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!



There have been 157 entries for this challenge, which were available to all participants at the Mat Plus site. Milan’s intention was to publish an article including all the correct entries in Mat Plus. We have decided that it would be appropriate to eventually publish this article dedicated to the memory of Milan. Owing to the impossibility to associate each diagram to its composer, we have decided to proceed as follows:

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feenschach/Die Schwalbe Theme Tourneys extended!

Die Schwalbe
Theme Tourneys extended!

The joint theme tourneys of feenschach / Die Schwalbe to celebrate the birthdays of Hemmo Axt, Zdravko Maslar, and Hans Peter Rehm  have been extended: New closing date is October 31, 2013 !

All themes are open for orthodox and fairy, even retro presentation. You may find the description in German and English with some example problems e.g. at

Also do not miss the Werner Speckmann 100 memorial tourney by Die Schwalbe for n# with Empress (combination of Rook and Knight); you may find details at

Closing date is August 21, 2013 (Werner Speckmanns centenary).

Have fun and good luck!

Back-Home Thematic Tournament

Thematic Tournament

The 5th Thematic Tournament requires original chess compositions employing the Back-Home fairy condition, recently invented by Nicolas Dupont. Entries should be submitted to the tourney director, Nicolas Dupont, via email at The closing date is December 31st, 2013. The tournament sections and judges are as follows:

Section 1: Help and Help-Self
Any type of help and help-self stipulations. Fairy units are allowed, but no additional fairy conditions.
Judges: Vlaicu Crisan and Eric Huber (Romania).

Section 2: Series-Movers
Any type of series and parry-series stipulations. Additional fairy conditions are allowed, but no fairy units.
Judge: Paul Raican (Romania).

Section 3: Proof Games
No fairy units or additional conditions are allowed.
Judge: Michel Caillaud (France).

See full announcement in pdf file or the original publication at!

See also The back-home fairy condition article by Nicolas Dupont.



The Union Problemistas’s Argentina of Chess announces the tournament of composition to commemorate 65 Mario Guido García’s birthdays

Prizes: Books,honourable mentions and commendations will be awarded
The preliminary award of tourney will be sent to participants by e-mail and will be published on the website of Unión Argentina de Problemistas de Ajedrez (UAPA)   ?Read more… (click to show/hide)