Correction to Award JF-Retros-PG-2019-2020

The Award JF-Retros-PG-2019-2020 is updated with the Annex 2 (on the last page) by the request of the judge, Vlaicu Crișan:

“In the initial award I decided not to award a prize to the problem 1223.2 from the “Other Retro Section”, due to the existence of a predecessor. However, the aforementioned problem is actually the correction of the original problem 1223 published in 4th June 2017, published two years before the predecessor.

The correction 1223.2 was published in 24th June 2019, two years after the publication of the original setting. In accordance with the first paragraph of the article 23 from the Codex, if a published chess composition is found to be unsound, it loses its priority date unless a correction is published within three years after the publication of the unsoundness. That also means 1223.2 can’t be penalized for this reason and my decision to downgrade it to the 1st Honourable Mention must be reconsidered.

To be fair, based on the assessment criteria used in the award, this problem must actually be placed on the top of the section. However, lowering the initial place of the higher ranked problems after the award is published can be perceived as an injustice.

Therefore, my decisions are the following => see/hide more…

Award JF 2017/I

Let’s go back in time,  into JF’s tournament 2017/I. Thanks to the problems dedicated to it, I was glad to recall JF’s 5 years jubilee. Time runs fast, and the next year it will be already 10! 

With a gratitude to Tadashi Wakashima, I’m very glad to present you the best JF’s problems from 5 years ago:

Click to see the Award JF-2017/I (PDF, 10 pages)

Congratulations to the winners! Thanks a lot to all participants, visitors and commentators!

You can see all tournaments/awards in the section JF Tournaments from the top menu. I’m sorry there’re still no news about the results of JF-2013-II from Diyan Kostadinov. Otherwise, from 2012 up to the middle of 2019, all results are presented! I’ll be looking for the judges of current competitions, JF-R2021-22 & JF-2021-II – sorry for being late with this! Next weekend, 14th August, I’ll continue to publish original problems. Please, take your time for final corrections before sending them. 13th of August would be the best day to start sending your best problems ! 🙂

Award JF Retro&PG 2019-20 (Vlaicu Crișan)

It’s not only my effort bringing to you all those good news in the beginning of the spring 🙂
No, not at all! It’s about the great collaborators we have here! 

One more award on JF! By the one who has already judged JF Fairy section in 2014 (JF-2014-I / Award), but now will show himself in Retro & PG problems. The one who brings so much of positive attitude mixed together with a deep analysis to everything he touches, the one having the sun inside… this time delivers JF Retro&PG 2019-20 Award in a very short time after the end of the tournament, for your nice Sunday’s time!

click to see the Award in PDF, 16 pages

My gratitude to Vlaicu, congratulations to the winners, and best wishes to all participants!
Your fine works are always welcome to JF!

Some more words about the awards on JF: as you can see in the Tournaments section, I have two delayed awards. The good news are that Tadashi Wakashima (JF-2017-I) expects his award to be ready by the end of May, so you might see it in June! The bad news are that after some years of promises Diyan Kostadinov (JF-2013-II) keeps silence, and I’m sorry for now I couldn’t answer your questions about this too late award.



Award JF 2018/II (Kjell Widlert)

I believe, announcing an award is one of the most enjoyable jobs for any editor. And the one I’m glad to present to you is also so carefully made, including detailed analysis of problems and versions, written in a pleasant style of sharing opinions, and fully prepared for publication after all… not leaving any work for me (except writing these few words I couldn’t really find to express my delight and gratitude)!

Dear authors, readers, enjoy some wonderful reading for Easter holidays! My warmest congratulations to the winners! And my deepest appreciation to one of the JF’s most faithful contributors Kjell Widlert, the 2nd time overtaking this hard work – for me, for JF, and for all of you!

click to see the Award in PDF, 25 pages

Well, I have to admit I’m very happy about my own results as well. For about 5 years of composing not more than 3-5 problems per year, when catching some time from other jobs, when getting some inspiration stronger than the guilt about all my waiting lists 🙂  And now, not only happy about the distinctions, but also appreciating Kjell’s comments very much, good words and wise observations by the high class judge and composer.

JF 2019/I — Award


Julia’s Fairies • Tournament JF 2019/I • Award

Michal Dragoun, Prague, October 2019

In Julia’s Fairies 2019/I tourney took part 43 problems. It is slightly less than in previous tournaments on Julia’s website and in my opinion, the quality of published problems was lower too. Not in general – I considered relatively high number of problems for low distinction – but I missed problems impressive at the first look.

to the Award…

Published with a gratitude to the judge, Michal Dragoun, for so exceptionally fast results! /Julia/

WinChloe: cook in 1HM No.550.1

Reported by Michel Caillaud:

Christian Poisson just released a new version of Winchloe with improved solving for proofgames.
On his site can be found a booklet with 562 (!!) original homebase PGs and some explanations: 

From Readme of v.3.46 (oct.2019)
Solving of proof games (‘partie justificative’) is a little more “intelligent”. A new option in “Solving options” allows you to choose whether short solutions are sought. In this case, a solution in p moves will not be sought if there is a solution in p-n moves (n integer).
I composed some simple proof games to check the programming with several fairy conditions. They are gathered in a pdf available on Problemesis.

Winchloe is (sometimes much) slower than Jacobi, but it is interesting for conditions not implemented in Jacobi, as it is sometimes much quicker than Popeye.
Such the case is for Take&Make, and in solving the 8,0 first moves of 550(1), Winchloé finds the cook :
1.d4 Sç6 2.Bh6 g×h6(ç1=S) 3.Sd2 S×é2(Sé4) 4.Ba6 S×d2(Sb3) 5.a×b3(d2) b×a6(f1=B) 6.R×a7(Ra5) Sé5 7.Qf3 S×f3(Sb7) 8.Sé2 Bg7…

It’s already too late to change the Award by Hans Gruber

Award Retro&PG 2017-18

I believe, even those who don’t have any close relations with Retro/PG problems will enjoy the introduction to this award! But what to say about the lovers of this genre?.. I think it’s so wonderful gift to all of you! Very much grateful to Dirk for so fast and interesting judgement (I have to tell that the first draft version of the award was sent to me 2 months ago, and I’m the only reason of the delayed publication)!

Congratulations to the winners and to all participants of this 2-years long competition! 

Award of JF, October 2017 to March 2018

Award JF-10/2017-03/2018

With a gratitude to Shankar Ram, who for the 2nd time kindly accepted judging of JF original fairy problems and has made his Award so fast! Enjoy the selection of the problems, the statistical summary of 19 kinds (!) provided by the judge, and the Award JF-10/2017-03/2018 itself fully designed by Shankar Ram!  Thanks a lot to all participants and congratulations to the winners!

Award JF-2016/I by Petko Petkov

Dear authors and readers,

For those of you who are not sleeping yet I’ve prepared  something special for this night – to read or to celebrate! With the gratitude to the judge, IGM Petko Petkov, for his enthusiastic and tremendous work to make this Award (among some more others) ready before the end of 3-years cycle!


For polishing English I’m very thankfull to Stephen Emmerson, who was so kind to offer me his help, and who’s nice style of writing we all can enjoy now.


Congratulations to the winners! Sincerely glad for all of you! Wishing you to be the same successful in the New Year 2019!
And.. of course, your best works are always welcome on JF! – Julia

JF Retro 2015-2016 — Award


Julia’s Fairies • Retro 2015-2016 • Award

by Thomas Brand, D-Bornheim

I’m very grateful to Julia for her invitation to judge this interesting fairy retro tourney: I’m convinced that carefully selected fairy conditions (more than fairy pieces) will extend the options for interesting retrograde analysis in the future. The most popular current example is AntiCirce with defensive retractors, but the general idea goes back to Thomas R. Dawson (whom else?), and gets more and more popular. → to the Award…

Published with a gratitude to the judge, Thomas Brand /Julia/