The Award of JF-2015/I

August, 2017

The Award of JF-2015/I

“In total, I selected 40 problems, the most I have ever awarded in any tourney I judged. I consider myself a rather strict judge, but this time I had no difficulty finding problems to include in the award. My main difficulty was to leave out many other candidates that were also good and interesting. I can say that it was the strongest tourney I have ever judged. Congratulations for making this happen.” (The judge of JF-2015/I, Kostas Prentos)

Only the first and the longest informal competition on JF, April-December 2012, had more problems and authors than January-June 2015. In 2013-2014 we had six 4-months tourneys, and the 2015/I was the first 6-months tourney. At the end of that period, I felt guilty about giving so much work to Kostas Prentos as the judge. Now, he writes in the award, “neither of us expected such a large number of entries: 169 original compositions and versions, by 57 composers”.

Today, it is time for readers to enjoy the Award of JF-2015/I, appearing like a booklet of selected problems… The 23 pages of the award include not only detailed comments for 40 rewarded problems (the comment to the 1st Prize takes 1,5 pages!), but also some remarks for 44 problems left out of the award… What an appreciation for the work of all composers!

And the last, more technical detail: the award you see was fully prepared by Kostas, with all the diagrams and links to original publications, leaving me without work… and words to thank him!

My sincere congratulations to the authors of rewarded problems and gratitude for all the comments, always highly appreciated by the authors and judges. 



Preliminary Award JF-2016/II

Dear Friends,
I believe I have a very nice surprise to you (same as it was for me), as who could expect to see the Award in a few months after the end of informal tournament? From 87 problems judged 34 problems rewarded, and the Award with diagrams is fully prepared for publication by the judge: 

The Award of Julia’sFairies-2016/II
by Franz Pachl

My sincerest gratitude to the judge, and congratulations to all authors of rewarded problems! As always, I’m inviting all readers to give a feedback to the authors of published problems, to tell what you like in the problems, remembering that not only the improvements or critics are of the main importance.

The Award is provisional and will become final after one month. – Julia


Preliminary Award JF-2015/II

Preliminary Award JF-2015/II

Dear Friends, I have a pleasure to announce

The Award of Julia’sFairies-2015/II
by Ofer Comay

The selection of 40 out of 127 fairy problems of different kinds! A tremendous work done by the judge, Ofer Comay, in so short period of time! 

This is the first Award of JF I have a pleasure to publish for you this year, dear readers and participants of JF’s competitions, and I’m sure you will enjoy this presentation of 40 problems selected as the very best! I have to tell that the both competitions of 2015, I and II, have the biggest number of problems since the first year of JF, 2012, with about 200 problems judged by N.Shankar Ram.

I’m very grateful to the judge, and I heartily congratulate all authors of rewarded problems! My special thanks to all commentators for your interesting questions, creative ideas, and all good words to the authors of published problems! Finally, I would very much like to invite all readers to give a feedback to the authors of published problems, to tell those good words about the problems you liked, remembering that not only the improvements or critics are of the main importance.

The Award is provisional and will become final after one month. – Julia


…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:


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.



Preliminary Award JF-2014/II

Dear Friends, I’m happy to announce one more Award of JF-2014 –

The Award of Julia’sFairies-2014/II
by Dmitri Turevski

My gratitude to Dmitri for this big and complicated work! Also, I’d like to use this chance to thank Dmitri one more time for the animation program, Py2Web, I use for a year on JF. The program was implemented exactly during period 2014/II, so half of the problems were animated already, but in the Award I’ve made all problems animated. Enjoy!

My congratulations to all the winners and participants of this competition!

The Award is provisional and will become final after one month. The Award for 2014/III is coming soon. – Julia



Preliminary Award JF-2014/I

Dear Friends, I have a pleasure to announce

The Award of Julia’sFairies-2014/I
by Vlaicu Crişan

As always, I am very grateful to the judge for so big, so complicated work of analyzing many different kinds of fairy problems! I’m sure, that readers will enjoy the problems themselves and also detailed comments and pleasant writing style of Vlaicu!

I heartily congratulate all the winners and participants of this strong competition! Thank you for all kinds of contributions to JF – compositions, articles, comments..!

The Award is provisional and will become final after one month. The Awards for 2014/II and 2014/III are coming soon. – Julia



Ostróda, 07.08.2015

58th World Congress of Chess Composition



Judge: Julia Vysotska

First of all I would like to thank all the participants of this competition! I am pleasantly surprised to have received so many interesting works of very high quality, and I am honored to be a judge of this tournament!                      → See the Award




Preliminary Award JF-2013/III

Dear Friends, I have a pleasure to announce

The Award of Julia’sFairies-2013/III
by Eric Huber

I am very grateful to Eric Huber and impressed by his Award – with its notes, links to original publications, examples in the appendix and most of all by his analysis of the problems.

I’m happy to see the many different names in the Award.  I heartily congratulate all of you, my dear authors, for your achievements!

And, of course, I appreciate very much the contributions of ALL who send compositions and post comments to JF! Thank you!!

The Award is provisional and will become final after one month. – Julia

Award JF Retros and Proof Games 2013/2014

JF-LOGO-1Julia’s Fairies
Informal Tournament Retros and Proof Games 2013/2014

Award by Hans Gruber (Regensburg, Germany), International Judge of the FIDE

In recent years, many parts of the retro genre have been strongly developing, including fairy retros and fairy proof games. As the specific characteristics of retros are quite distinct from those of other genres, it is advisable to judge them in separate tournaments. Julia’s Fairies has proven to clearly attract retro composers so that a satisfying number of originals (26 in total) competed in its first retros and proof games tournament.” →See full Award in PDF!

With a gratitude to Hans Gruber for the willingness to judge this competition and for so fast, precise and competent work! My congratulations to the active authors and especially authors of awarded problems in this complicated genre! – Julia

THE AWARD of Christmas Blitz JF-2014


The Award of Christmas Blitz JF-2014

Dear Friends,

I’m happy to present you THE AWARD of Christmas Blitz JF-2014! The number of participants, of beautiful problems was really a great surprise for me and for the judge! Thank you so much, dear participants of the Blitz, for your activity, efforts, creative ideas! And of course, many thanks to our judge, Petko A. Petkov! 

I have to tell that the Award was written in a very short period of time, so I apologize for any mistakes done in the text, diagrams, solutions.. I’d be grateful if you send me emails about anything to be corrected!white-dark-laima-christmas

I heartily congratulate all the winners and participants! And I wish a Happy New Year to all of you! Let it be successful, interesting and motivating for you, full of pleasant surprises and happiness! – Julia.