In memory of Günther Weeth

In memory of Günther Weeth

(13 August 1935 – 28 December 2020)

By Klaus Wenda (Vienna, Austria)

On 28 December 2020, Thomas Brand’s Retro-blog featured truly sad news: Günther Weeth had died after a long and severe disease.

Günther Weeth became a member of Die Schwalbe, the German association for Problem chess, in 1973 and earned his first spurs as a strong solver. Due to the friendship with retro specialist Josef Haas, his interest in retro analysis awoke. The traditional Christmas solving tourneys of the newspaper “Stuttgarter Zeitung”, widely known by an international problem solving audience, offered him the perfect arena to thrill, or sometimes exasperate, the participants with his witty and tricky riddles.

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Since the summer of 2020, Günther intensively worked on a new project, the defensive retractor with the conditions AntiCirce+Circe. He presented the results of his analysis, decorated with some quite original problems, in an article in Die Schwalbe, 306-2/2020, pp. 821-824. Günther still translated the piece into English before his passing. It is expected to be published in Julia’s Fairies soon.

My sincere sympathies go to Günther’s family, especially to his wife Gudrun, who always appreciated his time-consuming hobby, problem chess. An eminent problemist left Caissa’s World – and I have lost a good friend.

3 problems by Günther Weeth: G.W. – König & Turm 2011 | G.W. – StrateGems 2016 | K.W. & G.W. – Die Schwalbe 287/2017

Vienna, January 2021

Klaus Wenda

Problems by Günther Weeth published on JF 2015-2019: No. 885 | 1223 | 1261 | 1322 | 1357 | 1440 Bulletin – issue 18, June 2020

Issue 18, June 2020, of the Bulletin is available online at http://Bulletin.ChessProblems.caIncludes Original problems, TT8 Award, and the Articles: Vaclav Kotesovec: Records in ser-#= PWC problems with one white piece p.876 | Jeff Coakley & Andrey Frolkin: The Continuity of Ambiguity p.885 | Arno Tungler: Series-mover Artists: Michel Caillaud p.894 | Arno Tungler: Record Breakers IX p.897

The bulletin is published by Cornel Pacurar since March 2014 and is mainly dedicated to Fairies, Series-Movers in particular.


Due to the Corona pandemic, the Andernach 2020 meeting has to be cancelled, or better: postponed;
new date is planned for Friday, August 21 to Sunday August 23 of course in Andernach, of course in Hotel Stammbaum. Bulletin – issue 17, December 2019

Issue 17, December 2019, of the Bulletin is available online at http://Bulletin.ChessProblems.caIncludes Originals, 4 articles (Andreas Thoma, Jeff Coakley & Andrey Frolkin, Arno Tüngler, Adrian Storisteanu), TT9 & TT10 Report, Blast from the Past IV.

The bulletin is published by Cornel Pacurar since March 2014 and is mainly dedicated to Fairies, Series-Movers in particular.

Andernach 2020

46th FairyChessFriendsMeeting at Andernach, May 21-24, 2020

The first Andernach FairyChessFriendsMeeting took place in 1975, now we invite you to paricipate in the 46th meeting. Again we’ll meet at Hotel Stammbaum (Marktgasse 1, 56626 Andernach, Germany). All rooms are reserved for our meeting, for booking please contact the hotel or any other accommodation directly.

Thursday, May 21
Arrival at Ristorante Bellini (Hochstr. 39) or, provided the weather is fine, at Andernach market next door… Bellini is closed till 5 pm. Hotel Stammbaum is closed at Thursday, but hotel room access is ensured.

Friday, May 22
Till Sunday noon Stammbaum is exclusively reserved for us!
3 pm till 4 pm: Traditional Andernach Solving Tourney (as always every solution counts!) followed by the presentation of the solutions with some surprises.

9 pm: Lectures

Saturday, May 2312.30 pm: Schwalbe board meeting

Sunday, May 2411 am: Awards ceremony (composing, solving) | End of the 46th FairyChessFriendsMeeting.

Quartz 48 is online

Quartz 48, November 2019, is online at:

By Paul Rãican:
The contest has one section: 1. Proof games with #color condition.
It is admitted, but not necessary, to add at most one other condition (but not fairy pieces). The tourney is informal. Send problems to the judge, until the 1st February 2020. Judge: P. Rãican.

#color (or simply #c) was introduced by Andrey Frolkin and Chris Tylor in feenschach 212/2015.
Definition: After a checkmate, the colour of the mating piece(s) is changed and the game resumes, if a legal position results. In a first phase, the authors introduced this condition in helpmates, but then, they also used it in proof games.

See, e.g., the problem No.1374 from Julias fairies. The genre may be tested by Jacobi, with condition #c.