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JV problem No.28

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No.28 – finished 05-Feb-2012 – Neutral pieces! A funny problem, where Neutral PAOs are “eating” each other. 🙂

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PROBLEEMBLAD -2012 , No.2 (Apr-Jun-2012), #F900

h#3         2 solutions       1+12+3
Grasshopper c7
VAO g8
PAOs: f7, d5


I. 1.Sg3-f5 nPAf7-e7 + 2.Gc7-f7 nPAe7-e1 3.nPAe1-d1 nPAd5*d1 #

II. 1.Sg3-e4 nPAd5-c5 + 2.Gc7-c4 nPAc5-f5 3.nPAf5-f1 nPAf7*f1 #

  • Play of specific Chinese Neutral battery with two forward pieces – nPAOd5 /nPAOf7.
  • Umnov theme by black G.
  • A specific transformation of the initial Chinese battery using the black G (with one nPAO as a forward piece).
  • Blocking of black G after S-key-moves.
  • Reciprocal Zilahi in play of neutral PAOs combined with “Cannibal” theme.

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October 29, 2012 07:34

I like the way both Paos are forced to the first rank. Blcoking of G by the S is also a good effect. Nice !

January 1, 2013 22:01

“Surprising Zilahi; and a remarkably lucid demonstration of the properties of two kinds of hopping
pieces, of the paradoxes achievable with the use of neutrals, and of fairy irreversibility. This was
easily the most satisfying of the problems which I solved”
— C.J.Feather

Nikola Predrag
Nikola Predrag
January 2, 2013 01:10
Reply to  seetharaman

Yes, very nice and inventive. White economy can’t be better :).
Probably, I would prefer the overall economy, 10 pieces in total, perhaps?

Georgy Evseev
Georgy Evseev
January 2, 2013 10:13
Reply to  Nikola Predrag

Yes, it is possible to have 10 pieces in total and also less different fairy kinds (with Lions replacing Grasshopper and Vao).

For example:


Solution is unchanged (up to Lion instead of Grasshopper)

January 2, 2013 13:15
Reply to  Julia

Great reconstruction Georgy !
Julia – cribbing about neutral bishop c1 when you did not mind an idle black bishop at c1 which only provided a hurdle ?
I am on the side on Juraj Lorinc who treats fairy pieces like any other piece, using them as technical pieces when necessary. Here white bishop produces hundreds of cooks !

January 2, 2013 17:22
Reply to  Julia

It is the idea that counts ! You are continuing to produce nice problems with new ideas 🙂

Nikola Predrag
Nikola Predrag
January 2, 2013 22:48

Preferences are different and legitimate. But first the possibilities of the scheme should be thoroughly explored.
One more possibility:
White BLh8 Kc2
Black Gd7 Se6 Pg6 Pe4 Ka1
Neutral PAg7 PAe5


1.Sf4 nPAd5+ 2.Gd4 nPAg5 3.nPAg2 nPAxg2#
1.Sg5 nPAf7+ 2.Gg7 nPAf2 3.nPAe2 nPAxe2#

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