# The Faerie Army is coming!

Well, we're all in trouble, yet again. The fabled Faerie Army has come to take over our dimension.

This is the battlefield:

However, their soldiers don't work quite like ours...

Their pawns move as ours, but they capture the same way (one space in front of them). They can't capture with a two-space move. Due to some ancient curse, they can't move a pawn three turns in a row (whether the same pawn, or three different ones)

Their knights move as a knight, but they make multiple knight moves in the same direction. They jump over anything in their path, but they can't stop (they must go until they literally can't because of the edge of the board.) They capture only if they land on a piece on the last square they would move to.

Their bishops can only move an even number of squares.

Their rooks move like our rooks but capture as our bishops.

Their queen moves like our queen but captures like our knights.

Their king moves like our knights, but can't capture. We have to checkmate the king to win.

Oh hey, they just made their first move.

Well, over to you. Can you win or at least draw?

(Yes, you must assume the worst.)

• the fairy pawns "can't" move 3 times in a row?
– user52327
Nov 14 '18 at 13:37
• @Jannis yes... not exactly sure what you're asking though, is the wording confusing? Nov 14 '18 at 13:38
• Yes this is quite confusing since I'd never expect a pawn to move 3 times.
– user52327
Nov 14 '18 at 13:39
• @Jannis changed from 3 times to 3 turns, maybe that's clearer? Nov 14 '18 at 13:40
• @Deusovi I believe I have a solution to this. Nov 14 '18 at 13:42

So ...

It's possible to mate with 2 turns

What happens:

NXe7 QXe7
NXd7 QXe2#

Because:

King can't escape,
queen can only hit like a knight
and bishop cant go 2 fields

Earlier Edit:

NXe7 QXe7
Kf3 Qe6
Kh4 Qg4#

• 1. It's not a helpmate, and 2. If it were a helpmate, there's a way to do it quicker. Nice try, though! Nov 14 '18 at 13:49
• @ExcitedRaichu Why it isn't?
– user52327
Nov 14 '18 at 13:50
• because there's a way to do it without helping Nov 14 '18 at 13:51
• What do you mean with 'helping'? Why wouldn't this be checkmate?
– user52327
Nov 14 '18 at 13:53
• Assume the faerie army is trying to win. I can state this more bluntly in the question if you'd like. Nov 14 '18 at 13:54