|(1) Posted by Michael McDowell [Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 22:06]|
The "Which Route" theme
2nd HM 5th FIDE World Cup 2017
(= 2+8 )
(1.Qc7? Qd6? Qf6+? Qd4+? Qe3? Qf2?)
This problem reminded me of an old one of mine:
The Problemist 1983
(= 3+9 )
(1.Qc6? Qc8? Qe2? Qe4? Qg6?)
Are there any other examples of the idea?
|(2) Posted by Geoff Foster [Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 01:14]|
I've found many splendid examples, but I'll only post one here, because I want to write an article on the subject!
Chris Feather, Scrapings 2001
(= 2+8 )
1.Qf1 h4 2.Bc2 h5 3.Bg6 hxg6 4.Rg8 gxh7 5.Rg1 h8Q+ 6.Qh3+ Qxh3#
|(3) Posted by Neal Turner [Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 13:11]|
It's not surprising that these examples use the Queen which paradoxically - because of its strength - is easier to control than lesser pieces.
Here's one that features the knight:
Suomen Shakki 1990
(= 3+3 )
|(4) Posted by Geoff Foster [Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 00:25]|
Nice one Neal! The wSe7 and bPe3 prevent moves to those squares, the wK prevents Sb6 or Sf6, and the wQ's move along the c-file stops 3.Sc7 and 3.Sc3.
|(5) Posted by Neal Turner [Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 10:59]|
Have you considered another take on the idea - instead of no solution from the alternative route, we get a new solution:
The Independent 1989
(= 4+4 )
h#3 2 sols
|(6) Posted by Geoff Foster [Monday, Aug 21, 2017 00:20]|
Clever! The bBa2 has 2 paths to g4, with each choice preventing a white move: 1.Bb3 Bd5 (not 1...Sxb3?) and 1.Bd5 Sb3 (not 1...Bxd5?).
|(7) Posted by Marko Klasinc [Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 21:44]|
Fadil pointed me to a very interesting article published long ago in Problem 21-22 in the year 1954. The author J. B. Santiago wrote it in French. The title could be translated to English as "Unexpected path theme". Among published problems we quote one inspiring example showing more than spectacular path.
J. B. Santiago
British C. F. 1945
(= 4+4 )
1.Ba2 d4+ 2.Ke6 e5 3.Bb1 Bh7 4.Bf5 Bg8 #
|(8) Posted by Geoff Foster [Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 01:32]|
The article can be found here.
It appears first in Croatian, then in French.
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