# No.1283 (VC&SKB)

 No.1283  Vlaicu Crișan (Romania) & S.K.Balasubramanian (India) Original Fairy problems JF-10/2017-3/2018: October’2017 – March’2018

 No.1283 Vlaicu Crișan & S.K.Balasubramanian Romania / India original – 10.03.2018 Solutions: (click to show/hide) white Ke5 Rg6 Bd7 Pb2b3f2 black Kd3 Rg4 Sb5g3 Ba7 Pc6e2f7g7 hs#3.5          2 solutions             (6+9) 1...Rg4-c4 2.Bd7-c8 Rc4-c2 3.Bc8-a6 Ba7-b8 + {(Ba7-c5?)} 4.Rg6-d6 + Bb8*d6 # 1...Ba7-e3 2.Rg6-h6 Be3-d2 3.Rh6-h3 Rg4-g5 + {(Rg4-f4?)} 4.Bd7-f5 + Rg5*f5 # { (C+ by Popeye 4.79)} Features: Three pairs of pieces exchange their functions (wR/wB, bR/bB, 2 bSs) Dual avoidance in B3. The black/ white moves of our problem are similar to white/black moves of Michal Dragoun's prize winner. These similarities are for opposite colours and the final mates are not for opposite coloured kings. Hence, we strongly believe that our problem is different from the prize winner. However, if the readers and the judge feel otherwise, then our problem may be discarded from the list of problems for judging. We will be happy that at least the readers enjoyed the problem. (Authors)

### 3 Responses to No.1283 (VC&SKB)

1. seetharaman says:

This is a good problem. It just uses the same tactic used by Dragoun. My criticism (as I already told Bala) is that active pinning or selfpinning of black pieces seems more like a helpmate theme — Of course used here nicely in a hs#

2. Vlaicu Crisan says:

To my suprise, most of the participants to the 45th Latvian Chess Solving Championship 2018 failed to solve a very similar looking problem (no 7 in the 1st round). Solvers, next time you should read and solve Julia’s Fairies as mandatory preparation for the competition! 🙂

• Julia says:

Vlaicu, thank you for the cute comment and for following our events!
I guess JF might look too scaring to Latvian solvers 🙂 Even HS# genre was!
But seriously, what I have found is that in online databases it is complicated to get selections of HS# problems without any fairy pieces/conditions. Any suggestions maybe? Aha, same on JF too, in the Search original problems I don’t have the “exclude” option.
No.7 from the 45th Latvian solving championship
Michal Dragoun
Tzuica 2008
1st Prize

1.Le6 Th3 2.Ld7 Th6 3.Tf4+ [@] L×f4
1.T×c5 Lc1 2.Tc7 La3 3.Ld3+ [@] T×d3
@ = 3, @@ = 5