I was born in Riga (Latvia) in 1972, programmer by education – in 1995 have finished Riga Technical University with MS degree in computer sciences. For period 1993-1999 have worked for Internet company in Latvia – programming for company needs and customer support. Starting 1999 till nowadays working as a financial manager in Proact IT Latvia, a part of Proact IT Group.
Have learned to play chess in the first year of school. However the existence of chess problems have discovered only in 2010, with a help of Iļja Ketris, Latvian composer, who has shown me the first chess problem and helped with the first steps in solving and composing. From the very beginning excited mostly about solving help-mates, in the summer of 2011 I’ve started my composing with help-mates too. My the very first 2 composed problems (one orthodox and one fairy helpmate, both rewarded) were for the tourneys during WCCC in Jesi, August 2011. And my first judge, Diyan Kostadinov, played a role in directing me on the next steps and also has introduced me to Petko Petkov, who became my first real teacher, the one who made me work hard, and to whom I’m grateful for the result! The list of my problems you can see at My Problems page (not so regularly updated 🙂 ), around 150 at the end of 2017. Preferable genres – helpmates and fairies (again, a help-play).
Julia’s Fairies project I’ve started in April, 2012. And publishing of original problems – since summer, 2012. In the spring of 2013 I’ve also accepted an invitation to become a webmaster of WFCC website. Since the end of 2016, starting from the organization of ECSC in Riga in May 2017, trying to dedicate some time to the development of chess composition in Latvia, for now it’s mostly about solving competitions, involving chess players, especially juniors. All these projects take so much of time, that my composing seem to become quite limited. But I don’t mind it, while having enthusiasm about all I do.
In October 2021 I’ve got a title of FIDE Master for Chess Compositions. Proud to be the first lady ever who got it. I’m thankful to everybody who supported me in my composing and all activities around chess composition!
The beginning of 2022: preparing for another European Chess Solving Championship in Riga in May 13-15th, 2022. Another big project, one more official website for the event, and everything around the competitions in the frames of 15th ECSC and our guests.
“The Queens of Problem Chess” by Satanick Mukhuty
“Julia Vysotska, Financial Manager on Chess Composition” (OTIA magazine) and My original questionnaire (the full version of the interview)