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4 Rxgi NfZ mate, but gave up the exchange by 2 Rxf2> and after wild complications the game ended In a draw. The other author has been more fortunate. In the University Championship he once succeeded In announcing a smothered mate to the President of the Moscow University Chess Club. BairamovGik The white knight, heading from f2 to g3, was in transit on the edge of the board. But to complete its journey it did not have time — l . . R c 2 ! Ne2 mate! Here Black managed without a queen sacrifice, but used a different combinational device — the p i n .

3 H. Meyer, 1920 Male in 3 moves. The idea of promoling a pawn to a rook w i t h such l i m i t e d material can also take on a t r i c k form — No. 4. No. 4 E. Pogosyants, 1980 Mate In 3 moves. The subtle point Is that White f i r s t of a l l . . folds the board in two! Now there follows 1 Kc2! Ka3 (the squares a5 and b5 are on the other half of the b o a r d l ) 2 c4=R! Ka2 3 RaA mate. 56 Seven Chess Letters No. 5 D. Hoiman, 1971 Mate in 3 moves. In No. Ka4 2 Qh3! Ka5 3 Qa3 mate. Are ther-e to be found among trios any genuine studies?

Since two places must be reserved for the k i n g s , there are two different cases: (1) White and Black both have one piece, apart from the k i n g ; (2) White has a k i n g and two pieces, while Black has a lone k i n g , [n the f i r s t case, combining one of the f i v e white pieces (queen, rook, bishop, knight and pawn) w i t h one of the f i v e black pieces, we o b t a i n 25 possible combinations. Here sets which d i f f e r by the colour of the pieces are regarded as d i f f e r e n t .

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