About me

Julia I was born in Riga (Latvia), programmer by education – in 1995 have finished Riga Technical University with MS degree in computer sciences. For period 1993-1999 have worked for Internet company in Latvia – programming for company needs and customer support. Starting 1999 till nowadays I’m working as a financial manager in a computer company.

Have learned to play chess in the first year of school. However the existence of chess problems have discovered only in 2010 and was excited about solving, especially help-mates. Composing since the summer of 2011. My the very first 2 composed problems were for the Tourneys in Jesi, August 2011. I have almost 80 composed problems for the end of 2012, and the list of all problems you can see at My Problems page. Preferable genres – helpmates and fairies.

Languages: Russian (native), Latvian, English.


Few more words about the first steps and people who’s helped me a lot:

I want to tell Thank you! to the people who has helped me to become who I am now, and who continue to support me:

To Ilja Ketris – Latvian composer, the author of Ankona project, who has shown me the first chess problem; has explained about genres in composition; has sent me selected problems for solving and made me like it a lot; who has advised me to look at the tourneys in Jesi when I wrote that I want to try composing myself; who has shown me solving programs and who has seen and critically commented my first tries in composition. Ilja, thanks to you I’ve started to like chess composition!

To Diyan Kostadinov – a very talented composer, the first my judge at the Tourney in Jesi. It was Diyan, who has explained me about the themes in composition, who gave me advises about what to read, who made me believe in myself, and who has introduced me to Petko Petkov – something I’d never even thought about myself. I call Diyan’s tourney and Chameleon piece as “my start in composition”. Diyan, I believe that thanks to you it was a really good start!

To Petko Petkov – the famous composer, who first of all, to my great surprise, has agreed to help me in learning – to such a beginner! It was hard to believe.. But there’s something I really believe – I learn from the best teacher in the world. For the hard work, for the theory and explanations, for your believe in me, for most of what I know now and for the great feeling of becoming better and better – thank you, Petko! All I want now is to be as good as you believe I can be.


And few more words about me “outside” the composition:

I’m married, have 2 pretty daughters born in 2004 and 2008. I like to do many things. To play guitar and synthesizer, and also to sing. At the summer time I like skating. In the winter – a bit of skiing. I can swim relatively good, play squash. I like fast driving with a loud music. But at the same time I like also classical music, especially Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Grig, Bach.

I have not only horses on the board, but also the alive horse, Alante. She is neither white,nor black, but not also neutral! Just pretty chestnut horse for riding. 

I live in Riga and I really love this city with all my heart. Especially beautiful is the Old Riga, with the narrow streets and ancient buildings. In 2001 Riga has celebrated its 800 years anniversary. For this event was created a short clip with some views of Latvia and a beautiful song by one of the most well-known Latvian groups – Brain Storm (latv. Prāta Vētra) – you can watch here this short movie  Welcome to Latvia.


27 Responses to About me

  1. Hubert Gockel says:

    Hello Julia,
    my attention to your website was drawn by Petko Petkov. Welcome in the communitiy of chess problem enthusiasts.
    I will have an interested look at your problems once I will encounter them.
    Bye, Hubert

  2. Seetharamanseetharaman says:

    The movie on Latvia was very good. Enjoyed it. If you have any more and link it would love to watch.

  3. Здравствуйте, уважаемая, Юля.
    Ознакомился с Вашим сайтом, и он мне (не поверите :)) очень понравился.
    Весьма разумно, доступно и со вкусом расположены меню и рубрики на сайте.
    Наверное, многим композиторам (ортодоксам, этюдистам) хотелось бы, чтобы на конкурсах составления, организованным Вашим прекрасным сайтом, участвовали ортодоксальные задачи и этюды.
    Ибо в противном случае получается ущемление прав ортодоксов и этюдистов! 🙂
    Тем не менее(!), невзирая на эту несправедливость, хочу пожелать Вам больших творческих успехов во всех сферах деятельности.
    Заходите и к нам «на огонёк».
    С почтением, ортодокс Ферхат Кармиль

    • JuliaJulia says:

      Спасибо, Ферхат! На “огонек” к Вам на chessstar.com заходила, хотя и случайно, можно сказать.. 🙂
      По поводу моего сайта – это мой первый опыт и довольно трудно изначально все продумать так, чтобы потом было “куда расти”. Но стараюсь! Хочется, чтобы сайт имел какую-то мою персональность. Я к нему отношусь, как к своему виртуальному дому, куда приглашаю всех в гости, и где хочу, чтобы гостям было на что посмотреть! Иначе – это как пригласить на чай, когда к чаю и нет ничего… 🙂

      А серьезно – про ортодоксальные задачи думаю все время. Особенно – про коопматы, которые люблю сама. В данном случае меня пугает только то, что я не справлюсь, если задач будет много. Мне самой очень нравится быстрая публикация, и я пока всем могу ее обещать – обычно, в течение дня, когда получаю задачу, ее и ставлю. Но, если бы задач стало больше 4-х в день – для меня это стало бы физически невозможно. Хотя и очень хочется все успеть! Но я все страницы делаю вручную, хотя и использую средства WordPress, но иногда и прямо на html пишу, если он что-то не так делает или не умеет вообще, что часто случается.

      У меня множество идей и желаний относительно сайта. И теперь я уже думаю, что интересного сделать в следующем году и как это успеть!
      Какой-то конкурс для коопматов устрою почти наверняка. А вот этюды – совсем не обещаю, потому что, честно говоря, ничего в них не понимаю, и даже решать их не умею! 🙂 Поздравляю тех, кто может!!

      Вам тоже успехов! И, если есть какие-то пожелания и предложения – всегда пишите!

      С уважением, Юля

      • Рауф Алиовсадзаде says:

        Юлия!
        С Новым Годом!
        Здоровья,счастья успехов!
        Рауф А.

  4. Факт, что Ваш сайт надо будет в будущем обязательно автоматизировать. А на это нужны средства. Поверьте подобные сайты, как наши с Вами, убыточны. Реклама от гугли – это всего лишь небольшая затычка в Черной дыре 
    Поэтому, следует или расширять сферу деятельности сайта: онлайн игры, обучающиеся видео-курсы и так далее, или же смириться с тем, что имеешь. Шахматная композиция единственная сфера деятельности, где финансовая составляющая находится на грани дефолта , если это понятие применимо к композиции…
    Поэтому, я пожелаю удачи всем нам, ибо мы в ней будем очень нуждаться 

  5. julija@kristofic.com says:

    Julija, I’m impressed but what you’re doing! Great!
    I wish you more interesting Fairies and all the best with development of your ideas!
    My regards to Family – they can be very proud of you,
    Julija

  6. shankar ram says:

    This is a different Julia/Julija? 🙂

    • JuliaJulia says:

      Oh, difficult question! I believe this is almost the same, and the both doesn’t sound as my original Russian name “Юлия”. 🙂
      There’re many English spelling variants for the same Russian name “Юлия”: Yulia, Yuliya, Julia, Julja. English “Yu” sounds more like Russian “Ю”. And it is shown in a new linguistic recommendations for rendering Russian names into English.
      So, to pronounce my name as it sounds in Russian it should be written “Yuliya” I guess. But I prefer it to be “translated” into English if I speak English, as “Yuliya” doesn’t sound and is not convenient to pronounce inside English speech (I believe).
      Also, I have some personal preference about this “Julia” name: when I first came to my first working place, Internet company in 1991, I was given a nickname julia in Unix system and my first email address was julia@….. All my first experiences – in work in general, in Internet, in speaking English with Internet customers… etc – were related to this name Julia.
      This “version of the name” is meaningful to me.

      Latvian version (and as it is written in my passport) is “Jūlija Visocka”, where “ū” sounds as long “u” and “Visocka” pronounces almost as “Vysotska”. Original surname in Russian was “Высоцкая”, but the last “я” was taken away when translated into Latvian and the sound “ы” doesn’t exist neither in Latvian nor in English, so it was changed as well! 🙂
      Funny?

      • SeetharamanSeetharaman says:

        Actually “Yulia” will be quite easy to pronounce for English-speakers also ! You are welcome to adopt the correct English spelling! It is just that we are used to the name “Julia” made famous by stars like “Julia Roberts” and “Julia Vysotska” 🙂

    • SeetharamanSeetharaman says:

      Of course. This ia different Julia Shankarram !!

      • shankar ram says:

        Was wondering about the post being addressed to a “Julija” with the poster’s name also being “Julija”.. So thought there is one more, new Julia (with the @kristofic.com ID)! Looks like Julia addressed herself by mistake, instead of Ferkhat.. or am i still missing something..? 🙂

        • shankar ram says:

          Thanks to Julia, though.. for explaining the intricacies of russian/latvian names..
          indian names are equally.. if not more.. esoteric.. 🙂
          maybe a detailed post on them sometime..

        • JuliaJulia says:

          Oh, I misunderstood you as well. I thought you’re asking about writing names. Yes, that was another Julija (Julija Kristofic).
          What’s about Ferkhat – I have nothing to answer for now… His idea is that this site will need the automatization soon, but it requires money, and such sites can’t earn it on Google ads (although, I didn’t plan for that), so I should think about some online games, training courses etc. – something commercial.
          But I’m like an ostrich that hides its head into the sand 🙂 – I won’t think about it while I’m able to manage it manually.

  7. shankar ram says:

    automization? or do you mean monetization?
    Here’s a little something for you to chew on: http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/make-money/101-ways-to-monetize-your-website-or-blog/
    >>His idea is that this site will need the automatization soon, but it requires money, and such sites can’t earn it on Google ads (although, I didn’t plan for that), so I should think about some online games, training courses etc. – something commercial.

  8. Elmar Abdullayev says:

    Здравствуйте
    Посмотрел ваш сайт он хороший.
    На сайт я думаю добавить надо по побольше информации например разместить электронные книги по композиции. Также убрать эту допотопную программу Попейе. Не понимаю к чему она вообще нужна какие-то алгоритмы написанный на бейзике. Самая лучшая программа это Проблемист.
    Удачи Вам

  9. Юрай Брабец says:

    Женщина в шахматной композиции большая редкость. А женщина с таким же энтузиазмом как у Вас, только одна. Так что, Юлия, приветствую Вас в нашей семьи от имени словацких шахматных комрозиторов и Вашему сайту желаю только самых удач.
    Я думаю, что каждый сайт должен чем то выделяться и тем и характеризовать своего автора. Поэтому было бы хорошо Ваш сайт посвятить тоько тому, что Вас более всего радует – и это (как мне кажется) сказочная композициа (у нас говорят “экзошахматы”).

  10. Maestrophil says:

    You are a dedicated composer. So much work in such a short time. You inspire me in composition. Thanks for so many problems. Thanks for your hard work.

  11. Peter Krug says:

    Dear Julia,

    over the e4e5 Tourney I have found your website!
    I have already reached your email but I did have
    time to compose helpmates, or selfmates.
    Maybe I can do this in the future.
    I think it is not easy to have enough routine to compose,
    but I am still enjoy helpmates and selfmates.

    In the present I compose only studies, or
    sometimes moremovers.
    The new Harmonie from Wilfried Seehofer is famous,
    and here I have a new mate in 12 from me.
    Maybe you can see it.

    I have published in this year many, many studies and
    I am so lucky to learn from Sergiy Didukh and
    Yochanan Afek.
    Sergiy Didukh has told things
    from the studies, what for me was more or less
    new. He is not only a brillant studycomposer but
    also e very great expert of studies.
    Meanwhile I have contact with many great composer
    of studies and learned from them.

    If you have some time maybe you can compose also
    a study.

    Best Peter (Krug) from Austria

    • seetharaman says:

      How do you test your studies ? What is the software available?

      • Peter Krug says:

        Today normaly I have Houdini 1.05 which you
        can download for free.

        The evaluation from Houdini is very fine, but
        not always correct. Therefore sometimes in
        some special endgames I need also Stockfish.

        The other important thing is the hardware.
        Better hardware with more GB Ram and the
        prozessor can reach a much deeper evaluation and
        so it cost not so much time to controll with good
        hardware.

        But it is far away not so important than a good chess
        engine.

        In the studies there you can also decide about the
        type of endgame and the difficulty of the analysis.
        And so you can avoid unclear lines.
        I believe today it is generell better to avoid unclear lines,
        and a study with unclear lines also in the analysis
        is clear a withdraw.

        The new study of the year from GM Oleg Pervakov is a good
        example. You can find this on the Akobia site.
        In this study of the year from Pervakov the computer find the
        solution innert seconds.

        @ Julia the internetadress from the new Harmonie:

        http://www.problemschach.de/harmonie/h112.pdf

        Best Peter

  12. Bartel Erich says:

    Hello Julia,
    great respect for your really fine work with
    “Julia’s Fairies”. I enjoy it very much.

  13. Frank Müller says:

    Dear Julia, can you post a hint to our actual fairy tournament?
    please see
    http://mpk-blaetter.de.to/
    Märchen-Turnier 2016

  14. Marian Stere says:

    Dear Julia,
    First of all, I regret if this message does not interest you and I do apologize.
    Anyway, congratulations for “Julia’s Fairies” – a wonderful blog!
    If you do not know me, I am Marian Stere, chess editor from Romania, KWF&A member and creator of the website http://www.stere.ro, dedicated to Romanian chess history. Here you can find more than 100,000 pages from chess publications from Romania – nearly all published – and in other languages. Including thousands of pages of fairy chess!!
    All is in PDF format, all or FREE download!

    Will you please distribute the information about my site and about a chess composition contest I am organizing, with deadline August 31, 2016?

    The link is http://www.stere.ro/despre-noi/memorial-sergiu-than-80-ani-de-la-aparitia-sah-mat/
    Looking forward to receiving news from you and for a further collaboration,
    Best regards,
    Marian Stere – http://www.stere.ro

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