Originals 08;150917



Original Problems


8;15th of September, 2017

  • (15.09) No.1232.1 – Nicolas Dupont (PG 7.0; Checkmate position, Undefined pieces, Disparate). “The novelty is that this problem is correct, according to a non-official solving program by François Labelle! I also thank Paul Raican for valuable discussions.” (Author)
  • (15.09) No.1237 – Paul Rãican (PG 6.5; Undefined pieces; Volage Chess).
  • (08.09) No.1236 – Joost de Heer (SPG 6.0; Extinction Chess).

Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe’s graphics.

All previously published problems you can find in the subsections of Original Problems menu on the top. The judge of Retro & PG problems 2017-2018: Dirk Borst. The next fairy tournament (JF-2017/II) will start on October, 1st, 2017.

Albinas Bičiušas – 80JT

sachmatijaAlbinas Bičiušas – 80JT

The Lithuanian chess composers’ society announces a jubilee tourney Albinas Bičiušas – 80.

Theme: h#2 with Take & Make and Annan Chess condition. Neither fairy pieces nor other conditions are allowed. Entries on diagrams must be sent by 30th of October, 2017, to director of tourney Borisas Gelpernas, Vytenio g. 27-15, LT-03112 Vilnius, Lithuania or by e-mail: Borisas2011@gmail.com. Write your post address.

The judge will be Albinas Bičiušas.
Prizes: Lithuanian books of chess composition. The award will be announced in „Šachmatija“ in the beginning of 2018.

JF-2017/II : Oct-2017 to Mar-2018

Dear authors, and readers, coming back to the next fairy tournament, JF-2017/II, I’m very sorry to announce that I need to postpone it again due to all other obligations I have. So, next informal fairy tournament on JF will start on October, 1st, 2017 and end on March, 31st, 2018. I’ll announce the judge during September.

New problems for Retro&PG 2017-18 will be published regularly again starting September. No breaks in publishing fairy announcements on JF upon request. 

In 2018, I plan to have a break between informal fairy tournaments again, and the next tournament is planned from July, 1st to December, 31st, 2018, closing the year and WCCI and FIDE Album cycles. Awards of JF’s tournaments, articles, announcements are welcome for the period of break in publishing original problems, April – June 2018.

The breaks are made for judging I need to finish as the last year of tries to combine it all showed me it doesn’t work, either my evenings are devoted to judging or to publications, and judging goes too slowly with all interruptions. – Julia.

The Award of JF-2015/I

August, 2017

The Award of JF-2015/I

“In total, I selected 40 problems, the most I have ever awarded in any tourney I judged. I consider myself a rather strict judge, but this time I had no difficulty finding problems to include in the award. My main difficulty was to leave out many other candidates that were also good and interesting. I can say that it was the strongest tourney I have ever judged. Congratulations for making this happen.” (The judge of JF-2015/I, Kostas Prentos)

Only the first and the longest informal competition on JF, April-December 2012, had more problems and authors than January-June 2015. In 2013-2014 we had six 4-months tourneys, and the 2015/I was the first 6-months tourney. At the end of that period, I felt guilty about giving so much work to Kostas Prentos as the judge. Now, he writes in the award, “neither of us expected such a large number of entries: 169 original compositions and versions, by 57 composers”.

Today, it is time for readers to enjoy the Award of JF-2015/I, appearing like a booklet of selected problems… The 23 pages of the award include not only detailed comments for 40 rewarded problems (the comment to the 1st Prize takes 1,5 pages!), but also some remarks for 44 problems left out of the award… What an appreciation for the work of all composers!

And the last, more technical detail: the award you see was fully prepared by Kostas, with all the diagrams and links to original publications, leaving me without work… and words to thank him!

My sincere congratulations to the authors of rewarded problems and gratitude for all the comments, always highly appreciated by the authors and judges. 

60th WCCC: Informal FAIRY composing tourneys

WCCC2017_logoThe four week composing tourneys of the 60th WCCC have been announced as of 18 July 2017.

Of them Fairy/Proof game composing tourneys:

Potica-Tourney (fairy-h#, Marko Klasinc & Janez Nastran, 6 days, open worldwide) is one more fairy tournament within 60th WCCC, to be announced at August, 5th.

Closing date for all tourneys: Thursday, 10 August 2017, 20:00 (Dresden local time)

15th Romanian Tzuica Tourney

This year the Tzuica Tourney is not an unofficial tourney of the congress. We are not able to fulfill all conditions of the rules for unofficial composing tourneys established by the organizers. – Eric Huber & Vlaicu Crisan

15th Romanian Tzuica Tourney

Theme: hs#n/hs=n, at least 4 consecutive cross-checks 

Scope: Any fairy piece and/or condition are allowed

Judges: Vlaicu Crisan & Eric Huber | Prizes: Bottles of Tzuica | Details: see PDF

Audience: The tourney is open to everyone, but only congress participants can receive bottles.
Deadline: August 9th (Wednesday8 p.m. to Dinu-Ioan Nicula, or by email until August 6th to Eric Huber hubereric@yahoo.fr

JF-2017/II postponed for mid-August

Dear authors, readers, the first fairy tournament of this year, JF-2017/I is just finished with 54 problems. I’m grateful to all participants, and wishing the judge, Tadashi Wakashima, to enjoy your works!

About the next fairy tournament, JF-2017/II, I need to tell you that I’m going to postpone the beginning of it till mid-August. I regret about it myself, but otherwise I can’t finish all my obligations, mostly about judging. With almost regular updates of two websites I really have no time for anything else, including the own composing too. 

Of course, I’ll continue to update wfcc.ch, and will publish fairy announcements on JF upon request. 

I’ll write about the next fairy tournament after WCCC in Dresden, 5-12.08. – Julia.

Originals 23-300617



Original Problems

23-30th of June, 2017

  • (30.06) No.1235 – Ladislav Salai jr., Emil Klemanič, Ladislav Packa, Michal Dragoun (s#2 ; Rook-Lion, Bishop-Lion, Nightrider-Lion).
  • (30.06) No.1233.1 – Jean-Marc Loustau (#2 ; VAO, PAO, NAO). Improved version to No.1233.
  • (29.06) No.1234 – Peter Harris (h#3 ; Haaner Chess, TransmutedKings, Anti-Circe Cheylan, Super-Circe, Anti-Andernach Chess). The problem has author’s solutions till Popeye version 4.61, with testing time around 10min., all the next versions show no solutions, and the last version Popeye 4.77 takes hours for testing (JV).
  • (26.06) No.1233 – Jean-Marc Loustau (#2 ; VAO, PAO, NAO).
  • (24.06) No.1232 – Nicolas Dupont (PG 6.5 ; Checkmate position, Undefined pieces, Disparate).
  • (24.06) No.1231 – Michael Grushko (ser-h#8 ; Phantom Chess, Ghost Chess ; Grasshopper).
  • (24.06) No.1230 – Georgy Evseev & Boris Shorokhov (h=5 ; Circe). Full check for 5 moves is impossible on available computers. (Authors)
  • (23.06) No.1229 – Vladimir Kozhakin (#3 ; KoeKo).
  • (23.06) No.1228 – Gani Ganapathi & K.Seetharaman (ser-h#7 ; Circe Equipollents ; Royal Gnu).

Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe’s graphics.

All previously published problems you can find in the subsections of Original Problems menu on the top. The judge of JF-2017(I)Tadashi Wakashima. The judge of Retro & PG problems 2017-2018: Dirk Borst.

Wenigsteiner selection by Andreas Thoma

A couple of ,,Wenigsteiner” to enjoy for beginners and masters
Andreas Thoma

Dedicated to Julia

I want to thank Julia for the friendly way, she handles all the problems, we bother her with. Though I do not know whether she is a “proca-fan”, I hope she likes one or the other.

The author presents a selection (PDF) of 15 Proca Retractors with Anticirce Cheylan condition, each using not more than 4 pieces on the board. Please, see the first page with diagrams only if you would like to try solving. The second page gives some hints, and the third page presents the solutions.

Published with the gratitude to Andreas! (Julia)

See the definitions of Proca Retractor and  Anticirce Cheylan.