18th Romanian Tzuica Tourney – C 7.10.2020

18th Romanian Tzuica Tourney
Judges: Vlaicu Crişan & Eric Huber (Romania)

Theme: Helpself compositions (hs#n/hs=n) with at least 2 solutions showing the Schnoebelen theme.  This year’s tourney is dedicated to Guy Sobrecases.

Please take in consideration the following definitions:
1. In a help-selfmate problem in ‘n’ moves (denoted hs#n), White starts and Black collaborates with White in order to reach a position of s#1 (selfmate in one move) at move ‘n’ (the last move). Helpselfstalemates are also accepted.
2. Schnoebelen theme: A promoted unit, which has not played after its promotion, is captured on its promotion square.

  • Problems with twins or zeroposition are allowed.
  • All fairy pieces and conditions are accepted, provided that the problem is checked by a known solving program.
  • Annoucement in PDF

Prizes: bottles of Tzuica, hopefully deliverable during 2021 WCCC. The tourney is open worldwide, however the prizes will be for 2021 congress participants only.

Deadline: October 7th, 8 p.m | Send to: Eric Huber, hubereric@yahoo.fr

Originals July 2020

Original Problems | July, 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

  • (30.07) No.1527 (PG 10.5 ; Transmission Menace) Kostas Prentos (USA). “The use of Transmission Menace was inspired by Eric Huber’s No.1521…”
  • (30.07) No.1526 (ser-h#15 ; Neutral pieces) Michael Grushko (Israel).

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

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

ANDA Fairy Planet by Petko A. Petkov



Petko A. Petkov

Language Correction, Typesetting and Design:

Geoff Foster

(included in the Articles sec.)

“This small electronic publication has a special but limited purpose – to demonstrate some of my ideas and inventions (old and new) in Fairy chess composition. In this way, I hope to gradually acquaint readers with some interesting and important (from my point of view) moments and results from my 64 years of work in the field of chess composition. The reader should keep in mind that as a composer I am an ardent supporter of avant-garde ideas and discoveries in Fairy chess, believing it is the future of problem composition as an art. In this regard, I do not intend to have arguments with opponents and this magazine will not publish similar material from other people.
My plan is for ANDA FAIRY PLANET to be published 4 or 5 times a year, in a modest volume of about 6 pages of text and diagrams. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to my great friend Geoff Foster, who agreed to help me as language and style editor, reviewer of the text, and typesetter!”

– The Editor, Petko A. Petkov (ppetkov2702@gmail.com)

Originals July 2020

Original Problems

July, 2020

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

  • (26.07) No.1525 (h=8.5) Anatoly Stepochkin (Russia).
  • (22.07) No.1524 (-34 & #1 Proca ; Anti-Circe) Dmitrij Baibikov (Israel). Read some more of introductory words by author in the publication “…I have long wanted to return the record to JF. I hope that my task is correct and that I succeeded.”
  • (20.07) No.1523 (h#3.5* ; Castling Chess) Borisas Gelpernas (Lithuania).
  • (20.07) No.1522 (#2 ; VAO, PAO, NAO) Franz Pachl (Germany).

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

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

JF changes to English version

Some important information: This month I’m going to transform JF from bilingual to only English version.
I’m sorry for any inconvenience it might create! But have to tell it was always double work for me making each page twice, although many things remained not translated on Russian pages; plus some functions don’t work well on bilingual sites.  → read more..

Welcome to JF-2020/II !

Dear composers, thank you for your patience in waiting for me to get ready for the next step after the weeks I devoted to adjusting JF website to the upgrades made by the hoster. 
Now I’m glad to welcome your works for the next fairy tournament, JF-2020/II (July – December,2020)!
Let’s welcome our judge, who will be judging JF’s competition already for the 2nd time, previously it was Retro and PG problems 2013-2014:

The judge: Hans Gruber – German composer, solver, judge and organizer, specialized in fairy chess and retro problems, long lasting collaborator of the fairy chess magazine feenschach, and the president of Die Schwalbe, the German association of problemists. Hans has been doing a great service to chess composition, as an International Judge (since 1985) in not less than seven genres: moremovers, endgames, selfmates, helpmates, fairies, retro and mathematical problems!

I’m deeply grateful to Hans for accepting my invitation!

Composing Tournaments of the RIFACE 2020, C13.07.2020

The 41st RIFACE 2020 (Rencontre Internationale en France des Amateurs de Composition Echiquéenne) will take place at Dardilly (Lyon), July 11-14, 2020.

Themes of composing tournaments:

Thème aidés.pdf | Thème féerique.pdf | Thème rétro.pdf

Address to send the entries : RIFACE.2020@gmail.com for Helpmates and Fairies problems ; abrobecker@yahoo.com for retro problems
Time limit to send the entries : Monday 13th July
 at 15:00

Updated in Original Problems

Dear visitors/composers,
The serious update to Original Problems section has been done during the last few days. The change of code with some better ideas/implementation for keeping and presenting the tournaments with the lists of related problems. But the changes in implementation (good ones!) created some changes in the hierarchies and design and referencing links too. Applying too many changes in a short time period I’m not sure that haven’t missed something, more like sure I have! So, please, I’d be very much grateful to all of you for checking at list your own problems – if they are included in related tournaments, if the links to them work from posts and tables or published problems.

Where to look for the news? Two top menus updated:

  • Original Problems – has some general information on the main page, and two submenus for the search options. The search is also an easiest way to find your own problem by the number, to to see some selections of the problems by the given criteria. I’ll try to add some more search possibilities later.
  • Tournaments – presents current list of all informal tournaments on JF, Fairy and PG/Retro. Selecting the tournament from the list you can see the problems participating in the tournament.

Critical / important thing to check: The links to all original problems (starting No.214, Y2013) are updated the way that their URLs contain one hierarchy level less, and will always look like https://juliasfairies.com/problems/no-NNNN/ (where NNNN – the number of your problem) – this is how you can always find your problem if even some direct links are broken. I hope I’ve done most of the updates on JF’s pages. PDF files (like, links in PDF awards) will be updated too. Please, please, report to me whatever bugs you see! I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but after 8 years of work, starting from zero knowledge and getting some more in a process, and also because of the necessity of update pushed by the upgrade of the environment, I had no other choice!

Please, don’t worry! Your problems are all on the place, nothing disappeared!
Whatever doesn’t work now – will be fixed!

– Julia, your editor

Fairy Terms page updated!

fairy-piecesFairy Terms
updated with some new code, new look, new possibilities

By default just some most known fairy elements are shown on the page. You can use the dropdown menus to select all or some concrete Fairy piece / Fairy condition , or you can use the empty field to enter the name / part of the name / keyword from the definition to find the selection of pieces/conditions meeting your search key. Use [RUS] checkbox to see also the definitions in Russian.

You’re welcome to enter the missing definitions to the database yourself, using the links INSERT fairy piece | INSERT fairy condition!

Well, it is just made and some more testing is needed for sure! Please, be careful with entering new fairy elements if you do so and report to me if anything goes wrong. Will see if the spammers might attack it too…