The Romanian magazine Componist-Buletin Problemistic is announcing the Memorial Tournament dedicated to Anatole F. Ianovcic, in order to commemorate 35 years from his passing away.

The tourney is for direct problems with mate in 2 moves, containing at least one grasshopper and/or at least one nightrider (other fairy pieces/conditions are not allowed), showing the Ianovcic theme: in the initial position, two black pieces A and B are half-pinned; after the key, a white line-piece C (= Q, R, B, G, N) is pinned by B (it could be already pinned); in the thematic variation, A plays, self-pinning B and, due to a black interference, allows C to give mate with a Pelle move (a move on the pin-line).

Entries should be sent until November 1st 2020, at the tournament director Dinu-Ioan Nicula, e-mail:
Announcement with examples in PDF | Prizes in chess literature.

Originals April 2020




Original Problems JF-2020/I


April, 2020

The judge of JF-2020/I: Eric Huber
The judge of Retro & PG problems 2019-2020: Vlaicu Crișan

Coming soon: Kenneth Solja (Finland), Paul Raican (Romania) & Michel Caillaud (France), Bernd Gräfrath (Germany)

  • (24.04) No.1500 (hs#3.5 ; Lion, Grasshopper ; Take & Make) Borislav Gadjanski (Serbia). What to say here? I believe, it’s a problem for no.1500! 
  • (23.04) No.1499 (Ser-h#19 ; neutral Lion, Grasshopper ; Alphabetic Chess, Couscous Circe, Take & Make) Michael Grushko (Israel).
  • (19.04) No.1498 A & B (h=4.5 / h=3 ; Masand / Masand Generalised) Sébastien Luce (France). Dedicated to Themis Argirakopoulos.
  • (13.04) No.1497 (ser-h=24) Ľuboš Kekely (Slovakia) with a long walk of the black King.
  • (13.04) No.1496 (-14 & #1 Proca ; Anti-Circe) Paul Rãican & Klaus Wenda (Romania/Austria).
  • (13.04) No.1495 (h#2 ; Neutral pieces, Camel, Zebra ; Annan Chess) Franz Pachl, Michael Barth & Sven Trommler (Germany).

(12.04) Happy Easter 2020! 

  • (12.04) No.1494 (–1b & h#1 ; Supercirce)  Manfred Rittirsch (Germany). Manfred’s first original for JF retro section! Welcome!
  • (12.04) No.1493 (h#2.5 ; Mantis)  Claude Beaubestre (France). Mantis = S + Locust, implemented in WinChloe.

All previously published problems & informal competitions you can find on the top menu page of Original Problems or its subsections. 

Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe‘s graphics, Christian Poisson

Two issues of Conflictio by Juraj Lörinc
are added to the Articles page:

  • Conflictio No.23 (03.03.2020): “The 2nd TT Conflictio for new-strategical fairy twomovers (changes of play and move functions) is announced, it will be judged by Juraj Brabec.”
  • Conflictio No.24 (28.03.2020): “It contains the second part of the Shankar Ram’s research into the Jacobs theme. Additionally, the 3rd TT Conflictio for fairy problems showing Jacobs is announced, it will be judged by Narayan Shankar Ram.”