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Problem 260: Pierre Tritten - Fairy (Take & Make)

tritten(15.10.2013) Wonderful fairy original with Take & Make (typical for the author) by Pierre Tritten.


1.Rd1 Rxg4-e5 2.Kxe5-e1 Sxd5-f3#

1.Ra8 Sxd5-c6 2.Kxc6-a7 Bxd3-d4#

1.Bg2 Bxd3-d5 2.Kxd5-f3 Rxg4-f6#

-Anticipatory self-block on black first move

-Cycle of white captures

-Cyclic interchange of function between white pieces (sacrifice for black King after capture, passive anticipatory guard, mate after capture)

-Diagonal-orthogonal echo


Take & Make: Every capture ("take") must be complemented by a further step ("make": not a capture) by the capturing piece, using the movement of the captured unit, otherwise the capture is illegal. Pawns may not end up on their own first rank. Captures on the promotion rank lead to promotions only if the pawn is still on the promotion rank after the "make" part of the move. Promotions at the end of the "make" element are normal. 



+1 #1 paul raican 2013-10-14 21:56
The first move only is orthodox. Magnifique, Pierre!
+2 #2 Nikola Predrag 2013-10-15 12:08
"The first move only is orthodox."
What would that mean, do the rules change after the first move?
If a fairy condition allows captureless moves then it's good to see them during the play. A relation between capturing and captureless moves makes some condition well used. Of course, there can be a condition "Only-capturing Chess", that would perhaps be rather boring, just as the lack of captureless move in T&M.
+1 #3 paul raican 2013-10-18 07:10
"The first move only is orthodox" that mean that the position could be a zero-position then a)Rd3->d1, h#1.5, b)Rd8->a8, h#1.5, ...with 100% thematic moves. But obviously this multisolutions is much better. I appreciate it very much.
0 #4 Nikola Predrag 2013-10-18 15:25
A fairy condition is a self-consistent system with specifically defined movement of the pieces. "Thematic moves" present some THEME, irrelevantly to someone's missconcept of "specific moves". T&M is not a theme and the specific captures are not thematic just because they are specific. Looking from the "T&M system", the captures in orthodox chess appeare as specific, so what, should we consider only the capturing moves in orthodox chess as thematic?
Pierre's selfblock in B1 is trivial but thematic, W1&B2 are thematic sacrifices for a trivial transfer of bK and W2 is a brutal thematic annihilation of a mate-guarding black piece. However, the trivial and brutal motivations for the play are beautifully and skilfully arranged to unite the cycles of Zilahi and of the white captures. Captures are thematic because of their specific motivations for the play and for the cycles, not because of their T&M specificness.
0 #5 Nikola Predrag 2013-10-18 15:46
Of course, the passive guard enables the full complexity and tremendous economy of the cyclic functioning of white mechanism.
A selfblock by bSg4 (instead by bRd8) would be "too much" of a perfect economy :)

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