Mečislavas Palevičius MT

sachmatijaMečislavas Palevičius memorial tourney

The Lithuanian chess composers` society announces a memorial tourney of Mečislavas Palevičius.

Theme: serial (all kinds) mate or stalemate problem with neutral pawns. Other fairy pieces or conditions are allowed. No more than 15 moves. Entries must be sent by 1st of January, 2016, 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 announced latterly. Prizes: books.
The award will be announced in „Šachmatija“ in the middle of 2016.


Originals 02-171015

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2-17th of October, 2015

  • (17.10) No.509.6 – Henryk Grudziński & Paul Rãican (PG 10; Take&Make). Correction to the versions published in March, 2014 (No.509-509.5) and excluded from JF Retro&PG TT 2013/2014 because of the cook found.
  • (16.10) No.934, 935 – Sébastien Luce:
    No.934 (h#3.5; Circe Symmetry; Super Anti-Circe; Grasshopper) – A minimal echo with a duo of Grasshoppers;
    No.935 (ser-h#12; PWC; Einstein) – A four corners theme. (Author)
  • (16.10) No.933 – Aleksey Oganesjan (hs#5). Valladao theme in HS# problem.
  • (15.10) No.932 – Vlaicu Crișan & Klaus Wenda (-16 & #1 Proca Retractor; Anti-Circe). King’s march in Anti-Circe Proca Retractor
  • (14.10) No.930, 931 – Paul Rãican. PG problems featuring two different fairy conditions: No.930 (PG 11; Sentinels); No.931 (PG 13; Annan Chess).
  • (13.10) No.929 – Daniel Novomesky (PG 14). Multiple switchbacks in PG problem!
  • (12.10) No.927, 928 – Aleksandr Sygurov (hs#3; PWC). A Queen as a main actor in two PWC problems! Warm welcome to Aleksandr in Original Problems section of JF!
  • (11.10) No.925, 926 – Erich Bartel. Three fairy conditions and surprising finals in two serial problems: No.925 (ser-s=6; Chameleon Chess; Alphabetic Chess; Disparate PY); No.926 (ser-==10; Madrasi RI; Chameleon Chess; Alphabetic Chess).
  • (10.10) No.924 – Vladislav Nefyodov (h#2; Circe; Anti-Circe (Cheylan)). AUW with Cyclic Zilahi.
  • (10.10) No.214.1 – Petko A. Petkov (h#2; KoBul Kings; Nightrider-Locust; Bishop-Locust). Correction to the problem No.214 because of the cook appeared in Popeye v.4.73. The original version has got 1st-2nd HM in the Award JF-2013/I.
  • (09.10) No.919 – 923 – Michael Grushko (h#2; Functionary Chess). Series of 5 help-play problems featuring Functionary Chess.
  • (08.10) No.918 – Joost de Heer (PG 12.5). Switchback in PG problem!
  • (07.10) No.917 – Krassimir Gandev (h#2; Dolphin; Berolina Super-Pawn; Grasshopper). Three-times play of the both Berolina Super-Pawns.
  • (06.10) No.916 – Semion Shifrin (hs#3; Annan Chess; Take&Make Chess; LEO; PAO; VAO). A Chinese Meredith-Aristocrat.
  • (06.10) No.913.1 – Anatoly Stepochkin (h#2; Circe; Zebra; Grasshopper). An improved version to No.913.
  • (05.10) No.914, 915 – Petko A. Petkov – Two rich thematic complexes with Super-Pawns and combination of conditions Take&Make + Anti-Take&Make (Popeye’s implementation): No.914 (h=2; Anti-Andernach; Take&Make; Anti-Take&Make; PAO; Berolina Super-Pawn), No.915 (hs#2; Take&Make; Anti-Take&Make; LEO; PAO; Super-Pawn).
  • (03.10) I’d like to repeat, that the list of problems JF-2015-II is updated weekly with a help of Shankar Ram. I’m so grateful for this help!!
  • (02.10) No.913 – Anatoly Stepochkin (h#2; Circe; Zebra; Grasshopper). Castling motives in Circe-problem.
  • (02.10) No.911, 912 – Erich Bartel – Two miniatures with a seldom-used fairy pieces: No.911 (h=6.5; Alphabetic Chess; Disparate PY; Bison), No.912 (ser-h=4; Royal Wazir; Hamster).

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(II) – Ofer ComayThe judge of Retro and PG problems 2015-2016Thomas Brand.


Proca-hoeg in one problem by Andreas Thoma

proca-articla-thoma-exProca und Høeg-Forderung in einem Problem mit der Bedingung Anticirce
von Andreas Thoma (Groß Rönnau)

Angeregt durch das Erstlingsproblem von Günther Weeth (Schwalbe 274 August 2015 Nr. 16427), das leider nebenlösig ist, entstanden die folgenden Probleme.

Fur Unterstützung bedanke ich mich bei Klaus Wenda und Olaf Jenkner herzlich.

Zunächst aber zur Erinnerung die Proca-und Høeg Definitionen im Verteidigungsruckzüger:
→ see the whole article (in German)


Originals 24-300915

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24-30th of September, 2015

  • (30.09) No.910Mario Parrinello (hs#3; Kangaroo-Lion-3; PAO). The theme of Tzuica-2015 with 4 pinned pieces!
  • (30.09) No.909Stephen Emmerson (PG4.5; Back-to-Back; Plus Chess). Nice similar solutions in PG with a change of fairy condition in the twin!
    A new look of animated solutions uses functions written by Stephen Emmerson. I invite those who loves PG problems to comment if such presentation is convenient. Some old publications are also visible in this new look. Please let me know if you see any mistakes happened! I’m very grateful to Stephen!
  • (28.09) No.908Krassimir Gandev (h#2; Circe; Ibis; Berolina-Pawn; Rose). Roses in a Circe-problem!
  • (28.09) No.906, 907Kenneth Solja. Long hs# with exotic fairy pieces: No.906 (hs#16; KoeKo; Maximummer; Bison); No.907 (hs#13; KoeKo; Maximummer; Okapi).
  • (27.09) No.905Geoff Foster (h#2.5; Anti-Take&Make; Symmetry Anti-Circe; Relaxed Symmetry Anti-Circe). A very interesting difference in promotions in a strict and Relaxed Symmetry Anti-Circe!
  • (27.09) No.904Kostěj Šoulivý (h#2; Super-Circe; Eagle; Empress; Dabbabba). Super-Circe in a four-men problem.
  • (25.09) No.902, 903Erich Bartel. The important role of promotions in two different problems: No.902 (3->ser-=4; Chameleon Chess; Alphabetic Chess; Disparate PY); No.903 (h==5.5; PWC; Madrasi RI; Alphabetic Chess; Lion; Okapi; Zebra; Gnu; Bucephale).
  • (25.09) No.901Stephen Emmerson (PG4.5; Anti-Circe Equipollents). Impossible position in orthodox. PG in two phases with a seldom-used fairy condition Anti-Circe Equipollents.
  • (24.09) No.900Petko A. Petkov (hs#2; Sentinels; RAO; LEO; Rose-Kangaroo). Five times Sentinels-duel between White and Black; task. The problem composed in the memory of C. K. Ananthanarayanan, the inventor of Sentinels.

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(II) – Ofer ComayThe judge of Retro and PG problems 2015-2016Thomas Brand.


AWARD JF-2014/III

…and now goes the last Award of the informal tournaments on JF in 2014!

I should tell I’ve received it yet in July, but as two others came almost the same time, I’ve decided to keep the natural order and to start from JF-2014/I and JF-2014/II. Also, I wanted so much to keep more or less regular publications on JF that hadn’t enough time to prepare all awards faster. Today I was really very happy to write to the judge, Kjell Widlert, that the Award is going to be announced this evening; and here it is for you, dear authors and readers:

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Preliminary Award JF-2014/III

This 3rd competition of 2014 had the most of published problems. And the Award looks really as a monumental work with so many wonderful problems and so many detailed comments! To tell you how strong was this tournament, I want to quote Kjell’s words from the Award: “I don’t think I have ever felt the need to give 8 prizes in a tourney before!“.

I’m very grateful to Kjell for his work!  And, one more time this month, I wish to tell to all the winners how great you are, and to all participants how much I appreciate your activity here!

The Award uses animated diagrams. Only one of them couldn’t be animated (Invisibles), and several problems have some parts of the solutions impossible to animate as well. I’m sorry about it! I’ve tried to check all diagrams several times, but they are many, 33(!), and I apologize for any mistakes I might have made. I appreciate your corrections, if needed!

The Award is provisional and will become final after one month. Also, previous years I’ve made diplomas for all JF’s competitions. So I’ll do this year! Just have to ask you for some more patience again.. – Julia.


Originals 19-200915

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19-20th of September, 2015

  • (20.09) No.899Stephen Emmerson (h#3.5; Relegation Chess). Relegation Chess in a play of two Knights!
  • (19.09) No.898Geoff Foster (h#2; Anti-Take&Make; Relaxed Symmetry Anti-Circe). Nice and light demonstration of Relaxed Symmetry Anti-Circe condition in a play to all four corners!

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(II) – Ofer ComayThe judge of Retro and PG problems 2015-2016Thomas Brand.


Originals 17-190915

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17-19th of September, 2015

  • (19.09) No.495.1 & No.619.1Klaus Wenda (Proca Retractor; Anti-Circe). Two new versions to previously published problems (were cooked and had been disqualified in the Retro-Award 2013-14). The problems will participate in the current competition Retro and PG problems 2015-2016.
  • (17.09) No.897Kjell Widlert & Thomas Maeder (hs#3.5; Half-neutrals). A new interesting interpretation of the previously published problem by Kjell Widlert, Sp.Prize, 1st Riga Black Balsam TT-2015. Authors comment: “Compared to the Riga Balsam problem, we now have one extra change of phase – which must be chosen very carefully – in each solution.”

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(II) – Ofer ComayThe judge of Retro and PG problems 2015-2016Thomas Brand.


Originals 160915

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16th of September, 2015

  • (16.09) No.896Stephen Emmerson (h#4; Hurdle color changing hoppers: Grasshopper, Sparrow, Moose, Eagle). Non-standard problem, 2 in 1, with paradoxical content and exotic pieces! I sincerely thank Stephen for the dedication!

At the very beginning of this day, I’m so grateful to Peter and Petko for the dedications! Thank you very much for the warm feelings and a very nice problems!

  • (16.09) No.895Petko Petkov (hs#3; Sentinels; Anti-Andernach; NAO; RAO; PAO). A very nice threefold cyclic play of Chinese pieces PAO, NAO, RAO!
  • (16.09) No.894Peter Harris (h#2; Transmuted Kings; Anti-Circe; Isardam). Surprising complex of exotic tactical motives in four solutions!

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(II) – Ofer ComayThe judge of Retro and PG problems 2015-2016Thomas Brand.