Originals 26-301114

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26-30th of November, 2014

  • (30.11) No.656 – Peter Harris – Five solutions after an interesting addition to No.649! But might it be considered as an independent problem?
  • (30.11) No.653, 654, 655 – Chris Feather – Three nice neutral miniatures representing Phantom Chess condition. Unusual batteries, unusual checks, unusual notations :)  Enjoy!
  • (28.11) No.652 – Eugene Rosner Retro-problem, where the analysis is based on the determination if the position is orthodox legal after each move by the both sides.
  • (26.11) No.651 – Karol Mlynka – Pressburger King as a very active forward battery piece!

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 for informal fairy tourney 2014(III) – Kjell Widlert. The judge for Retro and PG problems 2013 – 2014Hans Gruber. 


Originals 16-231114 (Imitator)

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16-23rd of November, 2014: IMITATOR

  • (23.11) No.650 – Peter Harris – Two Queens “against” two Imitators!
  • (23.11) No.649 – Pierre Tritten – Zilahi theme realized with Imitator!
  • (23.11) No.648 – Stephan Dietrich – A nice serial play with three Knights followed by two Imitators!
  • (21.11) No.647 – Peter Harris – Two Imitators in a problem with a different stipulations in three phases!

An interesting fact about the inventor of Imitator: Gerrit Jansen (a pseudonym used by Theodorus Kok) presented the Imitator in the Fairy Chess Review, which was at that time edited by Thomas Dawson. → Read more in the Forum… 

  • (19.11) No.646 – Julia Vysotska – Imitator and nQ – mate by the one neutral piece in two phases!
  • (18.11) No.645 – Peter Harris –  Imitator in the interesting Tanagra where the both sides have only a pair K+Q!
  • (16.11) No.644 – Stephan Dietrich – Imitator in a long serial play with surprising final!
  • (16.11) No.643 – Juraj Lörinc – Original usage of two Imitators with AUW!

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 for informal fairy tourney 2014(III) – Kjell Widlert. The judge for Retro and PG problems 2013 – 2014Hans Gruber. 


Imitator – exploring the features…

jv-scrIt is happened that after publishing No.638 I’ve started to discover IMITATOR for myself. I haven’t used it before, and to my surprise I’ve found it very interesting and really enjoy learning about it – from the definitions and inventor till the features and implementations. 

I’ve decided to write about it in the Forum as it is a separated theme, related mostly to the Imitator in general, but not to the published original. Also, what I’ve discovered is not an article yet, but just some thoughts and ideas. I’d like to find even more with your help! 

Today I’ve made an accent to the Сastling and en passant with Imitator in my post. But I have some other topics I’d like to show where I need some more help from you.

As I said, I think it’s good to use Forum for such thematic postings, but if anybody feels uncomfortable about registration for using Forum, you are welcome to leave your comments here, to this posting! Thank you! – Julia.


Originals 01-141114

1-14th of November, 2014:

  • (14.11) No.642 – S. K. Balasubramanian – A nicely shown synthesis of the two fairy conditions!
  • (12.11) No.641 – Peter Harris – Interesting and complicated miniature. And some words to the programmers again … :)
  • (10.11) No.640 – Nicolas Dupont – Yet another curious problem for the discussion, including null-moveep-capture and Circe Parrain effects!
  • (09.11) No.639 – Peter Harris – Tanagra-Aristocrat with an interesting play of the Royal Queens! A rare case: Peter’s problem without fairy conditions! 🙂
  • (07.11) Py2Web – A new version of the program allows to show the departure square for the move, like instead of 2.g4 it can show 2.g2-g4. Dear authors, you’d help me a lot if you send me numbers of your problems (or links to them) and moves needed to be shown with their departure square in the animated solution! As I remember it was needed for Back-to-Back condition and somewhere also…
  • (02.11) No.638 – Oliver Sick – What happens if there’re more than one Imitator on the board?
  • (01.11) No.637 – Peter Harris – Interesting thematic mates to the both Royal Pieces – rR in (a) and rR+rB in (b)!

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 for informal fairy tourney 2014(III) – Kjell Widlert. The judge for Retro and PG problems 2013 – 2014Hans Gruber. 


Best Problems magazine invites the judges

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A magazine has to publish originals. The composers ask the awards, otherwise don’t send other originals. To have the awards, the judges are necessary.
Accordingly my appeal, published on this site (thanks Julia!).

These are the tourney that need judges:
urgent: BP 2011-2012 #2 | BP 2012-2013 Fairy | BP 2013-2014 #2
other: BP 2014-2016 S#2/3 | BP 2014-2015 H#2 | BP 2014-2015 H#3/n | BP 2014-2015 Fairy

I will be very thankful to whoever it will accept to judge the tournaments above writings.
Antonio Garofalo, Best Problems Magazine