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Original Problems, Julia’s Fairies – 2013 (III): September- December
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No.374 by Neal Turner – A very seldom fairy combination – SAT with Royal Grasshoppers – in s#! (JV)
SAT: A King is under check if it can move to only one square not controlled by the opposite side.
Grasshopper(G): Moves along Q-lines over another unit of either color to the square immediately beyond that unit. A capture may be made on arrival, but the hurdle is not affected.
No.374 Neal Turner
s#2 SAT (10+8)
Royal Grasshoppers: d4, f5
Solutions: (click to show/hide)
1.Se2! (> 2.rGf1+ rGd1# )
(C+ by Popeye 4.55)
Examining the brG’s flights: d1,d7 & g4, we see that moving is prevented by arrival checks on a1,f7 & e4.
The opening of the f-file has given the Rf2 some limited movement – just enough to prevent the threat, but this allows the Se3 to take centre stage.
1..Bg8 prevents the threat by unguarding d3, but now that the 1st rank is off-limits White turns his attention to the 8th rank.
The third defence provides Black with a flight as after 1..exd6 there’s no longer a hole on f7, so the brG is free to run to d7.