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
Rook-Locust e7
Bishop-Locust c2
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September 9, 2013 22:07

The third solution is unique, as it uses the property of Locust in Take & Make condition. In this fairy condition Locusts are immune from capture. One could say that this a drawback or an interesting feature. Depends on personal view.