Originals 19-270215

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19-27th of February, 2015

  • (27.02) No.737Oliver Sick (h#1,5; Circe; Wormhole). Wormhole condition with specific e.p. capture. To my opinion, the logic of this solution is debatable, however it is C+ by Popeye. Still, the animation by Py2Web seem to be impossible for such e.p. capture. I’d appreciate reader’s comments!
  • (26.02) No.734, 735, 736Thomas Pantalacci. Three problems with a nice strategic complexes in a typical author’s style: No.734 (h#2,5; Patrol Chess), No.735 (h#2,5; Anti-Circe), No.736 (h#2,5; Lortap).
  • (23.02) No.733Paz Einat & Stephan Dietrich (h#5; Duplex; Functionary chess). Surprising AUW with Functionary Chess! Warm welcome to Paz in Original problems section of JF!
  • (21.02) No.732Peter Harris (h#2 / hs#3; Sentinels Pion Advers; Einstein Chess; Royal pieces). Interesting miniature in a typical elegant author’s style!
  • (20.02) No.730, 731Stephen Emmerson (ser-=11 / ser-=17; Protean Chess; Royal pieces; Reverse Pawn). Nice light miniatures, showing Protean Chess. Enjoy solving!
  • (19.02) No.729Stephen Emmerson (h#6; KoKo; Reverse Pawn; Antelope). 100$ theme with Slow excelsiors.

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 informal fairy tournament JF-2015(I) – Kostas Prentos. The judge of Retro and PG problems 2015-2016Thomas Brand.


Quick Composing TT-134 by SuperProblem

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Quick Composing TT-134 by SuperProblem

Tourney name: “White sacrifice
Stipulation: hs#2-4
Theme: Required helpselfmates in 2-4 moves with pure white sacrifice: white moves a piece/pawn during the solution, and black capture this piece/pawn (at once or after one or two moves). The white move cannot capture. The black capture move is not the mating move. It is possible to use any kind of twins, multiple solutions, zero position, promoted pieces and fairy pieces, but not fairy conditions. It is possible that black would have several choices in the mating move. If there will be many problems, the judge may decide to divide the award to “non-fairy section” and “fairy section”. 
Judge: Ofer Comay | Closing date: March 17, 2015 | Download the announcement in English [pdf, 108 KB]
Entries to Aleksey Oganesjan via e-mail:
alexeioganesyan@gmail.com 
All received problems will be presented to the judge in anonymous form. 
Award will be published on the website
 http://superproblem.ru.


Originals 03-180215, Fairings-42

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03-18th of February, 2015

  • (18.02) No.728Cornel Pacurar (-2b & h=1). Series Retractor showing the BB/SS/RR/QQ uncapture pairs.
  • (18.02) No.716.1Cornel Pacurar (-2b & h=1). An improved version to series retractor No.716!
  • (16.02) No.727Stephan Dietrich (h#5; Functionary chess). 100$ theme with Functionary Chess.
  • (16.02) No.726Anatoly Stepochkin (h#4; KoKo; Lion). An interesting play of white and black (promoted) Lions!
  • (16.02) No.725Sébastien Luce (ser-=10; Take & Make). Non-standard realization of Albino theme!
  • (15.02) No.724Ladislav Salai jr. & Emil Klemanič (h#2; LEO; PAO; VAO). HOTF problem with Rukhlis theme’s motives.
  • (13.02) No.723Peter Harris (h#2,5; Royal pieces; Super-Circe). Aristocrat-Miniature with a very interesting line closings of the royal Q in finals!
  • (12.02) No.722Sébastien Luce (h==6,5; Madrasi). Interesting finals created by paralyzed white and black pieces!
  • (11.02) No.721Kjell Widlert (h#6; Imitator). 100$ theme with Slow excelsiors!
  • (11.02) No.719, 720Chris Feather – two problems:
    No.719 (h#4; Nereid; Bishop-Locust; Diagram Circe) – A very interesting play of white Pe2!
    No.720 (ser-#10; Symmetry Circe; Diagram Anti-Circe) – White Excelsior combined with surprising black self-blocks!
  • (11.02) No.708.1Krassimir Gandev (W5→Ser-h=23; Reverse Pawn). Author’s improvement to No.708!
  • (10.02) No.718Gani Ganapathi & Juraj Lörinc (h#2,5; Nightrider ). HOTF problem with model mates!
  • (10.02) No.717Anatoly Stepochkin (h#2**; Lion). Lion in 2 setplays and 4 solutions!
  • (10.02) No.716Cornel Pacurar (-2b & h=1). Wenigsteiner Series Retractor with a three sets of SBRQ uncaptures!
  • (09.02) No.715Karol Mlynka (#2; UltraSchachZwang; White Super-Transmuting King; Royal Grasshopper; Nightrider). Pressburger King as Reх solus!
  • (07.02) No.709.1Oliver Sick & Stephen Emmerson (h#5; Imitator). Nice improvement to No.709, Miniature!
  • (06.02) No.714Peter Harris (hs#3; Royal pieces; Sentinels; Chameleon Chess). Rich and interesting play with only two pieces on the board!
  • (05.02) No.712, 713Stephen Emmerson. Two White and black retracts: No.712 (White and Black retract for h#1 / h=1); No.713 (White and Black retract for h#1; Circe).
  • (04.02) No.711Pierre Tritten & Chris Feather (h#2; Take&Make). Very interesting strategy and surprising echo model mates!
  • (04.02) Fairings No.42 – Chris Feather, distributed by Stephen Emmerson, is added to the Articles section!
  • (03.02) No.709, 710Oliver Sick. Interesting excelsiors with black underpromotions! No.709 (h#5; Imitator); No.710 (ser-h#13; Imitator).

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 informal fairy tournament JF-2015(I) – Kostas Prentos. The judge of Retro and PG problems 2015-2016Thomas Brand.


Retro and PG problems 2015 – 2016

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Dear Friends,

In April 2013 I’ve published the first PG problem on JF, but later have organized a competition for Retro and PG problems 2013-2014 (judge:  Hans Gruber). I’m grateful for your interest and activity in this complicated genre, and I’m happy to announce a new PG & Retro tournament for the next two-years period: 2015-2016. Your compositions are very welcome!

ThomasBrandThe judge: Thomas Brand – a well known German composer, retro section editor of Die Schwalbe since 2008, the international judge for retros (and helpmates), who also runs his own retroblog (thbrand.de/retroblog). And the most exciting news: Thomas promises to provide the award very soon (about January 2017!).
Warm welcome to Thomas!


ANDON PETKOV – 100 MT – 2015 AWARD

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Andon Petkov 100MT-2015 AWARD

I note with great appreciation and satisfaction that among the participants are many of the most famous authors of fairy problems in the world. The dozens of great compositions presented reveal the beauty of the genre HS#. The competition was very strong in both sections and I was very embarrassed when determining the order of the problems to receive prizes, HMs and Commendations.
→See the AWARD (PDF)

With a deep gratitude to Geoff Foster for language correction! (IGM PETKO PETKOV, International judge of FIDE)