# No.867 (MG&SS)

 No.867 Michael Grushko & Semion Shifrin (Israel) Original Problems, Julia’s ambien online Fairies – 2015 (II): July – December ?Previous ; ?Next ; ?List 2015(II) Please send your original fairy problems to: julia@juliasfairies.com

No.867 by Michael Grushko & Semion Shifrin – Half-neutral pieces in Pser problem. (JV)

Definition:

Half-neutral piece: Piece which can exist in black, white or neutral state and changes its state by the rules:

• A piece in the neutral state may be moved by Black or White, and after move it changes into black or white state respectively.
• A piece in the white state may be moved only by White, and after move it changes into its neutral state.
• A piece in the black state may be moved only by Black, and after move it changes into its neutral state.
• Only a half-neutral pawn can promote into half-neutral figure.

Additional features of half-neutral pieces:

• Castling with half-neutral King is possible with hK in white phase on e1 (White castling) and hK in black phase on e8 (Black castling). After castling the hK becomes half-neutral phase and can become mate.
• A play is possible also with only one half-neutral King on the board (in white, black or neutral phase).
• By the notation: “h”=half-neutral piece, states are marked with “w”(white), “b”(black) and “n”(neutral).

Pser: This is the original definition by its inventor, Dan Meinking: A parry series-mover differs from a standard series-mover prior to the last move as follows:

1. the series-side may give check during the series;
2. when checked, the idle-side must immediately parry the threat;
3. a parry-move may be helpful or defensive, depending on the problem-type (for example – in Pser-s# the parry-move is defensive);
4. after a check-and-parry, the series-side continues the series.

Every Pser problem combines two stipulations:

Part 1 – Pser, which indicates the special series play with participation of both sides according to the author’s definition;

Part 2 – the kind of problem, according to well known stipulations, which can show direct play (n#, n=, s#, s= r#, r=, etc), help play (h#, h=, h==, etc) or mixed play (hs#, hs=, hs= =, etc).

(For more explanations about Pser see IGM Petko A. Petkov article “The Wonderful (new genre) Parry Series“)

 No.867 Michael Grushko & Semion ShifrinIsraeloriginal – 16.08.2015 Solutions: (click to show/hide) white Kh4 black Kh8 Se5d6 black HalfNeutral ra6 Bh2 pser-hs#6       2 solutions     (1+5)Half-neutral Ra6, Bh2 1.Se5-g6 + Kh4-g5 2.Sd6-e4 + Kg5-h6 3.hRa6-f6=n {} 4.hBh2-d6=n { } 5.Sg6-f4 + nhRf6-f8=w + 6.nhBd6*f8=b # 1.hRa6-a4=n + Kh4-g5 2.nhRa4-g4=b + Kg5-f6 3.hRg4-g6=n + Kf6-e7 { } 4.Se5-c6 + Ke7-f8 5.hBh2-f4=n {} nhRg6-h6=w + 6.nhBf4*h6=b # { (C+ by Popeye 4.69)}