Dawson Triathlon M.T. 2021

Dawson Triathlon M.T. 2021

In honour of the 70th anniversary of the death of the English composing genius Thomas Rayner Dawson (1889-1951) – the father of Fairy chess – the British Chess Problem Society announces a Dawson Fairy Triathlon Memorial Tourney 2021.

The conditions are as follows:

  1. 1. The Triathlon includes three tournaments, with a separate ranking for each (Prizes, HM, Comm).
    1. Direct mates in 2 moves. Judge: Ofer Comay.
    2. Helpmates in 2 moves with at least 2 phases (2 solutions, set and solution, twins, duplex, but no zeropositions). Judge: Sven Trommler.
    3. Helpselfmates in 2 to 5 moves (2 solutions, set and solution, etc). Judge: Eric Huber.
  2. All sections have a free theme, but with the presence of at least one Grasshopper and at least one Nightrider. The combined play of these most famous pieces invented by Dawson must have a thematic significance.
  3. The use of other fairy pieces, royal units, or units with neutral or half-neutral colour is not permitted.
  4. Fairy conditions are allowed, but not those that add other fairy pieces or neutral/semi-neutral pieces.
  5. Each author may send a maximum of two problems per section, but…. -> PDF announcement for more details

Champagne Tourney 2020

Theme : Capture in the air
Fairy conditions (but not fairy pieces) allowed in both sections. Maximum 2 entries per composer per section (collaboration counts for 1 full entry). Maximum 1 non computer tested entry per composer in section A.

Prizes in each section : subscription to Phénix 2021 for the first place, Winchloé light for the second place

This year, Champagne Tourney is without Champagne… Thanks to Laurent Riguet and Christian Poisson for providing the Prizes.

Entries to the director Eric Pichouron, by Sunday 18th October 24:00 PM,
e-mail : chess.champagne2020@gmail.com
who will transmit problems to the judge Michel Caillaud in anonymous form.


18th Romanian Tzuica Tourney – C 7.10.2020

18th Romanian Tzuica Tourney
Judges: Vlaicu Crişan & Eric Huber (Romania)

Theme: Helpself compositions (hs#n/hs=n) with at least 2 solutions showing the Schnoebelen theme.  This year’s tourney is dedicated to Guy Sobrecases.

Please take in consideration the following definitions:
1. In a help-selfmate problem in ‘n’ moves (denoted hs#n), White starts and Black collaborates with White in order to reach a position of s#1 (selfmate in one move) at move ‘n’ (the last move). Helpselfstalemates are also accepted.
2. Schnoebelen theme: A promoted unit, which has not played after its promotion, is captured on its promotion square.

  • Problems with twins or zeroposition are allowed.
  • All fairy pieces and conditions are accepted, provided that the problem is checked by a known solving program.
  • Annoucement in PDF

Prizes: bottles of Tzuica, hopefully deliverable during 2021 WCCC. The tourney is open worldwide, however the prizes will be for 2021 congress participants only.

Deadline: October 7th, 8 p.m | Send to: Eric Huber, hubereric@yahoo.fr


Composing Tournaments of the RIFACE 2020, C13.07.2020

The 41st RIFACE 2020 (Rencontre Internationale en France des Amateurs de Composition Echiquéenne) will take place at Dardilly (Lyon), July 11-14, 2020.

Themes of composing tournaments:

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

Address to send the entries : RIFACE.2020@gmail.com for Helpmates and Fairies problems ; abrobecker@yahoo.com for retro problems
Time limit to send the entries : Monday 13th July
 at 15:00


DANKA PETKOVA – 100 MT 2020 (C15.11.2020)

DANKA PETKOVA – 100 MT 2020

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Danka Petkova (1920-1993), mother and first chess teacher of the Bulgarian composer Petko Petkov, the grandmaster organises an International thematic tournament “Danka Petkova 100 M.T. 2020”.

The tournament will be held in three sections:

a) Direct mates in 2-4 moves.
b) Helpmates (stalemates, double ==) in 2-4 moves with at least two phases

(2 or more solutions, set play and solution, twins but no zeropositions.).
c) HS# (=, ==) in 2-4 moves with at least two phases.

The theme in each section is free , but with the obligatory use of at least one of the new Bul (Bulgarian) fairy pieces invented by Petko Petkov: Bul Grasshopper, Bul Lion, Bul PAO, Bul VAO. The colour of these 4 pieces can be white, black, neutral or semi-neutral. Also allowed are Royal pieces of Bul type. The usual kinds of G,LI, PAO and VAO are not allowed. No other fairy pieces or fairy conditions are allowed.

Originals must be sent to the organiser GM Petko Petkov: ppetkov2702@gmail.com no later than November 15th, 2020
The results will be published by the end of 2020 | Prizes: books by Petko Petkov | Examples and details  in PDF announcement.


Jubilee-60 MARIANI-PARRINELLO-SIMONI

~ ~ ~   60 Jubilees!  ~ ~ ~ 

Francesco SIMONI 60 JUBILEE – THEMATIC TOURNEY
Judge: Francesco Simoni (Italy)
Mario PARRINELLO 60 JUBILEE – THEMATIC TOURNEY
Judge: Petko A. Petkov (Bulgaria)
Stefano MARIANI 60 JUBILEE
FREE THEME TOURNEY

Judge: Paz Einat (Israel)
Helpmates in 3,5 or more moves showing the Perpetuum mobile theme are required. By making the key, a new problem comes out, which is solved by returning the key piece to the starting square. In addition…. -> Are required Helpselfmate (HS≠) in n moves with any kind of cyclic play; all fairy pieces and conditions are allowed. The problems must be cheked (C+) by any known solving program.  Are required ≠2, free theme. Fairy pieces or conditions are not allowed. 

All problems will be submitted to the judge anonymously. Deadline 31/12/2020.
Send originals by e-mail to the tournament director Antonio Garofalo: perseus@bestproblems.it

See examples in the PDF announcement (English and Italian).


229th theme tourney of the Schwalbe

schwalbe-logo229th theme tourney of the Schwalbe

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Franz Pachl,
the Schwalbe announces a THEME TOURNEY.

Required are helpselfmates in 2-4 moves where the mating move is performed by a neutral piece (not by a semi-neutral one!). Fairy pieces and conditions are allowed. Twins (including zero positions) and multiple solutions are allowed, but all phases must be thematic.
Tourney director: Rainer Kuhn, e-mail: rainer.kuhn@web.de | Judge: Franz Pachl (Ludwigshafen) | Prize money: 200 €
Closing date: July 08, 2020 (postmark or date of email) | The award will be published in the February issue of Die Schwalbe 2021.


ANATOLE F. IANOVCIC MT

ANATOLE F. IANOVCIC MT

The Romanian magazine Componist-Buletin Problemistic is announcing the Memorial Tournament dedicated to Anatole F. Ianovcic, in order to commemorate 35 years from his passing away.

The tourney is for direct problems with mate in 2 moves, containing at least one grasshopper and/or at least one nightrider (other fairy pieces/conditions are not allowed), showing the Ianovcic theme: in the initial position, two black pieces A and B are half-pinned; after the key, a white line-piece C (= Q, R, B, G, N) is pinned by B (it could be already pinned); in the thematic variation, A plays, self-pinning B and, due to a black interference, allows C to give mate with a Pelle move (a move on the pin-line).

Entries should be sent until November 1st 2020, at the tournament director Dinu-Ioan Nicula, e-mail: nicudin004@yahoo.com
Announcement with examples in PDF | Prizes in chess literature.


“Pata morgana” – Quick TT-240 by SuperProblem

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Quick Composing TT-240 by SuperProblem

Tourney name: “Pata morgana
Stipulation: =N, ser-=N, h=N.5, hs=N.5, ser-hs=N
Theme: in a diagram position of =N, ser-=N, h=N.5 (hs=N.5, ser-hs=N) problem, Black (White) is stalemated. But White (Black) begins a play and, due to absence of waiting moves, he is forced to destroy this stalemate.
In solution, a structure of final stalemate can be the same or different compare to the one in the diagram position.
Any kinds of twins are allowed if its are thematic. Fairy pieces and conditions are not allowed.
Depending on quantity and quality of sent problems, the judge can divided an award into several subsections or, vice versa, can combine several sections into the one.
Judge: Aleksey Oganesjan. | Closing date: May 7, 2020 Download the announcement (pdf, 220 KB)
Entries to Aleksey Oganesjan via e-mail: alexeioganesyan@gmail.com
Award will be published on the website http://superproblem.ru