Formal thematic tourney with Viceking by A.P.I. – C31.12.2017

The A.P.I. organizes a formal thematic tourney in 2-4 moves with the piece called Vicekingsee description in the announcement.
Originals can be of any type (direct, helpmate, selfmate, helpselfmate, series etc. Are not allowed other types of fairy conditions and pieces). No zeropositions.
Director of tourney: Valerio AGOSTINI [valerio.agostini@gmail.com] | Judge: Antonio GAROFALO | Deadline: 31.12.2017
Originals must be sent within deadline to Director only by e-mail. The problems awarded will be published on Sinfonie Scacchistiche, which will be sent to every participant.


ECSC 2017 in Riga; break in publications…

ecsc2017riga-logoDear Friends, being one of the organizers of the 13th European Chess Solving Championship in Riga from Friday, May 12th to Sunday May 14th, I’m very much busy till the end of the event. I have to apologize for the delay in publications on JF. Please, send your original problems starting May 16th and I’ll be glad to publish them!

Of course, will continue to update WFCC website, especially during ECSC. Thank you! – Julia.

Originals 26-300417

 

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Original Problems

 

26-30th of April, 2017

  • (30.04) No.1215 – György Bakcsi & Zoltán Laborczi (s=5; Black Must Capture). Warm welcome to György & Zoltán in Original problems section of JF!
    Zoltán Laborczi writes about his co-author: “György Bakcsi has always had weak eyes and now he has been completely blind for a long time, but he continues composing chess problems solely in his head.”
  • (26.04) No.1214 – Paul Rãican (phser-=82).
  • (26.04) No.1213 – Sergey Shumeiko (ser-h#6 ; Circe). Warm welcome to Sergey in Original problems section of JF!
  • (26.04) No.1212 – Peter Harris (hs#3 ; Nightrider ; Sentinels, Transmuted Kings, Anti-Circe, Isardam). Dedicated to Dirk Borst.
    Peter mentions that Probleemblad has published many of his problems, but actually he dedicates this problem to Dirk in recognition of his agreeing to be JF’s Retro judge.
    I’m grateful to Peter too, for his care about me and JF. I have to tell also, that Peter’s words reminded me I haven’t appointed a fairy judge for the current period (01.01-30.06.2017) yet. Not only because of being too overloaded this year, but also because of my own work under the award of The Problemist’s Fairy section (2014), which makes me understand too good what a big work I’m asking for inviting a judge. Maybe anybody is willing to? (JV)

Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe’s graphics.


All previously published problems you can find in the subsections of Original Problems menu on the top. The judge of JF-2017(I) is not appointed yet. The judge of Retro & PG problems 2017-2018: Dirk Borst.


Belgrade Internet Tourneys 2017, C23.05.2017

BIT2017-GroupCBelgrade Internet Tourneys 2017

Composing Tourneys announced for the 12th Belgrade Problem Chess Festival 26th-28th May 2017 are split into 3 groups, including fairy Group C (HS#2.5 Max) which will be judged by solvers and composers themselves, in a special Composing-Solving-Judging contest on May 26th 2017, the first day of the Festival.

Group C – HS# Max 2.5, 2 Solutions Thematic condition: Help-selfmate Max is a new condition, with the help-play before the last two half-moves, presenting S#1 Maximummer (Black has to play the geometrically longest move).

The BIT 2017 will use the method of entering originals for the tourney directly to the Mat Plus website. Composers unable to use it may send their entries by email to the Mat Plus administrator: borislav.gadjanski@gmail.com. Deadline: May 23rd 2017.


Originals 16-220417

 

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Original Problems

 

16-22nd of April, 2017

  • (22.04) No.1211 – Gani Ganapathy & Juraj Lörinc (#2 ; AMU). With gratitude for the dedication to JF’s 5Y! (JV)
  • (22.04) No.1184.1 – Paul Rãican (-8 & s#1 Proca Retractor; Anti-Circe). Improved version of No.1184.
  • (17.04) No.1210 – Boris Shorokhov & Dmitri Turevski (h#5.5 ; Relegation Chess).
  • (16.04) No.1201.1 – Andrew Buchanan (h=3; C- ?). Improved version of No.1201.

Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe’s graphics.


All previously published problems you can find in the subsections of Original Problems menu on the top. The judge of JF-2017(I) is not appointed yet. The judge of Retro & PG problems 2017-2018: Dirk Borst.


CGSN – 70: Selected Chess Compositions

cgsn70-annCGSN – 70: Selected Chess Compositions
N.Shankar Ram

This e-booklet is a small tribute to CGSN, to celebrate his 70th birthday, which was on 24-Mar-2017. The 70 compositions included here form approximately 25% of his total oeuvre. I hope my selection captures his best and delights all readers.

CGSN, C.G.S.Narayanan, Chithathur Gopalan Sathyanarayanan is one of the world’s eminent chess problem composers. His main area of interest being the orthodox 2-mover, in the modern style, with changed mates and cyclic relationships. He is also strong in the orthodox 3-mover, which he started composing in the late 90s. He also composes to a smaller extent in other areas like helpmates, selfmates and fairies. Whatever be the area, his problems are marked by excellent construction, originality, economy and good solving difficulty. He avoids the hyper modern style where the content takes priority over other aspects…


Originals 10-160417

 

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Original Problems

 

10-16th of April, 2017

Problems for JF’s 5 years jubilee, published with gratitude:

  • (16.04) No.1209 – Claude Beaubestre (h#4 ; Einstein Chess, Equipollents Circe).
  • (15.04) No.1208 – Peter Harris (hs#2; Sentinels, Super-Circe, Anti-Andernach, Isardam).
  • (14.04) No.1207 – Michael Grushko (ser-h#8 ; Phantom Chess, Ghost Chess).
  • (14.04) No.1206 – Ladislav Packa (h=2 ; Anti-Circe).
  • (14.04) No.1205 – Petko A. Petkov (s#6 vv ; Immun Chess).
  • (12.04) No.1204 – Kenneth Solja (h#4.5* ; KoeKo White Maximummer).
  • (11.04) No.1203 – Igor Kochulov (hs#3.5 ; LEO, PAO, VAO, NAO).

Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe’s graphics.


All previously published problems you can find in the subsections of Original Problems menu on the top. The judge of JF-2017(I) is not appointed yet. The judge of Retro & PG problems 2017-2018: Dirk Borst.


JF’s 5 years jubilee

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JF’s 5 years jubilee

It feels like so recently I proudly wrote about JF’s first year, but today this website celebrates the first real jubilee, 5 years.. and I don’t know where to start from..

What is JF for me? As a growing baby, requiring time and care, it is making me glad, and more and more busy, in the same time. I have some figures and facts to be proud of, like number 1200 in the section of originals (an average of 2 publications in 3 days); then average of 120 visits per day (about 80 unique ones) from 27-30 countries; 15 informal competitions and 5 thematic ones; animated solutions implemented since June 2014 with Dmitri Turevski’s help…
more…

JV-BelgradeRunning the site, publishing different kinds of fairy problems, and announcements, I feel like learning all the time. But getting to know all of you who help me, who contribute to JF, who are part of “JF’s community”, means even more! The names, so many, from so different countries, turned into alive persons. And I know, this is in the both directions. Some years ago (2, 3?) I started seeing the references to Julia’s Fairies publications as simply: JF… The independent life of these two letters still means a lot to me.


Originals 05-080417

 

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Original Problems

 

5-8th of April, 2017

  • (08.04) No.1202 – Vitaly Medintsev (hs#3.5). “…model chameleon-echo mates.” (Author)
  • (08.04) No.1201 – Andrew Buchanan (h=3; C- ?). “C+ Popeye 4.75, together with retro logic…” (Author)
  • (08.04) No.1200 – Geoff Foster (s#11; Alphabetic Chess). “The white Bishop does a ‘staircase’…” (Author)
  • (05.04) No.1199 – Eugene Rosner (#2*; AMU). “…pure AMU defenses for the thematic mates” (Author)

Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe’s graphics.


All previously published problems you can find in the subsections of Original Problems menu on the top. The judge of JF-2017(I) is not appointed yet. The judge of Retro & PG problems 2017-2018: Dirk Borst.


Petko A. Petkov 75JT Award

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PAP 75JT AWARD

StrateGems-logoPetko A. Petkov 75th Jubilee Tourney Award
(by Petko A. Petkov)

StrateGems announces the Award of the jubilee tourney of its esteemed editor Petko A. Petkov (born February 27th, 1942 in Dobrich, Bulgaria). 

The director of the tournament, Chief Editor of StrateGems, Mike Prcic, thanks all participants and congratulates the winners.

“Forty-six composers, from sixteen countries participate in this tourney. I want to express my warm gratitude to the many of my friends-composers who sent exactly 100 memorable originals (for all three sections) for participation in my jubilee tourney. I also express my heartfelt thanks to the organizer of this remarkable event, StrateGems, as well to my dear friend Mike Prcic, who directed the tourney.” (Petko A. Petkov)