<p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p>Red to play, all pieces except the red major and blue captains are unknown Quiz Nr. 6 by TemplateRex (inspired by a similarly themed puzzle by maxroelofs):
- How can the red major force the win of one of the blue captains?
but Gary, when the red major is in H7 the blue captain is forced to go to G7, then red major goes to G7 forcing blue cap to F7, then red major goes to G8 threatening the 2nd captain, who is forced to move to D9 and then D8, C8. B8, A8 red major always threatening, then A7, A6 (3 squares), then red major follows B7, B6 and then again goes to B5 and starts threatening 3rd captain, same 3 squares B4,C4,D4 and then switches to 4th captain by moving E4, then 4th captain is forced to move vertically and red major finds then threatening both 4th and 1st captain in E7
First of all, G8 is a bomb, Napoleon!
Okay, you meant H8 for the red major. (The move by the red major to H7 forced the first blue captain to move to F7 in evasion.) Now the red major on H7 moves to H8 and threatens the blue captain on H9. Fine. How does the major ever capture the second captain? The second blue captain will evade from H9 all the way to D9, with the red major in hot pursuit along the 9th rank. Then the second captain will move to D8 and the red major will match and move to E8. The first blue captain is safe on F7 because the red major is now chasing the second captain by moving from E9 to E8. When the second blue captain then runs away from D8 to C8 to B8 to A8 and assuming he is followed along the 8th rank by the red major both the first and second captains will be safe. The second blue captain will reach the A file where he has three squares (A8,A7,A6) to roam in and is untouchable. If red decides to pursue the potential third captain (sitting all the while on B4), then that third captain can easily turn the corner and find three squares to bounce back and forth in as well. So all captains will therefore remain untouchable as far as I can see.
The hopping TR described is nice but unless the red major can work its
way into a trap of any of them, the captains will be able to elude to eternity. I don't see a trap yet.