Jean-Marc Loustau


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No.1110 Jean-Marc Loustau

original – 10.08.2016

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white Kb8 Ba1 Na3 Sc2 Qe1 Bf7 Pf3 black Kd3 Na7 Bc6 PAc8 Rf6 Ng5 Bg7 Rh5 VAh6 NAh7

#2                                           (7+10)
Nightrider a3, a7, g5
NAO h7; PAO c7; VAO h6  

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shankar ram
shankar ram
August 10, 2016 19:27

Well done, Jean-Marc!
Nothing much for me to add, beyond what you’ve said.. except to say: “A Real Tour de RBN”!
But here’s an alternative analysis:
R~ opens a B line, but “uncloses” a chinese N line, allowing mate on b4
Rf4! guards b4, but closes a chinese B line, allowing mate on e3

B~ opens a N line, but “uncloses” a chinese R line, allowing mate on c4
Bd5! guards c4, but closes a chinese N line, allowing mate on b4

N~ opens a R line, but “uncloses” a chinese B line, allowing mate on e3
Nc7! guards e3, but closes a chinese R line, allowing mate on c4

Cycle in random moves: RBN/BNR/NRB
Cycle in correction moves: RB/BN/NR

August 10, 2016 23:32

Thanks Shankar for your kind comments!
Always a pleasure to read you!
Sure, there is no “hypercube” here 🙂 just some restful geometry…

Kjell Widlert
Kjell Widlert
August 11, 2016 13:13

The value of the problem is increased enormously by the wonderfully artistic setting. It is so beautiful!

Juraj Lörinc
August 14, 2016 00:50
Reply to  Kjell Widlert

I second this opinion.

Single-phase orthodox twomovers are close to extinct now, but in the fairy chess it is still possible to compose original and beautiful single-phase twomovers, helpmate-like analogy of variations being one of the most natural directions.

August 14, 2016 21:38
Reply to  Juraj Lörinc

Hi Juraj! Warm thanks to you for this message.

I fully support what you write about fairies in classical style; Kjell and I have also exchanged by mail on this topic some months ago: the direct fairies had not its “good companion era”, and I believe that many fairy masterpieces remain to be composed in the manner of the great Mansfield, Ellerman, Guidelli, and other great masters of the old times… I don’t think such pieces would be necessarily seen as “old-fashioned”, on the contrary they could initiate a renewal of the genre, with various specific aesthetics enjoyable by everyone (far from some modern tasks and abstracts) and could enlighten many beauties still unexploited…

shankar ram
shankar ram
August 15, 2016 02:38
Reply to  Jean-Marc

Right! The orthodox two mover passed through various phases. All of these have not been replicated by the fairy two mover. In addition to the GC phase, there is also the “white line play” period. Here too, a lot of nice things can be done.

August 11, 2016 20:44

Thank you so much, Kjell, for this so warm comment!

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