Originals 14-280214

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14th-28th of February, 2014:

  • (28.02) No.506 – Gani Ganapathi & K.Seetharaman – A nice problem with model mates and neutral Locust congratulates Petko Petkov with his birthday on the 27th of February! But I use one more chance to wish everything the very best to Petko from myself and JF website!

(24.02) – Three originals and two new authors to welcome!

  • No.505 – Janne Syväniemi – A nice co-play between the black King and Grasshoppers! Warm welcome to Finnish composer!
  • No.504 – Norbert Geissler – A four-men with excellent neutral AUW! Warm welcome to Norbert – master of miniature genre with a tens of beautiful problems created, and also one of the brightest developers in Popeye-team!
  • No.503 – Pierre Tritten – Very interesting interchange of functions shown by the both sides inTake&Make problem!
  • (23.02) Fairings No.36 by Chris Feather You will have noticed a large amount of text this time; most of the diagrams appear on the second page. That is because, as an experiment, I am taking up suggestions to give introductions to the problems.” Thanks to Stephen Emmerson for the distribution!
  • (21.02) No.502 – Neal Turner – This is the 2nd author’s problem with unusual combination of SAT and Royal Grasshoppers in s#2 published on JF. Enjoy a detailed comment by Neal !
  • (18.02) No.501 – Stephen Emmerson – A very nice miniature with Princess and also a direct mate awaited by many of our commentators! I’m very happy to welcome Stephen, who is for many years an editor of Fairy section of the most prominent magazine in the world, “The Problemist”; one of the brightest and productive programmers of our great Popeye; interesting and non-standard composer!
  • (17.02) No.496.1 – Abdelaziz Onkoud & Nikola Predrag – This joint problem is a nice improvement to No.496
  • (14.02) No.500 – Julia Vysotska – A miniature with three dynamic fairy conditions! For now, technically it is the most complicated problem I have. And this is the 500th original publication I do!
  • (14.02) No.499 – Abdelaziz Onkoud – A three-mover of logical style with exotic pieces. Such kind of problems is quite rare on JF!

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. 


Popeye 4.65 released!

popeye-4_66-annPopeye 4.65 released!

Thomas Maeder has announced the new release of Popeye – see citation from MatPlus, 9-Feb-2014:

The Popeye team is happy to announce Popeye 4.65, available on http://sourceforge.net/projects/popeye-chess/files/Popeye/4.65/. Many bugs have been fixed, and some new fairy conditions are supported. For details, see the Release notes displayed at the bottom of the download page. → read more…

Thanks a lot to Thomas and to all Popeye team!!


Creation of hs#s for WCCT in cooperation – Juraj Lörinc

JL-HS-for-WCCT-intro13th of February, 2014

I’ve a pleasure to publish an article by Juraj LörincCreation of hs#s for WCCT in cooperation“. Author shows two steps of creative work for thematic tournaments and also a series of interesting originals.

My gratitude to Juraj and his co-author in the problems, Ľudovít Lehen, for sharing with us their creative process!


Originals 110214

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11th of February, 2014:

  • (11.02) No.460.1 – Georgy Evseev – An improvement to No.460 shown in author’s comment (13.01.2014) and announced as a final version! In case of no objections, this problem will participate in the tournament JF-2013 instead of No.460.

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. 


New Forum Content – 11.02.2014

new-forum-content11021411th of February, 2014

While Forum is not active enough, I believe I should turn your attention to the New Forum contents added! New posts to the Forum you can see on the right panel under Recent posts to Forum section (for a while I’ve moved it before the Recent Comments section). Your posts to the Forum are very welcome, as this way you can open some new topics which are out of my publications, but might be interesting to the others. 

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Wolfgang Dittmann (14-06-1933 – 05-02-2014)

DittmannWolfgang Dittmann (14-06-1933 – 05-02-2014)

German composer and International Master, the grand old man of retro-composition, Wolfgang Dittmann, deceased on the 5th of February in Berlin suffering from pneumonia.

Wolfgang Dittmann had composed in his life direct mates and selfmates mainly in the style of the New-German school. In the period 1970 – 1990 he was one of the worldwide leading experts in the field of orthodox retro-problems. After a break of about 12 years (for family reasons) in 2002 he found his way back to chess composition. The Anticirce Proca Defensive Retractor became then Wolfgang’s speciality and he has enriched the problem world with many masterpieces of this kind. Wolfgang’s book “Der Blick zurück” (2006) is a reference work for retrograde analysis theory and practice.
WFCC  has acknowledged Wolfgang’s merits by granting the titles International Master and International Judge for Chess Composition.  (information from Klaus Wenda and http://chesscomposers.blogspot.com/)

Thomas Brand, a close friend of Wolfgang, has written an obituary on his blog.candle

JF website expresses deep condolences to Wolfgang’s family, relatives, friends.

 

Originals 01-060214

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1st-6th of February, 2014:

  • (06.02) No.498 – Geoff Foster – A very nice miniature composed with Marine pieces only! 
  • (04.02) No.497 – Newman Guttman – Echo play with a use of a non-standard fairy piece Equihopper at 90º.
  • (01.02) No.496 – Abdelaziz Onkoud – A nice Meredith with model mates! Warm welcome to Abdelaziz!

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.