No.499 (AO)

Abdelaziz Onkoud (France)


Original Problems, Julia’s Fairies – 2014 (I): January – April

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No.499 by Abdelaziz Onkoud – A three-mover of logical style with exotic pieces!  (JV)


Fers: (1,1)Leaper

Wazir(WE): (0,1)Leaper (Vizir in WinChloe)

Alfil(AL): (2,2)Leaper

Dabbaba(DA): (0,2)Leaper

No.499 Abdelaziz Onkoud
original – 14.02.2014
499-#3-ao#3vv                                         (8+10)
Alfil d8
Dabbaba c5
Fers d7, d3, b4
Wazir e6, b6
Solution: (click to show/hide)

2 Responses to No.499 (AO)

  1. Kjell Widlert says:

    The family of short-legged pieces works quite well together here (although d3+d7 could also be ordinary Bishops, and the Dabbaba is merely technical).

    There is great unity in the mechanism: Black blocks a5 or b5, which forces a Knight to choose a bad defence instead of a good one (“Beugung” in German – is there an English term?), thereby blocking a flight for his K, producing the pseudo-leGrand change of threat and mate.

    Like Juraj Lörinc, I would like to see more direct-mates here! At least if they are as good as this one.

  2. SeetharamanSeetharaman says:

    The problem is very nice with logical tries. But does the theme “Obstruction of knight” justify so many different fairy pieces … not sure.

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