Original Problems, Julia’s Fairies – 2014 (I): January – April
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No.517 by János Mikitovics – An interesting Miniature with difficult solution! (JV)
Locust(L): Moves along Queen lines only by capturing an enemy unit, arriving on the square immediately beyond that unit, which must be vacant.
Bishop-Lion(BL): Moves along Bishop lines over another unit of either color to any square beyond that unit. A capture may be made on arrival, but the hurdle is not affected.
Swapping Kings: If a move exposes the opponent’s King to a check under normal rules, then the two Kings are switched, and check or checkmate is newly evaluated, and of course a move is illegal if after such a switch one’s own King is in check.
No.517 János Mikitovics
Locusts: h8, g8
Solution: (click to show/hide)
1.c2-c4 Kb1-c2 2.c4-c5 Kc2-d3 3.c5-c6 Kd3-e4 4.c6-c7 Ke4-f5 5.c7-c8=Q[Kf5↔Kd6] Kd6-e7 6.Qc8-c6 BLa4-e8 7.Lg8xe8-d8[Ke7↔Kf5] Kf5-g5 8.Qc6-f6[Kg5↔Ke7] + Lh8xf6-e5[Ke7↔Kg5] #
(C+ by Popeye 4.65)