Rope theme

In the first phase, all White's moves are played by the same piece of kind A, and all Black's moves by the same piece of kind B. In the other phase, all White's moves are played by the same piece of kind B, and all Black's moves are by the same piece of kind A.

The theme can be cyclic. Promotions are not allowed. The theme of the 4th Azemmour TT. The term was coined by Abdelaziz Onkoud.

External link: Award-Belgrade-2016.pdf.

Abdurahmanović, Fadil

Chumakov, Gennadij

4th Azemmour TT, Belgrade, 2016

Spec. Prize

Example: Rope theme
h#5 2.1... (2+13)

1.Ke7 Bxc5+ 2.Ke6 Bxe3 3.Kd5 Bc1 4.Kd4 Ba3 5.Ke3 Bc5#
1.Bf1 Kxc3 2.Bh3 Kxc4 3.Bf5 Kxc5 4.Bh7 Kd6 5.Bg8 Kd7#

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FEN: 5k2/5pb1/8/2p1p3/1Bp1pn2/2p1pp2/2K1bn2/8

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Abdurahmanović, Fadil

Chumakov, Gennadij

4th Azemmour TT, Belgrade, 2016

1st-3rd Prize

Example: Rope theme
h#4 2.1... (8+9)

1.Rxa4 Sxc1 2.Rxa5 Sd3 3.Ra6 Se5 4.Rg6 Sf7#
1.Sxa2 Rxa3 2.Sxc3 Ra1 3.Se4 Rf1 4.Sg5 Rf6#

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FEN: 7K/3p4/7k/Pp1p4/RPp3Pp/r1P1p3/N3P3/2n5

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Shorokhov, Boris

Azemmour TT-4, Belgrade, 2016

1st-3rd Prize

Example: Rope theme
h#2 3.1... (9+12)

1.Rxb4 Bxg4 2.Rd4 Bf5#
1.Scxe2 Rc3 2.Sd4 Re3#
1.Bxc5 Sd5 2.Bd4 Sf6#

Cycle RB-BS-SR.

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FEN: 8/bpp2K2/4P3/1pR1P2R/1N2knp1/2n5/br1PBrP1/5q2

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