Geoff Foster (Australia)
Original Problems, Julia’s Fairies – 2013 (III): September- December
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No.371 – Geoff Foster – An aristocratic octet with three nice solutions! (JV)
Locust (L): moves on Q-lines but only by capturing an enemy unit, arriving on the square immediately beyond that unit, which must be vacant.
Rook-Locust (LR): Moves like Locust, but on Rook-lines only.
Bishop-Locust (LB): Moves like Locust, but on Bishop-lines only.
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.371 Geoff Foster
h#2 3 solutions (3+3+2n)
Take & Make
Solution: (click to show/hide)
I. 1.nBg3+ Kxg3(Kf2) 2.nRd6 Kxe3(Kg3)#
II. 1.nBc7 LRxc7-b7(LRd5) 2.nRb5 LRxf5-g5(LRf4)#
III. 1.nRb7 LRxb7-a7(LRa2) 2.Kf3 LBxf5-g6(LBe4)#
(C+ with Popeye v4.63 and WinChloe)
It was inspired by no.359 and no.359.1, but it is much simpler (there are no switchbacks and there is only 1 pin-mate). However I like the 3 different rook/bishop pairs! (Author)