Original Problems (pages 1-10)

Original Problems (page 1)

I’ll publish some of my problems here and I’d be happy to receive yours! Diagrams, comments, new ideas, anything to discuss – are very appreciated!

The site is mostly about fairies, but h# and s# are also welcome! Please send your problems to my e-mail: julia@juliasfairies.com

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I’d like to present the first 4 original problems of this site: 2 my own problems: No.1 – light miniature with KoBul Kings and No.3 – the one of my first helpmates. No.2 – an interesting problem with critical moves by the known Indian composer who also сooperates with this site a lot! №4 – a nice problem with Маsand Chess (a little sorry, that in 1 solution only).


KoBul KingsWhen a piece (not a pawn) of his own side is captured, a King transforms into a Royal piece of the same type as the captured one. When the King is in the form of any Royal piece and there is a capture of one of the pawns of his own side, he becomes a normal King again. Сaptures are illegal if their result is self-cheсk because of the transformation of the Кings according to KoBul rules. Castling is allowed only if the KoBul King is on his initial square in the form of a normal King and if he has not already moved; however he may already have been transformed. In the case of capture by a King in AntiCirce he is reborn on his initial square and may castle. If the capture is by a King which is in the form of some Royal piece, he is reborn on the initial square of that piece (the definition from www.kobulchess.com). The perfect examples of KoBul Kings you can see in the Award of KoBulChess TT 2012.

Masand: A unit which moves and actively checks changes the colour of all the units – enemy and its own (not Ks) – which it observes after the move. A checking rear (non-moving) piece of a battery would not recolour the units it observes.


No.1 Julia Vysotska
h#2,5*                                        (3+4)
KoBul Kings
White Royal piece Se2
1… … 2.Sf7 f5 3.Bf4 rSxf4 [brK=rB] # – not 4.rBxf3(wrS=wK)?? – self-check!!
1…rSd4 2.Sg4 rSf5 3.Bf6 fxg4 [brK=rS] # – not 4.rSxf4(wrS=wK)?? – self-check!!
The black King in the rB/rS phases can’t capture the white pawns f3/f4 because it transforms white rS into the King phase giving the self-check. Sacrifices of the black S/B with the transformation of the black King. (Author)

No.2 Seetharaman Kalyan
hs#2,5          b) LEg8->g7         (4+8)
LEOs: a4, a5, g8
a) 1….LEa2 2. LEa8 LE5a3! 3. Sf8+ LExa8#
b) 1….LEa7 2. LEa1 LE4a6! 3. Sf6+ LEna1#
Critical moves from the both sides. White creates two anti-batteries S/LEO (orthogonal and diagonal). Аbout black play: it can be called a Doubled Bristol theme also. Actually all Bristols involve movement over a critical square. Perhaps the name “Double-headed Bristol” is more descriptive here. Very rarely Bristol pieces move in both directions. (Author)

No.3 Julia Vysotska
h#2            2 solutions               (4+5)
I. 1.B:d3 Se2 + 2.Kc4 Sd2 #
II. 1.S:e4 Sf5 + 2.Kc5 d4 #
Zilahi, vacation of square, model mates. (Author)

No.4 Ivan Bryukhanov
h#4                                              (1+4)
1.b3 Kd6 2.Se4(wPc3)+ Kd7 3.Sc5(wPb3)+ Kc6 4.Ka5 b4(wSc5)#
Ideal-mate. (Author)

The diagrams are made on WinChloe and it’s Echecs font is used for Logo design.

21 Responses to Original Problems (pages 1-10)

  1. Seetharamanseetharaman says:

    No.1 is very nice, with the black pieces alternatively blocking squares and getting captured to transform the black king for the mate !

  2. Seetharamanseetharaman says:

    Masand Chess is new to me. An accurate definition might help. Does the transformation happens when the opposing King is attacked or after the checked king moves?

    • JuliaJulia says:

      Ram, you’re right – the definitions are needed! I’ve added them now. Thanks!! (Masand is new to me as well!)

      • Иван Брюханов says:

        Впервые я увидел упоминание , сказочного жанра Masand.
        В журнале feenschach Heft 140 April-Mai 2001
        На стр , 72 -76 , статья Eine neue Erfindung: Masand-Schach . Автор статьи Petko A.Petkov
        Статья написано на немецком языке , потому прочитать не удалось , но анализируя приведенные там задачи , я понял что жанр Masand . предложенный там крайне интересен , и начал составлять , такова моя история знакомства с идеей Masand

        • JuliaJulia says:

          I’ll translate in short words. (Иван, я коротко переведу, не возражаете? Определения условий тоже перевела сейчас на русский язык). Ivan, the author of No.4, writes, that the first time he’s seen the Masand Chess condition in the article from feenschach Heft 140 April-Mai 2001(pages 72-76), by Petko A.Petkov. The article was in German, he couldn’t understand, but learned by the examples and started to compose.

          • Иван Брюханов says:

            Уточню саму природу творчества , к своей небольшой задаче , думаю это возможно важно.
            Составлена задача быстро , не больше пяти минут ,мне показалось интересным , смена цвета черных фигур . Не более , но в целом я даже не зарисовал задачу в свою тетрадь , считая что это просто набросок , небольшой луч ,не больше , память через несколько дней сделала бы свое дело , забыв данный луч разума , . …
            Но просматривая новости шахматной композиции в интернете , на Вашем сайте , Юлия я обратил внимание , на Вашу идею возможность публиковать , и так как у меня сейчас практически почти все мои шахматные задачи , опубликованы , то я вспомнил , тот луч , ….. случайность не более , каждая человеческая душа , творит по разному , видимо это самая большая тайна , всё что сотворено мной в искусстве шахматных задач , сотворено от радости , легко , без никаких усилий , как дыхание , …

  3. Petko A.PetkovPETKO PETKOV says:

    PETKO PETKOV – In my opinion in problem N 2 Seetharaman Kalyan demonstrates a very original and interesting complex of fairy-motives. The play of both black Lions we can define as “Reciprocal Bristol on two opposite directions”. Yes, this combination is very rare when it is executed with identical pieces (here=LEOs). I think that concerning all Bristol types it is not needed to speak about “critical moves”, despite in Bristol combination exist some “critical elements”. According to white play here, I doubt that everything is made optimum. White Leo stands a little bit passive on square “g8″ and probably it prompts what should be the white play. Аn interesting new version (but in 3 moves and without twins) is possible in which is added the new – interesting and also rear motive – preliminary moves by the white LEO on g8, g7 before critical moves. After that follows the author`s combination without any changes. In my opinion here we can cal white play so: ” White Leo`s roundabour maneuvers with critical moves and creation of anti-batteries”. I show here only a position – scheme which probably is possible to improve in technical aspect. See my idea at: http://juliasfairies.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Seetharaman-scheme-hs3.png

    • Seetharamanseetharaman says:

      Thanks Petko for your comments.Yes, the twinning in my version was not satisfactory. Your suggestion greatly improves white’s play. I wish I had thought of it myself 🙁

      • Dmitri TurevskiDmitri Turevski says:

        Wasn’t this problem composed for the 9th WCCT but didn’t make it to the India selection?

        • Seetharamanseetharaman says:

          Yes. This one didnt make it as our entry, as there was some doubt whether or not black’s moves could be considered thematic (though we felt it was thematic) so selected the other problems.

    • I see, Petko, that I had exactly the same idea now when seeing Seethamaran’s diagram – and during the WCCT entries preparation too. 🙂

      • Seetharamanseetharaman says:

        Juraj, Did you find a similar setting and rejected for your WCCT entry …..? Was it for doubt on theme or having better entries ? In our case it was both.

        • Definitely better problems than the one developed from the scheme with wLE playing to corners. But that one had the most versions and I am already planning the article showing the development of the scheme. Now I hope not to forget to include your take on the scheme just for comparison. And maybe there will be some examples among competing problems after all, we will know soon.

  4. JuliaJulia says:

    I’ve composed one more problem for this site yesterday’s night.. Most probably, the improvements are possible there. See it at http://juliasfairies.com/problems/page-2/ (the 2nd page of Original Problems section). Any comments? 🙂
    (RUS) Составила вчера ночью задачку для сайта. Наверное, тут есть, что улучшить – See it at http://juliasfairies.com/problems/page-2/ (2-ая страница раздела Оригинальных задач). Комментарии? 🙂

  5. valerygurovvalerygurov says:

    Юля, очень рад что в нашем полку прибыло 🙂
    В Вашей милой задаче №3 уберите ладью с6 и пешку d5 и поставьте белого слона на a8 – будет два идеальных мата.

    • JuliaJulia says:

      Спасибо, Валерий! Рада Вас видеть на сайте!
      Да, точно, получается:
      А еще? 🙂

      • valerygurovvalerygurov says:

        А что еще?! В сказках я работаю редко, в основном для WCCT или на конгрессах, к тому же Петко значительно компетентнее в своих комментариях. Но если есть какие-то вопросы(предложения) в коопматах – то к Вашим услугам!

        • JuliaJulia says:

          А вот например №1 в http://juliasfairies.com/ru/battery-play-apr2012/
          Я эту задачу 2 ночи составляла на конкурс (для меня это очень быстро 🙂 ) – можно там, сохранив тему, убрать немножко черные технические фигурки? Мне просто интересно..

    • Nikola Predrag says:

      Hello and compliments to the hosting Julia!
      I’m puzzled with Russian terminology. What is a meaning of:
      …”будет два идеальных мата”…, with regard to bSe4 in the 2nd solution?

      • JuliaJulia says:

        Thanks, Nikola! Do you mean what Valery Goruv writes? –
        “№3 уберите ладью с6 и пешку d5 и поставьте белого слона на a8 – будет два идеальных мата.” =
        In No.3 take away bRc6 and bPd5 and add wBa8 – so, you’ll get 2 ideal mates.

        • Nikola Predrag says:

          Yes, as I have understood, ideal mate means that all b+w pieces
          are necessary in mate. If so, bSe4 ,can be removed in 2nd mate.

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