Julia's Fairies

No.847 (JM)

János Mikitovics (Hungary)


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No.847 by János Mikitovics – Four-men with non-standard twin. (JV)


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.

Circe Clone: When a capture is made, the captured unit (except a King) takes the nature of the capturing unit and is then replaced on its rebirth square if it is empty; otherwise, the captured unit vanishes.

No.847 János Mikitovics

original – 02.07.2015

Solutions: (click to show/hide)

white kb4 pa7 black kd5 ra5

hs#5                                         (2+2)
b) +Circe Clone; hs#4

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July 3, 2015 10:50

I like very much the part (a) with the “follow-me” pattern! Though the play and mates are different, not sure if the clever part (b) adds much to it..

Toshiji Kawagoe
Toshiji Kawagoe
July 3, 2015 14:44

I also like this problem very much. Chasing wR by bR in (a) is visually appealing. In (b), bK moves within wK’s territory (3. Kd5-c4) is unusual and surprising to me.
This is also an instructive example for showing basic mechanism of AntiCirce condition (checkmate by bK is realized by occupying wK’s home square).
Thank you for showing this fantastic problem!

Nikola Predrag
Nikola Predrag
July 3, 2015 15:23

I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen such mates somewhere, perhaps it was hs#4 with w&b promotions into Rooks.

Juraj Lörinc
Juraj Lörinc
July 3, 2015 20:10
Reply to  Nikola Predrag

Big DB partially confirms:
Eric Huber & Ion Murarasu, Suomen Teht. 2004, White : Kf6 Qg8, Black : Kc5 Rb3, Anticirce, hs#3,
Wilfried Seehofer, Comm feenschach 2008-09, White : Kd5 Pe7, Black : Kd7 Rc7, Anticirce, hs#4
Gunter Jordan, feenschach 2008, White : Ke5 Pc2, Black : Kg6 Pa7, Anticirce, hs#7,5

Toshiji Kawagoe
Toshiji Kawagoe
July 4, 2015 02:34

Thank you, Nikola and Juraj, for further information about related problems.
As for the problems mentioned by Juraj, I found the last two in PDB server.



Actually, the same mechanism is used in these problem.

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