Back-Home Thematic Tournament

Thematic Tournament

The 5th Thematic Tournament requires original chess compositions employing the Back-Home fairy condition, recently invented by Nicolas Dupont. Entries should be submitted to the tourney director, Nicolas Dupont, via email at The closing date is December 31st, 2013. The tournament sections and judges are as follows:

Section 1: Help and Help-Self
Any type of help and help-self stipulations. Fairy units are allowed, but no additional fairy conditions.
Judges: Vlaicu Crisan and Eric Huber (Romania).

Section 2: Series-Movers
Any type of series and parry-series stipulations. Additional fairy conditions are allowed, but no fairy units.
Judge: Paul Raican (Romania).

Section 3: Proof Games
No fairy units or additional conditions are allowed.
Judge: Michel Caillaud (France).

See full announcement in pdf file or the original publication at!

See also The back-home fairy condition article by Nicolas Dupont.

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Updates as of 28th of June, 2013:

  • (28.06) No.342 – Julia Vysotska – Anti-batteries, reciprocal play of two pairs of pieces, Take&Make with activity of the white King! And a long comment  🙂

Now there are three sections under the Original Problems top menu: Julia’sFairies-2012 with all problems of the year 2012; Julia’sFairies-2013(I) with all problems of January-April, 2013; Julia’sFairies-2013(II) will contain problems of May-August, 2013. The judge for informal fairy tourney 2013(II)Diyan Kostadinov



The Union Problemistas’s Argentina of Chess announces the tournament of composition to commemorate 65 Mario Guido García’s birthdays

Prizes: Books,honourable mentions and commendations will be awarded
The preliminary award of tourney will be sent to participants by e-mail and will be published on the website of Unión Argentina de Problemistas de Ajedrez (UAPA)   ?Read more… (click to show/hide)

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Updates as of 20-24th of June, 2013:

  • (24.06) No.340, 341 – Václav Kotěšovec – Two unique aristocratic miniatures in typical great Vaclav’s echo style!
  • (24.06) No.339 – Sébastien Luce –  A nice 5-men Aristocrat!
  • (22.06) No.338 – Gani Ganapathi –  Non-standard play of different types of Pawns!
  • (20.06) No.337 – Julia Vysotska – Bishop– and Rook-Locust reciprocally close lines for each other!

Now there are three sections under the Original Problems top menu: Julia’sFairies-2012 with all problems of the year 2012; Julia’sFairies-2013(I) with all problems of January-April, 2013; Julia’sFairies-2013(II) will contain problems of May-August, 2013. The judge for informal fairy tourney 2013(II)Diyan Kostadinov

The AWARD – JF-2013/I



The AWARD – JF-2013/I

June, 17th, 2013

Dear Friends,

First of all I should apologize for the delay with the Award for Julia’sFairies-2013/I! As I have written before, I’ve got it from the judge, Juraj can u buy cialis online Brabec, yet in May, but needed some time to prepare for publication. The original Award is in Russian and I’d like to thank Dmitri Turevski, who’s helped me a lot with correction of Russian terminology.

English version is not ready yet, but will be presented soon, with a help of Geoff Foster who’s so kind to help me with language corrections in many cases. For now just the introduction to the Award is translated. 

My congratulations to the winners! Thanks a lot to all participants!  

My gratitude to Juraj Brabec for so fast judging and so detailed and interesting comments in the Award!

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Updates as of 10-16 June, 2013:

  • (16.06) No.336 – František Sabol – It’s a rare case when I’ve a selfmate to publish! Welcome to František !
  • (15.06) No.335 – Alain Bienabe – A very  nice 5-men! 
  • (12.06) No.334 – Pierre Tritten – Fairy HOTF problem!
  • (11.06) No.333 – Dominique Forlot  – Nice to see that condition “Back Home” by Nicolas Dupont is going to become popular!
  • (10.06) No.332 – Nicolas Dupont  – Author shows an example of his own condition – “Back Home” – with 4 interesting promotions (see an article “The back-home fairy condition – Nicolas Dupont“)!

Now there are three sections under the Original Problems top menu: Julia’sFairies-2012 with all problems of the year 2012; Julia’sFairies-2013(I) with all problems of January-April, 2013; Julia’sFairies-2013(II) will contain problems of May-August, 2013. The judge for informal fairy tourney 2013(II)Diyan Kostadinov

WFCC website

9th of June, 2013

News about WFCC website


By Harry Fougiaxis, President of the WFCC:

Dear colleagues,

In March Hannu Harkola informed the presidium that he would like to step down from the post of the webmaster after nearly 15 years of hard work with the site. Hannu started the site back in 1999, and we truly realised the immense effort he had invested on it when we had to migrate it to the new server!

Hannu, on behalf of our federation, I should like to express my warmest thanks!

We approached several candidates and we eventually decided that Julia Vysotska from Latvia will be the new webmaster. I guess you are familiar with her own site featuring a wealth of articles, originals, comments, short discussions and news on fairy chess (and not only…)

Julia started the migration in early May and, as it usually happens, various technical issues had to be resolved. She was always eager to sort them out by learning new things, installing a plugin, proposing some new layout, and so on. I have been working with her for only a month and it was a real delight. I am confident that she will keep working on the site with the same enthusiasm and devotion.

The new site is available at If your browser still points to the old site, clear your browsing history (or write in the address bar of your browser and hit Ctrl+Enter).

Warm regards,
Harry Fougiaxis
President of the WFCC

I’d like to tell thanks a lot to Harry Fougiaxis for so kind words! For me these about 1,5 months of work under WFCC website were full of new experiences, and the most great experience was a joint work we had. Harry himself put so much of efforts into the project, testing hundreds of pages, fixing broken links, correcting materials, creating working lists for me! Every day I felt I’m not alone here and it motivated and helped a lot!
I also was amazed by the amount of work done by Hannu Harkola! – about 500 web pages of information and so many of them with a huge tables! So many years Hannu took care of this site! 
I’m also thankful to Thomas Maeder, who was very helpful in the final steps of launching the site. It was about domain name, account for the site, setup of name servers etc. – the things I had known almost nothing about, but was finally taught!

For me the invitation to do this work is a great honor! I’ll try to do my best to  meet your expectations! Thank you! /Julia

WinChloe update – 06/2013

WinChloe 3.24 – June’s update!

A new version of WinChloe solving program is just released – WinChloe 3.24 is available from the 8th of June, 2013! Features added or corrected:

3.24 (juin 13)

The link “Help guide for English users (by Reb Orrell)” is active again,
Reb having transfered the files to a new site:

New conditions programmed:
Réflexe puis Minimum noir
Réflexe puis Minimum blanc
Circé maléfique clône
Growing men blanc
Growing men noir
Promotions en Caméléon autorisées

Myself I’d like to comment 2 conditions:

  • Retour – this is a “Back-home” condition described by its inventor, Nicolas Dupont, in just published article The “back-home” fairy condition – Nicolas Dupont;
  • Promotions en Caméléon autorisées – “Promotion to chameleon allowed” – this condition was used in a joint problem No.326 by Michel Caillaud & Julia Vysotska. The problem was shown as C-, but now it can be changed to C+!

As always its a pleasure for me to say “Thank you very much!” to Christian Poisson for his work!

The back-home fairy condition – Nicolas Dupont

nicolas-dupontThe back-home fairy condition

Nicolas Dupont

I got the back-home idea several years ago and, after having composed an educational example, I felt such a fairy condition could be of great interest. I sent the back-home rules together with this illustration to Mario Richter, who was able to show its correctness via a partial programming of the condition, mainly for proof games.

Then came the Trillon Memorial Tournament, asking for fairy proof games. The Director, Laurent Riguet, kindly accepted back-home entries although this fairy condition wasn’t officially defined. But the judgment took a long time and hence “squeezed” back-home: it was impossible for me to publish the rules otherwise my entries for the Trillon would have been no more anonymous.

The goal of this article is, finally, to officially define back-home (section 1), as well as to provide illustrative examples. The rules seem easy to understand but lead to practical difficulties, so I will begin with two 0-positions (section 2) in order to get started. Two educational examples will follow (section 3) and, lastly, three “real” problems (section 4).

I thank Christian Poisson for his great programming of back-home (condition “Retour” under WinChloe 3.24) and his help for achieving a correct understanding of it. I also thank the composers and friends from the FranceEchecs website, the place where most of the problems presented here were constructed, as well as my co-authors during the Trillon, Michel Caillaud and Mario Richter.

Finally my gratitude goes to Julia, for having accepted to publish this article on her excellent website!

→See the whole article!

Marco Bonavoglia 60 – Jubilee Tourney

MB-60JT-diagsMarco Bonavoglia 60 – Jubilee Tourney

Required are proof games with multisolutions and/or twins, showing bicolor strategy (see examples below). Fairy conditions allowed, but no fairy pieces; depending on the number of entries there could be two sections in the final award (orthodox and fairies).

→See full announcement as pdf!

Any number of entries per composer, but no more than one non-computer-tested problem per composer. For C+ problem, please indicate the software used for checking.

The judge will receive all entries in anonymous form.

Send entries to Antonio Garofalo ( by January 31st 2014

Judge: Marco Bonavoglia