11th of February, 2014
While Forum is not active enough, I believe I should turn your attention to the New Forum contents added! New posts to the Forum you can see on the right panel under Recent posts to Forum section (for a while I’ve moved it before the Recent Comments section). Your posts to the Forum are very welcome, as this way you can open some new topics which are out of my publications, but might be interesting to the others.
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I wish a Merry Christmas to all of you and to your families! Have a nice celebration tonight, and feel your Christmas Angel flying somewhere close to you, ready to support you and to make you happy!
While my Angels have decorated a Christmas Tree at home, I’ve decided to decorate the site with something from myself, and have chosen this little thingy recently composed. See No.463 – my lovely Locust piece in the first stalemate I’ve composed, with a Merry Christmas wishes to all of you!!
Fairy Terms – a new look!
Dear Friends, I’d like to present you a new look of Fairy Terms section! I know, I know, there’re really too few definitions yet, but I’ll try to improve the situation. What I’ve done these days is a new way of presentation, where the database is used for the definitions and a query form is added for you to make the search. For now I don’t plan to have as many definitions as possible, but at least the information about Fairy pieces and Fairy conditions presented in the Original Problems section of the site (in the both – English and Russian).
In the new presentation by default you see the definitions of all pieces and conditions I have. Maybe in the future the default view should be changed. Next, you can either choose some concrete fairy piece or condition from drop-down menu, or to use “enter pattern” field to enter any part of the name (like submitting “locust” you will get “Locust”, “Rook-Locust”, “Bishop-Locust”). I’m thinking either alphabetical order for the results would be better?.. For now the order is more or less by the groups of related pieces. As always, I appreciate your comments and suggestions here! And please report if you’ll get any bugs!
My debut in WCCI 2010-2012
It was my first participation in WCCI, and of course, I’m happy, and excited, and very interested in all results…. Everyone can imagine!
I’ve participated in Fairy section (judges: Juraj Lörinc, Franz Pachl, Petko Petkov, Tadashi Wakashima, Klaus Wenda), the place No.21 (considered a lucky number!) in the list of results, 29.50 points in total. →See the whole text with problems and scores!
Problems were ordered by my understanding which one is better, the judges views were a bit different. But I’m very happy that No.2 – with my favorite Chameleon piece(!) – goes to FIDE Album!
First of all I’d like to remind you that the 1st of June is very close – and it is the last day for submitting your problems to FIDE Album 2010-2012. See the Announcement at WFCC website!
And now I have a good and bad news:
• I’m happy to let you know that yesterday I’ve got from Juraj Brabec the Award for JF-2013-I informal tourney! There’re many awarded problems and about 7 pages of interesting comments written in a nice cosy style. Thanks a lot to Juraj for so fast judging!
• I’m sorry to tell you, that most probably you’ll see the award in the first days of June only, as I have to translate it from Russian into English, and to prepare for publication; but as a lazy student I haven’t prepared my selection for FIDE Album yet, and need some time now to do it.
Looking at the silence here, I guess that many of you are busy with Album’s problems now. I wish you good luck in preparing your selections! And I’m waiting for your activity here again!
May, 16th, 2013
Important message from Petko A. Petkov:
I’d like to inform you that due to some technical issues with company-provider my old email address firstname.lastname@example.org doesn’t work starting 15-May-2013.
Please use the following two email addresses simultaneously:
Director of FIDE-ALBUM 2010-2012 (fairy section)
The End of Informal Tourney JF-2013-I
Dear Friends, today is the last day of the informal tourney Julia’sFairies-2013-I !
I will inform you later about the list of problems participating in this tourney (versions of one and the same problem, PG-problems will be excluded). The number of problems is close to 100 (from No.214 till No.310).
For now I’d like to tell THANKS A LOT to all participants and active commentators!
A special GRATITUDE to our judge, JURAJ BRABEC, for taking this big work! Dear Juraj, I wish you a pleasant judging!
And now all of you are welcome to participate in Julia’sFairies-2013-II: from 01-May-2013 till 31-Aug-2013.
Welcome to our judge of summer period – DIYAN KOSTADINOV !
Julia’sFairies – some statistics for 1 year
Now, when the site is 1 year old, it’s interesting to see the statistics about it’s growth. There’re some very interesting figures! Like,
Number of visits for the year is 36,014 (unique visitors are 5,795) and number of countries is 99! Of course, some visits are one time only, so it’s more interesting to look at the active ones. More then 10 visits are from 51 countries, while the top 10 is:
But this is the chart of visits:
Number of page views is 100,564! The most popular is Problems – the number of unique page views is 2,085! Articles, Tourneys, Software have more than 1,000 unique views. Pages with original problems have till about 400 unique views for most commented, and around 150-250 views in average. The total number of views for original problems 2013 is 8,101.
What also might be interesting? I can add something more if you have any ideas for it! Thanks a lot to all of you for coming, for you comments, mails, originals… for your different personalities, your help and attention.. – for everything! You’re always welcome here, at my “virtual home” – Julia’s Fairies!!! –Julia
Julia’sFairies 1st jubilee – The 10th of April, 2013
Dear Friends! Today is the first birthday of my site! Of course, I’m happy! And I have a lot of memories – about the first tries of running it, the first created pages and posts, the first visitors!.. A year ago, at the same time, 10-Apr, 1:00 a.m. I’ve published the first post My start in composition about my problems with Chameleons, and have made the site available for visitors, although at that time it had just several sections about composing software. Honestly, that time I didn’t plan it growing so fast, but ideas came more and more, and your attention gave me too strong motivation! So, thanks to all of you Julia’s Fairies is what it is! I will add some more statistics a bit later, but for now I’m happy to present…. the original problems, of course!! –
- (10.04) The gifts for Julia’s Fairies 1st jubilee – two problems by GM Petko A. Pekov:
No.292 – Play of Chinese half-battery with a cyclic interchange of functions;
No.293 – Transformation of two neutral batteries with Take&Make effects!
You can see, that now there are two sections under the Original Problems top menu: Julia’sFairies-2012 with all problems of the year 2012; Julia’sFairies-2013(I) which will contain the problems of January-April, 2013. The judge for informal fairy tourney 2013(I) – Juraj Brabec.