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No.326 (MC&JV)

No.326, 326.1
Michel Caillaud (France) &
Julia Vysotska (Latvia)


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No.326 – Michel Caillaud & Julia Vysotska – Entertaining problem with promoted Chameleons. The problem is presented as C- as it uses a condition “Promotion to Chameleon allowed* (not programmed yet, but planned in the next version of WinChloe) instead of adding  a static Chameleon piece. Although, the problem is easy to test in WinChloe if a Chameleon piece is defined for the problem, but not presented on the board. (JV) 

No.326.1 – Michel Caillaud & Julia Vysotska – Improved version to No.326 with a gratitude to commentators! (JV) 

*?ondition “Promotion to Chameleon allowed” is implemented in WinChloe 3.24 – so the both problems are C+ as of 8-June-2013!


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.

Rook-Lion(RL): Moves like Lion, but on Rook-lines only.

Lion(Li): Moves along Q-lines over another unit of either color to any square beyond that unit. A capture may be made on arrival, but the hurdle is not affected.

No.326 Michel Caillaud & Julia Vysotska
France / Latvia
original – 31.05.2013
h#2              3 solutions         (2+6+2)
Promotion into Chameleon allowed 
Rook-Lions: c3, d2
Solutions: (click to show/hide)
No.326.1 Michel Caillaud & Julia Vysotska
France / Latvia
Version of No.326 – 02.06.2013
h#2              3 solutions         (3+6+1)
Promotion into Chameleon allowed 
Rook-Lions: b3, d2
Solutions: (click to show/hide)

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June 1, 2013 22:37

Very nice cyclic effect. It is interesting that black has to open the second rank and again close it differently. I think the problem is sound even if c3 is not neutral. I dont know however if that is important. It is upto the experts to decide.

Nikola Predrag
Nikola Predrag
June 1, 2013 23:58
Reply to  seetharaman

Indeed very nice. wRLc3 would mate on h6 but wRLb3/a3 doesn’t look so dangerous?!

June 1, 2013 23:26

I also like the dual avoidance on the B2 move !

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