I wish you a Merry Christmas!
Let it be snowy outside and warm inside!
Dear Friends, Editors, I need your help, please! You all might know how many problems by Peter Harris I’ve published on JF. It’s about 125, since July, 2012 (no.39) when I started to publish original problems on JF. The last mail I’ve got from Peter was on the 13th of September, 2015 with 4 problems, asking to publish the three of them dedicated to the judges first (no.890,891,892 for Vlaicu Crisan, Dmitri Turevski, Kjell Widlert) and the one for me, on my birthday, a few days later (no.894). During these three years Peter had some periods of active composing and some pauses too, but not for 4 months.. Anyway, even without a new compositions, Peter would answer my mails with Diplomas for the recently rewarded problems if he would be well, I believe. The last weeks I’ve sent some more mails to Peter and also to his email provider, Vodamail (no answer); sms-es to his phone, and tried to call him too, but there’s answering machine only. I don’t have any contacts of Peter’s friends or relatives to ask about him. Maybe anybody has? Maybe anybody has heard anything from Peter after September, 2015? I believe, we must find out what we can about Peter. Thank you! – Julia
My best wishes to all of you and your families in the next year! Be successful, be creative and happy!
I’d like to tell a special thanks to the judges who’ve finished their JF’s awards this year – to Hans Gruber, Eric Huber, Dmitri Turevski, Kjell Widlert, Vlaicu Crişan! And also to those who accepted the judging in this year and still have to work a lot – to Kostas Prentos, Thomas Brand, Ofer Comay!
Thanks a lot to Shankar Ram, who’s made a list of problems published in July-December’2015, sending me updates to the database every week! I believe we all are grateful to Sébastien Luce for entering JF’s problems of 2015 in WinChloe’s Echecs database. The solutions of animated PG problems published this year look nicer thanks to the additional functions written by Stephen Emmerson.
Thanks a lot to all commentators! Dear friends, you make this site much more interesting and useful, and many of you have helped to get much better versions of published problems.
I often have different questions.. to the authors who send me their problems to publish, to the programmers, to the judges of current competitions, and to other composers who might (to my believe) know the subject I need a help in. I get a lot of your help, detailed explanations, examples… Thank you so much for your responsiveness!
I’ll be happy to see all of you again on JF and in person in 2016! Have a nice celebration and till the meeting in the New Year!
“A little smile,
A word of cheer,
A bit of love from someone near
A little gift from one held dear,
Best wishes for the coming year,
These make a Merry Christmas!“
My first Congress is over several days ago, but half of my soul is still there, in Ostróda…
My first intention was to write about the facts and things happened, but in reality during the Congress I had no time for posting anything, and now all facts are already known. I’ll share just a little of emotions here.
It was amazing to meet so many famous people face to face, in so short time! I was a bit confused as I couldn’t remember everybody from the first meeting as I wished.. Name badges weren’t used for this Congress, so all I could do was asking Latvian delegate, Ilja Ketris, who is who. 🙂 Of course, it was great pleasure for me to see that most of people know me, and to hear so many warm and kind words! –> read more
I thought, I have enough time, as have to concentrate “just” on composing, judging, and meeting people. No, time was absolutely not enough, the days ran so quickly that I couldn’t believe on Friday, that the week is over.
I thought, it’s not so interesting to go for the Congress to some small town as Ostróda is. I’ve changed my mind on the very first day. It was so nice to walk along the lake in the mornings and late evenings… Blue water, blue sky, some “half-neutral” birds 🙂 – black with white heads.. and bright stars at nights.. calm and warm.. Half an hour on that nature gave some more energy to continue the work.
I was too busy with my first judging, and had to spend most of the days in the room, analyzing problems. I never went to sleep before 2am, had to skip the excursion and on Friday’s night stayed up till 4am finishing the Award. The both feelings, excitement and fear about the first Award, the ceremony, the speech, kept me awaken. Only yesterday’s evening I felt how much I’m tired and sleepy.
The Composing prize giving ceremony. Nothing compares with the feeling of being a prize winner there! Much more strong to compare with getting the results by email sitting at home. I had a wish to sing and jump! 🙂 But seriously, it’s a great motivation to do my best to be among the winners the next time again.
I felt so sad on Saturday that everything is over! And my eyes were full of tears during the first hours of driving back.. But after all, I have a strong feeling that I wish to go to the next Congress a lot (40th WCSC and 59th WCCC will be held in Belgrade, July 30th – August 6th, 2016) – to meet all people again, to run a tournament, to be happy for all prize winners on the ceremony, to compose and to hope for the best! Thanks to all who have been there!
Today Julia’sFairies celebrates its 3 years!
What to tell more?.. I’m happy it’s growing, becoming famous, and I hope you enjoy it! Fow now we have about 770 published problems, 4 successful TTs and informal tournaments starting summer of 2012. Average number of visits per day is around 200 from 30 countries.
Dear Friends, I was going to do software updates on Julia’s Fairies, but have changed the order of my plans. So, software updates are postponed to the future, but these days I’ve migrated the site to another hosting company, eLinks Hosting (LV). The team of eLinks has about 17 years of experience in Web design/graphics and starting from the hosting for their clients has grown into company with international hosting services. These days I’ve had a great experience with support team of eLinks, who has done the migration so professionally and fast, almost without my own participation! I’m happy that JF has safely moved to the new home, from Dallas to the datacenter in Germany. I hope, it will be a nice home!
Tonight I have 2 new problems for publication. I’m grateful to the authors, as always, but this time I’d like to ask you to wait for publication till tomorrow, as I just need to explore the new home a little, and also to celebrate the event with some wine. I really was worried a lot the last days… Please write me emails if you’ll find that anything works wrong! Thank you! – Julia