Andernach 2020

46th FairyChessFriendsMeeting at Andernach, May 21-24, 2020

The first Andernach FairyChessFriendsMeeting took place in 1975, now we invite you to paricipate in the 46th meeting. Again we’ll meet at Hotel Stammbaum (Marktgasse 1, 56626 Andernach, Germany). All rooms are reserved for our meeting, for booking please contact the hotel or any other accommodation directly.

Thursday, May 21
Arrival at Ristorante Bellini (Hochstr. 39) or, provided the weather is fine, at Andernach market next door… Bellini is closed till 5 pm. Hotel Stammbaum is closed at Thursday, but hotel room access is ensured.

Friday, May 22
Till Sunday noon Stammbaum is exclusively reserved for us!
3 pm till 4 pm: Traditional Andernach Solving Tourney (as always every solution counts!) followed by the presentation of the solutions with some surprises.

9 pm: Lectures

Saturday, May 2312.30 pm: Schwalbe board meeting

Sunday, May 2411 am: Awards ceremony (composing, solving) | End of the 46th FairyChessFriendsMeeting.

Munich Fairy Chess Tourney 2020 – С10.10.2020

Announcement Munich Fairy Chess Tourney 2020

h#2 Point Reflection

The mpk-Blätter announce the Munich Fairy Tourney 2020 in two sections:
A) h#2 with the fairy condition Point Reflection
B) h#2 with the fairy condition Point Reflection plus one of the conditions Circe or Anticirce

The theme is free. Fairy pieces and/or further fairy conditions are not accepted. Problems in more than one phase are allowed, whether with set play, multiple solutions, twinnings or some combination of those methods.

In the case of low participation, the judge reserves the right to merge both sections into one single award.

Judge: Thomas Brand | Tournament director: Rolf Kohring | Closing date: October 10th, 2020 | Announcement in PDF

Submissions should be sent to (preferred) or Rolf Kohring, Bolkamer Straße 5a, D-83104 Tuntenhausen, Germany. The definition of the fairy condition Point Reflection can be looked up in the fairy chess lexicon of  ’Schwalbe’ as well as in the award of the 19. Sake tourney at WCCC 2019 

“Full-length reflex defense” – Quick TT-238 by SuperProblem


Quick Composing TT-238 by SuperProblem

Tourney name: “Full-length reflex defense
Stipulation: r#n (n>=3)
Theme: required to compose Reflexmate in 3-n moves with:
– full-length threat, i. e. with the threat that ends with a mate to White King on n-th Black move exactly;
– at least one “full-length reflex defense”, i. e. with at least one variation that defenses from the threat and has a White try that starts on 2nd move and ends with a mate to Black King on nth White move exactly. At that, in this try 2nd, 3rd, … and (n-1)-th White moves must coincide with the same ones in the full-length threat.
Any kinds of twins are not allowed. Fairy pieces and conditions are not allowed.
Judge: Miodrag Mladenović. | Closing date: March 19, 2020 | Download the announcement (pdf, 228 KB)
Entries to Aleksey Oganesjan via e-mail:
All received problems will be presented to the judge in anonymous form.
Award will be published on the website

Final Award in SUPERPROBLEM Quick Composing TT-232

Final Award in Quick Composing TT-232

“Dear chess friends!

The Final Award in TT-232 (…and now it’s time for half-neutrals!; #2, fairies) has been published.

There are no changes compared to the provisional award. Please, check the correctness of names, positions and solutions.

We thank all participants of the tourney and congratulate the Prize winners!”

Aleksey Oganesjan

The Prize winners: 1st Prize – Petko Petkov; 2nd Prize – Jean-Marc Loustau & Michel Caillaud; 3rd and 4th Prizes  – Hubert Gockel;
1st Special Prize – Michel Caillaud & Jean-Marc Loustau; 2nd Special Prize – Kjell Widlert.

Originals February 2020



Original Problems


February, 2020

The judge of JF-2020/I: Eric Huber
The judge of Retro & PG problems 2019-2020: Vlaicu Crișan

Coming soon: nobody in the waiting list!

  • (09.02) No.1483 (h#5 ; Moose ; Functionary Chess) Daniel Novomesky (Slovakia). “…each pair consists of two absolutely identical mates, but…” (Author)
  • (09.02) No.1482 (h#1 ; Neutral piece ; Board 3×3) Seetharaman Kalyan & Charles Ouellet (India / Canada). Warm welcome to Charles in Original problems of JF!
  • (09.02) No.1481 (h#2 ; Circe Equipollents) Chris Feather (England). With my gratitude to Geoff Foster for keeping Chris informed about publications on JF!
  • (09.02) No.1480 (hs#4) Vitaly Medintsev (Russia). “Specific squares” d4/d3/c5 in a non-fairy fairy!
  • (05.02) No.1479 (h#4 ; Cardinal ; KoeKo) Anatoly Stepochkin (Russia). A “billiard ball” on the board.
  • (05.02) No.1478 (h#8 ; Black Must Check) Geoff Foster (Australia). “A rotated echo with battery cross-check mate.” (Author)
  • (05.02) No.1477 (h#6.5 ; Circe) Sergei Shumeiko (Russia). A hint for solvers: Kings exchange their places in the diagram and final positions.

All previously published problems & informal competitions you can find on the top menu page of Original Problems or its subsections. 

Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe‘s graphics, Christian Poisson

Originals January 2020



Original Problems


January, 2020

The judge of JF-2020/I: Eric Huber
The judge of Retro & PG problems 2019-2020: Vlaicu Crișan

Coming soon: nobody in the waiting list…

  • (19.01) No.1476 (ser-hs#3 ; Neutral pieces ; Super Circe, Point Reflection) Cornel Pacurar (Canada). “…under the general Power Transfer framework, Point Reflection is equivalent to Symmetry Circe Power Transfer Rex Inclusive (Author) 
  • (18.01) No.1475 (h#13 ; Grasshopper ; White Maximummer) Václav Kotěšovec (Czech Republic). Nice mating positions for the readers and so good preparation of the problem for easier publication! 
  • (16.01) No.1474 (hs#3) Anatoly Stepochkin (Russia). Any comment would be a hint for solvers, just see yourself not so fairy fairy!
  • (11.01) No.1473 (h#2.5 ; Lion) Georgy Evseev & Boris Shorokhov (Russia). “This is the first presentation (hopefully)…” (Authors)
  • (11.01) No.1472 (ser-=4 ; Interchange Circe) Claude Beaubestre (France). Author calls it a joke for a Happy New Year. 

All previously published problems & informal competitions you can find on the top menu page of Original Problems or its subsections. 

Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe‘s graphics, Christian Poisson

JF-2020/I, Eric Huber


Original Problems


(11.01.2020) The New Year 2020 came to us, and the new fairy tournament JF-2020/I starts on JF. Welcome to all of you!

I’m glad to welcome our judge of this period, Eric Huber! It is the 2nd time when Eric has accepted my invitation to judge JF’s tournament. Can’t believe that almost 7 years have passed since Eric’s 1st time (JF-2013(III)Award)!

Dear Eric, thank you very much for your support! And I hope that authors will do their best to make your work enjoyable!

Originals 28-311219


Original Problems


28-31st of December, 2019

My dear fiends, authors, visitors, commentators… Happy to have all of you visiting JF and sending your contributions! Happy New Year 2020 to all of you! 

I’m glad to present you some statistics by Shankar Ram: 

Your new works are very welcome in 2020!

With the best wishes – Julia.

  • (31.12) No.1471 (ser-!xz20) – Themis Argirakopoulos20 pieces forming number 20, solution in 20 moves.
  • (30.12) No.1470 (h#3 ; Anti-Circe) – János MikitovicsPublished with the gratitude for Happy New Year wishes.
  • (29.12) No.1469 (h#2.5 ; Neutral pawns ; Partial Paralysis, Leffie) – Eric HuberI believe I’m not the only one who enjoys authors’ explanations and comments to the problems. Thanks to Eric!
  • (29.12) No.1468 (h#2.5 ; Provocation Chess) – Luis Miguel MartínWelcome back! After a long break from April, 2014…
  • (28.12) No.1467 (h#16.5 ; Grasshopper ; Functionary Chess) – Daniel NovomeskyAfter Udo Degener, No. 1418.
  • (28.12) No.1465 & 1466 (phser-=11 ; Circe Power Transfer & ahser-s#7 ; Circe Power Transfer Rex Inclusive) – Cornel Pacurar. Two originals employing a new fairy condition – Circe Power Transfer – one Parry series and one AntiParry series

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