Julia’s Fairies – HSP – 2012

The site Julia’s Fairies

announces its 1st  Thematic Tourney


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: julia@juliasfairies.com

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 

N 1:

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

feenschach 2008

HS#4                          (2+2)

N 2:

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!

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11 Responses to Julia’s Fairies – HSP – 2012

  1. SeetharamanSeetharaman says:

    Welcome announcement ! HR# HR= is somewhat new to me. An explanation and an example will be of help.

    • JuliaJulia says:

      Dear Ram,
      Thank you! But actually you’re the 1st who came with this idea!
      About HR#, HR= – I’ll add the info later today!

      • JuliaJulia says:

        Ram, about HR#n:
        Help-Reflexmate (HR) in “n” moves: both sides make n-1 help-moves with a goal – to create a position in which follow Reflexmate in 1 move on the last n-th move of the problem. During the play, white should also mate, if it has such possibility. /julia

        • SeetharamanSeetharaman says:

          I think an alternative description would be “White to play and help black mate white … reflex condition applying for both”

  2. Madhatter5 says:

    What other hs problems could there be?

  3. Seetharamanseetharaman says:

    Black plays a series of moves to reach a position in which white can force S#1. What stipulation is this ?

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