Franz Pachl (Germany)


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No.401 by Franz Pachl – Very interesting and difficult strategy in 3 phases! (JV)


Rose (RO): (1,2) Octagonal Rider (extents the move of the Knight on a circular path e.g. a4-b6-d7-f6-g4-f2-d1-b2 or a4-c5-e4-f2).

Camel (CA): (1,3) Leaper

Zebra (ZE): (2,3) Leaper

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.

No.401 Franz Pachl
h#2                3 solutions        (2+8+5)
Rose b8;  Camel c2 h7 h5;  Zebra e7
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Diyan Kostadinov
Diyan Kostadinov
6 years ago

Very rich thematic complex and nice play which is typical for the author! The black self-blocks and square vacation moves determines which neutral piece should create the “Rose” battery which is combined with open of line and bR sacrifices. Excellent!

Kjell Widlert
Kjell Widlert
6 years ago

The self-blocks alone are enough to determine which piece should unpin Rd3 to prepare a battery. That all mates use squares vacated in B1 is more of a lucky coincidence (or actually clever construction). Note that after 1.CAg4, both 2.- nZxd7-d1+ and 2.- nZxd1-d7+ fail to 3.nZb4! Note also that after 1.Sf3, other thematic pieces stop Camel mates on c3 and e7. Quite a complex mechanism.