stepochkinNo.887 
Anatoly Stepochkin 
(Russia)


No.887.1, 887.2
Anatoly Stepochkin &
Georgy Evseev
(Russia)

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No.887 by Anatoly Stepochkin – Anti-batteries, promotions and captures of white rear battery pieces! (JV)

No.887.1 by Anatoly Stepochkin & Georgy Evseev – Nice improved version to No.887. (JV)

No.887.2 by Anatoly Stepochkin & Georgy Evseev – One more improvement to No.887. (JV)


Definitions:

Lion(LI): Moves along Queen lines over another unit of either color to any square beyond that unit. A capture may be made on arrival, but the hurdle is not affected.

Bishop-Lion(BL): Moves along Bishop lines over another unit of either color to any square beyond that unit. A capture may be made on arrival, but the hurdle is not affected.

Rook-Lion(RL): Moves along Rook lines over another unit of either color to any square beyond that unit. A capture may be made on arrival, but the hurdle is not affected.

Zebra(ZE): (2,3) Leaper.

Giraffe(GI): (1,4) Leaper.


No.887 Anatoly Stepochkin
Russia

original – 06.09.2015

Solutions: (click to show/hide)

White ka3 blg6 rlc8 ph7 Black kc2 bd1 pe6g5g7d2 gih1 zg8 lig4

h#2             2 solutions           (4+9)
Zebra g8; Giraffe h1
Lion g4
Rook-Lion c8; Bishop-Lion g6


No.887.1 Anatoly Stepochkin &
Georgy Evseev

Russia

version of 887 – 08.09.2015

Solutions: (click to show/hide)

White kh3 sa5 sg8 bb5 bla8 rle8 Black ke4 rf4 lia4

h#2             2 solutions           (6+3)
Lion a4
Rook-Lion e8; Bishop-Lion a8


No.887.2 Anatoly Stepochkin &
Georgy Evseev

Russia

version of 887 – 10.09.2015

Solutions: (click to show/hide)

White kd1 bb5 sa5g8 lia8e8 Black ke4 lia4 pf4

h#2             2 solutions           (6+3)
Lion a4, a8, e8


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Stephen Emmerson
Stephen Emmerson
September 6, 2015 22:56

Neat Zilahi. The GIh1 however is doing nothing more than legitimising one line. It can be improved (I think) by placing it on g8 and bringing the Z to d2, saving a piece.

seetharaman
seetharaman
September 7, 2015 09:29

While this lateral diagonal mates has been shown many times with orthodox material, it is interesting that the Lion has to capture one of the thematic white pieces before it can selfblock! Stephen’s suggestion is quite good!

Georgy Evseev
Georgy Evseev
September 7, 2015 10:11

In theory, fairy knights (Z and G) are not absolutely necessary for the idea. I’ll check if it is possible to avoid them, making ordinary knight promotion or changing W1 motivation, e.g. for the sake of model mate.

Georgy Evseev
Georgy Evseev
September 7, 2015 10:45
Reply to  Georgy Evseev

Yes, here are two versions.

1. With promotions.
W: Ka5 RLc8d7 BLg8 Pe7
B: Kc4 LIg4 RLd8 Pd4g7

1.LIg4*c8 e7*d8=S 2.LIc8-c3 Sd8-e6 #
1.LIg4*g8 e7-e8=S 2.LIg8-b3 Se8-c7 #

(It is possible to replace RLd7 and RLd8 with orthodox material, but more pieces are required.)

2. With model mates
W: Kf2 RLd8 BLh8 Sb8h5 Pb3
B: Kd4 LIh4 Sg5 Pf3

1.LIh4*d8 Sb8-a6 2.LId8-d3 Sh5-f6 #
1.LIh4*h8 Sh5-g3 2.LIh8-c3 Sb8-d7 #

Stepochkin
Stepochkin
September 7, 2015 21:47
Reply to  Georgy Evseev

The second version is good. I suggest to publish as joint problem{task} Stepochkin + Yevseyev.

Georgy Evseev
Georgy Evseev
September 8, 2015 17:39
Reply to  Stepochkin

OK for me.

Even cleaner (and pawnless) version is possible.

W: Ka3 RLd8 BLh8 Sb8h5 Bg5
B: Kd4 LIh4 Rc4

1.LIh4*d8 Sb8-a6 2.LId8-d3 Sh5-f6 #
1.LIh4*h8 Sh5-g3 2.LIh8-c3 Sb8-d7 #

shankar ram
shankar ram
September 8, 2015 18:34
Reply to  Stepochkin

Yevseyev? Oh.. Евсеев!

seetharaman
seetharaman
September 8, 2015 22:03

With just one fairy Georgy’s version is very good!

seetharaman
seetharaman
September 8, 2015 22:05
Reply to  seetharaman

I mean, just one ‘fairy type’

shankar ram
shankar ram
September 9, 2015 04:16
Reply to  seetharaman

Yes, the “Lion Family”! Should they be called “African pieces”? 🙂

Stephen Emmerson
Stephen Emmerson
September 9, 2015 09:33
Reply to  seetharaman

Excellent re-composition – what more could be improved? Possibly only that it would be even nicer if the two white pieces used as hurdles for White (S/S) were also those used by Black, instead of B/S. This is meant cheekily! – it’s great as it is, but miracles have already been worked, perhaps there are more…

Stephen Emmerson
Stephen Emmerson
September 9, 2015 09:34

Also, it is possible to reduce the number of fairy types even further – change bishop-lion and rook-lion into lions, and move wK to d1. So an interesting question of economy arises – fewer types or using the minimum powers necessary? I guess it’s a personal preference.

seetharaman
seetharaman
September 9, 2015 21:00

Actually all Lions gives the diagram a better look! But many would go for less power I think 🙂

Juraj Lörinc
September 9, 2015 22:05

Personally, I would vote for less fairy types than weaker force (given all other things are equal), but I understand some people feel it differently.

There was a lecture on this topic in Marianka 2014 by Juraj Brabec.
See youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCzl9KAbpHU
Or in bulletin on p. 27 (but in Slovak only): http://festival.soks.sk/bulletin-marianka-2014/

shankar ram
shankar ram
September 9, 2015 23:17
Reply to  Juraj Lörinc

That used to be customary – using say, 3 Grasshoppers, instead of Grasshopper + Rook Hopper + Bishop Hopper.
The latter trend seems to have started as a cook prevention device!

shankar ram
shankar ram
September 10, 2015 06:29
Reply to  shankar ram

Only in the case of Chinese pieces, usage of Pao, Vao instead of Leo seems to be “accepted”!
For the Grasshopper family(Grasshopper, Rook Hopper, Bishop Hopper), Lion family(Lion, Rook Lion, Bishop Lion), and similarly for the Locust and Marine families, such usage may raise an eyebrow or two!

Georgy Evseev
Georgy Evseev
September 10, 2015 09:50
Reply to  shankar ram

Well, I generally check the possibility of replacing the family of line pieces with queen-like unit, but, shame on me, have not done it this time. If I had done it, I would have definitely tried to use only lions. (As an example, we had a version of 2 pl. 8th WCCT problem with lions only, but having 29 pieces instead of 22 was considered too costly.)

Nevertheless, I have also missed the fact that white king on d1 also prevents the cooks. (I generally prefer to have “unneeded” white king to be placed as far as possible and I have a “feeling” that d1 is more distant than h3.) Also, in this case Rf4 may be replaced with a pawn.

Miodrag Mladenovic
Miodrag Mladenovic
September 10, 2015 22:40

I think problem would be better with one more piece. I think the following changes should be made:
1) wKd1 => c2
2) +bPc3 to prevent cooks
3) -wBb5
4) +bSb5
Although in this position there is on piece more I think this is better position because instead of model mates now there are ideal mates.

Juraj Lörinc
September 11, 2015 00:04

Citing from Encyclopedia by MV & KV: IDEAL MATE – A model mate in which all force on the board, both Black and White, is necessarily used, including all Pawns and the white King.

I somehow fail to see ideal mates in the suggested version. Do I miss something?

Miodrag Mladenovic
Miodrag Mladenovic
September 11, 2015 08:10
Reply to  Juraj Lörinc

Hi Juraj, you are right. I missed definition of ideal mate. However I still think that this version is better because there is no underused white Bishop and white King has a role in both mates.

Bartel Erich
Bartel Erich
September 11, 2015 04:04

ad 887.2)
prima,prima!!

Miodrag Mladenovic
Miodrag Mladenovic
September 11, 2015 14:26

There is also possibility to make twins:
White: Kc2 Sa5 g8 RLe8 BLa8 (5)
Black: Ke4 Sb1 Pf4 LIe1 (4)
a) diagram 1.LIxe8 Sh6 2.LIe3 Sc6#
b) bLIe1=>h1 1.LIxa8 Sb3 2.LIf3 Se7#
In this version it’s not possible to replace BL and RL with LI because of the cooks. However bLI moves are nicer (longer first move and along same line/diagonal). Not sure if this is improvement or not. I just gave it as a possibility. Again because of the bSb1 not an ideal mates but almost ideal.