Original Problems, Julia’s Fairies – 2013 (II): May – August
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No.363 by Francesco Simoni – А nice Meredith with anti-battery play! (JV)
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.
No.363 Francesco Simoni
h#2,5 b) Rc2->h3 (7+4)
Grasshoppers: a5, h4
Solution: (click to show/hide)
a) 1…Kb2 2.Se7 Gd8+ 3.Sd5 Rc3 ‡
b) 1…Kc1 2.Sc7 Gd8+ 3.Sd5 f4 ‡
W1 guards a flight; B1 allows the next white move. B1 choice depends by which grasshopper can abandon its line (dual avoidance for the abandon of a potential indirect anti-battery by the rear piece). In B2 the black piece come back (Switchback) and selfpins. In the final pin mate, the remaining white anti-battery is exploited.
The strategic content of this problems recalls a fairy Hm I published in Orbit this year: