Originals July 2021

JF Original Problems | July 2021

The judge of JF-2021-II: not appointed .
The judge of Retro & PG problems 2021-2022: not appointed  

Coming soon: Award JF-2017-I by Tadashi Wakashima. Taking a little break in publishing Original problems (~ middle Aug) to prepare this award, also updates to FCCP!

  • (31.07) No.1641 (hs#3* ; Grasshopper ; Take&MakeChess, KoBulKings, Madrasi RexInclusiv) S. K. Balasubramanian (India). “wK tempo in two solutions eliminate one each of the set play mates.” (Author)
  • (31.07) No.1640 (ser-h-ep 56) James Malcom (USA). “Black plays to help White capture en passant” (Author)
  • (30.07) No.1639 (PG 11,0 ; Dummy Promotion, Royal Dynasty) James Malcom (USA) & Michel Caillaud (France). “A problem for fun(?) after the exchange we had about James’s 1627 (MC)
  • (30.07) No.1638 (#3 ; Breton Chromatique) Bruno Kampmann & Michel Caillaud (France). “The Breton family was invented by Christian Poisson in 2014; for those who wonder about the name, a Breton is an inhabitant of Bretagne; Bretagne is a French region, where Christian lives” (MC)
  • (25.07) No.1637 (hs#3) Vitaly Medintsev (Russia). Once I wrote to Vitaly: “everything the best – to JF, please! 🙂 ”  And here is him, recalling my words. Published with a gratitude!
  • (25.07) No.1622.1 (hs#2) Aleksey Oganesjan & Sergey Shumeiko (Russia). “An improvement to No.1622.” (Authors).  Accepted by Ofer Comay, the judge of  JF-2021-I, in his tournament together with No.1622.
  • (24.07) No.1636 (PG 12.0 ; Monochrome Chess) Achim Schöneberg (Germany). One of the authors of No.1610 shows up without a pseudonym!
  • (24.07) No.1635 (pser-s#18) Ľuboš Kekely (Slovakia). “…perhaps the longest pser-s# without fairy conditions and pieces” (Author)
  • (24.07) No.1634 (h#2 ; Take & Make) Daniel Papack (Germany). “Greetings to Seetharaman Kalyan”
  • (14.07) No.1633 (s#5) Aleksey Oganesjan (Russia). A new fairy idea(?) “Logical en passant uncapture“! (Author)
  • (14.07) No.1632 (hs#4.5) Menachem Witztum (Israel). Warm welcome to Menachem!
  • (13.07) No.1631 (h#2.5 ; HalfNeutral Nightrider, Camel, Grasshopper ; Take & Make) Franz Pachl (Germany). Halfneutral pieces in cyclic play.
  • (11.07) No.1630 (#3 ; Equileaper, Wazir, Zebra, Right Zebra ; Diagram Circe, Black must capture) Shankar Ram (India). “5-fold 3×2 Jacobs theme (quintupled)” and more.
  • (11.07) No.1629 (s#20 ; Circe) Sergej Smotrov (Kazakhstan). Author’s partial computer test took about 21 hr.
  • (11.07) No.1628 (#2* ; Breton Adverse) Hubert Gockel (Germany). “…set mates become keys” (Author)

Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe‘s graphics, Christian Poisson


Composing Tournaments of the RIFACE 2021, C11.07.2021

The 42nd RIFACE 2021 (Rencontre Internationale en France des Amateurs de Composition Echiquéenne) will take place at Charenton-le-Pont near Paris, July 9-12, 2021.

Themes of composing tournaments:

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

Address to send the entries : RIFACE.2021@gmail.com for Helpmates and Fairies problems ; retro.riface2021@gmail.com for retro problems
Time limit to send the entries : Sunday 11th July
at 15:00 (French time)


Coming soon…

Dear authors and readers, I have to tell you I’ve got an Award of JF-2017-I by Tadashi Wakashima on June 9th, but still haven’t had time to prepare it for publication. The same time I have a waiting list of 3 original problems to publish and also the update of the FCCP I’ve just got from Shankar Ram. I’m sorry, I might be too busy with my office work the next week. Most probably, will get back to the mentioned publications on the next weekend. Thank you very much for your work and your patience! Have a great summer! – Julia


FIDE ALBUM 2016-2018 – Results in Fairy section

The results of the FIDE Album 2016-18 section G are published at WFCC official website!

“An impressive number of 1520 entries (excluding duplicates) were received and they were split in two groups: G1 for fairies without conditions and G2 for problems with at least one fairy condition. This classification was a success as 747 entries were allocated to G1 and 773 to G2. In each group there were three judges with each team of judges working independently. 1331 entries scored at least 4,5 points (87,5% of the total entries, a very good ratio for such a popular genre). 357 problems out of them (63 more compared to the previous album) scored at least 8 points, which represents a ratio of 26,8% selected problems; 125 entries (one third of the selected problems) had already qualified from the WCCI process.” (Harry Fougiaxis)

Our TOP 10:

Name Album G1 Album G2 WCCI Total Points
Petkov, Petko 8 13 6 27 27.00
Loustau, Jean-Marc 19 5 24 22.00
Caillaud, Michel 6 14 20 17.00
Dragoun, Michal 24 6 30 16.83
Gockel, Hubert 4 9 6 19 14.83
Pachl, Franz 6 8 6 20 14.67
Parrinello, Mario 2 8 3 13 13.00
Rittirsch, Manfred 1 12 13 12.50
Lörinc, Juraj 3 5 5 13 12.00
Salai jr., Ladislav 23 23 9.83

“Regarding the selection percentages, I think the results without the “pre-selected” WCCI entries should also be mentioned. As seen below, they are only 14.76% for G1 and 18.47% for G2. In total, they are only 16.63%. If we take the WCCI entries into the total, then obviously the percentages increase.” (Shankar Ram, one of G1 judges)

Thanks a lot to the judges!
Sincere congratulations to all of us!


Originals June 2021

JF Original Problems | June 2021

The judge of JF-2021-I: Ofer Comay.
The judge of Retro & PG problems 2021-2022: not appointed  

  • (22.06) No.1627 (PG 18 ; Dummy pawn promotion) James Malcom (USA). If can be considered as computer tested?
  • (22.06) No.1626 (hs#3 ; VAO, PAO) Ognian Dimitrov (Bulgaria).
  • (22.06) No.1625 (hs#10) Torsten Linß (Germany). “… because Ofer announced an “orthodox” section for his award…” (Author)
  • (22.06) No.1624 (ser-h#14 ; Kangaroo) Sébastien Luce (France). “Inspirated by the 1614, dedicated to Ognian DIMITROV.” (Author)
  • (20.06) No.1623 (#2 ; Masand) Ilija Serafimović (Serbia). After meeting Ilija (soon 17) as solver and composer on ECSC and WCCC meetings I’m glad to welcome him on JF as well! Finally 🙂
  • (12.06) No.1622 (hs#2) Aleksey Oganesjan (Russia). “Apparently for the first time in orthodox hs#2….” (Author)
  • (12.06) No.1621 (s=74) James Malcom (USA). Warm welcome to James – a very young (17) composer with a very long problem!
  • (12.06) No.1620 (hs#5 ; Chameleon) Ognian Dimitrov (Bulgaria).

Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe‘s graphics, Christian Poisson


Regarding certain concerns raised in the matplus forum

On 1-May-21, Julia made a post  on the matplus forum about our project. After this, many concerns were raised in the thread. This is our response.

We thank all the contributors of the thread for their opinions and insights.
We have added notes, at various points in our document, to present the alternative views expressed:

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We do feel that our work is of value, despite the scepticism and disdain expressed.
During our discussions and correspondence,

  • We have searched for, compiled, catalogued, acknowledged and used a long list of sources on the internet by our other friends covering the same subject.
  • We discovered gaps in various groups which could be filled by new elements.
  • We found and corrected mistakes in existing definitions.
  • We identified and resolved ambiguities in the definitions of some elements.
  • We came across differences in the software implementations of the same element.
  • We saw the relationships between seemingly different elements.
  • We found the same elements existing under different names.
  • We have contacted various friends for help with some elements and they have generously responded.
  • We have presented an easy and searchable interface for the user to navigate and explore the various groups, elements and their definitions in three different modes.
  • In the depressing climate which pervades the world today, our project was a source of friendly interaction and inspiration.
  • Finally, We have, once again, come to understand and experience what TRD meant when he said: “Fairy Chess sets the heart and mind of all who know it aflame with passionate love of its joy“.

Our above response may not satisfy everybody. But we are here for the long haul and all suggestions for improvement will be considered. Gens Una Sumus.

Shankar Ram


“Reciprocal Stipulations” by Shankar Ram

“One of the benefits of our Classification Project is the opportunity to study some rarely used fairy elements and also fill in gaps in their grouping. One such study resulted in this “mini-article”. More such will follow!” (NSR) 

FCCP → Related Articles


To summarise, our list of Reciprocal types are:
1 Reciprocal (Grazer) Helpmate (Reci-h#). Help Play – #1 & h#1 by B.
2 Reciprocal HelpSelfmate (Reci-hs#). Help Play – #1 & s#1 by W.
3 Reciprocal (Grazer) Selfmate (Reci-s#). Direct Play – #1 & s#1 by W.
4 Reciprocal SemiReflexmate (Reci-½r#). Direct Play – #1 & semi-r#1(h#1) by W.

Shankar Ram, June 2021

Originals May 2021 (2)

JF Original Problems | May 2021 (2)

The judge of JF-2021-I: Ofer Comay.
The judge of Retro & PG problems 2021-2022: not appointed  

  • (31.05) No.1619 (h!#19) Gunter Jordan (Germany). The fairy essence comes at the end.
  • (31.05) No.1618 (hs#4 ; Antineuköko) Maryan Kerhuel (France) & Jacques Rotenberg (Israel). Some better English version of the Antineuköko definition, please? Warm welcome to Maryan! (JV)
  • (31.05) No.1617 (SPG 13 ; Staugaard castling) Michel Caillaud (France). Dedicated to James MALCOM & Andrew BUCHANAN.
  • (30.05) No.1616 (hs#2.5 ; Nightrider) Marjan Kovačević (Serbia). “Logical hs# with two preparatory steps. “ (M.K.).
  • (30.05) No.1615 (SPG 13.5 ; Staugaard castling) Andrew Buchanan (Singapore) & Michel Caillaud (France). “Conrad Staugaard (see the biography) invented the condition later termed Pam-Krabbe. He seems to have been a funny and kind figure: like a Danish Lewis Carroll, but a socially-aware entrepreneur. He deserves to be commemorated with his condition….” (A.B.)

Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe‘s graphics, Christian Poisson


The Jungle and the Garden

The Jungle and the Garden

We are happy to announce the next release of our classification (v 0.1)!

Our work to make a beautiful garden from the mysterious jungle continues

In this, we have been joined by Andrew Buchanan. A warm welcome to him!

Thanks to Juraj Lörinc and Eric Huber for help with some fairy conditions

Many corrections, modifications, rearrangements and additions have been made

There are now a total of 422 elements, up from 390 earlier

All 173 items in the JF Fairy Terms list are now included!

Some alternative viewpoints about the classifications have been added at various places

The list of other sources on the internet has been updated on the project page

– The FCCP Team