Originals 30-310116



Original Problems


30-31st of January, 2016

  • (31.01) No.998 – Anatoly Stepochkin (s#6; Maximummer; KoKo; Lion).
  • (31.01) No.996, 997 – Erich Bartel: No.996 (ser-=18; Circe File; Disparate); No.997 (ser-s#19; Circe Equipollents; Alphabetic Chess; Berolina Pawn).
  • (30.01) No.993, 994, 995 – Karol Mlynka: No.993 (#3; White Super-Transmuting King; Royal Nightrider-Locust); No.994 (h#2; White Super-Transmuting King; Rose); No.995 (hs=2; Circe Turncoats; Anti-Circe; White Super-Transmuting King; Royal Locust; Rook-Locust).

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 informal fairy tournament JF-2016(I) – Petko A. PetkovThe judge of Retro and PG problems 2015-2016Thomas Brand.

Krassimir Gandev – 70 JT 2016

logo-kobulchesskrassimir-gandevKrassimir Gandev – 70 JT 2016

On 21st March 2016 the Bulgarian maestro IM Krassimir Gandev will celebrate his 70th Anniversary. The website for Chess Composition KoBulChess.com announces the “Krassimir Gandev – 70” JT 2016.

Theme: Fairy problems type #, H#, S#, HS#, =, H=, S=, HS=, ==, H=, S=, HS== in 2-4 moves and Series or Parry Series in 2-8 moves with Hurdle Colour Changing pieces. Other fairy pieces or conditions are not allowed.

Please send your entries by email: gandev70@abv.bg |  Deadline: 21.03.2016 | Judge: Krassimir Gandev 

The Award will be published on KoBulChess.com till 31.03.2016 |  Announcement with examples, PDF

Contacting Peter Harris?

894-phDear Friends, Editors, I need your help, please! You all might know how many problems by Peter Harris I’ve published on JF. It’s about 125, since July, 2012 (no.39) when I started to publish original problems on JF. The last mail I’ve got from Peter was on the 13th of September, 2015 with 4 problems, asking to publish the three of them dedicated to the judges first (no.890,891,892 for Vlaicu Crisan, Dmitri TurevskiKjell Widlert) and the one for me, on my birthday, a few days later  (no.894). During these three years Peter had some periods of active composing and some pauses too, but not for 4 months.. Anyway, even without a new compositions, Peter would answer my mails with Diplomas for the recently rewarded problems if he would be well, I believe. The last weeks I’ve sent some more mails to Peter and also to his email provider, Vodamail (no answer); sms-es to his phone, and tried to call him too, but there’s answering machine only. I don’t have any contacts of Peter’s friends or relatives to ask about him. Maybe anybody has? Maybe anybody has heard anything from Peter after September, 2015? I believe, we must find out what we can about Peter. Thank you! – Julia

WCCI 2013-2015: 2 days left

wfcc-logo-transparentJust 2 days left to submit your entries to  the 2013-15 WCCI. The tourney director is Dmitry Turevsky (email: dmitri.turevski@gmail.com). Participants may submit their entries by January 20, 2016. See the list of Received entries at wfcc.ch website.

Judges for Fairies & Retros: 

G) Fairies: Juraj Brabec (SVK), Aleksandr Bulavka (BLR), Georgy Evseev (RUS), Petko Petkov (BUL), Kjell Widlert (SWE)

H) Retros: Dmitry Baibikov (ISR), Nicolas Dupont (FRA), Andrey Frolkin (UKR), Bernd Graefrath is generic cialis just as good (GER), Kostas Prentos (GRE)

gw-JF885-retractor-articleHow to solve defensive retractors under the condition of AntiCirce

by Günther Weeth, Stuttgart

Shortly after the fabulous start of that successful story of the Proca retractor under the condition of AntiCirce Wolfgang Dittmann dealt with the question of how to approach that new type as a solver. He laid down a summary of methods that might pave the way to the solution of problems of that kind in two articles: Die Schwalbe, vol. 204, December 2003, “Lösungsstrategien im Verteidigungsrückzüger mit Anticirce-Bedingung”) and – as a supplement – in Die Schwalbe, vol. 207, June 2004 where he provides valuable information concerning the testing program “Pacemaker” established by Thomas Kolkmeyer. Since then the fairy condition of “AntiCirce” has not only stood its ground in the field of the Proca retractor but also in a wider range of retro problems. The new type has been welcomed by a small number of highly motivated solvers, even so by such solvers being somewhat reluctant to tackle it in the first two or three years of its existence. →The Article (PDF, 8 pages)

KoBulChess Informal Tourneys 2016


The website KoBulChess announces Informal Tourneys 2016 for the sections:

Twomovers (#2), the judge: Eugene Rosner (USA)

Threemovers (#3), the judge: Evgeni Bourd (Israel)

Helpmates (H#2), the judge: Shankar Ram (India)

Helpmates (H#n), the judge: Petko Petkov (Bulgaria)

Selfmates (S#), the judge: Ivan Soroka (Ukraine)

Fairies, the judge: Kjell Widlert (Sweden)

The arrows of St Sebastian TT

StSebastienThe arrows of St Sebastian

The theme required : a problem with 7 pieces minimum (black, white or neutral) on the same file or diagonal, the total of pieces is free. Two pieces maximum can “touch” the shape of the arrow. All fairy piece(s), fairy condition(s) and stipulations are allowed. → See announcement with examples (PDF)

Ultimate date : 10 of February 2016 to send to Sebastien Luce (judge), by mail : luceechecs@gmail.com

The most beautiful arrows will receive some delicious chocolates of Clichy (France) !

Invitation to Belgrade: 59th WCCC & 40th WCSC

wccc2016-logoInvitation to Belgrade: 59th WCCC & 40th WCSC

The Serbian Chess Problem Society invites you to the 59th World Congress of Chess Composition (WCCC) and the 40th World Chess Solving Championship (WCSC). The event will be held from July 30th to August 6th 2016, in the 5-star Metropol Palace Hotel, in the center of Belgrade.

The Opening ceremony (July 30th) will be in the Assembly of the City of Belgrade.

The Open solving (August 1st), will be directed by Axel Steinbrink (Germany). The director of 40th WCSC (August 2nd & 3rd) will be Brian Stephenson (Great Britain). For the first time in the history of WCCC, separate competitions for juniors up to 18 years will be organized, both in composing and solving chess problems.

Download invitation as PDF | Official website: http://wccc2016.matplus.net

Originals 04-130116



Original Problems


4-13th of January, 2016

Dear authors, I have to work overtimes almost till the end of January. I’m sorry for all delays in publications during this time! – Julia

  • (13.01) No.992 – Michael Grushko (Pser-hs#12; Anti-Circe). March of the two Kings in Pser-hs problem.
  • (13.01) No.525.1 – Andreas Thoma (-6 & s#1 Proca Retractor; Anti-Circe Cheylan). An improvement to No.525 after comment of P.Raican.
  • (10.01) No.991 – Krassimir Gandev (h#2; Berolina Pawn; Glasgow Chess). Mates by pinned neutral piece.
  • (06.01) No.989, 990 – Václav Kotěšovec. Two long serial miniatures in two phases: No.989 (ser-#19; PWC; Grasshopper) and No.990 (ser-h#26; KoeKo; Kangaroo).
  • (06.01) No.987, 988 – Erich Bartel. Two stalemates: with AUW in No.987 (h==6; Circe PWC; Madrasi; AlphabeticChess) and fairy AUW in No.988 (h=2; Nightrider; Antilope; Camelrider; Zebrarider).
  • (04.01) No.885.1 – Günther Weeth (-8 & #1; Hoeg retractor Anti-Circe). An improvement made by author after discovering a dual in No.885.
  • (04.01) No.986 – Geoff Foster (h#2.5; Phantom Chess; KoBul Kings). Mates by a single neutral piece. The problem is inspired by No.985.

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 informal fairy tournament JF-2016(I) – Petko A. PetkovThe judge of Retro and PG problems 2015-2016Thomas Brand.

Munich fairy chess TT 2016

Munich fairy chess TT 2016mpk-b

Reflexmate miniatures with fairy pieces

Required are reflexmate miniatures in 4 or more moves with fairy pieces. Only ‘real’ reflexmates (with white reflex try), no semireflexmates. Fairy conditions, fairy boards, series-movers and mixed stipulations (e.g. helpreflexmate) are not accepted.

Judge: Hans Gruber | Tourney director: Frank Müller | Submissions via email to Frank Müller, framutor@aol.com
Closing date: June 30th, 2016 |
The award will be published as a special issue of the mpk-Blätter end of 2016.