Anatoly Stepochkin &
Georgy Evseev (Russia)

Original Fairy problems
October’2017 – March’2018

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No.1282 Anatoly Stepochkin

original – 27.02.2018

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white Ra1 Sa5e4 Ke1 Pf3g4 black Gc2 Kd3 Pa2d4e3g5g6

ser-h#10*                                     (6+7)
Grasshopper c2

No.1282.1 Anatoly Stepochkin &
Georgy Evseev


version of 1282 – 10.03.2018

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white Rh1 Ke1 Sd6 Bf4 Ge4 Pc4h6 black Kf3 Gg2 Pc5d3

ser-h#12*                                    (7+4)
Grasshopper e4, g2

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Luce Sebastien
Luce Sebastien
February 28, 2018 01:35

Dear Anatoly,
there is a possible version with a lightly longer rundlauf of black Grasshopper and without white Knight a5. What do you think about it ?

White : Ke1 Ra1 Se4 Pb6g4c3f3h3
Black : Kd3 Pg5c4e3a2 Gc2

version S.L
sh‡12* (8+6) C+

1.Gxe4 2.Ge2 3.Gxg4 4.Ge2 5.g4 6.g3 7.g2 8.g1=G 9.Gd4 10.Ga7 11.Gc5 12.Gxc3 0-0-0‡

February 28, 2018 12:32

Longer need not be automatically better. The original is economical and good. Using two outlying WPs instead of a WS is preferable.

Georgy Evseev
Georgy Evseev
February 28, 2018 14:50

But, yes, there is a feeling that the problem is not polished.

See the following comparison example:

white Rh1 Ge5e4b1 Ke1 Pc4f4
black Gg2 Kf3 Pc5d3

1.Gxe4 2.Gg4 3.Ge2 4.Gxc4 5.Gg4 6.c4 7.c3 8.c2 9.c1=G 10.Gg5 11.Ge3 0-0#

February 28, 2018 18:26

Dear Sebastien I am more in solidarity with the opinion of seetharaman.

February 28, 2018 19:35

I meant that knight is preferable.

Luce Sebastien
Luce Sebastien
March 1, 2018 01:01

Dear Anatoly,

as I havent your mail, I sent to Julia this morning the following version, also with short castle as Evseev proposition. You can choose the one you prefer for a possible republication AS-SL or AS-SL-EV.

version S.L of diag 1282 JF
White : Ke1 Rh1 Se4 Pc4d3h3
Black : Kf3 Pc6c5f4e3 Gg2
sh‡10* (6+6) C+

1.Gxe4 2.Ge2 3.Gxc4 4.Ge2 5.c4 6.c3 7.c2 8.c1=G 9.Gc7 10.Gg3 0-0‡

Anatoly Stepochkin
Anatoly Stepochkin
March 1, 2018 18:11

Dear Sebastien, thank you for your version of my task. I like the version of Evseev more. I hope George agrees that his version can be published as a joint Stepochkin + Evseev.

Georgy Evseev
Georgy Evseev
March 4, 2018 10:29

The following version is also possible, but I am not sure which onr of my proposals is better. I agree with any decision of Anatoly, concerning new versions.

White : Ke1 Rh1 Bf4 Sd6 Ph6c4 Ge4
Black : Kf3 Pc5d3 Gg2


1.Gxe4 2.Gg4 3.Ge2 4.Gxc4 5.Gg4 6.c4 7.c3 8.c2 9.c1=G 10.Gf1 11.Gc4 12.Gce2 0-0‡

Anatoly Stepochkin
Anatoly Stepochkin
March 4, 2018 11:32

George, that’s the version I like best. Let’s stay with her.

Sergey Shumeyko
Sergey Shumeyko
March 5, 2018 19:26

Анатолий, есть такая зарисовка, с небольшой экономией материала:

White : Ke1 Rh1 Bf4 Pc4 Gb1 LEe4 (6)
Black : Kf3 Pc5d3 Gg2 (4)
Ser-h#11* (6+4) C+
G = Grasshopper
LE = Leo
1.Gg2*e4 2.Ge4-g4 3.Gg4-e2 4.Ge2*c4 5.Gc4-e2 6.c5-c4
7.c4-c3 8.c3-c2 9.c2-c1=LE 10.LEc1-c8 11.LEc8-g4 0-0#

Anatoly Stepochkin
Anatoly Stepochkin
March 5, 2018 21:33

Сергей,по-моему неплохо.
Георгий,что скажешь?

Sergey Shumeyko
Sergey Shumeyko
March 5, 2018 22:37

Можно подумать ещё об одной фазе. Например, схема:
White : Ke1 Rh1 Pc4f4h2 Ga3b1e4 (8)
Black : Kf3 Pa4c5d3 Gg2 (5)
Ser-h#12* 2.1.. (8+5) C+
G = Grasshopper
1…Rh1-f1 #
a) 1.Gg2*e4 2.Ge4-g4 3.Gg4-e2 4.Ge2*c4 5.Gc4-g4 6.c5-c4
7.c4-c3 8.c3-c2 9.c2-c1=G 0.Gc1-f1 11.Gf1-c4 12.Gc4-e2 0-0#
b) 1.Kf3*f4 2.Kf4-e5 3.Ke5-d4 4.Kd4*c4 5.Kc4-d4 6.c5-c4
7.c4-c3 8.Kd4-e3 9.Ke3-f3 10.c3-c2 11.c2-c1=B 12.Bc1-f4 Rh1-f1#

Georgy Evseev
Georgy Evseev
March 6, 2018 09:59

The idea to add a new type of fairy piece for the sake of the minimal economy is not attractive for me.

The new phase is worth it only in case of radical change: totally new mate is required. I have seen some “parasitic” mates in cooks during the work on the position, but they never were dual free.

Sergey Shumeyko
Sergey Shumeyko
March 6, 2018 13:31
Reply to  Georgy Evseev

Георгий, спасибо и согласен с Вашими доводами.
Постепенно до меня доходят нюансы составления сказок.

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