Julia’s Fairies • Tournament JF 2019/I • Award
Michal Dragoun, Prague, October 2019
In Julia’s Fairies 2019/I tourney took part 43 problems. It is slightly less than in previous tournaments on Julia’s website and in my opinion, the quality of published problems was lower too. Not in general – I considered relatively high number of problems for low distinction – but I missed problems impressive at the first look.
→ to the Award…
Published with a gratitude to the judge, Michal Dragoun, for so exceptionally fast results! /Julia/
Reported by Michel Caillaud:
Christian Poisson just released a new version of Winchloe with improved solving for proofgames.
On his site can be found a booklet with 562 (!!) original homebase PGs and some explanations: http://christian.poisson.free.fr/problemesis/problemesis.php
From Readme of v.3.46 (oct.2019)
Solving of proof games (‘partie justificative’) is a little more “intelligent”. A new option in “Solving options” allows you to choose whether short solutions are sought. In this case, a solution in p moves will not be sought if there is a solution in p-n moves (n integer).
I composed some simple proof games to check the programming with several fairy conditions. They are gathered in a pdf available on Problemesis.
Winchloe is (sometimes much) slower than Jacobi, but it is interesting for conditions not implemented in Jacobi, as it is sometimes much quicker than Popeye.
Such the case is for Take&Make, and in solving the 8,0 first moves of 550(1), Winchloé finds the cook :
1.d4 Sç6 2.Bh6 g×h6(ç1=S) 3.Sd2 S×é2(Sé4) 4.Ba6 S×d2(Sb3) 5.a×b3(d2) b×a6(f1=B) 6.R×a7(Ra5) Sé5 7.Qf3 S×f3(Sb7) 8.Sé2 Bg7…
It’s already too late to change the Award by Hans Gruber…
Jubilee Tourney Lennart Werner 50 years
To celebrate the 50th birthday of FIDE Master Lennart Werner on July 16, 2019, the Swedish Chess Problem Club and the magazine Springaren announce a jubilee tourney.
Theme: h#3–n Circe with 2 or more phases (solutions, twins, set-play) (no fairy pieces or other fairy conditions)
Closing date: May 1, 2020 | Judge: Lennart Werner | Prize fund: € 100 | Examples in PDF
Address: Rolf Uppström, firstname.lastname@example.org | Godhemsgatan 24c, SE-41468 Göteborg, Sweden
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
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: email@example.com. All received problems will be presented to the judge in anonymous form. Award will be published on the website http://superproblem.ru.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.
Dear chess friends,
The Provisional Award in TT-222 (It’s time for neutral pieces, hs#3.5-N)
has been published!
We thank all participants of the tourney! – Aleksey Oganesjan
Send your claims to the director of quick composing tourneys Aleksey Oganesjan via e-mail email@example.com until 29.08.2019
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE
17th THEMATIC TOURNEY
The team of Phénix announces its 17th Thematic Tourney. Compositions of problems are requested with the Breton condition (or one of its three variations).
Breton : When a piece is captured, one piece of same nature and the same capturing camp must also disappear (if there is one). The choice of the eliminated piece is made by the captured camp. | Adverse Breton : When a piece is captured, another piece (of same nature) of the captured camp must also disappear (if there is one). | Chromatic Breton : When a piece is captured, a piece of same nature and of the capturing camp (if there is one) must change color. | Adverse Chromatic Breton : When a piece is captured, another piece of same nature and of the captured camp (if there is one) must change color.
- Section A – directs mates. Judges : Maryan Kerhuel and Laurent Riguet
- Section B – fairy stipulations, conditions of any kind are accepted. Judges : Éric Huber and Vlaicu Crişan
Limitation of 5 problems per author in each section. | Final date of entries is April 1st 2020 | Announcement in English | Announcement in French | The problems must be sent to the tourney Director : Laurent Riguet, firstname.lastname@example.org