Julia's Fairies

Original Problems (78)

Original Problems (page 78)

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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No.137 – hs#3,5 by Julia Vysotska – anti-batteries, block of neutral mating piece. (JV)


Lion(Li): Moves along Q-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.

LEO(LE): Moves as Queen, but captures only by hopping over a hurdle to any square beyond.

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No.137 Julia Vysotska
original – 28.09.2012
hs#3,5                                      (7+2+1)
b) neutral Rook h6
Leo c8
Lion a6
Solution: (click to show/hide)

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September 29, 2012 22:25

No.137 Julia Vysotska
A very interesting and difficult idea – white forms anti-batteries Lion/Leo and simultaneously it blocks the neutral piece which gives mate! This ambitious problem is implemented in a very light and elegant Meredith-position. The long maneuvers of neutral figures are also very beautiful. Bravo, Julia!
But here I put such a question: is it possible to extend the play, for example – to a HS#4 (or even more moves!) adding one white half-move in the initial setting? It is only an idea of course. Such addition would be acceptable only if the added new half-move has some thematic value (block, line-opening or line-closing, etc). However, the mechanical, non-thematic extension of the play is a big weakness. I do not advise younger colleagues to do so!
Another idea here would be the following: we change the initial setting so that the first black move is a promotion in neutral R (and neutral B respectively). These promoted pieces execute our already well known maneuvers. In theoretical aspect, such a modification of the initial scheme allows to achieve model mates (for example – with twins – a) black Sh6; b) Black Sh5). How viable would be these options?
In conclusion I want to emphasize – Julia has found a very interesting circuit, but it is so rich that here are possible a lot of new variations.
And one more note regarding this problem – in HS# genre, as a general trend, the mating moves with blocked neutral pieces are rare. I would say, that such blocks can be a separate topic with great opportunities.

September 29, 2012 23:53

Nice problem ! Could have scored well in the thematic tourney! Perhaps Julia does not want to compete 🙂

October 1, 2012 10:16
Reply to  Julia

hiiiimmmm !!!! aaaahhhaaa !!!!!

October 1, 2012 13:09
Reply to  Julia

Well….if you win first prize, you can always send the sweets to me the 2nd Prize winner or the 3,4,5 prizewinners 🙂

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