The judge of JF-2023: K. Seetharaman

Dear composers, I’m happy to announce our judge for informal fairy tournament JF-2023 – the well known Indian composer Seetharaman Kalyan! I believe everybody knew Seetharaman as one of the most active members of chess problem society. Have to mention that Seetharaman was also one of the first visitors of just created Julia’sFairies website in April 2012, the one who was always ready to comment some new publications, to support any new ideas. Currently Seetharaman is editing fairy section of The Problemist. One of his most known inventions is Super Guards fairy condition (2012; 14 problems with SuperGuards published on JF). Composes problems in all genres. Age 74.

I’m very grateful to Seetharaman for his support and his good will in doing this job for JF!

Günter Büsing 75 Jubilee Tourney

Die Schwalbe and feenschach announce a joint

Günter-Büsing-75 Jubilee Tourney

Stipulated theme: Helpmate with at least three moves presenting a “helpmate of the future” (at least two pairs of solutions, each pair showing a separate theme).

Two sections: I) orthodox; II) with any fairy elements.

Send your contributions to the controller Thomas Brand (, closing date is March 31, 2023.

Judges: Hans Gruber & Ulrich Ring | Prizes: 300 EUR.

Examples can be found here:

18th TT by Phénix (C 25.12.2022)

Announcement of the 18th thematic tourney by Phénix


On the occasion of Rex Multiplex 40 years anniversary the editorial staff of Phénix is organizing the
fairy composition tournament Rex Multiplex-40.

  • Section I «Opposition». Judge : Bruno Kampmann
  • Section II «Coopération». Judge : Hans Gruber
  • Section III «Tanagras». Judge: Maryan Kerhuel
  • Section IV «Rétros». Judge: Thierry Le Gleuher

Final date of entries is December 25th 2022 | Announcement with examples | The problems must be sent to the tourney Director : Laurent Riguet,

Award JF-2020/II by Hans Gruber

With a gratitude to the judge, Hans Gruber, and with congratulations to the winners of JF’s informal tournament of the 2nd half of 2020!

“I leaned on Hans Peter Rehm’s advice that it is the main task of a judge to select those problems which she or he considers to be worth to be studied once more by the general audience and to argue why those problems are considered excellent or beautiful (or both). This means that awards should focus, like the FIDE-Album, on the positive selection, and they should single out compositions, not composers. However, my sincere thanks to the composers who gave me the pleasure that I could study the following problems.” (Hans Gruber, from the Award)

RIFACE 2022 : composing tournaments

The 43th RIFACE (International Meeting in France for Chess Problems Lovers) will take place in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, 4th-6th June, 2022.

Themes of composing tournaments:

Thème aidés.pdf | Thème féerique.pdf | Thème rétro.pdf

Address to send the entries : for Helpmates and Fairies; for retro problems. Time limit to send the entries : Sunday 5th June at 15:00 (French time)

JF10JT: the Award by Kjell Widlert

PDF, 32p

With a gratitude to the judge, Kjell Widlert, and to all participants of Julia’s Fairies jubilee tournament

(most of photos from the ceremony by Maksims Pučinskis)

I’ll bring the printed booklets “Award JF10JT” to WCSC 2022! The animated version of the award will be coming soon….