Fairy chess composition

# No.896 (SE)

 No.896Stephen Emmerson (England) Original Problems, Julia’s Fairies – 2015 (II): July – December    →Previous ; →Next ; →List 2015(II) Please send your original fairy problems to: julia@juliasfairies.com

No.896 by Stephen Emmerson – Non-standard problem, 2 in 1, with paradoxical content and exotic pieces! I sincerely thank Stephen for the dedication! (JV)

Definitions:

Hurdle color changing hopper: Hopper that change color of its hurdle (excluding King) after move.

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

Sparrow(SW): Moves like a Grasshopper ((0,1)+(1,1)Hopper , but deflects 135° either way on passing over the hurdle. The arrival square is adjacent to the hurdle.

Moose(M): Moves like a Grasshopper ((0,1)+(1,1)Hopper , but deflects 45° either way on passing over the hurdle. The arrival square is adjacent to the hurdle.

Eagle(EA): Moves like a Grasshopper ((0,1)+(1,1)Hopper), but deflects 90° either way on passing over the hurdle. The arrival square is adjacent to the hurdle.

 No.896 Stephen EmmersonEnglandoriginal – 16.09.2015Happy birthday Julia Vysotska! Diagram black kd4 ke4 black HurdleColourChanging gd3 swb2 ead2 mc1 eag4 ge3 mg3 swf2 (LEFT)        h#4    (0+5)      (RIGHT)Hurdle color changing hoppers:Grasshopper d3, e3Sparrow b2, f2Moose c1, g3Eagle d2, g4 Solution J (Left): Solution V (Right): { J:} 1.hccMc1-e2[d2=w] hccEAd2-b1[b2=w] 2.Kd4-c3 hccSWb2-d1[e2=w] + { } 3.Kc3-b2 hccMe2-a1 4.Kb2-c1 hccSWd1-c2[d3=w] # { (C+ by Popeye 4.73)} Ideal mate. (Author) { V:} 1.hccSWf2-e2[e3=w] hccGe3-h3[g3=w] 2.Ke4-f4 hccGh3-f5[g4=w] { } 3.Kf4-g5 hccEAg4-f1[e2=w] + 4.Kg5-h5 hccSWe2-g5 # { (C+ by Popeye 4.73)} Ideal mate. (Author)

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shankar ram
September 17, 2015 04:18

A picture problem -“JV”!
To get 2 accurate h#4 sequences with ideal mates is amazing.
Usually, the content in picture problems is just so-so.
Fine achievement by Stephen!
Also interesting is that the py2web animation works, without disturbing the other half!

shankar ram
September 17, 2015 04:49
Reply to  shankar ram

Black starts by changing one of the hoppers to W.
Then uses his 3 remaining moves to walk his K to the board edge.
W uses his 4 moves to change the colour of the other 3 hoppers… and mate!
In the final position, the mighty sparrow guards 3 squares, while the moose, eagle and grasshopper guard 1 each!

shankar ram
September 17, 2015 11:38

Actually, in the “Left” solution, the Sparrow does cross the border (Black’s first move) and then re-crosses back (White’s third move). But, like I said, it doesn’t disturb anything, since the square e2 is empty!

shankar ram
September 17, 2015 12:08
Reply to  shankar ram

Sorry! It’s the Moose which wanders off and returns, not the Sparrow!

seetharaman
September 19, 2015 19:55