GET OFF, MOVE ON or STAY PUT! By Chris Tylor

“In the late 1970s, I circulated among the members of the now defunct Fairy Chess Correspondence Circle some ideas and illustrative problems for variants arising from different effects of a piece moving to an occupied square. By 1987, many of these ideas and problems had appeared in a series of articles in George Jelliss’s magazine Chessics (issues 10-12, 17 and 29/30) under the name of ‘Chess Reactions’.”

..skipped..  ⇒ see the full article in PDF, 23 pages

“The present version of this account contains 105 problems belonging to 17 distinct variants (4 of them established ones, the others my own) plus another 12 more miscellaneous problems in an appendix. Almost all the problems have positions that are ‘fairy-legal’ from the normal game array; 76 of them are CT originals/corrections of variable quality, some being mere sketches to illustrate possibilities. Only a few are computer-testable, but although the majority have been looked at by someone other than myself, in the very nature of things it is likely that some will prove to be unsound. It is hoped that any defects in the problems will neither detract too much from their interest nor discourage composers from tackling some of the variants described.” – Chris Tylor

Fairy elements: the statistics

Does anybody know the approximate number of fairy elements (pieces and conditions) we have? Just try to guess!

I believe, for now WinChloe‘s Echecs database (by Christian Poisson) is the most comprehensive source of published problems and existing fairy elements. The last update of Echecs database from 12.09.2020 contains 785,899 problems! Well, this is the information visible to all users of WinChloe. But there’s something else, not so visible, but still existing – Fairy pieces and condition invented. I’ve asked the implementer about it. So, thanks to Christian we have an astonishing statistics! The number of invented elements is …   ⇒

If composing with the “TOP” fairy elements we’d be understood by most of other composers; the same time it would be harder to create something original here; but the originality would be felt and appreciated and valued by the most!

News in commenting system and more…

Dear friends, just a short note about the commenting system. You have already seen the new design for some time. I hope, everything works well and you haven’t experienced any issues with writing/submitting your comments.

Still, maybe you haven’t discovered some new features I’d like to mention

And, please, check the WELCOME tab sometimes!   – Julia

Originals September 2020 (2)

JF Original Problems | September, 2020 (2)

The judge of JF-2020/II: Hans Gruber.
The judge of Retro & PG problems 2019-2020: Vlaicu Crișan

Coming soon: nobody in the waiting list…

  • (30.09) No.1546 (hs#9) Torsten Linß (Germany): “I hope, this time Arno likes the interaction between the two sides 😉 “
  • (25.09) No.1545 (h#2.5 ; Circe) Ivo Tominić (Croatia). “White lines of action are intersecting on the squares b2, d2 and e2 with the black lines guarding the first rank…
    Warm welcome to Ivo!
  • (20.09) No.1540.1 (h#2 ; Anti-Köko) Manikumar S (India). Just a little improvement to the problem No.1540: a better twin suggested in the comments by Joost.
  • (19.09) No.1544 (s#2 ; Royal Grasshopper ; SAT) Neal Turner (Finland). If the problem should be C+? Promotion ignores the royalty of G.
  • (18.09) No.1543 (ser-hs+15) Ľuboš Kekely (Slovakia). “Double excelsior. Minor promotions.”
  • (18.09) No.1542 (hs#5.5) Anatoly Stepochkin (Russia).
  • (16.09) No.1541 (hs#3.5) Petko Petkov & Geoff Foster (Bulgaria / Australia).
    Happy birthday to me! ☺ ❀     Thank you!

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

Dawson Triathlon M.T. 2021

Dawson Triathlon M.T. 2021

In honour of the 70th anniversary of the death of the English composing genius Thomas Rayner Dawson (1889-1951) – the father of Fairy chess – the British Chess Problem Society announces a Dawson Fairy Triathlon Memorial Tourney 2021.

The conditions are as follows:

  1. 1. The Triathlon includes three tournaments, with a separate ranking for each (Prizes, HM, Comm).
    1. Direct mates in 2 moves. Judge: Ofer Comay.
    2. Helpmates in 2 moves with at least 2 phases (2 solutions, set and solution, twins, duplex, but no zeropositions). Judge: Sven Trommler.
    3. Helpselfmates in 2 to 5 moves (2 solutions, set and solution, etc). Judge: Eric Huber.
  2. All sections have a free theme, but with the presence of at least one Grasshopper and at least one Nightrider. The combined play of these most famous pieces invented by Dawson must have a thematic significance.
  3. The use of other fairy pieces, royal units, or units with neutral or half-neutral colour is not permitted.
  4. Fairy conditions are allowed, but not those that add other fairy pieces or neutral/semi-neutral pieces.
  5. Each author may send a maximum of two problems per section, but…. -> PDF announcement for more details

Champagne Tourney 2020

Theme : Capture in the air
Fairy conditions (but not fairy pieces) allowed in both sections. Maximum 2 entries per composer per section (collaboration counts for 1 full entry). Maximum 1 non computer tested entry per composer in section A.

Prizes in each section : subscription to Phénix 2021 for the first place, Winchloé light for the second place

This year, Champagne Tourney is without Champagne… Thanks to Laurent Riguet and Christian Poisson for providing the Prizes.

Entries to the director Eric Pichouron, by Sunday 18th October 24:00 PM,
e-mail :
who will transmit problems to the judge Michel Caillaud in anonymous form.

Originals September 2020

JF Original Problems | September, 2020

The judge of JF-2020/II: Hans Gruber.
The judge of Retro & PG problems 2019-2020: Vlaicu Crișan

Coming soon: nobody in the waiting list…

  • (13.09) No.1540 (h#2 ; Anti-Köko) Manikumar S (India). Warm welcome to Dr.Manikumar – first time in JF Problems! “Two of our composers in India: Manikumar in Chennai and Phanibhushan in Bangalore are also doctors(neonatologists). They are involved in newborn and pediatric care, including Covid positive cases.” (Shankar Ram @MatPlus forum)
  • (13.09) No.1539 (-5 & s#1 Proca ; Anti-Circe Cheylan) Andreas Thoma (Germany). Gladly joining Andreas with Happy birthday wishes to Klaus Wenda!
  • (10.09) No.1538 (h#2 ; Take&Make) Yevhen Trakhtman (Ukraine). Glad to see one of the youngest fairy composers already the 2nd time on JF!
  • (08.09) No.1537 (h#2 ; Isardam) Chris Feather (England). “Dedicated to Petko with the best wishes for the success of his latest publication: Anda Fairy Planet … Geoff Foster sent me a copy!”
  • (08.09) No.1536 (h#2 ; Neutral Bishop/Rook/Knight ; Take & Make) Julia Vysotska (Latvia) & Daniel Papack (Germany). The result of “work-shop” created by No.1530.
  • (05.09) No.1535 (ser-#4 ; Neutral Pawn ; Take & Make) Sébastien Luce (France). “…the four corners theme of the neutral Bishop of promotion…”
  • (05.09) No.1534 (h#2 ; LEO, PAO, VAO) Ladislav Salai jr., Emil Klemanič (Slovakia) & Michal Dragoun  (Czehia).  “Functions cycle of three leos…”

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


ANDA FAIRY PLANET No.2 (included in the Articles sec.)

First of all, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the readers who sent me positive feedback for the first issue of my little magazine. There were interesting suggestions and questions, to some of which I will try to give a concise answer in this issue.
A priority goal regarding the content of ANDA FAIRY PLANET is the presentation of fairy conditions and pieces that I have either invented in the past or else are proposed for the first time… (Petko A. Petkov)

Originals August 2020

JF Original Problems | August, 2020

The judge of JF-2020/II: Hans Gruber.
The judge of Retro & PG problems 2019-2020: Vlaicu Crișan

Coming soon: nobody in the waiting list

  • (29.08) No.1533 (hs#11.5) Torsten Linß (Germany). “I hope solvers (if there are any) and readers will enjoy the problem.”
  • (29.08) No.1532 (PG 16 ; Black Functionary, Black Passes if Stuck) David Antonini & Nicolas Dupont (France). Warm welcome to David Antonini – first time in JF Problems!
  • (19.08) No.1531 (h#2 ; Take & Make) Chris Feather (England). “The elements are familiar but I hope that there is no specific anticipation. If there is, I am sure that knowledgeable readers will let you (or me) know!”
  • (18.08) No.1530 (h#1.5 ; Neutral Bishop, Neutral Nightrider ; Take & Make) Julia Vysotska (Latvia). Maybe this toy is even solvable? 😉 No clever idea for the extension.
  • (17.08) No.1529 (#2 ; Breton Adverse) Hubert Gockel (Germany). “Two black Bishop stars, focal play, black correction, black King in mirror position.”
  • (11.08) No.1525.1 (h=10.5) Anatoly Stepochkin & Sergey Shumeiko (Russia). An improvement of No.1525 (Anatoly Stepochkin).
  • (05.08) No.1528 (hs#3.5* ; Grasshopper, Lion ; Take & Make) Borislav Gadjanski (Serbia). “Orthogonal-diagonal echo mates with zugzwang in the last move. Ten (5+5) T&M moves.”

All previously published problems & competitions you can find on the page  JF Tournaments or using search options in JF Problems

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