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No.334 by Pierre Tritten – Fairy HOTF problem! (JV)
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.
KoBul Kings: When a piece (not a pawn) of his own side is captured, a King transforms into a Royal piece of the same type as the captured one. When the King is in the form of any Royal piece and there is a capture of one of the pawns of his own side, he becomes a normal King again. Сaptures are illegal if their result is self-cheсk because of the transformation of the Кings according to KoBul rules. Castling is allowed only if the KoBul King is on his initial square in the form of a normal King and if he has not already moved; however he may already have been transformed. In the case of capture by a King in AntiCirce he is reborn on his initial square and may castle. If the capture is by a King which is in the form of some Royal piece, he is reborn on the initial square of that piece.
Circe: Captured units (not Ks) reappear on their game-array squares, of the same color in the case of pieces, on the file of capture in the case of pawns, and on the promotion square of the file of capture in the case of fairy pieces. If the rebirth square is occupied the capture is normal.
No.334 Pierre Tritten
h#2 2 solutions (3+13)
Solutions: (click to show/hide)
I. 1.Rb1-b4 Ba5×b4-d4 [+bRh8] [brK=rR] 2.rRc6-h6 Bd4×e3-f4 [+bBf8] [brR=rB] # (3.brB×f4-~ [+wBc1] [wrK=rB]? 3.brB×f4-c1[wrK=rB]? Self-check)
II. 1.b6×a5-b6 [+wBc1] [wrK=rB] Bc1×e3-h6 [+bBf8] [brK=rB] 2.rBc6-d7 Bh6×g7-e6 [+bSb8] [brB=rS] #
I. 1.Be3-c5 + Ra5×c5-b4 [+bBf8] [brK=rB] 2.rBc6-h1 Rb4×b1-c1 [+bRa8][brB=rR] # (3.brR×c1-~ [+wRa1] [wrK=rR]? 3.brR×c1-a1[wrK=rR]? Self-check)
II. 1.b6×a5-d5 [+wRa1] [wrK=rR] Ra1×b1-e1 [+bRa8] [brK=rR] 2.Qc8-d7 Re1×e3-b6 [+bBf8] [brR=rB] #
(C+ WinChloe 3.24 / Popeye)
The problem shows two good matched pairs of solutions involving complex theme. As usual Pierre’s imagination in T&M is remarkable. However, it is unfortunate that in each phase, in the first solution, circe effect is not at all used. Even in the second phase in (b), the reborn bB after 2.Rxe3 (+Bf8) does not play any role. In my opinion it could have been made as two independent problems in one without circe and in the other with circe. I feel that the economy can be improved, though I did not try.
Circe is used in firsts solutions to prevent capture of the mating piece by the black KoBul King.