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No.822 (PAP)

Petko A. Petkov


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No.822 by Petko A. Petkov – A splendid Zilahi-cycle! A combination of two conditions here refutes the saying “there is safety in numbers” 🙂 (JV)


Disparate PY: If one side makes a move with a piece of type “x” (black, white, neutral, half-neutral, etc., King included), the other side cannot answer immediately by moving a piece of the same type “x”. (For example: white Qc1, black Ka8,Qa7 – mate in 1 move. After 1.Qc8#, Black is mated because 1…Qb8? is illegal. The mate is possible also with the neutral nQc1 – after 1.nQc8#. Black cannot move the same neutral Queen.) Every Pawn’s promotion is a Pawn’s move, therefore after such promotion (into any possible piece) the other side cannot answer immediately with its Pawn. We can say that after the move of the figure of type “x” any enemy figure of type “x” falls under Half-moving paralysis. This paralysis disappears immediately on the next half-move, if the opponent plays with another piece of type “y”. (“Disparate PY” is implemented as “Disparate” till the latest version of Popeye, PY 4.69. In WinChloe this version of Disparate will be available starting the next version, 3.32.)

Anti-Andernach: A piece (excluding King) changes its color after any non-capturing move. After capture, the piece retains its color. Rooks on a1, h1, a8 and h8 can be used for castling, provided the usual other rules for that move are satisfied. After castling, Rooks do not change color. If White makes a non-capturing move with neutral or halfneutral piece, that piece becomes black and vice versa.

No.822 Petko A. Petkov

original – 06.06.2015

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white kf4 black ka4 re3 sf2 bh5 pc3d3d4d7f6g6h4

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C. Poisson
C. Poisson
June 7, 2015 19:29

Julia, you should correct your definition of “Disparate PY”, concerning the implementations.

Another implementation of Disparate you can find in WinChloe, but it is based on the different rules“.
In WinChloe, “Disparate PY” is implemented exactly as indicated in your definition, and will be available in the next version. But the original “Disparate” is also implemented. As you know now since our last e-mails exchange, Petko gave a wrong definition of Disparate to the Popeye team (by the way, I always expect his apologies for his wrong accusations against WinChloe and myself on this site). A problem of the original article in Phénix by Roméo Bédoni : wKh8, wPa7, bKa2, bQf7, bPb2, h#3 Disparate, is cooked in 2 moves with Petko’s definition.

This way it is implemented in Popeye” must actually be understood as: “Disparate PY” is implemented as “Disparate” in the latest version of Popeye.

C. Poisson
C. Poisson
June 7, 2015 23:49
Reply to  Julia

yes Julia, it’s correct, next version will be 3.32. Concerning the definitions, here are those I use in WinChloe:
Disparate: A side must necessarily move a piece of a different nature than the other side.
Disparate PY: When a side moves immediately after the other, he must necessarily move a piece of a different nature than the other side.
So the difference is that in Disparate, the interdiction remains until the other side moves, while in Disparate PY, it remains only one half-move.

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