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Original Problems (44)

Original Problems (page 44)

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No.94 – h#2 by  Valerio Agostini, Gabriele Brunori, Antonio Garofalo –  Aristocrat with unpinning-pinning strategy! (JV)


Nightrider(N): A Rider along a straight line on squares lying a Knight`s move away from each other.

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No.94 Valerio Agostini, Gabriele Brunori & Antonio Garofalo
original – 16.08.2012
h#2               2 solutions              (6+5)
Nightriders: a6, e7, g1
Solutions: (click to show/hide)
Aristocratic, Meredith.
Only 2 cook-stopper (Ba4 and Qd1).
B1 unpin 2 rooks, W1 pin again one rook;
the other rook make selfblock;
pin-mate with Nightrider.  (Authors)

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August 17, 2012 19:37

Very nice effects — Unpin, repin, pinmates and interchange of N functions !

Juraj Lörinc
August 20, 2012 15:55

The scheme asks for model mates. Obviously, 2.Ra2 guards a5 without anything on a3 and a4 and that is probably why the authors have chosen to resolve technical issues (cooks) by using Ba4. However it spoils the purity of Na5#. The nicest position I have found is the following:

White Ne7 Na6 Pa4 Kg3 Bh3 Bc1 Ng1
Black Qa8 Rd5 Bh5 Kc3 Re2

Solution unchanged. No longer aristocratic position, but I would prefer two models to one aristocrat.

August 20, 2012 23:19

With Ng1 guarding a4, the Bba4 was indeed spoiling the model mate. But …… adding a practically useless white pawn a4 for that purpose ….. I think there can be different views on that. I thought model mates are a hangover from oldstyle orthodox problems. Is it considered valuable in fairychess problems also ?

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