Fairy chess composition

# No.776 (LL)

 No.776 Linden Lyons (Australia) Original Problems, Julia’s Fairies – 2015 (I): January – June    →Previous ; →Next ; →List 2015(I) Please send your original fairy problems to: julia@juliasfairies.com

No.776 by Linden Lyons – A play made by four Grasshoppers! (JV)

Definition:

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.

 No.776 Linden LyonsAustraliaoriginal – 13.04.2015 Solutions: (click to show/hide) white ke8 rg2 gc2 ge5 ph6 black kg8 rh8 gg6 gg7 ph7 =2                                             (5+5)Grasshoppers: c2, e5, g6, g7 1.Gc2-h2 ? {zugzwang} 1...Gg6-g1 2.Rg2*g1 {=} 1...Gg7-g5 2.Rg2*g5 {= but} 1...Gg7-d4 ! 1.Rg2-g3 ? {zugzwang} 1...Gg6-g2 2.Rg3*g2 {=} 1...Gg7-d4 2.Ge5-h2 {= but} 1...Gg6-b1 ! 1.Ke8-e7 ! {zugzwang} 1...Gg6-b1 2.Gc2-h2 {=} 1...Gg6-g1 2.Rg2*g1 {=} 1...Gg7-d4 2.Ge5-e8 {=} 1...Gg7-g5 2.Rg2*g5 {=} 1...Gg7-d7 2.Ke7-e8 {=} { (C+ by Popeye 4.69)}

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Mike Neumeier
April 15, 2015 11:38

My favorite variation among the five in the solution is the last one, a royal switchback. A nice little stalemate idea here.

Kjell Widlert
April 15, 2015 23:44

I like all three variations where White stalemates by moving away the hurdle that a black grasshopper just used, leaving it stranded in empty space!

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