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Antonín Novotný - chess composer

Antonín Novotný (August 22, 1827 - March 9, 1871) was a Czech chess composer and lawyer in Brno. The Novotny theme is named after him - the first appearance of the theme was in a Novotný's three mover from 1854.

Antonin Nowotny
Leipziger Illustrierte Zeitung, 1854
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Mate in 3


1.Rf5! threatens 2.Rf4 mate. If 1... Bxf5 then 2.Nf7 threatens both mate with either 3.Nd6# and N7g5# which can't be stopped.

1...Rf8 2.Bf6! Blocks both f8-f4 and g7-e5 lines and threats 3.Rf4# and 3.Re5#

2...Rxf6 3.Re5#, 2...Bxf6 3.Rf4#, 2...Bxf5 3.Ng5# or 3.Nd2#