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Consider a Beetle surrounded on 5 sides, thus there is a space in the ring around it.

Can the Beetle move from the centre of this arrangement, into the space? A normal 'planar' move is prevented under these circumstances but a Beetle can move vertically. It could climb on to a neighbour then down into the space in two moves; but can it do the move up-and-down into the space in one move?

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If a beetle is not climbing up onto or down off of a piece, it moves exactly like a Queen Bee. A beetle cannot move into a space it cannot physically slide into.

reference: http://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Hive_FAQ#toc10

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    +1 That is completely not the answer I would have expected, but your reference clarifies the situation up very well.
    – AndyT
    Jul 29, 2015 at 8:05

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