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No.803 by Sébastien Luce – Albino in serial Anti-Circe Vertical Mirror Miniature! (JV)


Anti-Circe Vertical Mirror (AntiCirce Inverse in WinChloe): Same as Anti-Circe, except that the rebirth square is on the vertical mirror from the normal place.

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). Captures on the rebirth square are allowed. Game array squares are determined as in Circe.

Circe: Captured units (not Ks) reappear on their game-array squares, of the same colour in the case of pieces, on the file of capture in the case of pawns, and on the promotion square of the file of capture in the case of fairy pieces. If the rebirth square is occupied the capture is normal.

No.803 Sébastien Luce

original – 13.05.2015

Solutions: (click to show/hide)

White Ke1 Pd2 Black Re4 Bc3 Se3 Pe6 Black Royal Pd5

ser-=8                                      (2+5)
Anti-Circe Vertical Mirror
Royal Pd5

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Kjell Widlert
Kjell Widlert
5 years ago

Great idea to use mirrored AntiCirce to achieve the consecutive albino in miniature form!
The motivation of the play may not be the most subtle I’ve ever seen (stalemating by stopping the royal pawn and capturing all other black pieces), but doing it with only 7 pieces is impressive.

Toshiji Kawagoe
Toshiji Kawagoe
5 years ago

It is amazing to see that the Albino is represented by only seven pieces total and only one wP! For achieving this, utilizing anti-circe vertical mirror condition is understandable, but, unfortunately, the use of Royal P seems to make this problem rather pure puzzle (no real interaction between white and black pieces)… Anyway, I congratulate this achievement and give thanks to you very much for showing this for us!

Luce Sebastien
Luce Sebastien
5 years ago

Thank you for your comments.
Yes indeed, the presence of a royal Pawn is not very pretty
(and also the final blocus of it) but I cannot see how to avoid it, in 7 pieces !
Kjell, congratulations for your new contribution to the theme in #n Circe on KobulChess, it is of course much more difficult !
But which is interesting in chess compo is that you can work in different ways: difficulty, novelty, economy, beauty and so on… 🙂