Julia Vysotska 

Original Fairy problems
July – December’2018

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No.1366 Julia Vysotska

original – 29.12.2018

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white Kd6 Sg7d2e1 Rg6 Bb6 black Pf2 Kf4 Re5f7 Bg4h1

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Kjell Widlert
Kjell Widlert
December 30, 2018 13:58

The Three versions differ only in the details, so when I judge this tourney it will not matter which version you choose.
Generally, I don’t think extra orthodox pieces is a weakness in fairy chess – only the total economy (the force employed, in relation to the result achieved) is relevant. So one extra Bishop is not worse than one extra grasshopper (if anything, it is slightly better).
The case here is especially interesting: all three versions contain supernumerary pieces, but in 1366 and version 1, they may have appeared by Masand colour changes (if we assume that the position occurred in a game from the normal game array [PAS]), but in version 2, the white-squared bishops can only have appeared by pawn promotion (under the same assumption, that the position appeared in a game). I see no rational reason at all why one way of producing extra pieces should be OK but the other way should not!
So when comparing the three versions, I look only at other aspects, not the way the extra pieces may have come about. And then I prefer version 2, an airy position with all pieces well used.