Julia's Fairies

Julia's Fairies

Award JF-2020/II by Hans Gruber

With a gratitude to the judge, Hans Gruber, and with congratulations to the winners of JF’s informal tournament of the 2nd half of 2020!

“I leaned on Hans Peter Rehm’s advice that it is the main task of a judge to select those problems which she or he considers to be worth to be studied once more by the general audience and to argue why those problems are considered excellent or beautiful (or both). This means that awards should focus, like the FIDE-Album, on the positive selection, and they should single out compositions, not composers. However, my sincere thanks to the composers who gave me the pleasure that I could study the following problems.” (Hans Gruber, from the Award)

RIFACE 2022 : composing tournaments

The 43th RIFACE (International Meeting in France for Chess Problems Lovers) will take place in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, 4th-6th June, 2022.

Themes of composing tournaments:

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

Address to send the entries : RIFACE.2022@gmail.com for Helpmates and Fairies;
retro.riface2022@gmail.com for retro problems. Time limit to send the entries : Sunday 5th June at 15:00 (French time)

Originals May-June 2022

JF Original Problems | May-June, 2022

The judge of JF-2022/I: Vlaicu Crişan
The judge of Retro & PG problems 2021-2022: Thomas Brand

Coming soon (dear composers, please let me know if I’ve missed you in this list!) : Daniel Novomesky, János Csák & Béla Majoros, Eric Huber, Ján Golha

First of all, the problems featuring JF10JT theme, almost thematical.
Thanks a lot to the composers for a long waiting for this publication!

  • (02.06) No.1715 (hs#2.5 ; Rose) – Hans Uitenbroek“The idea was half a move too short for the Jubilee Tourney”
  • (02.06) No.1713.1 (h#2 ; Circe) – Aleksey Oganesjan – “with a little ‘cosmetic’ imrpovement to No.1713″
  • (28.05) No.1714 (h#3 ; Bishop-Locust, Rook-Locust, Royal piece ; Patrol Chess) – Maryan Kerhuel“theme of JF10JT doubled in each solution, with 2 unpinnings of the same white S” – but with Patrol Chess
  • (28.05) No.1713 (h#2 ; Circe) – Aleksey Oganesjan“Almost thematical for JF10JT, but having 2 pieces more” – Three steps for the unpin to happen.
  • (28.05) No.1712 (#2 ; Rose-Lion ; Anti-Circe) – Michel Caillaud – “Almost JF10JT theme, except that Rose-Lion was not among the allowed Fairy pieces.” – Published with a gratitude for the dedication!

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

JF10JT: the Award by Kjell Widlert

PDF, 32p

With a gratitude to the judge, Kjell Widlert, and to all participants of Julia’s Fairies jubilee tournament

(most of photos from the ceremony by Maksims Pučinskis)

I’ll bring the printed booklets “Award JF10JT” to WCSC 2022! The animated version of the award will be coming soon….

Originals April 2022

JF Original Problems | April, 2022

The judge of JF-2022/I: Vlaicu Crişan
The judge of Retro & PG problems 2021-2022: Thomas Brand

Coming soon: New publications of original problems will appear after ECSC in Riga 13-15.05.22. Please, don’t hurry to send your new problems now, I might get lost in all different emails and can miss them. – Julia

10.04.2022: Julia’sFairies website celebrates its 10 years! I’m happy to have a real celebration on May 15th, with those of you who arrives to ECSC 2022. The Award of JF10JT will appear right after our prize giving ceremony.

  • (30.04) No.1711 (PG 11.5 ; All-in-Chess, Kk Chess) – Andrey Frolkin & Chris Tylor & Paul Raican“The combination All in Chess and Kk Chess shown first time.” – Thank you for the dedication for the ten years of JF!
  • (30.04) No.1710 (hs#8.5) – Torsten Linß“Critical moves with switchbacks, bristols, a few Klasinc manoeuvres and a model mate.”
  • (30.04) No.1709 (s#2 ; Royal Grasshopper ; SAT) – Neal Turner & Henry Tanner“I’ve included a full commentary – unfortunately it still seems to be necessary.” (NT) – But the editor believes that it is always good to give a comment, and that many readers will appreciate it!
  • (30.04) No.1708 (hs#4.5 ; Lortap, White Maximummer) – Daniel Novomeskyafter Peter Harris No.55
  • (30.04) No.1707 (PG 20) – Velmurugan Nallusamy
  • (30.04) No.1706 (ser-h#10) – Anirudh Daga.
  • (13.04) No.1705 (h=3 ; NorskSjakk) – Ali Okan Pandar“Hide the bS or bQ away”
  • (11.04) No.1704 (h#2 ; Breton Adverse) – Borisas Gelpernas & Thomas Maeder“inspired by No.1699
  • (10.04) No.1703 (h=8.5) – Ben SmolkinWarm welcome to 16 year old composer (participant of the 5.YCCC)!
  • (10.04) No.1702 (hs#6) – Vitaly Medintsev“Both sides destroy their direct batteries and then rebuild them…”
  • (10.04) No.1701 (-2 & #1 Proca ; Anti-Circe Cheylan) – Andreas Thoma“The white king always stays on e1!”
  • (10.04) No.1700 (PG 15.0 ; Andernach Chess) – Michel Caillaud – “for the 10 years of JF
  • (09.04) No.1699 (h#2 ; Breton Adverse) – Borisas Gelpernas.

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

Add-a-Year 65 JT (ECSC 2022)

Add-a-Year 65 JT

A quick composing tournament in the frames of ECSC 2022
dedicated to Marjan Kovačević’s 65th jubilee

Theme: Construct a position where adding one piece creates a #2 with unique key-move.
There must be at least one genuine „Add-a-piece try“, failing because of a single cook (second key-move).

The unusual title Add-a-Year 65 JT, was inspired by the words from birthday greetings I got from Michel today. I wanted this title to preserve the joyful mood I had with reactions to Add-a-Piece competition at the time of my 65th birthday. (Marjan Kovačević, 08.04.2022)

Judge: Marjan Kovačević | Director: Borislav Gadjanski | Deadline: 29th April (midnight ECT).
Send problems (with FEN, solution and tries) to borislav.gadjanski@gmail.com

RIFACE 2022 – June 3th-6th, Paris (Issy-Les-Moulineaux)

This year, the 43th RIFACE (International Meeting in France for Chess Problems Lovers) will take place, as usual.  We stay right next to Paris, but this time in Issy-Les-Moulineaux. The hotel has chargeable parking.

Hotel Ibis « Paris Issy les Moulineaux Val de Seine » – 213, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau – 92130 Issy-Les-Moulineaux – (GPS : N 48° 49’ 21.05’’ E2° 15’ 25.70’’)

PAY ATTENTION : the French Chess Solving Championship is registered for the World Solving Cup 2021-2022 and will take place Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 15:30 pm.

Thank you to register as soon as possible and no later than Saturday, April 30 2022! – Jerome Auclair

WFCC sanctions & JF’s originals

WFCC sanctions in reaction to hostilities in Ukraine are based on the voting result you can see on the official website. I’m glad about some of our decisions, I regret about the voting result related to 11.WCCT. And I’m very much disappointed about the ignorant behavior of some delegates who never appeared on any WFCC meeting and didn’t trouble themselves with the voting. I apologize to all composers who had trust in our organization. Please, stay patient, stay healthy, and I will try to keep JF out of politics, as a fairy garden where fairy composers are always glad to meet each other and to share their creativity.

My kid is 8. She was a troublesome student because she couldn’t stay concentrated for longer than five minutes and was not interested in studying at all. I didn’t want to medicate her, but after long considerations and consultations, I started giving https://healthylombard.com/buy-adderall/ her Adderall. The situation at school changed completely. She is now motivated and tries to do her best.

JF will continue to publish original problems by individuals from any countries. Our creativity, good will, positive emotions, support to each each other are needed to keep the peace where we can, to calm our minds and to warm our hearts.

This month JF celebrates its 10 years jubilee. Please, join me with the smile!

A Chess Problem Tribute to the James Webb Space Telescope!

A Chess Problem Tribute to the
James Webb Space Telescope!

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), launched by NASA on 25-Dec-2021, is the most powerful telescope ever launched into space and is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. It is expected to look farther than the Hubble and has created great excitement among the astronomer community. It will uncover details to study and understand the earliest formation and evolution of Galaxies, Stars and Planets, including the origins of life.

When faced with all these new vistas, one is reminded of our own TRD’s words, from the envoi to “Ultimate Themes”, 1938: “Fairy problems have the limitless geometry of space before them, with life, fire, exquisite beauty, in rich and growing and never-ending profusion.

Immobile BKd4 (Cannot move or capture)

The layout of the JWST’s 18 mirrors immediately suggests a hexagonal chessboard which was covered in our classification project. So, here is a hexagonal chess problem to celebrate the JWST!

Chess Problem: Hexagonal Board with 19 squares: a1-a3-c5-e3-e1-c1

Rooks move through the sides of the squares. Bishops move through the corners. Pawns move vertically through the sides of the squares towards their bottom rank (here a1-e1 for BPs) and capture through the edges of the squares to the left or right.

1.Re1-c3! ZZ
1…Ra2-b3 2.Rc3-c5#
1…Ba1-b3 2.Rc3-c4#
1…Rd1-d2 2.Rc3-e3#
1…Bc1-d2 2.Rc3-d3#
Double Grimshaw + 4 mates by WR
Tries: 1.Rb3+? R/Bxb3! 1.Rd2+? R/Bxd2! 1.Rxd1+? c2xd1=Q/R/B/S! 1.Re3+? Bxe3! 1.Re2? ZZ Rb3/Bc5!

Shankar Ram

Andernach Meeting 2022

breaking news – Andernach Meeting 2022

In the last two years, the Andernach meeting had to be cancelled due to COVID19 — now it will take place again: May 26-29 at the Ristorante Bellini, Hochstraße 39, 56626 Andernach, Germany.
We will meet there on May 26 from 17:00.

Please organize your own accommodation, but inform Thomas Brand (t.brand@gmx.net) about your participation and possible contributions to the program.  A solving tournament (a bit different than usual) is planned.

Until May many greetings – Hans Gruber and Thomas Brand