# No.553,553.1 (VR&SK)

 No.553Vito Rallo (Italy) No.553.1Vito Rallo  (Italy) &Seetharaman K.  (India) Original Problems, Julia’s Fairies – 2014 (II): May – August   →Previous ; →Next ; →List 2014(II) Please send your original fairy problems to: julia@juliasfairies.com

No.553 by Vito Rallo – A nice masked white Excelsior! (JV)

No.553.1 by Vito Rallo & Seetharaman K. – A joint problem by two authors as rather improved version of No.553 with two Excelsiors! (JV)

 No.553 Vito Rallo Italy original – 07.06.2014   hs#6                                              (3+7)     Solution: (click to show/hide)   1.e2-e4 Be5-g3 2.e4-e5 Ke6-d5 3.e5-e6 Rh2-h1 4.e6-e7 Rh1-c1 5.e7-e8=Q Rc1-c5 6.Qe8-e6 + Kd5xe6 # (C+ by Popeye 4.67) Meredith, Switchback, Excelsior. (Author) No.553.1 Vito Rallo & Seetharaman K. Italy / India version of No.553 – 24.06.2014   hs#8,5                                          (3+5)     Solution: (click to show/hide)   1…Sf7xd6 2.Kh5xg4 Sd6-f7 3.Kg4-h5 d7-d5 4.g2-g4 d5-d4 5.g6-g7 d2-d1=R 8.g7-g8=Q Rd1-h1 9.Qg8-g3+ Kh2xg3 # (C+ by Popeye 4.67) Line opening, switchback & excelsior by both black and white ! (Authors)

### 16 Responses to No.553,553.1 (VR&SK)

1. seetharaman says:

Nice idea. But, Is it not possible to have a black pawn c3 promoting to rook on c1? Now, Rh2 and Sf2 can both be replaced by a black pawn h5.

2. seetharaman says:

hm….. It can be a miniature.
white Pg6e2 Kg5
black Ph4g7 Ke6 Rd4
HS#6.5
Black pawn promoting on ‘h’ file is even better I think.

3. seetharaman says:

I think it will be possible to make the black moves also an Excelsior making the problem a double Excelsior. I found a slight modification of the scheme which will make it possible. If Mr.Vitaly wants I can send it to him, but the scheme still needs improvement.

4. Vito Rallo says:

Send it to me, we can do a join

5. seetharaman says:

Well… here is a possibility. You can make it as a 6.5 if you dont want the pawns masked ! http://prntscr.com/3rpacx

• Vito Rallo says:

Do you agree this ? If ok can send it as version to Julia

Vito Rallo & Seetharaman
White Pd6 Kg5 Pg2; Black Pd7 Ph7 Sc4 Pg4 Kh2
Hs#8,5 – (3+5) C+Popeye Windows-64Bit v4.67 (2548 MB)

1…Sc4*d6 2.Kg5*g4 Sd6-f7 3.Kg4-h5 d7-d5 4.g2-g4 d5-d4 5.g4-g5 d4-d3 6.g5-g6 d3-d2 7.g6-g7 d2-d1=R 8.g7-g8=Q Rd1-h1 9.Qg8-g3 + Kh2*g3 #
solution finished. Time = 1:25:48 h:m:

Double excelsior, double opening lines with pawn capture.

• seetharaman says:

• Vito Rallo says:

With more moves can not control with winchloe and Fancy takes a long time.
Can you do it?

• Vito Rallo says:

with Bsf7 & wKh5 we have the same solution. I think it’s just a matter of taste.

6. Александр Швиченко Alexandr Shvichenko says:

Here is another version.
White Ph6 Kg5 Ph5 Pe2
Black Ph7 Ke6 Pc4 Re4
HS#7 C+
1.e2-e3 Re4-d4 2.e3-e4 c4-c3 3.e4-e5 Ke6-d5 4.e5-e6 c3-c2 5.e6-e7 c2-c1=R 6.e7-e8=Q Rc1-c5 7.Qe8-e6+ Kd5*e6#
There is only one black excelsior, but in 6 moves.

• seetharaman says:

Thanks Alexandr. I made a similar suggestion in my second post. Miniature with white excelsior and black rook promotion!
white Pg6e2 Kg5
black Ph4g7 Ke6 Rd4
HS#6.5 1…h3 2.e4 h2 3.e5 Kd5 4.e6 h1=R! (h1Q?) 5.e7 Rc1 6.e8=Q Rc5 7.Qe6 + K*e6 #

7. petko petkov says:

The following Miniature is possible – with only 6 pieces and 2 Excelsiors with R-promotions:

1.b4 f5 2.b5 f4 3.b6 f3 4.b7 f2 5.b8=R f1=R 6.Rg8 Rh1 7.Rg2+ Kxg2#.

I believe it looks better because there is no Q-promotion that is rather “obvious” in such positions. But in my opinion these Miniatures are in high extent mechanical because of monotonous Pawn’s moves to the promotion’s square… Therefore I think that the theme “Mechanical Excelsior” cannot be miracle in fairy chess through the fact that such problems are nice in optical aspect…

8. Ganapathi says:

Petkov’s magic ever comes out in any position; just witness how the Q promotion gets replaced by the R!

9. petko petkov says:

1 – 5 . b8=R c1=R 6.Rg8 Rh1 7=Rg2+ Kxg2#

Probably this position is even better, because here all Pawns have possibilities for moves, but in this case we must answer to the question: What role has Pc7? Of course for Excelsior because there are no time for other play…:)

10. seetharaman says:

Thanks Petkov.. I thought of something similar (not so economical!) but Vito Rallo seemed more interested in line opening for the excelsior pawns (though that does not make the solutions more difficult).

• seetharaman says:

My position was with the WP on the a-file hs#6.5. The rook promotion of the white pawn did not strike me !