No.540 (JV)

Julia Vysotska 


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my-rabbitsNo.540 by Julia Vysotska – The history of this problem is very simple: I’ve bought two little rabbits for my daughters! If you ever had rabbits you must know that it’s not easy to catch them. They run back and forward, jump over your hands and over each other, and finally hide somewhere leaving you to guard the moment when they go out again!

A play of two Rabbits for solvers! Although, in one phase, but  I hope that maneuvers of my Rabbits are enough complicated and pleasant at the same time. (JV)


Rabbit(RT) (or Kangaroo-Lion(KL)): Moves along Q-lines over 2 hurdles of either color (which may or may not stand on adjacent squares) to any square beyond the 2nd unit. A capture may be made on arrival, but the hurdle is not affected.

No.540 Julia Vysotska
original – 05.05.2014
540-hs#7-jvhs#7                                             (3+5)
Rabbits: e5, e8
Solution: (click to show/hide)

5 Responses to No.540 (JV)

  1. Sebastien Luce says:

    Dear Julia, the picture of the two rabbits is very pleasant and your problem too !

  2. Petko A.Petkovpetko petkov says:

    №540 (Vysotska) – Congratulations, dear Julia, for your great idea to symbolize jumps of your lovely rabbits with a wonderful chess “Hopping Sonatina”!
    It is not possible to solve this opus for a few minutes! Though in only one solution here the Rabbits play extremely nonstandard – they show surprising dynamics and make total 6 half-moves (3 white and 3 black)! Usually these exotic pieces are rather static – as rear figures in anti-batteries or batteries.
    A very good idea is to post photos in the site! This creates a very cheerful mood!

  3. Kjell Widlert says:

    The main point is in the very rabbit-specific s#1 at the end, I think, but the play is also quite cleverly arranged to get so many rabbit moves – sorry, jumps – with so few hurdles.

  4. JuliaJulia says:

    Thanks a lot to Sebastien, Petko and Kjell! It’s a pleasure to see how three commentators have mentioned all points I wanted to show in this publication!

    I agree with Sebastien and Petko that photos/pictures can be a pleasant addition to the publication. Usually in the comments to the problem we write themes, or explanations to solutions. But another comment from the author, like the history of the problem or the source of inspiration would be also very alive and interesting! So, I invite you to share anything you like about the creation of your problem, with text and/or pictures, and I’ll publish it on the top of publication together with my intro-comment.

    I don’t know the history of appearance of these two pieces in Popeye – Rabbit(RT) and Kangaroo-Lion(KL) – with a different names and the same behavior. But in my imagination (Kangaroo-)Lion is more like static piece for anti-batteries, but Rabbit is quite dynamic! 🙂 So, as Petko pointed, my idea was to show exactly dynamics to emphasize Rabbits’ play as I feel it.

    And Kjell’s guess is absolutely right! First of all I’ve found an idea for the last move, s#1, and then tried to create dynamics+economy+complexity of Rabbits’ preceding moves. There’re also some themes, like Umnov and anti-critical move, but I believe that an overall play is more interesting or funny, than implementation of these themes. So, this was a case when I didn’t know what to mention in the comment to the problem!

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