Chess Problem Glossary

  • Andernach Chess

    After capturing, any piece (not a king) changes colour - white to black or black to white, as appropriate.

  • Chinese Pieces (Leo Family)

    Leo
    The Leo operates on queen lines. In order to capture it must hop over one man of either colour (the hurdle) to the first occupied square beyond as long as that is an enemy piece; when not capturing, it moves like a queen.
    Pao
    The Pao operates on rook lines. In order to capture it must hop over one man of either colour (the hurdle) to the first occupied square beyond as long as that is an enemy piece; when not capturing, it moves like a rook.
    Vao
    The Vao operates on bishop lines. In order to capture it must hop over one man of either colour (the hurdle) to the first occupied square beyond as long as that is an enemy piece; when not capturing, it moves like a bishop.
    Mao
    The Mao is a rider over a finite, bent line of two steps only, which take the Mao to squares that a knight could reach. The first step must be orthogonal, the second diagonal, with interference and pinning properties.
  • Circé

    A captured unit (not a king) is reborn on its game-array square (R, B and S on the square of the same colour as the capture-square, P on the capture-file). If this square is occupied, the captured unit disappears. A replaced rook is deemed not to have moved for castling purposes. A fairy piece is replaced on the promotion square of the file on which it is captured. If rex inclusiv is specified this means that kings are also covered by the condition. Check is a threat to remove the opposing king from the board - i.e. its rebirth square is occupied.

  • Circé Antipodean

    A captured unit (not a king) is reborn on the unique square 4, 4 away from the square of capture. If this square is occupied, the captured unit disappears. A replaced rook is deemed not to have moved for castling purposes.

  • Durbar

    A problem in which all White's moves, at least in the mainplay, are made by the King.

  • Functionary Chess

    A piece (Kings and pawns included) may not move unless attacked by an opposing piece.

  • Grasshopper

    A grasshopper moves and captures on Q-lines by hopping over another unit of either colour (the hurdle) to the square immediately beyond it. A capture may be made on arrival, but the hurdle is not affected.

  • Helpmate (H#n)

    Black plays first and co-operates with White to enable White to mate Black in the number of moves stipulated. For a helpmate in 2 this means two black moves and two white moves.

    If the stipulation is of the form ‘H#n½’ then this means that White starts (this is the half-move) and this is followed by a helpmate in ‘n’ moves. In other words it is a helpmate in n, preceded by a White move.

  • Helpstalemate (H=n)

    Black plays first and co-operates with White to enable White to stalemate Black on White's nth move.

  • KöKo – Kölner Kontakt Schach

    A move is only legal if the moving piece (king, piece or pawn) lands on a square adjacent to a square occupied by another piece of either colour.

  • Madrasi

    A unit other than a King, when observed by an enemy unit of the same kind, is paralysed and may not move, check or capture, but it may in turn paralyse. If rex inclusiv is specified then the kings are included in the condition, which means, especially that they can stand next to each other as each is paralysed and there is no check to either.

  • Marine Pieces

    Siren
    The Siren operates on queen lines. In order to capture it must hop over a man of the opposite colour to the unoccupied square beyond, capturing the man hopped over; when not capturing, it moves like a queen.
    Triton
    The Triton operates on rook lines. In order to capture it must hop over a man of the opposite colour to the unoccupied square beyond, capturing the man hopped over; when not capturing, it moves like a rook.
    Nereid
    The Nereid operates on bishop lines. In order to capture it must hop over a man of the opposite colour to the occupied square beyond, capturing the man hopped over; when not capturing, it moves like a bishop.
  • Nightrider

    The nightrider performs one or more knight-leaps in a straight line as a single move. Thus a nightrider on a1 has access on a clear board to b3, c5, d7, c2, e3 and g4.

  • Patrol Chess

    No unit (King included) may capture unless it is covered (that is, observed) by a friendly unit. A non-covered unit does not give check (because it can't capture the enemy King).

  • Reflexmate (R#n)

    As selfmate, but with the added provision that if either side is able to mate in one then it must do so.

  • Selfmate (S#n)

    White is to play and force Black to mate White in the number of moves stipulated. Remember - Black is trying to avoid mating White.

  • Selfstalemate (S=n)

    White plays and forces Black to stalemate White in n moves.

  • Sentinels

    Whenever pieces (including kings, but not pawns) move from a square on ranks 2 to 7, they leave behind a pawn of their own colour, unless there are already 8 pawns of that colour on the board.

  • Series-selfstalemate (SER-S=n)

    White plays n moves (with Black not moving until the end of the series) to reach a position where Black is forced to stalemate White immediately.

  • Symmetric Circé

    A captured unit (not a king) is immediately replaced on the square symmetric to the square of capture (which is unique) if that square is empty, otherwise the captured piece disappears as normal. For example, a piece captured on c2 would be replaced on f7. Other examples of pairs of symmetric squares are b7 and g2, a4 and h5, and d4 and e5.

  • Vogtländer

    A side is in check only if it threatens to capture the opposing king. Checkmate is when such a threat cannot be withdrawn.


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