Julia's Fairies

No.863 (NSR)

N.Shankar Ram (India)


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No.863 by N.Shankar Ram – Surprising thematic captures of the black Pawns! (JV)


Take & Make: Having captured, a unit must immediately, as part of its move, play a non-capturing move in imitation of the captured unit from the capture-square. If no such move is available, the capture is illegal. Promotion by capture occurs only when a pawn arrives on the promotion rank as the result of a take&make move. Checks are as in normal chess: after the notional capture of the checked K, the checking unit does not move away from the King’s square.

No.863 N.Shankar Ram

original – 27.07.2015

Solutions: (click to show/hide)

white kd1 be5 pb3e4f2f4 black kd3 pa7b7c7d7e7f7g7h7

ser-=8     b) wBe5→wSb5        (6+9)
Take & Make

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Bartel Erich
Bartel Erich
July 27, 2015 17:15

Congratulations to this great idea!!

shankar ram
shankar ram
July 27, 2015 18:10

Thanks, Erich!
Ich habe immer geliebt rundläufen.. 😉

July 27, 2015 19:51

Very nice!

Bartel Erich
Bartel Erich
July 27, 2015 20:36
Miodrag Mladenovic
Miodrag Mladenovic
July 28, 2015 20:47

Beautiful problem. It’s amazing that there are no cooks. Nice problem for solving too.

July 29, 2015 12:49

I think this is his first original composed after that long break. The other two problems published here (including the latest first prize winner of Juliafairies) are I learnt are completion of unfinished old schemes from his file! Welcome back Shankar with another cyclic delight!

shankar ram
shankar ram
July 29, 2015 20:36

Yes… I do feel a bit Rip van Winklish..! 😉

Rajendiran Raju
Rajendiran Raju
July 30, 2015 04:59

Welcome back to Mr.Narayan Shankar Ram…!
I liked and enjoyed this Beautiful Problem…!!
The Condition of Take & Make Utmost Utilised…! Great…!!!

July 30, 2015 14:27
July 30, 2015 17:29
Reply to  Joost

This is a very good interpretation of Shankar’s idea avoiding the weak twinning ! Brilliant!

Joost de Heer
Joost de Heer
August 2, 2015 21:20
Reply to  seetharaman

The “interpretation of Shankar’s idea” is almost 10 years old :).

It was composed in Andernach when T&M was introduced. I initially composed a proofgame with only the bishop capturing all pawns. Dirk cooked it by using the knight, and together we came up with this one, combining both my solution and Dirk’s cook.

August 2, 2015 22:43
Reply to  Joost de Heer

You are right. It is your idea which Shankar has interpreted differently ! 🙂

shankar ram
shankar ram
July 30, 2015 16:53

Looks like it..!
Conceiving the same idea in 2 solutions of a proof game and getting a sound position is really astonishing. Congratulations, Joost and Dirk!

Bartel Erich
Bartel Erich
July 30, 2015 17:40

Both problems are well done. Everyone is with its own.
I think ideas are free. In other respect for example
every “Indian” after Loveday would be anticipated.

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