Arnold Beine 70 JT by the Schwalbe


237th theme tourney of the Schwalbe

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Schwalbe Fairy editor Arnold Beine Die Schwalbe announces a thematic tourney.

Theme: Required are fairy proof games (not A→B) with the following theme: A Schnoebelen piece is captured by a pawn, this pawn promotes and then is captured (no matter whether as Schnoebelen, Prentos or as Ceriani-Frolkin).
The theme calls for one or more fairy conditions that allow pawns to enter and leave the 1st/8th rank (e.g. Pointreflection, Annanchess+make&take, etc). No more than 3 fairy conditions are permitted.

Submissions should be sent to the director Rainer Kuhn, Hammanstr. 23, 67549 Worms, Gernmany.
E-Mail: | Deadline: Feb 28, 2025 | Judge: Arnold Beine | Prize fund: 150 EUR.

Award JF-2022/I (V.Crisan)

AWARD of Julia’s Fairies 2022-I
Informal Tournament (1.1.2022-30.6.2022)
Judge: Vlaicu Crişan

The overall quality of the tournament is rather high, as in the first draft of the award I retained more than half of the competing entries. Then I decided to change my approach and proceed in a different way by establishing the rank level for each composition:

  • Prize: Must be in the FIDE Album
  • Honorable Mention: Should be in the FIDE Album
  • Commendation: Could be in the FIDE Album

The prize winners stuck in my memory long time after viewing all the problems. All are simply outstanding pieces of work – clearly the best in their categories – and produce sheer enjoyment.

Conflictio @ Articles

The issues of Conflictio by Juraj Lörinc can be found in the ARTICLES menu of JF, Conflictio section.

Conflictio No.48 (Nov.23): “For some time, I have neglected looking into PAT A MAT issues. It was possible thanks to the fact that I have been receiving a lot of input from other authors of articles. Now the time has come to review three PAT A MAT issues at once 123-125.” (J.L.)


I am happy to announce a Jubilee Tourney to celebrate my 75th birthday. Send computer tested (Popeye or Winchloe) entries to N.Shankar Ram (email: The closing date for entries is March 31st 2024. The winners will receive book prizes. The award (to be judged by me) could be divided into different sections if justified and will be published in The Problemist.” – K.Seetharaman

Superguards: a unit (including K) cannot be captured if it is observed by a unit of its own colour.

    Tadashi Wakashima 70 JT Award

    When Toshi-san invited us to judge the tournament organized for Tadashi-san’s Jubilee, we almost instantly accepted. We have known Tadashi for more than 20 years and developed a strong friendship during the years. The Japanese Sake tournament was an inspiration for us to organize the Romanian Tzuica tournament.
    We eagerly expected to see many interesting compositions submitted for the jubilee tournament. From a quantitative perspective, the number of entries was rather high: 21 in section A and 58 in section B.

    Judges: Vlaicu Crișan and Eric Huber (Romania)

    I’m glad to see two references to JF10JT:

    Conflictio 46 & 47

    A bit too late information, but still please take a note that Conflictio no.46 & no.47 by Juraj Lörinc are added to the Articles page, the Conflictio section. What I would like to specially mention is the Award of Conflictio 2022 by the tireless Shankar Ram and a tasty birthday cake dedicated to Bedrich Formánek’s 90 (The point is that fairy piece grasshopper is called cvrček in Slovak, what is in fact Czech translation of cricket, while in Slovak this insect is called svrček. (Photo by Ivan Jarolín.)) in no.46.

    21st Romanian Tzuica Tourney

    Batumi 2-9 September 2023

    21st Romanian Tzuica Tourney
    Judges: Vlaicu Crişan & Eric Huber (Romania)

    Theme: Helpself compositions (hs#n/hs=n) with at least 2 solutions showing each at least one Battery Dismantling.

    (see the full Announcement in PDF)

    Prizes – diplomas that will save the planet and bottles of Tzuica | The tourney is open worldwide.
    Deadline: Wednesday, September 6th, 8 p.m | Send to: Eric Huber by e-mail at

    AWARD Armin Geister 70 JT

    The AWARD of the tourney Armin Geister 70 JT (Argentine twins: a) helpmate [h#] ; b) helpstalemate [h=])
    by Czech magazine Sachova Skladba (No. 152, 10/2021), in honor of Armin Geister’s 70th birthday.

    The winners of the Armin Geister 70 JT

    Zpráva pořadatele
    Jubilejní soutěže se zúčastnilo 17 skladatelů s 51 úlohami: Imrich Bandžuch (12), Vladislav Buňka (3), Michel Caillaud (2), Niels Danstrup (5), Branislav Djurašević (0,5), Marjan Kovačević (1), Ralf Krätschmer (1), Zoltán Labai (3), Sébastien Luce (3), Michael McDowell (1), Dieter Müller (1), Oleg Paradzinskij (1), Josip Pernarić (5), Ben Smolkin (6), Slobodan Šaletić (2,5), Sven Trommler (3), Hans Uitenbroek (1).
    Všechny skladby byly anonymně předloženy rozhodčímu, jenž připravil následující výsledek