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Problem 576: Themis Argirakopoulos - Fairy (Circe Kamikaze)

themis.argirakopoulos(06.05.2015) Fairy problem (in two versions - 576 and 576.1) which according to Sebastien Luce was a Record for castling problem up to the date when I received it for publication about a month ago. The author wrote: "Both problems created after Sebastien Luce ask me for originals, showing as many castles as possible. Without his motivation and encouragement, none of them was made. Thank you Sebastien, you are a tireless chess enthusiast!"




Circe Kamikaze: When a capture occurs, the capturing piece and the captured piece in this order (King excluded, unless otherwise stated) must be replaced on their rebirth square if it is empty, otherwise, the piece vanishes.




+1 #1 Seetharaman Kalyan 2015-05-06 13:01
hm... Will the capturing piece also vanish?
+2 #2 Kjell Widlert 2015-05-08 18:58
Yes, the capturing piece also vanishes if its rebirth square is occupied. This is one detail that separates Kamikaze-Circe from AntiCirce, where rebirth is mandatory. Another detail is the fact that Kamikaze-Circe is Rex Exclusive: capturing kings are not reborn. Therefore, Black can't play Kxb7(Ke8) in the second solution of 576.1.
+1 #3 Kjell Widlert 2015-05-08 19:01
Oh sorry - there is nothing on b7 at that moment: the capturing wP vanishes!
+2 #4 Toshiji Kawagoe 2015-05-14 23:02
It is fantastic that both side castling appear in one solution! Is this the first one which achieves such a task?

Or, we can find another example with different condition other than Circe Kamikaze?
+1 #5 Inspirus 2015-05-15 19:38
Congratulations to Themis! Very nice problem!
+1 #6 ThemisArgirakopoulos 2015-05-17 13:20
@Toshiji Kawagoe :
Castling is common in problem chess, especially when fairy pieces and/or conditions are used. Several examples have been published and composers have achieved interesting effects. Conditions with castling capabilities for reborn pieces (circe, anticirce etc) are composers favorites!
The goal here was to achieve as many castles as possible.
Mr Sebastien Luce (luceechecs.blogspot.gr/) is currently writting an article about chess problems and castles and he really appreciate any originals on the subject.

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