Tournaments & Awards

Phenix_logoMémorial Denis Blondel

In order to honour the memory of Denis Blondel, deceased on 21th June 2012, Phénix organizes a composing tourney in two sections :
Section A) : all types of problems with only one type of fairy piece, which will be either the Rose or Locust.

Section B) : all types of problems with one or two types of fairy pieces, which will be the Rose and Locust.

See full announcement in English and in French!



Orbit announces 2014 informal tourney for Unorthodox help-play original problems.
Requested are h# <=4, h= <=4, ser-h# <=15 ‘almost-orthodox’ problems, composed using chessboard rather than using computer, showing effects enabled by the use of a limited set of fairy elements.
The judge is Klaus Wenda.
Send to Pierre Tritten‘s Orbit address :




Online, 2012’s judgements are (will be) at :

Juges/Judges : 2013

#3,  #n : Antonio Garofalo (ITA) ♦ h#2, h#n : Thomas Maeder (CHE) ♦ s#,  Féériques : Diyan Kostadinov (BGR)

Please send your originals to Alain Biénabe  :   admin (AT) 


variatim-logoSee HERE (in English and Russian) the information about
Regular tournaments by Variantim and also

Alex Ettinger 90 Memorial Tourney

The Israel Chess Composition Society is announcing a composition tourney to commemorate the 90’s birthday of Alex Ettinger (1923-2005). Alex, born in Frankfurt, Germany, immigrated to Israel in 1933 and was a dedicated member of our society. Required are fairy-miniatures with free theme. All types of problems are accepted but with at least one fairy condition and one fairy piece. Judge: Michael Grushko. Please send entries to the director, Paz Einat (; 45a Moshe Levi St. Nes Ziona, 74207, Israel). Closing date: 30.11.2013


API 4th Mini-TOUR 2014


The Italian Problemist Association (API) organizes
The 4th Mini-Tour called NEUTRAL PIECES

Will be admitted any type of problems from 2 to 6 moves. Every problems must to have one or more neutral piece(s) in initial position. (See original announcement in Italian/English in PDF here!)

More solutions and twins are allowed, but not zero-position and duplex. It’s allowed also only one fairy condition. Problems must be C+, please point out the software used. Sent to this address:
Sinfonie Scacchistiche with the problems (and award) published will be sent to all participants. Deadline: August 31, 2014.  

3-rd FIDE World Cup in Composing 2013


Reminder! The last days to submit your problems to the

3rd FIDE World Cup in Composing 2013

The International Chess Federation (FIDE), within the framework of its “Chess Composition” special project, is organising the 3rd FIDE World Cup in Composing for 2013 in eight sections.

The tournament is coordinated with the WFCC Presidium and is a part of the joint efforts by FIDE and WFCC for the popularization and development of chess composition worldwide. →Read more…

The closing date is September 1st, 2013.

Orbit 1st Fairy TT for Alphabetic Chess Help-play probems


Orbit 1st Fairy TT for Alphabetic Chess Help-play problems

One month left before closing! Requested are helpmates or series-helpmates in any number of moves, no zero-position, no fairy pieces, optionally one of the conditions Circe, Madrasi or PWC may be used in addition to ABC.
Problems must be computer-tested by Popeye or WinChloe.
The judge is Michael McDowell, problems are to be sent to Pierre Tritten’s Orbit address: until 30/09/13.


jv-lazureDear Friends,

I hope that all of you had a beautiful summer! In some countries there’s still pretty warm, in others becoming colder… But September is coming in 5 days everywhere!

I’d like to remind you that the second part of informal tourney Julia’s Fairies-2013 (judge: Diyan Kostadinov) is over on the 31st of August. If you’d like to participate in this part – please send your problems by the 30th of August preferably, so I’d have some time to publish them.

Also, September is the last month for submitting your problems to Julia’s Fairies Marine TT ! I know there’re many other tournaments now, plus WCCC. I wish you luck in all of them!!! And still I believe you’ll find some time for the Marines as well! Thanks a lot to the active participants! –Julia

Announcements of “The Macedonian Problemist”

ANNOUNCEMENTS OF macedonian-problemist

The Macedonian Problemist announces its informal tourneys for 2013 in the following sections:

  • 2# – judge: Zoran Gavrilovski 
  • 3#-n – judge: Zlatko Mihajloski 
  • s2-n# – judge: Predrag Žuvi?
  • h2# – judge: Živko Janevski 
  • h3#-hn# – judge: Nikola Stolev 
  • fairy – judge: Hans Gruber 

Send to: Zoran Gavrilovski, p. fah 137, MK-1001 Skopje, Macedonia; e-mail:


The Macedonian Problemist announces a formal jubilee tourney for h#2s to mark the 60th birthday of its regular contributor Živko Janevski (born on 4 August 1953), Grandmaster of the FIDE for Chess Compositions, International Judge of the FIDE for Chess Compositions, the leading Macedonian problemist in the last several decades and one of the world’s best and most successful composers (4th on the total FIDE Album points list up to the 2004-2006 Album). ?Read more… (click to show/hide)


Composers are invited to submit their originals (free themes) for TMP – tL 2013 in four sections – #2 (judge: Juraj Brabec), #3 (Zlatko Mihajloski), h#2-3 (judge: Nikola Stolev) and s#2-6 (judge: Živko Janevski). The awards will be published in 2013.

Please send original problems to: Zoran Gavrilovski, P. fah 137, Skopje MK-1001, Macedonia, by 1.9.2013.

feenschach 72nd TT

feenschachlogo Announcement of the 72nd feenschach TT

Required are series help-selfmate move-length records with 5-24 (or more) units (legal position and no promoted force). Series help-selfmates exceeding the current overall length record of 196 moves with promoted force (legal position) are also welcome! Closing date is December 31st 2013. Entries should be sent to the tournament director Thomas Brand, preferably via email. All entries that are length records for the different numbers of total normal force will be published in one of the first feenschach 2014 issues. Books or brochures prizes are offered as a reward to all tournament participants who send at least one actual length record if the total number of such records from all tournament participants is equal or exceeds the total number of records submitted by Arno Tüngler!

See full announcement with examples at !

56th WCCC – 11th Romanian Tzuica Tourney

Batumi, Georgia September 21-28, 2013

11th Romanian Tzuica Tourney
Judges: Vlaicu Crişan & Eric Huber (Romania)


Help-selfmates (hs#n) or help-selfstalemates (hs=n) with at least two switchbacks in each phase and at least two phases.

See Definitions and Examples in original PDF announcement!

Prizes are bottles of Tzuica (The tourney is open worldwide, however the prizes for congress participants only).
Entries to Eric Huber by e-mail at until September 22nd, or during Congress to the Romanian delegate Dinu-Ioan Nicula until Wednesday, September 25th, 9 p.m.

56th WCCC – 4th Bulgarian Wine Tourney 2013


4th Bulgarian Wine Tourney 2013

(30.07.2013) Here is the announcement of the 4th Bulgarian Wine Tourney – WCCC Batumi 2013.

Theme: direct #, H#, S#, HS# problems in 2 to 3 moves with the combination of fairy conditions Take & Make and Anti Take & Make. Neutral pieces are allowed, but other type fairy pieces or fairy conditions are not allowed.

The problems should be computer checked by WinChloe or Popeye (please write the used program).

Prizes: Bottles of Bulgarian wine, Bulgarian souvenirs.

Closing date: 25th September 2013, 23:00h local time

Judge: Diyan Kostadinov (Bulgaria)

The tourney is open to everybody, but only congress participants can receive bottlesand souvenirs.

E-mail entries should be sent to Diyan Kostadinov by September 25th  (

See the whole announcement at website!