three moves into the initials LK:
The second one results in the number of the years they were married:
2.Th2xf2 Kc2-c3 (or Kb3)
At the occasion of the opening of
Lokaal56 at Enschede I made the following mate in SEVEN (a long cherished wish). The nicest thing of
this composition is not so much that there are three white rooks (that may happen, isn't it?)
but that the mate is done ultimately by the piece of which you expect it least.
(2 ..Kc5? 3.b4 Kd5 4.Txd3 Lxd3 (or 4 ..Ke4) 5.Dd4)
(5 ..Le5? 6.Txe5. Or 5 ..Ke4? 6.Pd2 or Te3. This is the first reason why there is a third rook on h3)
(This is the second reason why there is a rook on h3: the knight on e3 cannot be taken by the black king when he goes to e4).
6 .. Kd5-e4
At the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the chess club at Heerlen, I composed this problem.
(at 1 ..Kxa7 the answer is 2.Ta2 Kb8 3.Ta8 Kc7 4.Tc8)