No.260,261,262 (PH)

No.260, 261, 262 
Peter Harris (South Africa)


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3 works by Peter Harris:

No.260 by Peter Harris – A difficult and non-standard play – as always in Peter’s works! 

No.261 by Peter Harris – Complicated twins with adding several fairy conditions!  

No.262 by Peter Harris – Here I was allowed by Peter to quote him: 

” I am trying to please you  – with locusts and chameleons.
I am trying to please solvers – with an h#1.
I have pleased myself – by making this problem. [It is precisely the type I like to make] ” (P.Harris)



Chameleon Chess: All pieces on the board which are displayed as orthodox  Q, R, B, S,  are Chameleons. A Pawn can promote only in Chameleon-pieces.

Chameleon: On completing a move, a Chameleon (from classical standard type) changes into another piece, in the sequence Q-S-B-R-Q…  Promotion may be to a chameleon at any stage in the cycle.

Maximummer – Black must play the geometrically longest move or may choose from among longest moves of equal length, distances being measured from the center of each square. Diagonal and oblique distances are measured from the orthogonal coordinates by using Pythagora’s theorem (take the square root of the sum of the squares of the orthogonal distances). All other orthodox chess rules apply.

White Maximummer – Only White must play the geometrically longest moves, Black plays orthodoxal.

Patrol Chess: A piece can capture or give check only if it is observed by a piece of its own side.

Anti-Andernach – A piece (excluding King) changes its color after any non-capturing move. After capture, the piece retains its color. Rooks on a1, h1, a8 and h8 can be used for castling, provided the usual other rules for that move are satisfied. After castling, Rooks do not change color, If White makes a non-capturing move with neutral or halfneutral piece, that piece becomes black and vice versa.

Lortap: A piece cannot capture or check if it is observed by a piece of its own side.

Super-Circe – When captured, a piece is reborn on any free field on the chess board without causing self-check or selfmate. Possible is also removal of captured piece from the board. The Pawns (white, black, neutrals, half- neutrals) can be reborn on the first or eight row also. When reborn on the first row  (for Black) or on the eight row (for White) the promotion is obligatory. When reborn on the first row  (for White) or on the eight row (for Black) the Pawns are immovable.

Locust (L): moves on Q-lines but only by capturing an enemy unit, arriving on the square immediately beyond that unit, which must be vacant.

White Maximummer ultra: White’s only legal move is his longest – calculated per maxi rules.

  • I’ve to mention here, that this condition doesn’t exist in Popeye manual, but in reality it is implemented, and you can set it using “condition WhiteMaximummer ultra”

No.260 Peter Harris
South Africa
h=4               2 solutions              (2+3)
White Maximummer
Chameleon Chess
(no w.King)
Solutions: (click to show/hide)
No.261 Peter Harris
South Africa
h#2       Chameleon Chess        (3+2)
a) + White Maximummer; Patrol
b) + Anti-Andernach Chess; Super-Circe; Lortap
Solutions: (click to show/hide)
No.262 Peter Harris
South Africa
White Maximummer ultra
Chameleon Chess
(no w.King)
Alter the position of a piece then h#1
(For example move wQd3→f8)
Solutions: (click to show/hide)

2 Responses to No.260,261,262 (PH)

  1. seetharaman says:

    What is the difference between “Maximummer” and “Maximumer untra’?

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