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Problem 639: S.N. Ravi Shankar - Fairy (All-in chess, Berolina pawn)

(10.12.2015) Fairy problem with interesting All-in chess effects. Welcome to Ravi Shankar.

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1.BPb8=R+! Kb1 2.Ka1+ BPa6 3.BPb5+ Kb1 4.Ka2+ BPa4

5.BPb3+ Kb1 6. Ka1+ BPa2 7.BPb1=R#

All-in ChessEach player may, on his turn, move one of the opponent's men instead of his own; however, a player may not reverse the move just made by the opponent.

Berolina Pawn:moves diagonally, captures straight ahead and promotes normally.

 

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+1 #1 Seetharaman Kalyan 2015-12-10 05:00
Nice zig-zag effect and underpromotions! Welcome to Ravishankar, who is one of the few composers composing in this genre. Hope it will be possible to add it to Popeye!. For now, the problem in C-, but I think quite sound!
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+1 #2 Vlaicu 2015-12-13 20:51
Unfortunately, as Paul Raican spotted first and confirmed by the author, 1.b8=Q! works as well. Ravi Shankar will submit the correction in due course.
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0 #3 Seetharaman Kalyan 2015-12-14 16:05
Quoting Vlaicu:
Unfortunately, as Paul Raican spotted first and confirmed by the author, 1.b8=Q! works as well. Ravi Shankar will submit the correction in due course.

I too failed to spot this. It will be an achievement if Ravishankar can correct it. One possibility is to have regular pawn a7 and have 1.a8R+ as solution.
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0 #4 Seetharaman Kalyan 2015-12-23 17:54
Ravishankar sent the following comment:

Yes. I could not find anything better than 1.a8=R+ either. Paul
Raican's dual proves one thing. The under-promotion cannot take place
on b8. It can occur only on a8.

So the corrected version is
1R6/P(p2)6/8/8/8/2K5/k7/8 - #7 b7: Berolina Pawn 1. a8=R+

Another possibility is
8,8,R6,(P2)(p2)6,8,2K5,8, k7 - #5 a5,b5: Berolina Pawns 1. ab6+
But this reduces the effect considerably.
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