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No.695 (JB)

Juraj Brabec 

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No.695 by Juraj Brabec – Nice and original activity of the white King! (JV)


Eagle(EA): Moves like a Grasshopper ((0,1)+(1,1)Hopper), but deflects 90° either way on passing over the hurdle. The arrival square is adjacent to the hurdle.

Grasshopper(G): Moves along Q-lines over another unit of either color to the square immediately beyond that unit. A capture may be made on arrival, but the hurdle is not affected.

Pressburger King (Super-Transmuting King): King which definitively takes up the nature of the checking piece (and thus loses his royal status).

No.695 Juraj Brabec

original – 17.01.2015

Solutions: (click to show/hide)

white Kc2 Ph6 Pg3 Pb2 black EAe3 Kh5 Pc7 Pg7 Ph7 Pg5 Pg4

h#2            2 solutions            (4+7)
White Super-Transmuting King
Eagle e3

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Karol Mlynka
Karol Mlynka
January 17, 2015 22:27

Congratulations to Juraj for this interesting strategy in his helpmate. There are two flights in the preparing mate net, one free square (g6 respectively h6) blocks Black, the another flight (h6 or g6) is guarding in the mate move. Pressburger King prepares himself check on c1 or b1 and Black Eagle, using this opportunity, is checking through the hurdles on g5 or g3. White Super Transmuting King, losing his royal status, takes up the nature of the Eagle and is (model-) mating.
In my forthcoming collection of compositions with Pressburger King on file so far a total of about 400 problems, including more than 130 helpmates.

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