Site Updates-310512

Updates as of 31-May-2012:

  • Finally, I’ve updated Ankona section in Software – have added explanations about the functionality with many examples of the screens. The only part  left is Competitions, but I’ll try to add an information about it soon. 
  • The Russian version of Ankona section will be ready in 1-2 days. Sorry for the inconvenience!

JuliasFaries Announcement-290512


29 May, 2012

Several announcements of the site:

  • Russian translation is ready about the screens of WinChloe at WinChloe section.
  • The last release of WinChloe is available: version 3.18, May-2012 – 

The Authors zone in “Infos” is no more sensitive to the mouse wheel. When the fairy pieces are reinitialized, the pieces previously defined are recognized and don’t have to be defined again.

  • For those who uses Ankona: a competition “Julia’sFairies-HSP-2012” is created for Julia’sFairies Tourney. You can submit your problems for the tourney, using [Submit to competition] option of the diagram-screen.
  • Some more information about Ankona is coming soon at Ankona section….

Site Updates-280512

Updates as of 24-28-May-2012:

  • (24-26/05) Three original problems are added to PAGE-6 – No.18,20 by Alex Levit and No.19 – by Mihail Croitor. Welcome to the new authors!
  • (28/05) My own original No.21 is added to PAGE-6 – moves of neutral locusts only!
  • Section Links is updated.  The information about the tourneys sent by my readers is also added there. Useful links from you are very welcome!
  • See the announcement of the tourney JULIA’S FAIRIES — HSP — 2012  in the Category Tournaments and awards.

Ideas with KoBul Kings


May, 2012

Ideas with KoBul Kings

I’d like to present you 4  fairy problems with KoBul Kings, all composed in 2012 for the KoBulChess-TT-2012 (see the Award at – by Diyan Kostandinov, the innovator of KoBul Kings). 
KoBul Kings – When a piece (not a pawn) of its own side is captured, a King transforms into a Royal piece of the same type as the captured one. When the King is in the form of any Royal piece and there is a capture of one of the pawns of its own side, it becomes a normal King again. Сaptures are illegal if their result is self-cheсk because of the transformation of the Кings according to KoBul rules. Castling is allowed only if the KoBul King is on its initial square in the form of a normal King and if it has not already moved; however it may already have been transformed. In the case of capture by a King in AntiCirce it reborns on its initial square and may castle. If the capture is by a King which is in the form of some Royal piece, it reborns on the initial square of that piece.

In the problems below I wanted to show the different ideas I’ve got after studying the examples of KoBul Kings. Few words about them:

  • No.1 (h#2) – just 5 pieces and 2 solutions! The advantage of Kings’ transformation which gave more possibilities to the white King to attack and less possibilities to the black King to defend. Composed in less than an hour – the most “quick” problem I ever had. Light and easy.
  • No.2 (hs#3) – the main thing I wanted to show was how the only possible defense of the white King – capture of the mating piece – fails because it transforms the black King into a piece which gives a check to the white King again.
  • No.3 (h#2,5*) – another “paradoxical” situation with KoBul Kings: how the white pawn, which occupies the square, can guard this square? – normally impossible thing!
  • No.4 (h#2,5) – joint problem with Petko A.Petkov, who’s helped me a lot with learning Locusts’ behaviour. The battery play and activity of the both KoBul Kings.

No.1 Julia Vysotska
1st Hon.mention
h#2          2 solutions         (3+2)
KoBul Kings
I. 1.Sxa6(wK=rR)! Bd3 2.Ka3 rRxa6 (bK=rS)#
II. 1.Sxb5(wK=rB)! rBe3 2.Sa3 Rxa3 (bK=rS)#
Activity of both Kobul Kings:
– the phases of white King are changed with the
 Captures of white R and B;
– the phases of black King are changed with the passive and active sacrifices of black S.
5-men problem – aristokrat with ideal mates.
No. 2 Julia Vysotska
2nd Prize
hs#3           2 solutions        (5+5)
KoBul Kings
White Grasshopper d3
Black Leo c1
I. 1.Qd4 cxd4 [wrK=rQ] 2.rQd1 LEd2 3.Gd5 + LExd5 [wrQ=rG] #
– not 4.rGxd5(bK= brLE)?? – self-check!!
II.1.Qb3 cxb3 [wrK=rQ] 2.rQg3 LEe3 3.Ga3 + LExa3 [wrQ=rG] #
– not 4.rGxa3(bK= brLE)?? – self-check!!
Realization of the KoBul fairy condition with activity of the both KoBul Kings:
– Active phase of the white KoBul King after sacrifice of the white Q – transformation to the Royal Q, which moves to the mating positions.
– Passive phase of the white Kobul King on the mating move – transformation to the Royal G, which has no possible moves to avoid the mate.
– Passive phase of the black KoBul King – the only possible defense of the white King (in the Royal G phase) – capture of the mating piece (bLE) – fails because it transforms the black King into Royal LE piece giving the self-check.
Double Ambush – black (Le) + white (rQ);
Bristol theme – wG opens lines for the second moves of bLE; ODT; Model mates.
No.3 Julia Vysotska
h#2,5*                                       (3+4)
KoBul Kings
1… … 2.Sf7 f5 3.Bf4 rSxf4 [brK=rB] #
– not 4.rBxf3(wrS=wK)?? – self-check!!
1…rSd4 2.Sg4 rSf5 3.Bf6 fxg4 [brK=rS] #
– not 4.rSxf4(wrS=wK)?? – self-check!!
The black King in the rB/rS phases can’t capture the white pawns f3/f4 because it transforms white rS into the King phase giving the self-check. Sacrifices of the black S/B with the transformation of the black King.
No. 4 Julia Vysotska & Petko A.Petkov
3rd Prize
h#2,5           2 solutions        (6+7)
KoBul Kings
Rook locust d8; Bishop locust g8
Leo b1, g3
I. 1…LEd3 + 2.rLExd3 [wrK=rLE] rLEd7 3.rLEd6 rLExa7 [brLE=rK] #
II. 1…LEb3 + 2.rLExb3 [wrK=rLE] rLEf7 3.rLEe6 rLExf3 [brLE=rK] #
Activity of the both KoBul Kings:
– Sacrifice of the white LE to the black Royal LE changes the phase of the white King to rLE, then is created a WHITE BLACK Bristol LEO –LEO!
– Battery play (direct and indirect) with the white King in LE phase with the simultaneous capturing of the black pawn for changing the phase of the black King from rLE to K and controlling the squares of the black King.

The diagrams created at ankona – – prime site for organizing chess problems: diagram images, cataloging and solving interface.

Site Updates-180512

Updates as of 18-May-2012:

Julia’s Fairies – HSP – 2012

The site Julia’s Fairies

announces its 1st  Thematic Tourney


RULES: Help-self problems (HSP) of any possible types: Help-self mates (HS#), HS=, HS==, HR#, HR=, etc. in any number of moves.

THEME: Battery-play with fairy elements

  • All pieces (white, black, neutral, half-neutral, etc) and conditions are allowed!
  • The thematic “Fairy element” (pieces, conditions) should be demonstrated in play at least in one battery or (plus) anti-battery of any type.
  • The problems should be computer-tested.

 JUDGE: IGM Petko A. Petkov – International Judge of FIDE


Please send your originals until the 15th of October, 2012 to the Tournament director and editor of Julia’s Fairies site – Julia Vysotska, e-mail:

The Award will be published at the site in December, 2012.

Special Present  from Julia’s Fairies 

to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd Prizes: Selection of Latvian sweets!


N 1.Petko A. PETKOV

The Macedonian Problemist 2003
2nd Honorable Mention 
HS#3      2 solutions      (7+10)
Grasshoppers – b8, d8, g8 

N 1:

1.Rxg5 f2 2.Ra5 Bxb7 3.Re4+ Rd5#;

1.Qxf3 g4 2.Qa8 Rxb5 3.Re5+ Bd5#

Fairy elements: white direct battery created by Re6 (forward piece) and Gg8 (rear fairy-piece); black anti-batteries – Bd5/Gd8 and Rd5/Gd8. Any anti-battery is always thematic as “fairy element”. 

N 2. Wilfried SEEHOFER

feenschach 2008

HS#4                          (2+2)

N 2:

1.e8=R Rc8 2.Re1 Re8 3.Kd6 Kc6 4.Rb1+ Re1#

Fairy element – creation and play of two Anti-Circe genre specific batteries (some authors call them Ecto-batteries) – white battery Re1/Kd6 and black battery Re8/Kc6. After play of Rooks (as forward pieces) two Kings are activated and give check (mate). A good example of fairy-battery which is created by orthodox pieces only, but which demonstrates fairy-element according to the rules of condition Anti-Circe!   

Good luck to everybody!

Site Updates-140512

Updates as of 14-May-2012:

  • Yesterday I’ve added some spring flowers to the site – just for the spring mood. My own photos of the flowers by the house. 
  • 1 my own original is added to the section Original problems PAGE-4: hs#3, which uses the scheme from my No.5 (Page-2)
  • Few more sections are added to the Top menu: Fairy Terms, Articles, My Problems. Fairy Terms is under construction – pieces, conditions, themes will be added one by one. Articles and My Problems have an easy structure to get access to the already published materials (Posted to the Home page, and kept in Categories)

Site Updates-110512

Updates as of 09-11-May-2012:

  • Don’t miss the article by Petko A.PetkovBlock of Neutral battery-piece“! See the 1st and the 2nd part of it available now!

  • originals  are added to the section Original problems PAGE-3: s#2 by Juraj Lörinc; h#2** by  János Mikitovics. Thank you very much for this!!

  • Updated page About me.
  • A nice icon that is shown from now inside the browser’s location bar is created by János Mikitovics and added thanks to his explanations. Thank you, Janos!