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The great problem composer Sam Loyd once reached this position as White. Being a problemist, he recognized the interference theme in this position. How did he mate Black?

There were tries here that did indeed lead to mate; however, Loyd picked the shortest one. 1.Qe6 The longer ways were 1.Nf5+ Rh6 2.Rxh6+ gxh6 3.Qxc7+ Bd7 4.Qxd7+ Rf7 5.Qxf7+ Kh8 6.Ng6#; 1.Nhg6+ Bxh3 2.Nxf8+ Kh6 (2...Kh8 3.Nf7+ Kg8 4.Nh6+ Kxf8 (4...Kh8 5.Qg8#) 5.Qf7# 1...Nxe6 1...Bxe6 2.Nf5+ Kg8 3.Ne7#; 1...Rf7 2.Nhg6+ Kg8 3.Qxf7# 2.Nhg6+ Kg8 3.Rh8#


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