The judge of JF-2015-II

OferComayI’m happy to announce the judge of informal tournament JF-2015/II – Ofer Comay – a problem composer of all genres, and a former world champion in chess solving. Ofer is also known for his theoretical contribution in end-game study theory and he is the author of one of the first chess problem solving program (CS) in the early 80’s.

In the last years Ofer is focused on fairies and helpmates. He is also involved in other projects – a co-founder of a software company and the author of the popular science book “Science or Fiction?” which, in short, tries to show to every science amateur that a central part of the standard model of particle physics is a bluff… Ofer has three children and two cute grandsons.

 Warm welcome to Ofer!

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You’re welcome to participate in the second informal tournament of this year – JF-2015/II, July-December!
Any fairy problem can participate, and I’m here for you to publish it faster. – Julia


End of JF-2015/I

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Dear Friends,

The first informal tourney for fairy problems published on Julia’s Fairies website in 2015, January-June – JF-2015/I is ended on June, 30thThe judge of this period – Kostas Prentos – will have a huge work, judging about 170 problems! I hope, it will be not only complicated, but also pleasant task, as there’re many very good works. And I’m sure, that all authors will be patient to wait for the Award as long time as it is needed.

Some short info about current issues:

  • I’m sorry, I really had no time even to think about an appointing of the judge for JF-2015/II (July-December), will try to do it during July
  • I’ve a pleasure to tell you that yesterday I’ve got the Award JF-2013/III from Eric Huber and I’ll try to publish it as soon as possible, hopefully on the end of this week or the beginning of the next one
  • I should tell you that during July and the first part of August I won’t be able to publish so many problems as the last time, as I need some time to analyze the problems coming for my TT, the 1st RBB, to compose myself for WCCC’s TTs, and also to go there..

I hope for your understanding. And I wish good luck to all of you in WCCC’s competitions! – Julia


Julia’s Fairies 1st RIGA BLACK BALSAM TT

RigasBalzams-BlackCurrantJulia’s Fairies is pleased to announce its composing tournament within the
58th World Congress of Chess Composition

1st RIGA BLACK BALSAM TT

Judge: Julia Vysotska

Theme: Help-play with Half-neutral pieces. Thematic play of half-neutral pieces in H#/=/==, HS#/=/== problems in 2-5 moves; Ser-H#/=/==, Ser-HS#/=/== problems up to 10 moves. Other fairy pieces (also standard neutral pieces) are allowed. Fairy conditions are NOT allowed.

Computer tested problems only! Half-neutral pieces are fully implemented in the last version of Popeye and also most of problems can be tested by WinChloe, except half-neutral King (and Royal piece).

Please send entries to Julia Vysotska by e-mail at julia@juliasfairies.com until July, 31st, 2015
or during the Congress, for participants only, until 17:00 of August, 3rd, 2015.

Prizes are bottles of RIGA BLACK BALSAM Currant.
The tourney is open worldwide, however the prizes are for congress participants only.

See Examples with animated solutions in the detailed announcement or use PDF file to print out.

Welcome to participate! – Julia

Retro and PG problems 2015 – 2016

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Dear Friends,

In April 2013 I’ve published the first PG problem on JF, but later have organized a competition for Retro and PG problems 2013-2014 (judge:  Hans Gruber). I’m grateful for your interest and activity in this complicated genre, and I’m happy to announce a new PG & Retro tournament for the next two-years period: 2015-2016. Your compositions are very welcome!

ThomasBrandThe judge: Thomas Brand – a well known German composer, retro section editor of Die Schwalbe since 2008, the international judge for retros (and helpmates), who also runs his own retroblog (thbrand.de/retroblog). And the most exciting news: Thomas promises to provide the award very soon (about January 2017!).
Warm welcome to Thomas!


Welcome at JF-2015!

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Dear Friends,

On the first day of the New Year, 2015, I wish you a happy and successful year! And as always, you’re welcome here, on JF! This year I’ve decided keep to split the  informal tourney for fairy problems published on Julia’s Fairies website into 2 periods and independent tourneys: 
I – January-June, II – July-December
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You’re welcome to participate in the first informal tournament this year – JF-2015/I, January-June!
Any fairy problem can participate, and I’m here for you to publish it as soon as I can, hopefully in 1-2 days.

k-prentosI’m happy to announce the judge of this period – Kostas Prentos – prominent composer and solver, FM in composition, IM in solving, International Judge. Kostas composes mostly proof games and fairy problems. Warm welcome to Kostas!

Good luck to all of us in 2015! – Julia


Christmas Blitz JF2014: The Participants

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Dear Friends, I’m so happy to tell you that this tournament is just fantastic! Number of problems, quality of problem is amazing! Congratulations and gratitude to all participants from myself and from the judge, IGM Petko A. Petkov! 

We’ll try to publish the Award on the 31st of December, but for now please see The LIST of PARTICIPANTS (press to show/hide):


Christmas Blitz JF2014

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Theme: IMITATOR(S) on the board!

Rules: 

  • Stipulations:
    a) H#, H=, H== in 2-4 moves
    b) Ser-H#, Ser-H=, Ser-H==, Pser-h#(=,==) till 8 moves
    c) HS#, HS=, HS== in 2-4 moves.
  • Problems with one or more Imitators on the board. Other fairy pieces are not allowed, EXCEPT Chameleon pieces of the classical type S-B-R-Q-S and Royal pieces (from orthodox/Chameleon types).
  • Colour of pieces: white, black, neutral and half-neutral pieces are allowed.
  • Other Fairy conditions allowed:
    a) No promotions to Imitator
    b) Chameleon Chess (type S-B-R-Q-S…)
    c) Maximummers, Minimummers and their combinations.
  • Computer tested problems only! Please mention the program used for testing!

See EXAMPLES of Imitator-problems and also some information about Imitator in the Forum’s post “Imitator – definition, features, implementation“.

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Judge: IGM Petko A. Petkov – International Judge of FIDE.

Term: 20 days! Please send your problems till December, 24th, 24:00 to julia@juliasfairies.com

The Award will be published on Julia’s Fairies website on the 31st of December, 2014.

Prize winners will get a Christmas chocolate and printed Diplomas in January, 2015.

You are very welcome to participate!


Participants of JF-2014/II & the judge of JF-2014/III

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Dear Friends,

The second informal tournament of this year – JF-2014/II – has finished on the 31st of August, 2014. Thanks a lot to all participants and to the judge, Dmitri Turevski, for his future work! I will check again all published problems and versions participating in the tournament, but I’d like to ask all participants to look at the problems’ list as well. By default, only the last published version of the problem participates in the competition. Please let me know if you’d like some specific version to participate!  

As I’ve written in the post of January,1st, this year I’ve decided keep the same system as in 2013, and to split the informal tourneys for fairy problems published on Julia’s Fairies website into 3 periods and independent tourneys: 
I – January-April, II – May-August, III – September-December. 


You’re welcome to participate in the 3rd informal tournament of this year – JF-2014/III, September-December!
Any fairy problem can participate, and I’m here for you to publish it as soon as I can, usually in 1-2 days.

KjellWidlertI’m happy to introduce you the judge of this period – Kjell Widlert – An International Judge, IM in composing and solving, the fairy and solution editor of the Swedish magazine “Springaren”, a world famous fairy expert and composer of original style, who has also composed a large number of problems in collaboration with other composers during chess composition meetings, and, of course, one of the best commentators on JF! Also, Kjell has been the Swedish delegate to the PCCC/WFCC “for the last 100 years or so :-)”(K.W.), and was a Vice President for 20 years. Warm welcome to Kjell! 


End of JF-2014/I & start of JF-2014/II

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Dear Friends,

Today, on the 30th of April, is the last day of the first informal tournaments of this year – JF-2014/I. I will check again all published problems and versions participating in the tournament, but for now I’d like to tell thanks a lot to all participants for a very good problems! I believe it’s a strong tournament, and I hope that our judge, Vlaicu Crișan, will enjoy his work!

As I’ve written in the post of January,1st, this year I’ve decided keep the same system as in 2013, and to split the  informal tourneys for fairy problems published on Julia’s Fairies website into 3 periods and independent tourneys: 
I – January-April, II – May-August, III – September-December. 


You’re welcome to participate in the second informal tournament – JF-2014/II, May-August, 2014!
Any fairy problem can participate, and I’m here for you to publish it as soon as I can, usually in 1-2 days.

dturevskiI’m happy to introduce you the judge of this period – Dmitri Turevski – a talented Russian composer successfully participating in many strong competitions, a developer of the popular Linux/Windows graphical user interface to Popeye – Olive, and also of a chess problem database – YACPDB! Warm welcome to Dmitri! 


Tournament for PG problems 2013-2014

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Dear Friends,

In April 2013 I’ve published at JF the first PG problem and promised to organize a separate tournament for PG problems in case of more entries.  Total number of PG problems in 2013 is seven:

No.299 (Nicolas Dupont)
No.306 (Enzo Minerva & Antonio Garofalo)
No.310 (Nicolas Dupont)
No.312 (Paul Rãican)
No.325 (Paul Rãican)
No.436 (Paul Rãican)
No.437 (Paul Rãican)

I’ve decided to extend the tournament to the year 2014, and now I’m glad to announce the
Tournament for Retro and PG problems published at Julia’s Fairies in 2013 – 2014!

hans-gruberThe judge: Hans Gruber – a well known German composer, the president of German association of problemists Die Schwalbe, for many years an editor of famous German magazine feenschach and a very active International judge! I’m grateful to Hans for accepting my invitation to judge this competition!