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Karol Mlynka

Karol Mlynka (Slovakia) & Seethamaram K. (India)


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No.856, 857 by Karol Mlynka – Two different kinds of problems show specific effects of Super-Transmuting King. (JV)

No.856.1 by Karol Mlynka & Seetharaman K. – An improved version of No.856. (JV)


Rook-Locust(LR): Moves along Rook lines only by capturing an enemy unit, arriving on the square immediately beyond that unit, which must be vacant (Moves like Locust, but on Rook-lines only).

Pressburger King (Super-Transmuting King): After being checked, the Supertransmuting King must immediately move like the checking piece and then losing his royal status definitively takes up its nature. When no such move is available, the ST King side parries the check normally. If the checked King cannot move, it is a mate.

Transmuted Kings: When they are threatened, the Kings move only like the threatening unit(s).

No.856 Karol Mlynka

original – 14.07.2015

Solutions: (click to show/hide)

White royal LRg2 White Pb7 Black Bd5 Sd4 Ke4

hs#2          b) Pb7→e7             (2+3)
Black Super-Transmuting King
Royal Rook-Locust g2

No.856.1 Karol Mlynka & Seetharaman K.
Slovakia / India

version of No.856 – 15.07.2015

Solutions: (click to show/hide)

White royal LRg2 White Pb7 Black Bc6 Qc5 Ke4

hs#2                                        (2+3)
b) Pb7→e7; c) Pb7→g7
Black Transmuted King
Royal Rook-Locust g2

No.857 Karol Mlynka

original – 14.07.2015

Solutions: (click to show/hide)

White Qd5 Pc4 Pd4 Rb3 Pc2 Pd2 Pf2 Ke1 Sh1 Black Pd6 Pb4 Ph3 Pa2 Pe2 Pg2 Ph2 Ka1

#3                                              (9+8)
White Super-Transmuting King

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July 14, 2015 20:49

Easy to have a third twin:
white Pg7, Royal lrg2
black Qc5, Ke4,Bc6
(c) Pg7
Sol: 1.g8=LR Qg5 + 2.LRg8*g5-g4 + K*g4-h4=LR#

Karol Mlynka
July 14, 2015 23:36

Thank you very much, Ram. I’m glad you’re a new co-author. We ask Julia to adjust it in the publication.

July 15, 2015 12:40
Reply to  Karol Mlynka

Thanks Karol Mlynka! Glad to be associated with a famous name 🙂

July 15, 2015 13:44

With the black bishop at c6, blackTransmutingking will work as well. Supertransmuting not necessary. Sorry I did not notice it immediately.

Karol Mlynka
July 15, 2015 14:03

Yes, BlackTransmutedKing is good.

July 15, 2015 16:06
Reply to  Julia

Thanks Julia for instant response !

Georgy Evseev
Georgy Evseev
July 16, 2015 09:14

In fact it looks like the only reason Transmuting King is used is to avoid some duals on the mating move.

July 16, 2015 12:23
Reply to  Georgy Evseev

You are right Georgy. Duals can also be avoided by using a black royal rook-hopper. But solution ((b) will not work. Perhaps there is another setting where it may work.

Karol Mlynka
July 16, 2015 13:57

The solution by 856.1 is now
(without transformation to LR):
a) 1.b7-b8=LR Qc5-b5 2.LRb8*b5-b4+ Ke4*b4-a4#;
b) wPb7–>e7
1.e7-e8=LR+ Qc5-e7 2.LRe8*e7-e6+ Ke4*e6-e7#;
c) wPb7–>g7
1.g7-g8=LR Qc5-g5+ 2.LRg8*g5-g4+ Ke4*g4-h4#.