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


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)

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 (

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..

Two issues of Conflictio by Juraj Lörinc
are added to the Articles page:

  • Conflictio No.23 (03.03.2020): “The 2nd TT Conflictio for new-strategical fairy twomovers (changes of play and move functions) is announced, it will be judged by Juraj Brabec.”
  • Conflictio No.24 (28.03.2020): “It contains the second part of the Shankar Ram’s research into the Jacobs theme. Additionally, the 3rd TT Conflictio for fairy problems showing Jacobs is announced, it will be judged by Narayan Shankar Ram.”

16th TT by Phénix: Conditionsfromply / Conditionsuntilply (C 1.07.2019)


The editorial board of Phénix are annoncing their 16th Thematic Tourney. It is asked to compose problems with these options of WinChloe : Conditionsfromply=n and / or Conditionsuntilply=n     

⇒ See an article by IGM Petko Petkov “THE WONDERFUL FAIRY OPTIONS OF WinChloe”
dedicated to Christian Poisson

There are four sections in the tournament:

  • Section A – direct mates (#2-n, s#2-n, r#2-n) with stalemate (=) and double-stalemate (= =) accepted
  • Section B – helpmates (h#2-n) with stalemate (=) et double-stalemate (= =) accepted
  • Section C – series (sd#2-n, sh#2-n, ss#2-n, sr#2-n), with stalemate (=) et double-stalemate (= =) accepted
  • Section D – hs# 2-n coups (with stalemate (=) et double-stalemate (= =) accepted)

Any number of problems by each author in each section. All problems must be tested by WinChloe (C+). In case of a small number of participants, sections might be reduced to only one award.

Limit date for sending : July 1st 2019, to the Tourney’s director : Laurent Riguet, 1 rue Jules Verne, F-60560 Orry la Ville or to the internet adress : | The judge is Petko Petkov

Jacobi equipped with constraints… (Michel Caillaud, Nicolas Dupont, François Labelle)

Jacobi: constraints

An article by Michel Caillaud, Nicolas Dupont, François Labelle explains and illustrates a new tool to solve some complicated fairy PGs offered by the solving program Jacobi – the possibility to add some constraints in the input.
(with gratitude to the authors for offering this article to JF)

…Jacobi constraints let the user specify some or all of a piece’s generic viagra forum moves. One design goal was to be able to represent the “strategy” notation displayed by Natch and Euclide when solving a proof game, so the notation is somewhat similar. This common notation includes the “-” and “x” symbols, and a minimum number n of moves played by a piece is marked “(n)”…

Black Retro „Duals“ by Günther Weeth

Black Retro „Duals“
by Günther Weeth, Stuttgart

Even after more than a century of the composition of retro problems we are confronted with a certain problem, strange as it might appear to most of us. It shows off when it comes to the evaluation of defensive retractors.

Some retro experts strictly representing no other style than the classical orthodox one, thus being exclusively committed with the aesthetic demands of help retro play sometimes seem to be mistaken when it comes to evaluate defensive retractors. Every now and then you may come across their verdict on black retro moves obviously being ambiguous… → see the whole article

gw-JF885-retractor-articleHow to solve defensive retractors under the condition of AntiCirce

by Günther Weeth, Stuttgart

Shortly after the fabulous start of that successful story of the Proca retractor under the condition of AntiCirce Wolfgang Dittmann dealt with the question of how to approach that new type as a solver. He laid down a summary of methods that might pave the way to the solution of problems of that kind in two articles: Die Schwalbe, vol. 204, December 2003, “Lösungsstrategien im Verteidigungsrückzüger mit Anticirce-Bedingung”) and – as a supplement – in Die Schwalbe, vol. 207, June 2004 where he provides valuable information concerning the testing program “Pacemaker” established by Thomas Kolkmeyer. Since then the fairy condition of “AntiCirce” has not only stood its ground in the field of the Proca retractor but also in a wider range of retro problems. The new type has been welcomed by a small number of highly motivated solvers, even so by such solvers being somewhat reluctant to tackle it in the first two or three years of its existence. →The Article (PDF, 8 pages)

Proca-hoeg in one problem by Andreas Thoma

proca-articla-thoma-exProca und Høeg-Forderung in einem Problem mit der Bedingung Anticirce
von Andreas Thoma (Groß Rönnau)

Angeregt durch das Erstlingsproblem von Günther Weeth (Schwalbe 274 August 2015 Nr. 16427), das leider nebenlösig ist, entstanden die folgenden Probleme.

Fur Unterstützung bedanke ich mich bei Klaus Wenda und Olaf Jenkner herzlich.

Zunächst aber zur Erinnerung die Proca-und Høeg Definitionen im Verteidigungsruckzüger:
→ see the whole article (in German)