Do you believe in Santa? You have to, as a real miracle has happened on this New Year’s night!
And here is him, with a surprising gift to all of you – Shankar Ram with the Award JF-2021/II (July-December 2021!)
What can I say? I’m amazed! I feel I’ve got so wonderful gifts for this New year: two JF’s awards of 2021 (Ofer Comay and Shankar Ram) and also the acceptance to judge the next fairy tournament – JF-2022/I – from Vlaicu Crișan! This is something what gives me energy and wish to do this work, to smile and to be glad and proud about so wonderful members of our society! Let’s spend the New year 2022 as we have started it!
Please, don’t worry about possible mistakes in diagrams/solutions, I’ll correct everything later, will go through the whole document again tomorrow, but now I have no more time – some more champagne and the gifts are waiting! 🙂
Happy New year to all of you! Thank you for your best compositions! Stay creative and enjoy what you do!
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.
To remove the following sentences regarding the assessment of problem 1223.2 from the award: “Why not a well-deserved prize for this wonderful problem, then? The only reason for downgrading the problem is the existence of a predecessor showing similar motives (see Annex K), without actually reaching the aesthetic heights of the present composition.”
To grant the problem 1223.2the distinction Special Prize “Errare humanum est”. The naming of this distinction is inspired by the Romanian International Grand Master Emilian Dobrescu, who published in Buletin Problemistic 68/1997 the following words in “I suggest instituting the Special Prize “Errare humanum est” […]. I am sure you will agree with this initiative which might be followed by other judges.”
All the other Honourable Mentions climb up one place: 1420becomes the 1stHonourable Mention and 1548 becomes the 2nd Honourable Mention.”
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:
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 ! 🙂
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…
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!