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No.700 (MC)

Michel Caillaud 


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No.700 by Michel Caillaud – Two trios with very surprising Chinese promotions! (JV)


PAO (PA): (0,1) Chinese. Chinese piece operating along Rook lines: moves as Rook, but captures only by hopping over a hurdle to any square beyond.

VAO (VA): (1,1) Chinese. Chinese piece operating along Bishop lines: moves as Bishop, but captures only by hopping over a hurdle to any square beyond.

No.700 Michel Caillaud

original – 24.01.2015

Solutions: (click to show/hide)

White Kf4 Black PAF7 VAH7 Kg6 Rc1 Rh1 Bc4 Ph6 Pg7 Ph5 Pd3 Pc2 Pf6 Pf5 Neutral Pb2 Pd2 Pf2

h#3           2 solutions       (1+13+3)
Pao f7; Vao h7

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Laco Packa
Laco Packa
January 24, 2015 14:28

Typical Michel. But if a man had shouted out loud “Bravo!” at each of his excellent composition so would very nearly destroyed their own vocal cords.

Georgy Evseev
Georgy Evseev
January 25, 2015 14:21

Some matter for thought.

Neutral pieces which are used as obstructions for mating piece are directed at the squares around the black king. It is possible to change the problem so that white squares around king will be guarded with these neutral pieces, rather then simply blocked and so these “semi-white” pieces will take active role in the mate.

I would say it is not been worthy if there is a clear goal in play, that is, only the obstructions. Unfortunately, there are some additional effects of removal of hindering black pieces and that is why I am not sure which approach is better.

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