Zajic theme

A black moves to the vacant mating square of the bK and is captured there by a white piece; the bK then captures this white piece (a special case of the Kniest theme). If the capturing white unit is a pawn, the theme is usually called pawn-Zajic.

White Zajic theme: the roles of white and black thematic pieces are reversed.

See also: Kniest theme; Pawn-Zajic; White Zajic theme.

Zajic, Helmut

Schach-Echo, 1976

3rd HM

Example: Zajic theme
h#2 2.1... (6+8)

1.Qf5 Sxf5 2.Kxf5 Rxh5#
1.Qh4 Rxh4 2.Kxh4 Sdxf3#

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FEN: 8/3pK3/3n4/4N1kp/3Nrq2/4Ppp1/6P1/7R

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Rotenberg, Jacques

Caillaud, Michel

Phénix, 1995

1st Prize

Example: Zajic theme
h#2 2.1... (8+6)

1.Rd4 Bxd4 2.Kxd4 Qe4#
1.Bd5 Sxd5 2.Kxd5 Qe6#

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FEN: 8/4K3/2P1b1Q1/4B3/1Pk1rp2/2Np1p2/3P1P2/8

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Rice, John Michael

The Problemist, Zajic TT, 2001

1st Prize

Example: Zajic theme
h#3 2.1... (3+14)

1.Rf5 Sxf3 2.Ree5 Sxe5 3.Kxe5 Rxe2#
1.Be7 Sf5 2.Sd6+ Sxd6 3.Kxd6 Rxb6#

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FEN: 2n5/2np4/1p1bkq2/2p1r3/p1K2p1N/4rp2/1R2p3/8

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