Original Problems, Julia’s Fairies – 2014 (I): January – April
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No.519 by János Mikitovics – A nice hs# Miniature, Aristocrat with a difficult play! (JV)
Locust(L): Moves along Queen lines only by capturing an enemy unit, arriving on the square immediately beyond that unit, which must be vacant.
Rook-Locust(LR): Moves like Locust, but on Rook-lines only.
Bishophopper(BH): Moves along Bishop-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.
PAO(PA): Chinese piece operating along Rook lines: moves as Rook, but captures only by hopping over a hurdle to any square beyond.
Swapping Kings: If a move exposes the opponent’s King to a check under normal rules, then the two Kings are switched, and check or checkmate is newly evaluated, and of course a move is illegal if after such a switch one’s own King is in check.
No.519 János Mikitovics
Locust g2; Rook-Locust h3
Bishophopper d5; PAO a5
Solution: (click to show/hide)
1.PAa5-a7 BHd5-h1[Ke5↔Kc6] 2.PAa7-g7 Kc6-d7 3.Bc5-e7[Kd7↔Ke5]! BHh1-f3 4.LRh3xf3-e3[Ke5↔Kd7] + Kd7-e8 5.Ke5-e6 Lg2xg7-g8[Ke8↔Ke6] #
(C+ by Popeye 4.65)