Originals 19;22;28-300919


Original Problems

19th;22nd;28-30th of September, 2019

  • (30.09) No.1452 – Gennady Chumakov (hs#4). Warm welcome to Gennady and to his first ever fairy problem  in Original Problems of JF!
  • (29.09) No.1451 – Michael McDowell (h#2 ; Empress, Princess). Reciprocal sacrifices and promotions of two “royals”.
  • (28.09) No.1450 – Semion Shifrin (h#3 ; Neutral pieces ; PhantomChess). Just 3 pieces, all neutral, with dual avoidance in 2 phases.
  • (28.09) No.1449 – Igor Kochulov (hs#2.5 ; Neutral King ; AntiCirce). Neutral King & 2 solutions with dual avoidances. 
  • (28.09) No.1448 – Daniel Novomesky (h#4.5 ; MAO ; Maximummer, Koeko). 4 pieces play in 6 twins. 
  • (28.09) No.1437.1 – Anatoly Stepochkin & Daniel Papack (hs#3.5). Version to Anatoly’s problem No.1437.
  • (22.09) No.1447 – N.Shankar Ram (#3 ; MAO, MOA). “The serendipitous try gives interesting byplay!” (Author).
    With gratitude to the author for the problem nicely prepared for animation and for updating the index page JF-2019/II
  • (22.09) No.1446 – Jean-Marie Chorein (ser-h=31). “With only knights and bishops at the four corners of the square c3-c8-h3-h8.” (Author)
  • (22.09) No.1445 – Neal Turner (s#2 ; Royal Grasshopper ; SAT). “In fact this is the first real problem I’ve made this year” (Author). “Glad to get it for JF!” (JV)
  • (19.09) No.1444 – Juraj Lörinc (=2 ; Grasshopper). After Linden Lyons No.1438.
  • (19.09) No.1443 – Georgy Evseev & Valery Gurov (ser-h#5). Light fairy for the early morning… 

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 JF-2019/II: Petko Petkov. The judge of Retro & PG problems 2019-2020: Vlaicu Crișan

5th Retroblog TT on Fuddled Men proofgames

5th Retroblog TT on Fuddled Men proofgames

With “Fuddled Men”, no unit can make two moves in succession. This restriction also holds for the effect on the opponent’s king.

In an article Bernd Gräfrath demonstrates this fairy condition with six original proof games, and in order to encourage the further exploration of this thematic field, the Retroblog announces a thematic tourney for proof games with Fuddled Men. Both article and announcement of the thematic tourney you will find at

Please send you entries until March 31, 2020 to me; Bernd will judge the tourney. Much fun and good luck! – Thomas Brand

“…and now it’s time for half-neutrals!” – Quick TT-232 by SuperProblem


Quick Composing TT-232 by SuperProblem

Tourney name: “…and now it’s time for half-neutrals!
Stipulation: #2 (fairy)
Theme: In the initial position or after the key move of #2, there is at least one orthodox half-neutral piece in neutral phase.
The thematic half-neutral piece should play at least 4 times, in the following way:
1) it should be played by White to give at least two mates on different squares.
2) it should be played by Black to at least two different squares, leading to different mates by White.
The thematic variations can be split between phases (set play, tries, actual play, twins) but zero-positions are not allowed.
It is also allowed to use the thematic piece as front piece of a battery.
No other fairy pieces and conditions are allowed, except orthodox half-neutral pieces.
Judges: Vlaicu Crişan, Julia Vysotska, Marjan Kovačević. | Closing date: October 24, 2019 | Download the announcement in English
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 13-150919


Original Problems

13-15th of September, 2019

  • (15.09) No.1442 – Joost de Heer (SPG 6.5 ; Assassin Chess).
  • (14.09) No.1441 – Daniel Papack (#2 ; Immun Chess RexInclusiv). “Inspired by H. Gockel” (Author)
  • (13.09) No.1440 – Günther Weeth & Klaus Wenda (-14 & #1 ; Proca Retractor Anti-Circe Cheylan). Dedicated to Andreas Thoma, inspired by his article „Chasing the black King
  • (13.09) No.1439 – Andreas Thoma (-5 & s=1 ; Proca Retractor Anti-Circe Cheylan). Klaus Wenda zum 78. Geburtstag gewidmet / Dedicated to Klaus Wenda’s 78th birthday

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 JF-2019/II: Petko Petkov. The judge of Retro & PG problems 2019-2020: Vlaicu Crișan

feenschach-70 Jubilee Tourney – C29.02.2020

feenschachlogo feenschach-70 Jubilee Tourney

feenschach turns 70 this year, and so feenschach editorial team announced a Jubilee Tourney dealing with the new fairy condition make&take invented at Andernach 2019.

Stipulated are problems with the condition “make&take”. Additional fairy pieces and/or conditions will be accepted.

Closing date: February 29, 2020. | Judges: Thomas Brand, bernd ellinghoven, Hans Gruber.
Controller: Ulrich Ring – please send your contributions via email to feenschach-70@rxng.de
“Internal duals” (ambiguous paths to the capture target) should be avoided. The extent to which they reduce the value is decided by the judges on a case-by-case basis.
Prizes: feenschach subscriptions or FEE=NIX books (if still available) | Announcement in PDF in German / English.

Originals 05-100919


Original Problems

05-10th of September, 2019

Problems by János Mikitovics, Andreas Thoma, Günther Weeth & Klaus Wenda, Joost de Heer coming soon!

  • (10.09) No.1438 – Linden Lyons (=2 ; Grasshopper). Setplay, tries and variations.
  • (08.09) No.1437 – Anatoly Stepochkin (hs#3.5). Without fairy elements for relaxing Sunday’s night!
  • (08.09) No.1436 – Chris Feather (ser-h#23 ; Circe Equipollents). “I think it should be enjoyable for solvers – at least, I hope so!” (Author)
  • (07.09) No.1435 – Michael Barth & Franz Pachl (h#2 ; Senora, Faro, Loco, Saltador). 13 Argentinian pieces on the board!
  • (07.09) No.1434 – Bernd Gräfrath (PG 13 ; Duellist Chess). “NOT SENT to the Murfatlar tourney at the WCCC 2019 in Vilnius!” (Author)
  • (06.09) No.1433 – Jean-Marie Chorein (ser-h=43). Warm welcome to Jean-Marie in Original Problems of JF!
  • (06.09) Conflictio No.18 (31.08.2019) by Juraj Lörinc is added to the Articles page. “It contains the article by Narayan Shankar Ram on Jacobs theme, enjoy. And please, let me know what you think about such long articles – is the size of the file acceptable (about 1 MB) or should I divide it into more issues next time?” (J.Lorinc). Replaced with the new version on 07.09: “Various kinds of improvements were possible thanks to feedback of some of you. The most important change is correct diagram No 342 that was plainly wrong in the first version and I would also like to point swap of diagrams 242 and 306.” (J.Lorinc)
  • (05.09) No.1432 – Václav Kotěšovec (h#9 ; Eagle ; White Maximummer). 4-fold exact echo in four corners. (Author)

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 JF-2019/II: Petko Petkov. The judge of Retro & PG problems 2019-2020: Vlaicu Crișan

62.WCCC in Vilnius

I believe many people share the same feeling, that the 62.WCCC was absolutely wonderfully organized in Vilnius! Thanks a lot to Lithuanian team and especially to Vilimantas and Vidmantas Satkus!

There’re some post on the official website, I tried to make during the congress. The final page for the 43.WCSC is just finished. The 4.YCCC was a great work to boast: Results (PDF) | Photo gallery

You’re free to use any of my photos from Vilnius 2019 album (with some accent on Latvian solvers, of course 😉 )

After finishing most of works related to the Congress coming back to publications on JF. Thank you for your patience! – Julia

The 19th Japanese Sake Tourney Award

Theme: H#2 Point Reflection. Fairy pieces and/or other fairy conditions are not allowed.


The 19th Japanese Sake Tourney


We received 65 problems, a new record for our Sake tourney. The level was very good overall, in spite of the lack of outstanding problems. We decided to give 4 Prizes, 3 Honorable Mentions and 14 Commendations (without order). The new condition Point Reflection, which was invented by a young Japanese composer Hiryu Todoroki, got praises from many composers as “great,” “inspiring,” “very interesting and promising.”

Tadashi Wakashima, Toshiki Kobayashi and Hitoshi Yanami


Theme: Helpself compositions (hs#n/hs=n) with at least three (stale)mates by the same piece on different squares.


Tzuica Tourney 2019


69 problems by 35 composers from 14 countries have taken part in this tourney. We initially thought that the theme was rather difficult, but the number of entries seems to have proven that we were wrong. As usual we awarded problems that showed the theme intensively and we praised rich strategy as well as a good and pleasant construction, with all white or black officers used in the solutions. Interplay must also play a role in the solution. Some entries with small constructional blemishes, such as unused white / black figures in at least one phase have been sadly left out of the present award. We hope, however, their authors will be able to find out improved settings and even win prizes in other tournaments.

Eric Huber & Vlaicu Crisan