Julia's Fairies

Original Problems (pages 41-50)

Original Problems (page 41)

Original fairy problems published during 2012 will participate in the informal tourney JF-2012

The site is mostly about fairies, but h# and s# are also welcomed for publication! Please send your problems to my e-mail: julia@juliasfairies.com

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Warm welcome to the very well-known author from Greece –  Emmanuel Manolas!

It’s nice to see KoBul Kings condition again! See Emmanuel’s series of 4 problems, showing this condition:

No.88 – #2, KobulKings – Interesting demonstration of KoBul Kings in a direct problem! (JV)

No.89 – h#2, KoBulKings Three elegant sacrifices of black pieces on b2, b3, b4. (JV)

No.90 – h#3, KoBulKings Five solutions! Not quite homogeneous, but nice strategy. (JV)

No.91 – hs#3, KoBulKings Two very difficult solutions. (JV)


KoBul Kings  – When a piece (not a pawn) of his own side is captured, a King transforms into a Royal piece of the same type as the captured one. When the King is in the form of any Royal piece and there is a capture of one of the pawns of his own side, he becomes a normal King again. Сaptures are illegal if their result is self-cheсk because of the transformation of the Кings according to KoBul rules. Castling is allowed only if the KoBul King is on his initial square in the form of a normal King and if he has not already moved; however he may already have been transformed. In the case of capture by a King in AntiCirce he is reborn on his initial square and may castle. If the capture is by a King which is in the form of some Royal piece, he is reborn on the initial square of that piece.

You can сlick on “Solutions” to show or hide the solutions!


No.88 Emmanuel Manolas
original – 14.08.2012
#2                                               (8+11)
KoBul Kings
Solutions: (click to show/hide)
After the key, where the two key-threats have already appeared as try-moves, wK is exposed to check.  (Author)

No.89 Emmanuel Manolas
original – 14.08.2012
h#2               3 solutions             (5+7)
KoBul Kings
Solutions: (click to show/hide)
{move B1} Black sacrifices 3 different pieces in 3 different squares (bR on b2, bB on b3, bQ on b4) … {move W1} … sacrifice accepted by wK. (Author)

No.90 Emmanuel Manolas
original – 14.08.2012
h#3               5 solutions             (6+6)
KoBul Kings
Solutions: (click to show/hide)
Black self-blocks in each solution:
  • two passive bRd8 & bBd1,
  • three active bBd1-e2 & bRd8-d7-f7 & bRd8-e8.

No.91 Emmanuel Manolas
original – 14.08.2012
hs#3             b) Kb2→e1          (7+10)
KoBul Kings
Solutions: (click to show/hide)
Description of both solutions : White piece wX captures black piece bY, bQueen goes to proper square, bYKing goes 4 squares away, same piece wX is sacrificing while checking, bQueen captures wX and mates wXKing. (Author)

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August 15, 2012 22:25

Interesting ideas here. But not matching the high standard of Mr. Manolas.

Manolas Emmanuel
August 16, 2012 01:00

This is the story of my life. Most of the time I seem to be inferior than my better self.

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