Original Problems (page 92)

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 well-known English author, Chris Feather, in this section!  I couldn’t say that this is a new name on the site, as I have already had the pleasure of presenting to you Fairings-issues by Chris and his famous book “Black to play“. I believe that everyone will agree that Chris is an exceptionally interesting and knowledgeable person, with a deep understanding of things from so different fields, with a clear style of writing, humanity, and with his compositions, of course! So, I’m very happy to show you an original problem by Chris here! 

No.157 – h#3 by Chris Feather  Interesting four-men duplex with neutral AUW! (JV)


Take & Make: Having captured, a unit must immediately, as part of its move, play a non-capturing move in imitation of the captured unit from the capture-square. If no such move is available, the capture is illegal. Promotion by capture occurs only when a pawn arrives on the promotion rank as the result of a take&make move. Checks are as in normal chess: after the notional capture of the checked K, the checking unit does not move away from the K’s square.

PWC – When a capture is made, the captured unit (except a King) is replaced on the square the capturing unit just leaves. A Pawn is immovable on its 1st rank.

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


No.157 Chris Feather
h#3                   duplex          (1+1+2n)
Take & Make
                                            (C+ Popeye)
Solutions: (click to show/hide)

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7 years ago

So much complexity, with so few pieces and in so few moves — wow !! One of the best originals published here.

Ramesh Abhiraman
7 years ago

Wow. By the way, thanks to Julia for making CJF’s “Black to Play” available for reading on her website. It is probably at once an intellectual tour-de-force, a idiosyncratically funny, and masterful survey by a veteran of that art, the helpmate. The best book I have read, and I am counting all the Christmas series of ACWhite, as well as Adventures in Composition by Mansfield.

7 years ago

I agree Mr.Ramesh.
Thanks also to Mr.Feather who agreed to make it available free and Mr.McDowel who spent his time and energy to prepare the fresh copy formatted for internet use.