Julia's Fairies

No.342,342.1 (JV,DT,GE)

Julia Vysotska (Latvia)

Julia Vysotska (Latvia),
Dmitri Turevsky (Russia),
Georgy Evseev (Russia)


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No.342 by Julia Vysotska – Anti-batteries, reciprocal play of two pairs of pieces, Take&Make with activity of the white King! (JV)

No.342.1 by Julia Vysotska, Dmitri Turevsky & Georgy Evseev – Improved version of problem No.342 -Take&Make effect in 3 half-moves of 4, improved interplay of black and white. (JV)


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.

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.342 Julia Vysotska
Dedicated to my mother, Larisa Vysotska,
in occasion of her birthday, 28th of June!
h#2            b) nPa6->a7        (1+5+4)
Neutral VAO g5; PAO g4
Solutions: (click to show/hide)
No.342.1 Julia Vysotska, Dmitri Turevsky
& Georgy Evseev

Latvia / Russia
Version of No.342, 05.08.2013
h#2               2 solutions        (2+8+2)
Neutral VAO f3; PAO g4
Solutions: (click to show/hide)

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June 29, 2013 09:25

Very nice problem with interesting mates by neutral pieces. Nice dedication. My best wishes to your mother. Does she know chess ? 🙂

June 30, 2013 17:56
Reply to  Julia

Not many can play chess even on hobby level. Surprisingly my grandmother who was just literate could, but not many of my close family members!

Georgy Evseev
Georgy Evseev
June 30, 2013 07:48

Are you sure the twins are needed?

Dmitri Turevski
Dmitri Turevski
June 30, 2013 11:53
Reply to  Julia

Not an improvement, just quick test on how unavoidable those cooks are 🙂

1.Rf4-d4 Ka4*b3-d1 2.Bf5-e4 nPAb4*e4-b1 #
1.Bf5-e6 Ka4*b4-b6 2.Rf4-f7 nVAb3*f7-a7 #

Georgy Evseev
Georgy Evseev
June 30, 2013 11:59
Reply to  Julia

Yes, I have an idea).

Remove: neutral Pa6, Pb6.
Add: White Pa6, Pa7, Black Pb4.

Themis Argirakopoulos
Themis Argirakopoulos
June 30, 2013 14:48
Reply to  Julia

To have a wPa7 to guard a7, is a nice T&M effect.
What do you think of the following setting?
White Pa7 Kh4
Black Ka8 Ph7 Pc5 Pe3 Qc2
Neutral VAg4 PAg3

1…Kh4*g4-c8 2.Qc2-c3 nPAg3*c3-h8 #
1…Kh4*g3-f3 2.Qc2-d1 + nVAg4*d1-h1 #

Maybe you can improve it. Best wishes to your mother!

Georgy Evseev
Georgy Evseev
July 2, 2013 07:35
Reply to  Julia

It is possible to remove two pieces from Dmitri’s version (-Rf8 -Pg2 -Rh1 +nQf3). There is only single set of cooks with wQf3 but I have not tried to get rid of it.

Dmitri Turevski
Dmitri Turevski
July 2, 2013 11:05
Reply to  Georgy Evseev

Not using neutral pieces as guards was the point. I have quit just as i had found the sound setting. Anyway the self-guarding pawn a7 is superior in every aspect.

What bothers me slightly is that to sequence the black moves 1.Rc4-e4 is an anti-critical, while 1.Bc3-d2 is a gate-opening. I would prefer two anti-critical moves. Here is the quick sketch:

h#2;; T&M; pao/vao/neutrals

1.Rc4-e4 Sh3*f2-e1 2.Bc5-d4 nPAf4*d4-a1 #
1.Bc5-e3 Sh3*f4-f3 2.Rc4-d4 nVAf2*d4-e4 #

VAa2 is ugly, perhaps something can be done about it.

Dmitri Turevski
Dmitri Turevski
July 2, 2013 12:39

Twinning can be done about it:


1.Rb4-e4 Sh3*f2-e1 2.Bb6-d4 nPAf4*d4-a1 #

b) -bRh2
1.Bb6-e3 Sh3*f4-f3 2.Rb4-d4 nVAf2*d4-e4 #

Georgy Evseev
Georgy Evseev
July 2, 2013 16:32

Hopefully, original idea inspired by Dmitri’s last concept.
h#2 2+9+2

1.Rc2-e2 nVAf1*d3-c2 2.nPAg2*c2-b1 Sf4*e2-e1 #
1.Bd3-e2 nPAg2*c2-c4 2.nVAf1*c4-c6 Sf4*e2-f3 #

The position may be suboptimal yet.

Not tried

Dmitri Turevski
Dmitri Turevski
July 2, 2013 20:26
Reply to  Georgy Evseev

Not sure: nPAg2 –> f2, remove bPh4? Although neutral chinese pieces initially occupying thematic lines is a nice visual feat.

Now this is a real helpmate with black and white cooperating, not just playing their own parts!

Dmitri Turevski
Dmitri Turevski
July 2, 2013 21:17
Reply to  Georgy Evseev

Two pawns can removed:


1.Be6-d7 nPAb7*f7-f5 2.nVAc8*f5-f3 Sc5*d7-c6 #
1.Rf7-d7 nVAc8*e6-f7 2.nPAb7*f7-g8 Sc5*d7-d8 #

Paul Raican
Paul Raican
July 2, 2013 22:58

Three out of four moves (in both phases) are typical Take&Make. I like this light version. White K is stop-cooking.

Georgy Evseev
Georgy Evseev
July 3, 2013 10:58

Somehow I never tried this position with black Pa7, though have lost a lot of time trying to remove white knight and hoping to use white king as forward piece in antibatteries.

Also two non-standard facts about this last version.

1. Square d7 is critically important for all the moves in both solutions.

2. This is some kind of “ultimate Zilahi” possible only with neutral pieces: first, piece A captures piece B and mates; then, piece B captures piece A and mates.

Dmitri Turevski
Dmitri Turevski
July 3, 2013 12:51
Reply to  Georgy Evseev

This kind of zilahi is also possible with andernach or magic families of elements for example.

Dmitri Turevski
Dmitri Turevski
July 3, 2013 12:55
Reply to  Georgy Evseev

In fact, the 7th prize of JF2013/I is an extended cyclic form of it.

S. K. Balasubramanian
S. K. Balasubramanian
July 2, 2013 20:31

No. 342
This is another version
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1.Bc3 Kxg5-d8 2.Rf3 PAOxc3-h8#
1.Rc1 Kxh3-f3 2.Bd2 VAOxc1-h1#

Bartel Erich
Bartel Erich
November 8, 2015 14:48
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