My dear Friends,
One of the most significant chess-events of the year is coming – just one month left till
The 55th World Congress of Chess Composition (WCCC)
and 36th World Chess Solving Championship (WCSC)
in Kobe, Japan!
The Congress takes place from September 15th to September 22th, 2012.
(WCSC on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 18th and 19th.)
Attention: Composing tourneys are starting to appear there!
I like how the WCCC2012 site is decorated with the sakura-like flowers and colors.
I’m happy to announce an Informal Tourney
for Fairy Problems published in Julia’s Fairies
web-site in 2012!
Problems of any fairy type are allowed! ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
The judge for 2012: N.Shankar Ram – International Master of FIDE, famous Indian composer with more than 40 problems in FIDE Albums, twice placed First in the WCCT Fairy section – the 3rd and 4th WCCT.
Some more information I’ve got from Shankar: 51 years old, born and lives in Bangalore (India), qualified as mechanical engineer, works in I.T. and automation area of a manufacturing company, married for 15 years, has a son of 12. Other interests: computers, music (old indian film songs, western classical, computer generated), interactive fiction, science fiction, rubik’s cube, psychology, philosophy and general reading.
Please send your entries to Julia’s Fairies editor, Julia Vysotska, e-mail: email@example.com same as you’ve sent before for publishing in the site. Already published problems will participate in the tourney as well as the new entries.
The Award will be published in Julia’s Fairies in 2013.
You’re very welcome to participate!
announces its 1st Thematic Tourney
JULIA’S FAIRIES – HSP – 2012
RULES: Help-self problems (HSP) of any possible types: Help-self mates (HS#), HS=, HS==, HR#, HR=, etc. in any number of moves.
THEME: Battery-play with fairy elements
- All pieces (white, black, neutral, half-neutral, etc) and conditions are allowed!
- The thematic “Fairy element” (pieces, conditions) should be demonstrated in play at least in one battery or (plus) anti-battery of any type.
- The problems should be computer-tested.
JUDGE: IGM Petko A. Petkov – International Judge of FIDE
Please send your originals until the 15th of October, 2012 to the Tournament director and editor of Julia’s Fairies site – Julia Vysotska, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Award will be published at the site in December, 2012.
Special Present from Julia’s Fairies
to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd Prizes: Selection of Latvian sweets!
N 1.Petko A. PETKOV
The Macedonian Problemist 2003
2nd Honorable Mention
HS#3 2 solutions (7+10)
Grasshoppers – b8, d8, g8
1.Rxg5 f2 2.Ra5 Bxb7 3.Re4+ Rd5#;
1.Qxf3 g4 2.Qa8 Rxb5 3.Re5+ Bd5#
Fairy elements: white direct battery created by Re6 (forward piece) and Gg8 (rear fairy-piece); black anti-batteries – Bd5/Gd8 and Rd5/Gd8. Any anti-battery is always thematic as “fairy element”.
N 2. Wilfried SEEHOFER
1.e8=R Rc8 2.Re1 Re8 3.Kd6 Kc6 4.Rb1+ Re1#
Fairy element – creation and play of two Anti-Circe genre specific batteries (some authors call them Ecto-batteries) – white battery Re1/Kd6 and black battery Re8/Kc6. After play of Rooks (as forward pieces) two Kings are activated and give check (mate). A good example of fairy-battery which is created by orthodox pieces only, but which demonstrates fairy-element according to the rules of condition Anti-Circe!
Good luck to everybody!