Julia's Fairies

No.292,293 (PAP)

No.292, 293
Petko A. Petkov (Bulgaria)


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DSCN3274-cropI’m very happy to present you these gifts for Julia’s Fairies 1st jubilee – two problems by GM Petko A. Pekov:

No.292 – Play of Chinese half-battery with a cyclic interchange of functions (see also it’s improved version, No.292.1, added few days later!);

No.293 – Transformation of two neutral batteries with Take&Make effects!

With a gratitude to the author! (JV)


Chameleon: On completing a move, a Chameleon (from classical standard type) changes into another piece, in the sequence Q-S-B-R-Q…  Promotion may be to a chameleon at any stage in the cycle.

PAO(PA): Moves as Rook, but captures only by hopping over a hurdle to any square beyond.

VAO(VA): Moves as Bishop, but captures only by hopping over a hurdle to any square beyond.

Nightrider(N): A Rider along a straight line on 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. 

No.292 Petko A. Petkov
Dedicated to the 1st Jubilee of Julia’s Fairies
hs#2*           2 solutions           (4+10)
Chameleon Rh8
PAOs: a3, a8
VAOs: a5, a7
Solutions: (click to show/hide)
No.293 Petko A. Petkov
Dedicated to the 1st Jubilee of Julia’s Fairies
h#2             b) Kh2→f1       (4+10+4)
Take & Make
Neutral Nightriders: f4, h8
Solutions: (click to show/hide)
No.292.1 Petko A. Petkov
Verion of No.292, 12.04.2013
Dedicated to the 1st Jubilee of Julia’s Fairies
hs#2*            2 solutions             (4+8)
Chameleon Rh1
PAOs: c8, h8
VAO g8
Grasshopper e8
Solutions: (click to show/hide)

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Nikola Predrag
Nikola Predrag
April 10, 2013 18:40

No.293 presents a complex spectacle on square f4 with many strategical features. Amazing.
No.292 shows a nice cycle of functions. Varied use of white Chameleon in the set-play is nice but bBb1 looks as a high price for that.
Example shows a potential for including some tries where 1st black moves disable the alternative routes from a2 to f7/g4/f5
Hs#2, (5+7)
White chameleon Ra2
White Rg5 Ph4 Pg2 Kh1
Black Ph7 Kh6 Be5 PAa1 VAb1 VAd1 PAf1
1.cRa7=cQ VAf5 2.cQf7=cS+ PAxf7# (1.cRf2?)
1.cRa4=cQ PAf3 2.cQg4=cS+ VAxg4# (1.cRe2?)
1.cRf2=cQ VAdc2 2.cQf5=cS+ VAxf5# (1.cRc2?)

Petko A.Petkov
Petko A.Petkov
April 10, 2013 20:33

I disagree with the evaluation and with the version of Predrag concerning the № 292. Нere the main idea is to show threefold cycle from type set-play + 2 solutions which is relatively a seldom phenomenon in cyclical problems.
Of course here is a very important the moment that White cannot keep the set-play because the zugzwang – its chamelion (Rh8) cannot make tempo-moves, such moves also have not the white Rg5. On this reason CRh8 should change its phase two fois in the real play.
Therefore, in my opinion, the Predrag`s version stands in thematical and aesthetical attitude very very far from my concept.

Nikola Predrag
Nikola Predrag
April 10, 2013 21:59
Reply to  Petko A.Petkov

My “evaluation” was exclusively concerning bBb1 – if it is well/bad used here, then the same criterion and aesthetical attitude should be applied for any other helpselfmate. After reading the article about hs genre, I obviously did not understand quite well the criteria and aesthetics, I am sorry.

There is no Predrag’s version of the original, if the original author’s intention is changed, then it is not the same composition, I agree with that.
But there is an example with changed content. Different play of Chameleon between the set-play and 2 solutions is changed into different Chameleon’s routes between the tries/attempts and 3 solutions.
It may be very very far from the original concept, but still not far enough to be original.
And my intention was not to make a version or new original. Of course, if there is not a single interesting detail in my post, then it was a waste of time and space.
And I still don’t understand the “aesthetical attitude”.

April 10, 2013 20:44

Nice cyclic play in 292. Very interesting is the change of functions of the battery pieces.

Dmitri Turevski
Dmitri Turevski
April 10, 2013 22:54

It is funny that in No.293 four pawns at b7, b2, g2, h5 can be removed altogether keeping the solutions pretty close to the intention.

Petko Petkov
April 12, 2013 21:42

Regarding the comments from Nikola Predrag (a fantastically active and good commentator!) about my N 292 and using Nikola’s version, I would like to make some additional remarks regarding his position with 3 tries and 3 solutions.
In my opinion, the questions related to thematic tries in HS# genre have not been studied sufficiently clear and thorough. Therefore in this aspect, each new discussion about this component of the content would be interesting and useful. Here I share only my laconic opinion.
1. Theoretically, summing up the problem, we can assume that in a problem with 3 solutions (here we can change 3 with “n”) and thematic tries we must have 3 first (key) moves as the solutions and other 3 first moves as tries. In the other words, it is necessary to show a total of 6 different first moves (3 + 3) .
2. In the aesthetic aspect these 3 tries must have some thematic relation (similarity) with the solutions of the task. But the tries do not lead to success for some reason, which is also better to be clear and pretty motivated as “contra-motive”.
3. It would be very good if only one white figure (for example a Chameleon) realizes these 6 first moves, although these performances are very difficult to achieve, if the tries are perfect.
Following these structural and aesthetic criteria (they are of course mainly subjective), I would like to express my opinion about the tries in the obviously experimental version by Nikola Predrag:
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The original Nikola’s solutions of this version:
I. 1.cRa7=cQ VAf5 2.cQf7=cS+ PAxf7# (1.cRf2?)
II. 1.cRa4=cQ PAf3 2.cQg4=cS+ VAxg4# (1.cRe2?)
III. 1.cRf2=cQ VAdc2 2.cQf5=cS+ VAxf5# (1.cRc2?)

Author says: “But there is an example with changed content. Different play of Chameleon between the set-play and 2 solutions is changed into different Chameleon’s routes between the tries/attempts and 3 solutions….”
My lines are as follows:
A. Unfortunately, in this verion there are only 5 moves of CRa2. We can evaluate as nice (through in some degree “virtual”) the tries 1. CRe2=CQ? (with goal to play CQg4=CS+) but after 1….PAf3 the w.CQ is closed!
Analogical: 1.CRf2=CQ? (with a goal to play CQf7=CS+) but after 1….VAf5 the w.CQ is closed! But bad is the try 1.CRc2=CQ? (with goal to play CQf5=CS+) – here we have only a simple block of VAd1 – therefore here the 3 tries are not adequate in thematic attitude!
В. I think also that it is a big error to argue that in a problem with 3 solutions the same first move (1.CRf2=CQ) in a solution (sol.III) can be a key-move, but in the other solution (sol.I) – a try! Such modus can be used only for problems with twins!
Here the right way is obviously to add to the solution III the following: III. 1.cRf2=cQ VAdc2 (but not 1…VAf5?) 2.cQf5=cS+ VAxf5# (1.cRc2?). This solution shows that there is also dual-avoidance motive after 1…VAf5? (The CQ is closed). Therefore we must write the solutions as follows:
I. 1.cRa7=cQ VAf5 2.cQf7=cS+ PAxf7# – a solution without try.
II. 1.cRa4=cQ PAf3 2.cQg4=cS+ VAxg4# (1.cRe2? VAf3!) – a solution with try.
III. 1.cRf2=cQ VAdc2 (but not 1…VAf5?) 2.cQf5=cS+ VAxf5#; (1.cRc2?) – a solution with try and dual-avoidance motive.
Such contents obviously is not good balanced in thematic attitude, that’s why I’d tell that the version is not satisfactorily aesthetic.

Nikola Predrag
Nikola Predrag
April 12, 2013 23:57
Reply to  Petko Petkov

I certainly agree, the example offers only the attempts which require some precision in solving. True thematic tries would have to be in proper balance with the black cycle. At least, the negative effect of each try shoud be related to a different one of 3 thematic black pieces.
A Rook can play theoretically 14 moves and a composer often has to care about duals and cooks. The example actually asks whether some of these moves could be aesthetically organized as thematic tries? Of course, it is much easier to ask then to prove.

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