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.

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

Danka Petkova 100 MT Award by Petko Petkov

Award Danka Petkova 100 MT

Dear Friends,
With great delay I publish the award of the tournament Danka Petkova 100 MT2020-2021, due to my long illness after a very unsuccessful and dangerous vaccination against Covid. I apologize to everyone who waited for this material. Many thanks to the participants in the tournament, to the winners – world-famous masters, as well as to the readers who will look with interest at the tournament problems!
Be Valium healthy, cheerful and happy in the New 2022
Yours: Petko Petkov



ORTHODOX SECTION: Almost half of the received entries were orthodox. We had 19 entries from 13 composers from 10 countries. The overall level of the section was average, with no really outstanding compositions. We hoped to see more Schnoebelen promotions in Rook and Bishop, but alas, the Queen and Knight promotions prevailed. Due to the lack of surprise element, we decided to start our award from Honourable Mentions.

FAIRY SECTION: We must admit this section exceeded our expectations, due to the out-of-the-box interpretations of the theme. In spite of the rather reduced participation (23 entries from 19 composers from 9 countries), the level of the tournament was quite high, with many problems worth retaining. We could hardly refrain ourselves from including all of them in the award!

Final Award in SUPERPROBLEM Quick Composing TT-232

Final Award in Quick Composing TT-232

“Dear chess friends!

The Final Award in TT-232 (…and now it’s time for half-neutrals!; #2, fairies) has been published.

There are no changes compared to the provisional award. Please, check the correctness of names, positions and solutions.

We thank all participants of the tourney and congratulate the Prize winners!”

Aleksey Oganesjan

The Prize winners: 1st Prize – Petko Petkov; 2nd Prize – Jean-Marc Loustau & Michel Caillaud; 3rd and 4th Prizes  – Hubert Gockel;
1st Special Prize – Michel Caillaud & Jean-Marc Loustau; 2nd Special Prize – Kjell Widlert.

The 19th Japanese Sake Tourney Award

Theme: H#2 Point Reflection. Fairy pieces and/or other fairy conditions are not allowed.


The 19th Japanese Sake Tourney


We received 65 problems, a new record for our Sake tourney. The level was very good overall, in spite of the lack of outstanding problems. We decided to give 4 Prizes, 3 Honorable Mentions and 14 Commendations (without order). The new condition Point Reflection, which was invented by a young Japanese composer Hiryu Todoroki, got praises from many composers as “great,” “inspiring,” “very interesting and promising.”

Tadashi Wakashima, Toshiki Kobayashi and Hitoshi Yanami


Theme: Helpself compositions (hs#n/hs=n) with at least three (stale)mates by the same piece on different squares.


Tzuica Tourney 2019


69 problems by 35 composers from 14 countries have taken part in this tourney. We initially thought that the theme was rather difficult, but the number of entries seems to have proven that we were wrong. As usual we awarded problems that showed the theme intensively and we praised rich strategy as well as a good and pleasant construction, with all white or black officers used in the solutions. Interplay must also play a role in the solution. Some entries with small constructional blemishes, such as unused white / black figures in at least one phase have been sadly left out of the present award. We hope, however, their authors will be able to find out improved settings and even win prizes in other tournaments.

Eric Huber & Vlaicu Crisan