No.451 (KM)

Karol Mlynka (Slovakia)


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No.451 by Karol Mlynka – A paradoxical two-men selfmate! (JV)


Pressburger King (Super Transmuting King): King which definitively takes up the nature of the checking piece (and thus loses his royal status).

Royal piece: Piece that executes a function of the King on the board.

No.451 Karol Mlynka
s#4               b) rPc6→f6             (1+1)
Royal c6
Pressburger King h5
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4 Responses to No.451 (KM)

  1. Seetharamanseetharaman says:

    On being checked by the pawn, king loses its royal powers. So how can there be a mate? Mate is all about royalty, is it not ? 🙂

  2. shankar ram says:

    Yes.. I think the phrase “..loses his royal status..” in the definition is a bit unclear..
    It would be interesting, if it REALLY became a “non-king”.. AND some other piece of the same colour got upgraded to royal status..

  3. Nikola Predrag says:

    Perhaps “On being checked by the ROYAL pawn”, King definitively takes up the ROYAL nature of the checking piece 🙂

    • Georgy EvseevGeorgy Evseev says:

      There is quite a number of hidden non-obvious rules in Pressburger King (that is why I do not like it).

      In fact it immediately gains the checking piece movement power, has to defend against check by moving away, and after this movement loses royal status.

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