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: Neal Turner (Finland)

  • (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!

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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 : chess.champagne2020@gmail.com
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…”

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ANDA FAIRY PLANET No.2

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


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