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No.330 by Michael Grushko & Semion Shifrin –  Surprising four-men with AUW! (JV)


Couscous Circe: As Circe, but the captured piece reappears on the Circe rebirth square of the  capturing unit. Pawns reappearing on promotion squares are promoted instantly, at the choice of  their own side.

Maximummer – Black must play the geometrically longest move or may choose from among longest moves of equal length, distances being measured from the center of each square. Diagonal and oblique distances are measured from the orthogonal coordinates by using Pythagora’s theorem (take the square root of the sum of the squares of the orthogonal distances). All other orthodox chess rules apply.

No.330 Michael Grushko & Semion Shifrin
hs#5                                             (2+2)
b) Pc7→e5
c) Pa7→c5
d)=c) Pd2→c2
Circe Couscous
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June 5, 2013 08:19

Magical !

Paul Raican
Paul Raican
June 7, 2013 21:29

In a), c) and d) the stipulation could be the classical h#5. For example, a) could be:
White Pa2 Pc2
Black Pd7 Kd4
Stipulation H#5
Condition CouscousCirce whitemax
1.d7-d5 c2-c4 2.Kd4*c4 [+wPe8=wS] Se8-f6 3.Kc4-b5 Sf6*d5 [+bPb1=bQ] 4.Qb1*a2 [+wPd8=wQ] Qd8-h4 5.Kb5-a5 Qh4-a4 # (C+)
In 3 out of 4 phases the stipulation hs#5 is not justified.

Michael Grushko & Semion Shifrin
Michael Grushko & Semion Shifrin
June 11, 2013 19:31

Dear Paul,
Thank you very much for your comments.
We had a plan ahead of us: excelsior from AUW with minimal material, and not more than five moves.
Of course starting with H5 , but we didnt achieved it, we got the same as you ,with only three variants.
If someone will get interested, and realize our planing in H, our congratulations, It will be a really good achivment.

Michael & Semion