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No.631 (KS)

Kenneth Solja 


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No.631 by Kenneth Solja – Interesting play of the three neutral Pawns in a Tanagra position! (JV)


Anti-Circe: Anti-Circe Calvet (the default type): After a capture the capturing piece (Ks included) must immediately be removed to its game array square (necessarily vacant, else the capture is illegal). Captures on the rebirth square are allowed. Game array squares are determined as in Circe.

No.631 Kenneth Solja

original – 26.10.2014

Solutions: (click to show/hide)

White Kf6 Black Kh8 Neutral Pd7h2h7

h#2,5          2 solutions     (1+1+3n)

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Sebastien Luce
Sebastien Luce
October 26, 2014 21:48

Hello Kenneth,
two very interesting variations indeed !
In the first, the blocus of e8 allows mate “by contact” of the Kings. In the second, the two Kings seem under attack but only the black one is mate !
Congratulations !
…So you search AUW in series movers and you find in h#n !!
It is also C+ Winchloe. Only one little weakness: h7 pawn can be black also.

Kenneth Solja
Kenneth Solja
October 26, 2014 22:11

Thank you Sebastien!
Yes, pawn in h7 can be black, but I couldn’t decide should it be black or neutral .. Now it is neutral ..

Geoff Foster
Geoff Foster
October 26, 2014 22:43

The mate in the first solution is very nice. White must prevent 4.nRd4, but 3.Kd5? is self-check. Therefore White plays 3.Kd6!, which is not self-check because the bK occupies the rook’s rebirth square! In the second solution 1…nPd8=nS is a tempo promotion, with the promoted knight having no function.

Nikola Predrag
Nikola Predrag
October 28, 2014 22:52

Economical AUW, nPh7 spoils it as an unnecessary fairy element.
But since all Pawns are neutral, the author has perhaps concluded that bP would spoil the impression.
nPh7 is pretty obviously not a constructional failure but the author’s choice which should be respected.
nS-promotion is certainly not a tempo-move but a line-opening.

S. K. Balasubramanian
S. K. Balasubramanian
October 29, 2014 05:19

I agree with Nikola. I also would have preferred nPh7. nS promotion is line opening and the beauty is that it should be done as a white move only and not as a black move and further the promotion can only be as a nS. Fine problem!

October 29, 2014 08:24

Very nice problem with lot of fairy effects with just 5 men. Excellent Tanagra !

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