Getting back into my daily work after a week on a beautiful Ohrid lake…
These are the words I’ve heard from the congress participants: “one of the best congresses”, “absolutely wonderful place”, “much over my expectations”, “who could have expected it?..” etc… And I shared such emotions very much, initially having no special expectations, more like doubts about going to the little town of the unknown far away country.. but! what a beautiful place it was! Thinking later how the nice warm place, friendly people around, old town on the hill covered with the flowers, ancient churches, blue lake surrounded by the mountains, tasty food, live music… it all easily covers all little imperfections in organization 🙂
Yes, I’d say it was very fairy congress, but not only because of the paradise-like place.. Oh, no, the most amazing were the organizers! Absolutely invisible men! Reminded me René J. Millour’s 1st Prize winner, No.838, although Rene had 11 Invisibles, but we had only 2, still much more complicated to find!
Well, the serious or practical part of the event is already covered more or less in the recent posts at wfcc.ch. And I’ll put some more photos to the 42nd WCSC page soon. But here would gladly share the album I have, free to download if anybody is willing to.
Fairy informal tourneys in the frame of the 61st WCCC:
The Preliminary Award of the Jubilee Tourney
Dinu-Ioan Nicula – 50
The tourney held in the frames of XIII Belgrade Problem Chess Festival 2018, as a part of Belgrade Internet Tourney 2018: Group C – fairy h#2, Lortap chess with fairy piece Locust.
…There were 36 entries, of 24 authors/pairs of authors, from 14 countries. Being very satisfied of the problems’ level, but also keeping into regard that it is a special occasion, I have decided to give awards to half of them! (Dinu-Ioan Nicula)
1st and 2nd Prize – Petko Petkov, 3rd Prize – Juraj Lörinc, 4th Prize – S.K. Balasubramanian & Vlaicu Crisan, 5th Prize – Hubert Gockel.
6th FIDE World Cup in Composing 2018 – Fairies
I hope, it will be a nice surprise for many of you tonight, the preliminary results of section G-Fairies of the 6th FIDE World Cup in Composing 2018 by Vlaicu Crişan! The winners of the competition are: Gold medal – Borislav Gadjanski (Serbia), Silver medal – Petko Petkov (Bulgaria), Bronze medal – Boris Shorokhov (Russia).
My sincere congratulations to the authors of rewarded problems!
Belgrade Internet Tourneys 2017
Group C – HS#Max2.5 – Awards
“This tourney was a very exciting one, for both participants and the organizers. The initial idea was to avoid computer testing, in order to make composers train their solving, while giving solvers the forgotten pleasure of looking for cooks… This concept soon had to be abandoned, because Christian Poisson was very quick to create the program for
HS#Max, the new fairy genre that includes only one new element when compared with HS#: the last two half-moves ask for S#1 Maximummer, instead of usual S#1.
On the other hand, we have to be grateful to Christian for saving composers and organizers from additional work, and for ensuring HS# Max an official status in the endless sea of fairy genres! Besides, it helped to receive only 1 incorrect entry…
The method of judging was the same as in our previous Composing/Solving/Judging events. After solving 18 correct entries, the eight solvers selected some favourits and analyzed them on the demonstration board. Next day they gave marks to all 18 entries, from 1 to 10.
The average marks of the first 4 compositions stood out, and were differentiated with slightest of margins, from 8.43 (the 4th place) to the 8.75 (the 1st place). Since there was no single judge, some comments given by solvers were summed up in the following award.”
PAP 75JT AWARD
Petko A. Petkov 75th Jubilee Tourney Award
(by Petko A. Petkov)
StrateGems announces the Award of the jubilee tourney of its esteemed editor Petko A. Petkov (born February 27th, 1942 in Dobrich, Bulgaria).
The director of the tournament, Chief Editor of StrateGems, Mike Prcic, thanks all participants and congratulates the winners.
“Forty-six composers, from sixteen countries participate in this tourney. I want to express my warm gratitude to the many of my friends-composers who sent exactly 100 memorable originals (for all three sections) for participation in my jubilee tourney. I also express my heartfelt thanks to the organizer of this remarkable event, StrateGems, as well to my dear friend Mike Prcic, who directed the tourney.” (Petko A. Petkov)
The Award, 8 pages
“Soon after the closing date (May 31,2015), I received 100 submissions in anonymous from the director, Paz Einat, whom I’d like to thank. Overall, there were 34 authors from 13 countries and I would like to thank all of them. The problems included 48 miniatures and 51 Tanagras. Being the admirer of low-figured tasks, I allocated them in the separate sections.” (M.Grushko)
The results of the annual competition 2015,
conducted by the magazine “Семь шахматных нот” (“Seven chess notes”)
“На конкурс поступило 59 задач-сказок от 21 автора из 10 стран: Болгария, Венгрия, Германия, Израиль, Италия, Россия, Сербия, Словакия, Франция, Чехия. В этом году уровень конкурса оказался немного ниже, чем в прошлые годы.” (the judge, Michael Grushko)
14th Romanian Tzuica Tourney
- Theme: hs#n/hs=n, Rundlauf of at least 4 moves (see PDF document)
- The AWARD by Vlaicu Crişan & Eric Huber
16th Japanese Sake Tourney
- Theme: H#2, Colorless Chess (see PDF document)
- The AWARD by Tadashi Wakashima, Toshiki Kobayashi, Masato Yoshii
See Prize giving for composing and solving tourneys on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNFsm7tQH10
See the RESULTS of the 37th RIFACE (Rencontre Internationale en France des Amateurs de Composition Echiquéenne) which took place from Friday, May 13, 2016 to Monday, May 16, 2016 at Saint-Germain au Mont d’Or.
“The 1st HM in Retros has been cooked, after the final judgment, by François Labelle with : 1. d4 a5 2. Ff4 a4 3. h4 axh3 4. Fd6 hxg2 5. Ch3 g1=C 6. f4 Cf3+ 7. exf3 h5 8. Fe2 Th6 9. O-O c6 10. Rh2 Db6 11. Fc7 Td6 12. Tfg1 g6 13. Df1 Fe1 14. Tah1 Ch6 15. c4 O-O-O-O” (Jérôme Auclair).