# No.896 (SE)

 No.896Stephen Emmerson (England) Original Problems, Julia’s Fairies – 2015 (II): July – December    →Previous ; →Next ; →List 2015(II) Please send your original fairy problems to: julia@juliasfairies.com

No.896 by Stephen Emmerson – Non-standard problem, 2 in 1, with paradoxical content and exotic pieces! I sincerely thank Stephen for the dedication! (JV)

Definitions:

Hurdle color changing hopper: Hopper that change color of its hurdle (excluding King) after move.

Grasshopper(G): Moves along Q-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.

Sparrow(SW): Moves like a Grasshopper ((0,1)+(1,1)Hopper , but deflects 135° either way on passing over the hurdle. The arrival square is adjacent to the hurdle.

Moose(M): Moves like a Grasshopper ((0,1)+(1,1)Hopper , but deflects 45° either way on passing over the hurdle. The arrival square is adjacent to the hurdle.

Eagle(EA): Moves like a Grasshopper ((0,1)+(1,1)Hopper), but deflects 90° either way on passing over the hurdle. The arrival square is adjacent to the hurdle.

 No.896 Stephen EmmersonEnglandoriginal – 16.09.2015Happy birthday Julia Vysotska! Diagram black kd4 ke4 black HurdleColourChanging gd3 swb2 ead2 mc1 eag4 ge3 mg3 swf2 (LEFT)        h#4    (0+5)      (RIGHT)Hurdle color changing hoppers:Grasshopper d3, e3Sparrow b2, f2Moose c1, g3Eagle d2, g4 Solution J (Left): Solution V (Right): { J:} 1.hccMc1-e2[d2=w] hccEAd2-b1[b2=w] 2.Kd4-c3 hccSWb2-d1[e2=w] + { } 3.Kc3-b2 hccMe2-a1 4.Kb2-c1 hccSWd1-c2[d3=w] # { (C+ by Popeye 4.73)} Ideal mate. (Author) { V:} 1.hccSWf2-e2[e3=w] hccGe3-h3[g3=w] 2.Ke4-f4 hccGh3-f5[g4=w] { } 3.Kf4-g5 hccEAg4-f1[e2=w] + 4.Kg5-h5 hccSWe2-g5 # { (C+ by Popeye 4.73)} Ideal mate. (Author)

### 7 Responses to No.896 (SE)

1. shankar ram says:

A picture problem -“JV”!
To get 2 accurate h#4 sequences with ideal mates is amazing.
Usually, the content in picture problems is just so-so.
Fine achievement by Stephen!
Also interesting is that the py2web animation works, without disturbing the other half!

• shankar ram says:

Black starts by changing one of the hoppers to W.
Then uses his 3 remaining moves to walk his K to the board edge.
W uses his 4 moves to change the colour of the other 3 hoppers… and mate!
In the final position, the mighty sparrow guards 3 squares, while the moose, eagle and grasshopper guard 1 each!

• Julia says:

“Also interesting is that the py2web animation works, without disturbing the other half!
It is amazing, that the both “halves” of the problem don’t need to cross the “border-line” – the play in the both solutions takes exactly the half of the board! Animation py2web shows just what it sees in the solutions. It doesn’t know there’re two problems, it sees only one, with 8×8 board, with two solutions, and it doesn’t mind two Kings on the board. 🙂 I like how it looks!

• shankar ram says:

Actually, in the “Left” solution, the Sparrow does cross the border (Black’s first move) and then re-crosses back (White’s third move). But, like I said, it doesn’t disturb anything, since the square e2 is empty!

• shankar ram says:

Sorry! It’s the Moose which wanders off and returns, not the Sparrow!

2. Julia says:

I’ve just updated the presentation of this problem to a new one with Stephen’s help. I should say the program code Stephen has sent me to make it work impressed me even more than a problem itself. It is something to learn from..
I’ve got two gifts in one! Enjoy the visualization with either J or V part!

• seetharaman says:

Yes. This is nice!