Andreas Thoma (Germany)

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No.525 by Andreas Thoma – An interesting Retro created with Pawns only! Congratulations to Andreas with the first publication in Original Problems section of JF! (JV)

No.525.1 by Andreas Thoma – An improvement to No.525 after comment of P.Raican. (JV)


Anti-Circe: After a capture the capturing piece (Ks included) must immediately be removed to its game array square (necessarily vacant, else the capture is illegal). R, B & S go to the square of the same colour as the capture; Ps stay on the file of capture; fairy pieces go to the promotion square of the file of capture. [The default Calvet type (not usually specified) allows captures on the rebirth square, while the rarer Cheylan variant (which, if essential for soundness, must always be specified) excludes them. Many problems can be of either type.] (def. from Fairings 34)

Proca Retractor: In Retractors, White and Black retract (take back) a given number of moves (-n moves), in order to reach a position in which a forward stipulation (e.g. #1, s#1) is met. Proca is a defensive retractor. Given a choice, Black will retract those moves that avoid or delay White’s goal. Black may defend by mating White through a forward move, if such an opportunity exists after one of Black’s retractions. Unless otherwise specified, forward defense is the default condition of Proca retractors. (def. from StrateGems,

No.525 Andreas Thoma
original – 01.04.2014
525-6s#1-at-6 & s#1     Proca Retractor        (2+6)
Anti-Circe Cheylan
No.525.1 Andreas Thoma
version of No.525 – 12.01.2016
525.1-proca-at-6 & s#1     Proca Retractor        (3+5)
Anti-Circe Cheylan
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Kjell Widlert
Kjell Widlert
April 4, 2014 23:56

Good to see a Proca retractor with thematic variations, just for once! The three variations after bQ moves are echo-like, and the other variation has an unexpected mate at the other side of the board.

Paul Raican
Paul Raican
April 5, 2014 17:37
Reply to  Kjell Widlert

Cooked by …. pacemaker:
4.Ke1xBd2->e1 Bc1-d2 5.Ke1xBd2->e1 Kf8-e7 6.Ka5xBb5->e1 then 1.g6-g7+ K~ #

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