Israeli Chess Composition Society: Theodor Tauber MT C31.12.2015 & Alex Ettinger 90MT Award


Theodor Tauber Memorial Tourney

The Israeli Chess Composition Society is announcing a chess problem composition tourney dedicated to the memory of Theodor Tauber (18.08.1950 – 3.09.2013).
Theme: At least one twin which changes the condition of the problem from orthodox to a fairy condition or from one fairy condition to another. Any type of problem is allowed with or without fairy pieces.
Judge: Hans Gruber. Closing date: December 31, 2015.
Send originals to Michael Grushko, Box 363 Kiriat-Bialik ,Israel ,27000 | or by email to:

Alex Ettinger 90 Memorial Tourney Award
Judge: Michael Grushko

A total of 88 problems competed in the tourney, submitted by 31 authors from 17 countries. There were 34 miniatures and 54 Tanagras (up to 5 pieces) and, being the admirer of low-figured tasks I allocated them into separate sections.

4th FIDE World Cup in Composing 2015 – Fairies

FIDE-logoThe preliminary results in section G-Fairies
of the 4th FIDE World Cup in Composing for 2015!

I’m very happy to show the results, G-Fairies (PDF, 155KB) by Tadashi Wakashima, available among the others on the bottom of the 4th FIDE World Cup in Composing 2015 page of website. Thanks a lot to the director of this competition, Aleksey Oganesjan, and to all judges! My sincere congratulations to the winners!

About my own problem: Starting the 14th Japanese Sake Tourney in August, 2014, I was exploring Back-To-Back condition being sure that there’re lots of possibility in it. Many of JF’s readers know that now I’ve came to combination of BTB with neutral pieces, but my problem for the 4th FIDE World Cup was composed in the autumn, 2014, and my intention that time was a strategic HS# problem  showing as much as possible different BTB effects. You’re very welcome to comment! – Julia.



Andon Petkov 100MT-2015 AWARD

I note with great appreciation and satisfaction that among the participants are many of the most famous authors of fairy problems in the world. The dozens of great compositions presented reveal the beauty of the genre HS#. The competition was very strong in both sections and I was very embarrassed when determining the order of the problems to receive prizes, HMs and Commendations.
→See the AWARD (PDF)

With a deep gratitude to Geoff Foster for language correction! (IGM PETKO PETKOV, International judge of FIDE)

Provisional Award of the MT120 ARNOLDO ELLERMAN, Section Fairies

prov-award-120aellerman-annThis tournament was announced by the Union of problemists Argentina Chess (UAPA).
Participants: Valerio Agostini (Italia), Vito Rallo (Italia), Antonio Garofalo (Italia), Antoly Stёpochkin (Russia), Juraj Lörinc (Slovakia), Karol Mlynka (Slovakia), Daniel Novomesky (Slovakia), Sven Trommler (Germany), Franz Pachl (Germany), Dieter Muller (Germany), Pierre Tritten (France), Hubert Gockel (Germany), Jorge Lois (Argentina), Igor Kochulov (Russia), Vaclav Kotěšovec (Rep. Checa), Lev Grolman (Russia), Kostěj Šoulivý ( Rep. Checa), Gabriele Brunori (Italia).

There were 38 problems: 18 composers of 7 countries. After the deadline (25-05-2014), the director sent at the judge all studies without the names of the authors.

I thank all participants of this tournament. Special thanks to Petko Petkov for his collaboration to act as judge, who has performed his assignment with remarkable dedication. (Director: Mario G. García)         →Go to the Award

2nd KoBulChess TT – Christmas tourney 2014 AWARD

christmastourney2nd KoBulChess TT – Christmas tourney 2014 AWARD

“(25.12.2014) Here is the Award of the 2nd KoBulChess TT – Cristmas Tourney 2014! Many thanks to all participants and to the judge IM Krassimir Gandev for his quick work. The award remains open for 1 month period.” (Diyan Kostadinov)

Theme: All type problems (#/=, H#/H=, S#/S=, HS#/HS= etc.) in 2-4 moves (up to 8 moves for Series and P-Series problems) with the fairy condition Circle SneK. Other fairy pieces and conditions are not allowed. Royal pieces can be used of course.

Entries: 22 | Countries: Greece, Italy, Germany, France | Participants: Pierre Tritten, Manfred Rittirsch, Mario Parrinello, Kostas Prentos, Emmanuel Manolas, Rainer Kuhn, Themis Argirakopoulos, Sebastien Luce, Ralf Kraetschmer, Alain Bienabe

→See the AWARD on

The AWARD of “Vladimir Zabunov – 85 MT”

The AWARD of “Vladimir Zabunov – 85 MT” is published on!


“Here is the Award of the Vladimir Zabunov – 85 MT 2014! The tourney was announced in 2013 which was the 85 anniversary year of Zabunov’s birthday. I thank all participants and congratulate the awarded composers! Many thanks to the judge IGM Petko Petkov for his Award which is open for claims for next 30 days.”
(Diyan Kostadinov)

Thanks a lot to the judge, Petko A. Petkov, and director of tournament, Diyan Kostadinov!