Julia's Fairies

No.463 (JV)

Julia Vysotska (Latvia)


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DSCN1604No.463 by Julia Vysotska – my lovely Locust piece in the first stalemate I’ve composed, with a Merry Christmas wishes to all of you! The white King is missing there, as it is on the Christmas Tree already! I won’t take it back from there, as the problem feels quite good without it! 🙂 (JV)


Locust (L): moves on Q-lines but only by capturing an enemy unit, arriving on the square immediately beyond that unit, which must be vacant.

Nightrider(N): (1,2) Rider. Operates along straight lines with squares lying a Knight’s move away from each other.

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.

Anti Take & Make: Every capture (“take”) must be complemented by a further step (“make” which is not a capture) by the captured piece (Kings excluded), which must move from its square of vanish (according to the wishes of the capturing side in case of options). The capture is forbidden if the captured unit has no possible moves. Promotions at the end of the “make” element are normal.

No.463 Julia Vysotska
Merry Christmas to all JF visitors!
h=2               2 solutions       (1+2+1n)
Locust f6
Nightrider c2
(no white King)
Solutions: (click to show/hide)

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Janos Mikitovics
Janos Mikitovics
December 25, 2013 06:48

Dear Julia,

Here is a plus “little thingy” to your Christmas composition:
White Nightrider c2
Black Be8 Kc5
Neutral Locust f6
h=2 2 solutions b) Kc5→c4 (1+2+1n)
(no white King)

a) I. 1.Be8-b5 Nc2-e6 + 2.nLf6*e6-e8[+wNc2] nLe8*b5-c6[+bBc4] =
II. 1.Be8-c6 Nc2-d4 2.nLf6*d4-a4[+wNf5] nLa4*c6-b5[+bBd5] =

b) I. 1.Be8-c6 nLf6*c6-f2[+bBb5] 2.nLf2*c2-d3[+wNb4] Nb4-a6 =
II. 1.Be8-g6 nLf6*g6-c1[+bBd3] 2.nLc1*c2-b5[+wNd4] Nd4-e2 =

Merry Christmas to you, your family and all JF visitors too!

Janos Mikitovics
Janos Mikitovics
December 25, 2013 16:31
Reply to  Julia

Dear Julia,
Your problem is a wonderful composition, of course and no need for another publication!!
Perhaps this setting may be interesting because of the 3 solutions/eco-chameleon echo:
White Nh4
Black Be8 Kc5
Neutral Lf6
h=2 3 solutions (1+2+1n)
(no white King)

I. 1.Kc5-b5 Nh4-g6 2.Be8*g6-e7[+wNe5] nLf6*e7-a5[+bBc5] =
II. 1.Be8-b5 Nh4-d6 2.nLf6*d6-e2[+wNc8] nLe2*b5-c4[+bBc6] =
III.1.Be8-f7 nLf6*f7-h6[+bBb3] 2.nLh6*h4-d1[+wNf5] nLd1*b3-b5[+bBd5] =

Janos Mikitovics
Janos Mikitovics
December 26, 2013 21:29
Reply to  Julia

You’re right, Julia!
Your original 2 solutions are more harmonious!

S. K. Balasubramanian
S. K. Balasubramanian
December 25, 2013 15:38

A nice feast for Christmas!

Janos Mikitovics
Janos Mikitovics
December 27, 2013 01:15

Here are the solutions also on the diagonals:

White Sa5
Black Kd5 Bh5
Neutral Lf8
h=2 2 solutions (1+2+1n)
b) Sa5→d7
(no white King)

I. a) 1.Bh5-d1 Sa5-b3 2.Bd1*b3-c5[+wSd2] nLf8*c5-d6[+bBd4] =
b) 1.Bh5-e8 Sa5-c6 2.Be8*c6-e7[+wSa5] nLf8*e7-e5[+bBc5] =

II. a) 1.Bh5-f3 nLf8*f3-a7[+bBe4] 2.nLa7*d7-c6[+wSe5] Se5-f3 =
b) 1.Bh5-f7 nLf8*f7-d8[+bBe6] 2.nLd8*d7-c4[+wSe5] Se5-f7 =
(C+ by Popeye 4.63)

Janos Mikitovics
Janos Mikitovics
December 27, 2013 22:56
Reply to  Julia

Julia, as you know, I’m not an experienced fairy composer, but gratitude for you and the erudite visitors, I’m fond of this particular genre. Of course, I accept your opinion!

Bartel Erich
Bartel Erich
November 30, 2015 19:40
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