Julia's Fairies

No.272 (MG)

Michael Grushko (Israel)


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No.272 by Michael Grushko –  Interesting series problem with the neutral King! (JV)


Couscous Circe: As Circe, but the captured piece reappears on the Circe rebirth square of the  capturing unit. Pawns reappearing on promotion squares are promoted instantly, at the choice of  their own side.

Take & Make: Having captured, a unit must immediately, as part of its move, play a non-capturing move in imitation of the captured unit from the capture-square. If no such move is available, the capture is illegal. Promotion by capture occurs only when a pawn arrives on the promotion rank as the result of a take&make move. Checks are as in normal chess: after the notional capture of the checked K, the checking unit does not move away from the K’s square.

Alphabetical Chess: The squares are considered in the order a1, a2…a8, b1…b8, c1 and so on to h8. At each turn, only the unit standing on the square which comes earliest in this order may move. However check and mate are normal.

No.272 Michael Grushko
Dedicated to Petko A. Petkov
in occasion of his birthday!
ser-h#13                                  (2+1+1)
Take & Make
Circe Couscous
Alphabetical Chess
Solution: (click to show/hide)

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Geoff Foster
Geoff Foster
February 28, 2013 00:12

This problem is C+ with Popeye, which (correctly) gives Take&Make priority over a Circe condition. That is, the complete Take&Make move is made first, then the captured piece is reborn. However, after 8.Bc4xf7-f8, the bishop is on f8. Now it is time for the rebirth of the captured pawn, which must be reborn on the home square of the capturing piece, which is f8! Therefore I think that the pawn should be removed from the board. The same thing happens after 9.Bf8xh6-h7; the capturing piece is the Bh7, c8 is occupied, so the pawn should be removed.

February 28, 2013 17:10

Thank You very much, dear Michael, for this kindly dedication! I think also, that Geoff`s comment deserves a very serious discussion.The question about the priority of the fairy conditions is an undecided problem in the contemporary chess composition.

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