End of JF-2014/I & start of JF-2014/II


Dear Friends,

Today, on the 30th of April, is the last day of the first informal tournaments of this year – JF-2014/I. I will check again all published problems and versions participating in the tournament, but for now I’d like to tell thanks a lot to all participants for a very good problems! I believe it’s a strong tournament, and I hope that our judge, Vlaicu Crișan, will enjoy his work!

As I’ve written in the post of January,1st, this year I’ve decided keep the same system as in 2013, and to split the  informal tourneys for fairy problems published on Julia’s Fairies website into 3 periods and independent tourneys: 
I – January-April, II – May-August, III – September-December. 

You’re welcome to participate in the second informal tournament – JF-2014/II, May-August, 2014!
Any fairy problem can participate, and I’m here for you to publish it as soon as I can, usually in 1-2 days.

dturevskiI’m happy to introduce you the judge of this period – Dmitri Turevski – a talented Russian composer successfully participating in many strong competitions, a developer of the popular Linux/Windows graphical user interface to Popeye – Olive, and also of a chess problem database – YACPDB! Warm welcome to Dmitri! 

Tournament for PG problems 2013-2014

JF-LOGO-1Retro and PG problems 2013 – 2014

Dear Friends,

In April 2013 I’ve published at JF the first PG problem and promised to organize a separate tournament for PG problems in case of more entries.  Total number of PG problems in 2013 is seven:

No.299 (Nicolas Dupont)
No.306 (Enzo Minerva & Antonio Garofalo)
No.310 (Nicolas Dupont)
No.312 (Paul Rãican)
No.325 (Paul Rãican)
No.436 (Paul Rãican)
No.437 (Paul Rãican)

I’ve decided to extend the tournament to the year 2014, and now I’m glad to announce the
Tournament for Retro and PG problems published at Julia’s Fairies in 2013 – 2014!

hans-gruberThe judge: Hans Gruber – a well known German composer, the president of German association of problemists Die Schwalbe, for many years an editor of famous German magazine feenschach and a very active International judge! I’m grateful to Hans for accepting my invitation to judge this competition!

Welcome at JF-2014!


Dear Friends,

The New Year 2014 is just started and first of all I’d like to wish you a happy and successful year! And, of course, you’re very welcome here, at Julia’s Fairies, today and during all the year! The year 2013 was great for me, for the site, for many of you I believe! Let’s keep going! This year I’ve decided keep the same system as in 2013, and to split the  informal tourneys for fairy problems published on Julia’s Fairies website into 3 periods and independent tourneys: 
I – January-April, II – May-August, III – September-December

You’re welcome to participate in the first informal tournament – JF-2014/I, January-April, 2014!
Any fairy problem can participate, and I’m here for you to publish it as soon as I can, usually in 1-2 days.

crisanI’m happy to introduce you the judge of this period – Vlaicu Crișan – a leading Romanian composer, the 1st Prize winner in many famous world championships, and also a judge of many strong competitions, including well-known Tzuika held within WCCC and also one of the most appreciated judges! Warm welcome to Vlaicu! 

The same time, I’d like to tell a few words about the last events of 2013: 

Three Awards of JF tournaments are published during 2013 – informal competitions JF-2013/I, JF-2012 and also thematic competition Marine TT 2013. I’m very happy about the results and grateful for your activity! The gifts to prize winners of Marine TT I’ve sent at the end of December, but this year I’ll send all other diplomas for Marine TT and also for JF-2012.

Yesterday was the last day of informal tournament JF-2013/III which will be judged by Eric Huber. This 3rd period has the biggest number of problems in 2013 – about 100! The list of participating problems I’ll show soon. I’m grateful to Eric for accepting this huge work!

Some plans for 2014? To keep the site interesting for you! Hopefully, to publish Awards of 2013/II and 2013/III. To have one thematic tournament. And to work a little on some sections of the site, which are still under construction. Plus, I’m listening to your opinions and will try to follow your wishes!

Good luck to all of us in 2014! Julia

Participants of Marine TT 2013

sirens-song-SIParticipants of Julia’s Faries MARINE TT 2013

Dear Friends,

Thank you very much for so active participation in Marine TT 2013 ! I’ve got 70 problems by 26 authors from 12 countries. All problems are thematic and C+! The Award is planned to be in the beginning of December, and here’s a list of problems submitted to the judge, IGM Petko A. Petkov:

Good luck to everybody! – Julia


Reminder – JF Marine TT

marine-tt-announcement-enDear Friends,

Let me remind you that just two weeks are left to submit your problems to  Julia’s Fairies Marine TT 

For more information about Marine pieces read also the articles by IGM Petko A. Petkov “Do you know the Marine Pieces?” – Part IPart IIPart III.


Judge: IGM Petko A. Petkov – International Judge of FIDE.

Please send your problems till 24:00 September, 30th, 2013 by e-mail only to Julia, julia@juliasfairies.com

The Award will be published on Julia’s Fairies website before the end of 2013. And I’ll try to send Prizes to the Prize Winners and Diplomas to the authors of awarded problems before Christmas! Good luck to everybody!

Announcement – Julia’sFairies Marine TT 2013

jv-marine2May, 14th, 2013 – opening day of Julia’s Fairies Marine TT 2013 !

I believe the time to open the marine season has already came – so, let me open it in a chess composition as well! Today I’m happy to announce the thematic tourney which has been prepared for several months and has became possible now thanks to the efforts of many people.

I’d like to gratitude Mr. Petko A. Petkov for his material about Marine pieces and future judging of the TT, Mr. Thomas Maeder for the fast implementation of Poseidon, Marine Knight and Marine Pawn in Popeye v4.63, Mr. Christian Poisson whose earlier implementation of these pieces has given more clear understanding of their behavior and also allowed us to have an examples of problems for the articles and TT,  and Mr. Geoff Foster for English correction in the articles about Marine pieces and in the announcement below, and those of you whom I’ve asked questions regarding Marine pieces!

I hope for your active participation as there were really a lot of efforts invested to make this TT happen!

Julia’s Fairies Marine TT 2013 is announced now and it’s closing date is around the end of Marine season – September, 30th:


Have a nice Marine season! And good luck in the Julia’s Fairies Marine TT 2013!

Informal Tourneys – 2013


Informal Tourneys and JUDGES – 2013!

I’m happy to announce the informal tourneys for fairy problems published on Julia’s Fairies website during 2013! The year 2013 is split into 3 periods and independent tourneys:
I – January-April, II – May-August, III – September-December.

Let me introduce our judges! All three are world famous arbitrators, so I add just a few words from myself.

I. January-April, 2013

JB DSC_0045-2The judge: Juraj Brabec. It was a nice surprise for me to know that Juraj has spend a whole year in Riga in 1970, for his postgraduate studies. He often has met Alfred Dombrovskis and has shown me a article in newspaper from 1970 about his meeting with Latvian problemists! I’m very pleased to hear that Juraj loves Riga a lot! Warm welcome to Juraj!!

II – May-August, 2013

Diyan KostadinovThe judge: Diyan Kostadinov. Diyan was my first judge for the very first composed (fairy) problem! And later Diyan has helped me a lot in the very first steps in composition. Diyan judges many tourneys, runs his own well known website, composes complicated problems and has agreed to judge for me! – My gratitude and warm welcome to Diyan!!

III – September-December

eric-huberThe judge: Eric Huber. For me Eric associates with a great work he was doing during all the year 2012, announcing composers’ birthdays with some introductory words and also selected problems – “Celebrating composers” posts I’d seen every day, without breaks, without day-offs or vacations! Amazing work! Somehow Eric also finds time for judging. I’m very thankful to him for accepting my invitation! Warm welcome to Eric!!

Participants – Christmas Blitz 2012

christmas-bellsDear Friends,

I’m happy to show you a list of participants of my Christmas Blitz 2012! For those, who participates – please check again if everything is correct about you! I hope so!

Download (PDF, 1.91MB)

There’s also my name in the list. I know, I shouldn’t participate as an organizer, but I’m just the 2nd author in a joint problem, where the main author who submitted it has used some motives from my already published problem (feenschash, #10539). So, this problem was allowed to participate by the judge.

The Award will be ready in few days!

Thanks again to all of you! And have a Happy New Year holidays!!


christmas-bellsChristmas Blitz-Tourney JF-2012

Give mate with a neutral piece!

Rules: H#2 problem, where mate is given after the last move of neutral piece! Number of neutral pieces on the board is unlimited, although it is desirable for them to be not only technical units, but figures connected to the theme of the problem. All fairy pieces programmed in Popeye, WinChloe or Alybadix are allowed. Fairy conditions are not allowed. Not allowed are also pieces with special additional functions, as “kamikaze”, “paralyzing”, etc. Computer tested problems only! Please mention the program used for testing!

See the schemes and examples of the problems!

Judge: IGM Petko A. Petkov – International Judge of FIDE. Thanks a lot to Mr.Petkov who has agreed to judge one more tourney and in so short term!

Term: 10 days! Please send your problems till December, 27th, 24:00 by e-mail only to Julia, julia@juliasfairies.com

The Award will be published on Julia’s Fairies website on December, 31st, 2012.
I believe, it will beautify the site for the New Year’s celebration! 

Chocolates on the picture are your prizes! I believe you’ll find some associations with neutral pieces! 🙂

Welcome to participate and have fun with these problems!

Reminder-JULIA’S FAIRIES – HSP – 2012

Dear Friends,

Let me remind you that just 20 days left till the closing date of  
the 1st thematic tourney by Julia’sFairies – 


RULES: Help-self problems (HSP) of any possible types: Help-self mates (HS#), HS=, HS==, HR#, HR=, etc. in any number of moves.

THEME: Battery-play with fairy elements

JUDGE: IGM Petko A. Petkov – International Judge of FIDE

→Read full announcement…

You are very welcome to send your entries!   And thanks a lot to the active participants!