Antonín Novotný (chess composer)

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This article is about the chess composer. For the president, see Antonín Novotný.

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
a b c d e f g h
c8 black bishop
h8 black rook
c7 black knight
g7 black bishop
h6 white knight
b5 white rook
c4 white pawn
e4 black king
h4 white bishop
f3 white knight
g3 white pawn
b2 white pawn
e2 white king
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
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#

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