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No.199 – #8 by Sébastien Luce – Long action by the white Gnu! (JV)
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.
Gnu (GN) : Knight + (1,3) Leaper
No.199 Sébastien Luce
Solution: (click to show/hide)
1.GNc4! (threat 2. GNb2 zugzwang) –
1…Gb3 2.GNb7 Gb8 3.Kc6 Gb6 4.GNc4 Gd6 5.Kc7 Gb8 6.Kd6 Ge5 7.Kc5 Gb5 8.axb5 #
1…Gb7 2.GNd6 Gd7 3.Kc6 Gd5 4.Kc5 Gd7 5.GNe8 Ka5 6.GNb7 + Ka6 7.Kc6 Gb5 8.axb5 #
La sauterelle asticote le roi et le gnou mais finit par se faire croquer.
The grasshoper annoys king and gnu but finish to be eaten ! It seems the longest problem with a gnu. (Author)
The diagrams are made on WinChloe and its Echecs font is used for Logo design
Sébastien most probably meant direct mate when he had labelled this as probably the longest problem with gnu. With another stipulation it is already much longer, e.g.:
4th HM Messigny 2009
White : Kh8 Rh1 Ba8 Sb7c2 Pa6d5f5a4b3f3e2g2 GNb5e5g5
Black : Ke8
Anticirce type Calvet, 3+0 gnu