Originals May 2021

JF Original Problems | May 2021

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

Coming soon: nobody in the waiting list…

  • (20.05) No.1614 (ser-h#18 ; Kangaroo) Ognian Dimitrov (Bulgaria). Warm welcome to Ognian!
  • (20.05) No.1613 (h#2 ; Madrasi) S.N. Ravi Shankar (India). “Inspired by Seetharaman’s 1608. The same idea, but achieved through a different fairy condition.” (Author) 
  • (19.05) No.1612 (-17 & #1 Proca ; Anti-Circe) Günther Weeth+ (Germany) & Klaus Wenda (Austria) & Vlaicu Crisan (Romania). “Replacing No.1440 (Weeth & Wenda) which had to be eliminated from the tourney retros JF 2019-20 due to a cook. Vlaicu found a new position…” (Authors) 
  • (18.05) No.1611 (reci-hs#9) Torsten Linß (Germany). “The stipulation is a straight forward synthesis of the reciprocal helpmate and the helpselfmate…” (Author) – something to be considered in the FCCP?

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

FCCP SEARCH & Fairy Terms menu

FAIRY TERMS menu of JF is updated, so the main page presents 2 subpages:

  • The Fairy Chess Classification Project (created in April, 2021)
  • JF Fairy Terms database (the old JF’s database of fairy elements which is still in use for the definitions of fairy pieces/conditions for the original problems). With the time the FCC should replace the old database fully.

The SEARCH function is added to the Fairy Chess Classification Project!
From the FCCP‘s main page you see:

View the DB:


Originals April 2021(3)

JF Original Problems | April 2021(3)

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

  • (30.04) No.1610 & 1610.A (hs#2.5 & hs#3) “Robert Sharp” (Wagga Wagga / Australia). 2 originals: “Both problems show the Sharp-Theme, curiously with almost identical play, in hs# 2.5 by White, in hs# 3 by Black!” (Author)
  • (29.04) No.1609 (hs=5) János Csák and Gábor Tar (Hungary). Sacrifices.
  • (29.04) No.1608 (h#1 ; All-in-Chess) K. Seetharaman (India). One more not implemented condition?
  • (29.04) No.1607 (++ ; Circe Couscous (promotion before rebirth)) Joost de Heer (Netherlands). The variation of Circe Couscous to be included in our Fairy Chess Classification?
  • (29.04) No.1606 (s#4 ; Masand) Oleg Paradzinskij (Ukraine).
  • (29.04) No.1605 (hs#2 ; Lion) Anatoly Stepochkin (Russia). HOTF.

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

The Fairy Chess Classification Project: Initial Release!

The Fairy Chess Classification Project: Initial Release!

After nearly 6 months work, Our inaugural release (version 0) with over 390 elements is ready for public viewing!

(v.0, 22.04.2021): 

TEXT Layout | TABULAR View 
PROJECT Presentational Page

We have used the BCPS Glossary as the basis to which we added some more elements found in JF,
the Die Schwalbe MärchenschachlexikonChristian Poisson’s Website, and others on the web.

Our thanks to all the maintainers of these sources.
Going forward, we plan to add more elements from all these sources as well as any interesting elements that are freshly invented.
We will also add more information to each element like history, popularity, solving program support and example problems.
Also planned is a user interface to search and explore the elements.
In these dark days, some light and order!
We welcome you to join us!

Please post your opinions, suggestions and queries!                                    – The Fairy Chess Classification Project Team

Award JF Retro&PG 2019-20 (Vlaicu Crișan)

It’s not only my effort bringing to you all those good news in the beginning of the spring 🙂
No, not at all! It’s about the great collaborators we have here! 

One more award on JF! By the one who has already judged JF Fairy section in 2014 (JF-2014-I / Award), but now will show himself in Retro & PG problems. The one who brings so much of positive attitude mixed together with a deep analysis to everything he touches, the one having the sun inside… this time delivers JF Retro&PG 2019-20 Award in a very short time after the end of the tournament, for your nice Sunday’s time!

click to see the Award in PDF, 16 pages

My gratitude to Vlaicu, congratulations to the winners, and best wishes to all participants!
Your fine works are always welcome to JF!

Some more words about the awards on JF: as you can see in the Tournaments section, I have two delayed awards. The good news are that Tadashi Wakashima (JF-2017-I) expects his award to be ready by the end of May, so you might see it in June! The bad news are that after some years of promises Diyan Kostadinov (JF-2013-II) keeps silence, and I’m sorry for now I couldn’t answer your questions about this too late award.



Ofer Comay – the judge of JF-2021/I

Dear composers, now I’m glad to announce to you that our fairy judge for JF-2021-I (01.01.2021-30.06.2021) will be Ofer Comay!

It was not so long ago, August 2015, when Ofer accepted to be the judge of JF-2015-II. In the tournaments section you can find a great work done by Ofer with over 100 problems of that tournament:

JF-2015-II f 2015-07-01 2015-12-31 Ofer Comay ->See the Award!

To my words from before I’d like to add I’m very grateful to Ofer for supporting JF (and me) the 2nd time, for his positive, objective and human  approach, for the nice personality and great experience we will enjoy on JF again! Well, I believe other editors understand how I feel. They know how it is not easy to look for the judges, to ask for such a big work… and then not really knowing how to find words for being thankful enough.

Important information from the judge to the composers: “I will split the tournament to two sections: 1) problems like hs, serial, with no fairy pieces and conditions;
2) problems with fairy pieces and/or fairy conditions.”

Originals April 2021(2)

JF Original Problems | April 2021(2)

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

Coming soon: nobody in the waiting list…

  • (16.04) No.1604 (hs#4 AP) János Csák & Gábor Tar (Hungary). AP Valladao.
  • (13.04) No.1603 (PG 3,5 ending with triple check mate / Add pieces ; Circe Parrain, Point Reflection) Pierre Tritten (France). For the animation purposes the initial game array position is shown on the diagram instead of the empty position sent by the author. The task is to find 2 final positions.
  • (10.04) No.1602 (#2 ; Breton) Thomas Maeder (Switzerland). “The mechanism reminds of 1365. The play looks less orthodox here because…” (Author)
  • (08.04) No.1601 (hs#2 ; Masand) Julia Vysotska (Latvia). “6 & 4 for Marjan’s Birthday!” – a cooperation without sacrifices starts from the initial position on 6×4 squares ; 6 pieces of each color ; 4 half-moves of each color ; and some little tricks… with a Happy Birthday wishes to Marjan Kovačević!

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

The human touch: Chris Tylor

Here’s Chris giving the same pose as his Grandfather, in the painting!

The human touch: Chris Tylor
by Shankar Ram

Some interesting information about Chris Tylor, our most active contributor to the Fairy Chess Classification Project: In December 1888, T. Fisher Unwin, the London publishing house, published a 112 page book of poetry called “Chess: A Christmas Masque” by Chris’s Grandfather, Louis Tylor. (Masque: a type of theatre entertainment including poetry, singing, and dancing, performed in England in the 16th and 17th centuries).

The British weekly The Spectator, in its 22-Dec-1888 issue, described the book as “A LITTLE poem, this, but dealing with great mysteries, and one which will commend itself to those who, like Milton’s fallen angels, love to reason of- ” Providence, Fore-knowledge, Will, and Fate, Fixed Fate, Free-will, Fore-knowledge absolute.

In 2019, Andriy Frolkin and Viktor Kapusta published an article about this on Valery Kopyl’s site, in English and Ukrainian, titled: The Tylors: A Family Chess Poem Created in … 130 Years! and Тайлори: родинна шахопоема творилася… 130 років! (http://www.chess-kopyl.com.ua/ua/novini/978-svitova-antologiya-shakhopoeziji).

Viktor and Andriy quoted this book as a new addition to their anthology of world chess poetry. And with poetic license, they said Chris’s work in chess problems was a creative link to and a continuation of his Grandfather’s book!

The book has been considered culturally important and has been reprinted recently. A public domain PDF is available here.

Somewhat in the spirit of Lewis Caroll, it starts with a dream by a boy who falls asleep on Christmas eve, before a chess board and sees the chessmen start to move and speak. Here are some excerpts:

Louis Tylor relaxing

A pleasant dream. Me thought the smooth square board
Grew rugged as the chequered field of life;
My chessmen took a human shape and moved,
The White with purpose good, and the Black with ill.
When the play is over, and the match is won,
Times of joyous contest ended, joyous rest begun;
Then the players, foes no longer, only rival friends,
Drink a parting health together; So the evening ends
When the play is over.

Read the full book from the link above, or better still, buy a hard copy online!

Published with a gratitude to the initiator and author of this article, the soul of Fairy Chess Classification Project, Shankar Ram! (JV)

Manfred Rittirsch 60 JT by the Schwalbe

schwalbe-logo230th theme tourney of the Schwalbe

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Manfred Rittirsch,
the Schwalbe announces a THEME TOURNEY.

For problems with any stipulation on the standard 8×8 board using a combination of 1) Eiffelchess plus 2a) chameleons/chameleonchess and/or 2b) neutral pieces (not halfneutral). No other fairy conditions/pieces are allowed. 
Tourney director: Arnold Beine, Grund 15, 65366 Geisenheim, Germany; arnold.beine@web.de
Judge: Manfred Rittirsch | Closing date: 30.11.2021 | Prize money: 200 €

Originals April 2021

JF Original Problems | April 2021

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

Coming soon: nobody in the waiting list…

  • (05.04) No.1600 (hs#4) Vitaly Medintsev (Russia). A very human friendly problem for the end of Easter holidays!
  • (05.04) No.1599 (h#2.5 ; Mars Circe) Armin Geister & Daniel Papack (Germany). “Hidden behind a massive position there is a complex strategy with dual avoidances.” (Authors)
  • (05.04) No.1598 (hs=2 ; Neutral piece, Chameleon piece, Locust ; Haaner Chess, Circe Parrain) Karol Mlynka (Slovakia). Would rather see such twins as different problems.
  • (05.04) No.1597 (PG 21.5 ; Fuddled Men) Nicolas Dupont (France) & Vlaicu Crișan (Romania). “Both sides apparently castled short, although…” (Authors)
  • (01.04 😀) No.1596 (hs#3.5) Aleksey Oganesjan (Russia). “Distant Grimshaw with funny twin – be smile on April Fools’ Day!” (Author)

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