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 :

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:

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,
Closing date: June 30th, 2016 |
The award will be published as a special issue of the mpk-Blätter end of 2016.

chess-marble-green-v1Informal tourney „Saechsische Zeitung“2016/17

Judges of the 3 sections:

twomover: Andreas Witt | threemover: Sven Trommler | moremover: Wilfried Neef

File copy and a booklet of the award for each participant.
Three prizes in each section: 20 €; 15 €; 10 € (books for foreign participants).

Problems continuously requested to: Dr. Frank Reinhold, Weidenstr.22, D- 01458 Ottendorf-Okrilla;


Dear Friends,

First of all, I wish you a happy and successful year 2016! As always, you’re very welcome here, on JF!

The second informal tournament of the previous year – JF-2015/II – has finished on the 31st of December, 2015 with 128 published problems (excluding versions and Retro&PG problems). Thanks a lot to all participants and to the judge, Ofer Comay, for his future work! 

The year 2016 will be also split into two informal tourneys for fairy problems
I – January-June, II – July-December

You’re welcome to participate in the first informal tournament of this year – JF-2016/I, January-June!
I always try to publish your problems as soon as I can. Hopefully, in 1-2 days. But at some periods I really get too many of your works, and I’d like you to know that in such cases I give a priority to either the problems I consider as more interesting or to the new authors or those authors who has less of publications on JF.

ppetkov_dobrichI’m happy to announce the judge of this period – Petko A. Petkov – International Judge, GM in composition, famous fairy composer and a leader in the world rank list with 454.25 points in the FIDE Albums. Till now, Petko has judged four JF’s thematic competitions and was also one of the strongest and active authors on JF. This time I’m grateful to Petko for taking one more job, although, loosing him as an author for this period. Warm welcome to Petko!

Good luck to all of us in 2016! – Julia