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

    A judge for the RETRO / PG 2023-24 – Thierry LE GLEUHER

    I believe I have a day of the wonderful news! So, one more important news, especially for Retro and Proof Games composers: please, welcome your judge – Thierry Le Gleuher, who will take care of the tournament JF-R2023-24!

    Thierry LE GLEUHER (France and Canada), born in 1959, composes mainly in retro genre. About 600 problems for 193 awards in international tournaments and championships. World Champion 2001-2003 of composition in retro genre. His works are often unexpected enigmas, and he favors in his approach the quality offered by the work to the solutionist. It is prudent to avoid hasty conclusions when looking for the solution. Thierry le Gleuher probably hid a finesse behind a back door!

    Titles : French Champion in retro solving trounament (2009, 2011,2022) | World Champion of the FIDE for chess composition (2001-03) | International Master of the FIDE for chess composition (2010) | International Judge of the FIDE for retro (2014)

    Occupations : Retro section editor of Phénix | Phénix website editor | Writer of the retro section of FIDE albums

    New judge for JF-2013/II – Sébastien Luce

    A good news!! JF has a new judge for the competition JF-2013/II as a replacement to Diyan Kostadinov appointed before – Sébastien Luce!

    I’m grateful to Sébastien (France) for kindly offering his help. Some words from Sébastien I am glad to share with you:

    Born 1963, playing OTB chess intensively since being eight, including World junior championship in 1982. International Master since 1990, five times French team champion with Clichy. Progressively stopped competitions to become a professional chess trainer. Beginning composing in 2012, with a complete opus of more than 2500 problems (not all published yet), mainly in fairies.

    I like paradoxes, and would like to present myself as a composer with the only orthodox #3 I have produced. It is a Plachutta Azerbaïdjan.

    I saw on JF the demand of Julia to judge the Part II of JF 2013, after the resignation of the previous judge. I accepted with pleasure ! 


    FINAL Award JF-2019/II by Petko Petkov

    On the occasion of the awarding of the Julias Fairies 2019-II, judge Petko A. Petkov announces the following: “In II. TANAGRA SECTION, by the request of the author, Daniel Papack, the 2nd Prize problem is eliminated from the competition. Problem by Daniel Novomeski( -/Ke3, h#4.5 ) gets the 2nd Prize, and problem by Geoff Foster (Kg2/Ka4, h#2.5) gets the 3rd Prize. Since there are no other changes, the Award with the specified correction should be considered final.”

    Preliminary Award JF-2019-II is replaced with the FINAL Award JF-2019-II on the Tournaments page.

    Attention! The recent issue of ANDA FAIRY PLANET No.5 (June 2023) by Petko Petkov is added to the Articles page.