PDF version of the Award JF-2012

JF-LOGO-1In the middle of December, 2013, the Award JF-2012 became final without any objections! Now I’m happy to offer to you PDF version of the Award JF-2012 for download or print. 

Also, I’d like to mention, that our judge, N.Shankar Ram, has helped me a lot with the diplomas, and thanks to him authors of all awarded problems will get their diplomas soon! Diplomas I’ll send by email in PDF format, but Prize winners will get also printed diplomas by postal mail. Thank you for your patience!

Originals 06-080114


6-8th of January, 2014:

  • (08.01) No.482 – Krassimir Gandev – Interesting Marine problem shows sacrifices of Marine Princess, not programmed yet Marine piece.
  • (07.01) No.475.1 – Valerio Agostini, Gabriele Brunori & János Mikitovics – An improvement to No.475 based on the comments! 
  • (07.01) No.481 – Bernd Gräfrath  – PG problem with a combination of two fairy conditions – Losing Chess & Immune Chess! Warm welcome to Bernd and his first original at JF!
  • (06.01) No.480 – Nicolas Dupont  – A difficult PG problem with a Back Home fairy condition, invented by author! 

All previously published problems you can find in the subsections of  Original Problems menu on the top. The judge for informal fairy tourney 2014(I)Vlaicu Crișan. The judge for Retro and PG problems 2013 – 2014Hans Gruber. 

Tournament for PG problems 2013-2014

JF-LOGO-1Retro and PG problems 2013 – 2014

Dear Friends,

In April 2013 I’ve published at JF the first PG problem and promised to organize a separate tournament for PG problems in case of more entries.  Total number of PG problems in 2013 is seven:

No.299 (Nicolas Dupont)
No.306 (Enzo Minerva & Antonio Garofalo)
No.310 (Nicolas Dupont)
No.312 (Paul Rãican)
No.325 (Paul Rãican)
No.436 (Paul Rãican)
No.437 (Paul Rãican)

I’ve decided to extend the tournament to the year 2014, and now I’m glad to announce the
Tournament for Retro and PG problems published at Julia’s Fairies in 2013 – 2014!

hans-gruberThe judge: Hans Gruber – a well known German composer, the president of German association of problemists Die Schwalbe, for many years an editor of famous German magazine feenschach and a very active International judge! I’m grateful to Hans for accepting my invitation to judge this competition!

Originals 02-040114; Fairings No.35


2nd-4th of January, 2014:

  • (04.01) No.478, 479 – Václav Kotěšovec – Two groups of different hoppers in two wonderful serial problems in Vaclav‘s style!
  • (04.01) No.477 – Miodrag Mladenović – A modern Fairy #3 showing Zagoruiko theme! Warm welcome to Miodrag!
  • (04.01) Fairings No.35 – Chris Feather – One more issue of Fairings is added to the Articles page! Thanks to Stephen Emmerson for the distribution!
  • (03.01) No.476 – Nikola Predrag – This funny problem made me laugh! Locust in h#7 Miniature. No more comments to leave more fun to the solvers!
  • (02.01) No.475 – Valerio Agostini & Gabriele Brunori open a new season – JF-2014/I – with a nice Italian overture!

All previously published problems you can find in the subsections of  Original Problems menu on the top.
The judge for informal fairy tourney 2014(I)Vlaicu Crișan. 

Welcome at JF-2014!


Dear Friends,

The New Year 2014 is just started and first of all I’d like to wish you a happy and successful year! And, of course, you’re very welcome here, at Julia’s Fairies, today and during all the year! The year 2013 was great for me, for the site, for many of you I believe! Let’s keep going! This year I’ve decided keep the same system as in 2013, and to split the  informal tourneys for fairy problems published on Julia’s Fairies website into 3 periods and independent tourneys: 
I – January-April, II – May-August, III – September-December

You’re welcome to participate in the first informal tournament – JF-2014/I, January-April, 2014!
Any fairy problem can participate, and I’m here for you to publish it as soon as I can, usually in 1-2 days.

crisanI’m happy to introduce you the judge of this period – Vlaicu Crișan – a leading Romanian composer, the 1st Prize winner in many famous world championships, and also a judge of many strong competitions, including well-known Tzuika held within WCCC and also one of the most appreciated judges! Warm welcome to Vlaicu! 

The same time, I’d like to tell a few words about the last events of 2013: 

Three Awards of JF tournaments are published during 2013 – informal competitions JF-2013/I, JF-2012 and also thematic competition Marine TT 2013. I’m very happy about the results and grateful for your activity! The gifts to prize winners of Marine TT I’ve sent at the end of December, but this year I’ll send all other diplomas for Marine TT and also for JF-2012.

Yesterday was the last day of informal tournament JF-2013/III which will be judged by Eric Huber. This 3rd period has the biggest number of problems in 2013 – about 100! The list of participating problems I’ll show soon. I’m grateful to Eric for accepting this huge work!

Some plans for 2014? To keep the site interesting for you! Hopefully, to publish Awards of 2013/II and 2013/III. To have one thematic tournament. And to work a little on some sections of the site, which are still under construction. Plus, I’m listening to your opinions and will try to follow your wishes!

Good luck to all of us in 2014! Julia