Queen promotions 2

It is the 2nd special example file for the 11th TT CCM C 28.2.2003.
Frantisek Sabol
Problemkiste 2000

1.Kc2! th. 2.d8Q#
1...Qaxd7 2.a8Q#
1...Qbxd7 2.b8Q#
1...Rcd8 2.c8Q#
1...Red8 2.e8Q#
1...Qfxd7 2.f8Q#
1...Qgxd7 2.g8Q#
1...Qhxd7 2.h8Q#

Oh, of course, very unusual task of 8 queen promotions as mating moves in twomover. Mars Circe is sometimes very handy but its working may be very mysterious. No wonder that is composition is by Frantisek Sabol, one of Circe experts who recently concentrated himself on Mars Circe.

#2 (9+10)
Mars Circe

Yves Cheylan
1st HM Phénix 1992

1...f8Q 2.dxe1Q(Qd8) cxd8Q(Qd1) 3.cxd1Q(Qd8) exd8Q(Qd1)#

5 queen promotions. Only two of queens remain on the board, other three are captured. It is special property of Anticirce that allows chain of promotions appearing one after another as capturing promoting piece is immediately transported to its Circe square, giving meat to a pawn of opposite side.

h#2,5 (7+12)
Anticirce type Cheylan

Erich Bartel
Problemkiste 1999

a) 1.Bc7 and 1.bxc7 2.c8Q 3.Qg4(Kh6)=

b) 1.Bg3 and 1.b7 2.b8Q 3.Qxg3(Kh5)=

c) 1.Ba7 and 1.bxa7 2.a8Q 3.Qg2(Kh4)=

Triple echo is attained by very simple means - twin moving of bp, changing promotion square of wp and Republican materialization of bK.

1 -> ser-=3 (1+2)
Republican chess
b) h7 -» h6
c) h7 -» h5

Michel Caillaud
Problemkiste 1996

1.Kb3 d4 2.Kxa4 d5(pa5) 3.Kxa5 d6(pa6) 4.Kxa6 d7(pa7) 5.Kxa7 d8Q(Qa8)#

1.Kxd3 a5(pd4) 2.Kxd4 a6(pd5) 3.Kxd5 a7(pd6) 4.Kxd6 a8Q(pd7) 5.Kc7 d8Q#

Simultaneous march of wp and bK allows, thanks to Circe Parrain, in fact march of three units instead of two. Naturally, White has to promote and he has to choose two queens in both solutions.

h#5 (3+1)
Circe Parrain

Hans Peter Rehm
Europa Rochade 1991

1.e1Q+ Kd3 2.Qxe4+ Kxe4 3.f1Q Ke5 4.g1Q Kd6 5.Qg5 a8Q#

One of very good counterexamples to the statement of Yves Cheylan, given in his judgement of StrateGems Fairies 2000. He stated that Maximummer condition in helpmate serves only as a way to prevent cooks. I disagree as most of the problems of this kind use the Maximummer for motivation of play. Yes, they are the problems in whose Maximummer only prevents cooks, but as I see it, they are in minority. Well, I wanted to put a page about it and prehaps I will write it soon.

As for this composition, Black three times promotes to queen as he needs to restrict moves of White to these only one square long.

h#5 (3+9)
White Maximummer

bernd ellinghoven
dedicated to P. Kniest
Andernach 1994

1.d1Q+ Kf4 2.c1Q+ Kf5 3.b1Q+ Kf6 4.Qc3+ Ke7 5.Qb4+ Ke6 6.Qd5+ Qxd5#

Queen promotions in this USZ problem are motivated by need to block bK flights (or to allow wQ move) and simultaneously keep on checking wK.

h#6 (2+4)

René J. Millour
2nd HM feenschach 1991

1.Kf4 Kxf6(e1Q) 2.Qh1 Kxg6(e1Q) 3.Qeg1 Kxh5(e1Q) 4.Qef1 Kxh6(e1Q) 5.Kxg4(e8Q) Qxc6(d1Q) 6.Qa1 Qxa6(d1Q) 7.Qdb1 Qxb7(d1Q) 8.Qdc1 Qxd5(d1Q) 9.Kh4 Qg2=

All 9 (!) queen promotions are results of captures by kings or white queen. In the final position the black queens are immobilised as they cannot capture wQ nor wps thanks to Circe Coucou rules.

I'm afraid that not many people know the difference between Circe Coucou and Circe Couscous. They are almost the same, in both the captured unit reborns on Circe square of capturing unit. The difference is in a capture of a pawn by orthodox piece that would result in reborn on 8th rank and thus promotion of pawn. In Circe Couscous the piece for promotion is chosen by capturing side. In Circe Coucou by the other side - and if there is any promotion that would result in a check to capturing side, the capture is illegal (e.g. even in the helpproblems where would be chosen the non-checking promotion).

h=9 (9+9)
Circe coucou

Petko A. Petkov
2nd Prize Rex Multiplex 1985

1.Bb7! h3 2.Ba6 h2 3.a8Q+ h1Q 4.Sf3+ Qxf3 5.Ke3 d2 6.d8Q+ d1Q 7.Bc5+ Ke8 8.Bb5+ Kxd8 9.Bb6+ Kc8 10.Ba6+ Kb8 11.Ba7+ Kxa8#

White first forces two black queen promotions and then makes bK run along 8th rank, capturing on the way both white queens, effectively mating wK.

s#11 (8+3)

Comments to Juraj Lörinc.
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