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No.487 (SKB)



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No.487 by S. K. Balasubramanian – An interesting Meredith with a rich strategy! (JV)


Locust(L): Moves along Queen lines only by capturing an enemy unit, arriving on the square immediately beyond that unit, which must be vacant.

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 King’s square.

No.487 S. K. Balasubramanian
487-hs#3,5-sbkhs#3,5          2 solutions              (6+6)
Take & Make
Locusts: b7, b8, h8
Solutions: (click to show/hide)

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Geoff Foster
Geoff Foster
January 17, 2014 23:44

Locusts can’t be captured in Take&Make, because they can’t make non-capturing moves. It is hard for a king to escape check from an adjacent locust, but it can be done by blocking the locust’s arrival square. In each solution locusts from each side set up matching attacks on the opposing king, with the mating moves being a special kind of cross-check in which a black locust removes the white blocking piece and becomes a blocking piece itself. The matching sacrifices of the bS on f6/f8 and wS on b6/c7 are very pleasing. Another exceptionally good problem from this composer!

S. K. Balasubramanian
S. K. Balasubramanian
January 18, 2014 04:43
Reply to  Geoff Foster

Dear Geoff,

Thanks for your pleasing comments.

January 18, 2014 09:45

Beautifully matched solutions with typical Locust blocking/unblocking effects. Great problem!

shankar ram
shankar ram
January 18, 2014 16:31

SBK..? 🙂

Diyan Kostadinov
January 19, 2014 11:15

Excellent problem with rich thematic content!

S. K. Balasubramanian
S. K. Balasubramanian
January 23, 2014 17:48

Thanks Seetharaman & Diyan.

petko petkov
petko petkov
February 23, 2014 22:58

A beautiful problem by Indian maestro!
I’ve spend a long time, trying to improve some things in the construction, but couldn’t succeed until now.
It turns out, that it is quite not easy and maybe impossible at all.
To my opinion, this is one of the best professor’s problems!

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