With only two bishops for a queen, and his pieces split up and vulnerable to attack, White needs something dramatic. 1.fxe7 Nxe7 (or even better 1...Qd4+) achieves nothing. 1.Nf4+ looks promising, since Kg5 or Kh6 allow 2.Nf7+, but after 1...Kg4, White has nothing.
The solution begins 1.Bg6+! Kxg6 (1...Kg4 2.Bf5+ Kf3 3.Be4+ only goes round in circles) 2.Nf4+! Kxf6.
White has given up a bishop and his pawn. His knight on d6 is still under attack. The next move clearly has to be 3.Bh4+ when Ke5 allows a fork on g6, and 3...Kg7 4.Ne6+ Kg6 5.Nf4+ lets White force a draw. So is that the answer? Unfortunately not. After 3.Bh4+ Ng5! 4.Bxg5+ Kg7! 5.Ne6+ Kg6 6.Nf8+ Kh5! Black wins.
Let's return to move three, when instead of the obviously correct Bh4+, White plays 3.Ke3!! The threat is 4.Bc3+ e5 5.Bxe5+ Kxe5 6.Nf7+. If Black tries 3...Kg7, then 4.Ne6+! Kg6 5.Nf4+ Kg7 6.Ne6+ Kf6 7.Nf4! returns to the same position. If Black then tries 7...e5, White plays 8.Bc3!, with the threat of Bxe5+, followed by a knight fork on f7 or g6. Black has nothing better than 8...Kg7 (hoping for time to put a knight on f6) when 9.Nf5+! Kf7 10.Nd6+! Kg7 11.Nf5+ leads to a draw.
Kasparyan must have started with the position after 3.Ke3!! with black king and queen unable to flee the long diagonal, then added the brilliant
in-play. A fine composition.
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