Can you solve these puzzles? 'Taking the lift up' and 'Going down the escalator'

Like most other artistically-minded people, chess composers will sometimes be inspired by the most unusual, random things. Today I would like to share two funny puzzles, which exploit the image of the moving mechanisms. The puzzles share both the association and the chess pattern in use.

As soon as you spot the solutions, you will see where the fancy names come from!

If you’re wondering how you make the mechanisms move the way you need, here is a little hint: you put Black in zugzwang.

Taking the lift up


Going down the escalator


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By WGM Olga Dolzhykova

Photo by Lennart Ootes