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Andernach 2015 problem chess meeting

Andernach_2014-disc-KW Discussion in the winter garden, Andernach 2014,
taken by Kjell Widlert (from left to right: Hemmo Axt, Hans Peter Rehm, Bernd Gräfrath, bernd ellinghoven, Thomas Brand, Werner Keym)

The tradition of Andernach meetings will live on: the 2015 meeting will take place from May 14 to May 17, 2015 (the long weekend starting with Ascension Day).

We will meet at Ratskeller (Hochstraße 33, 56626 Andernach). Long term visitors may remember this address: It is the former Balkan Pic, Zdravko’s former restaurant where the meeting took place for decades.

If possible you should arrange your accomodation for yourself, but you may ask bernd ellinghoven (mail: be.fee(at)t-online.de) or Zdravko Maslar (Karolingerstr. 76, D-56626 Andernach, tel +49 2632 1577) for support.

Provisional Award of the MT120 ARNOLDO ELLERMAN, Section Fairies

prov-award-120aellerman-annThis tournament was announced by the Union of problemists Argentina Chess (UAPA).
Participants: Valerio Agostini (Italia), Vito Rallo (Italia), Antonio Garofalo (Italia), Antoly Stёpochkin (Russia), Juraj Lörinc (Slovakia), Karol Mlynka (Slovakia), Daniel Novomesky (Slovakia), Sven Trommler (Germany), Franz Pachl (Germany), Dieter Muller (Germany), Pierre Tritten (France), Hubert Gockel (Germany), Jorge Lois (Argentina), Igor Kochulov (Russia), Vaclav Kotěšovec (Rep. Checa), Lev Grolman (Russia), Kostěj Šoulivý ( Rep. Checa), Gabriele Brunori (Italia).

There were 38 problems: 18 composers of 7 countries. After the deadline (25-05-2014), the director sent at the judge all studies without the names of the authors.

I thank all participants of this tournament. Special thanks to Petko Petkov for his collaboration to act as judge, who has performed his assignment with remarkable dedication. (Director: Mario G. García)         →Go to the Award

Originals 09-100115


09-10th of January, 2015

In this block I’ve a pleasure to present you 4 problems by 5 Russian composers:

  • (10.01) No.688 – Igor Kochulov  (hs#2,5; Take&Make; duplex). Non-standard mates after reciprocal creation of neutral batteries!
  • (10.01) No.687 – Anatoly Stepochkin  (h#2, Circe). Either a castling or not?
  • (09.01) No.686 – Aleksey Oganesjan  (hs#4, without fairy pieces). Beautiful Meredith, not easy to solve! If I am right this is the first Aleksey’s HS# problem. Congratulations with a very good start!
  • (09.01) No.685 – Lev Grolman & Vladislav Nefyodov  (h#2,5; Imitator). Imitator in the nice Miniature featuring a specific power of combination wK+nP! Welcome to Vladislav‘s first publication in Original problems section!

Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe’s graphics.

All previously published problems you can find in the subsections of Original Problems menu on the top. The judge for informal fairy tourney JF-2015(I) – Kostas Prentos.

Tourneys by Israeli Chess Composition Society, C31.05.2015

israeli-ccsСomposing tourneys organized by the Israeli Chess problem Composition Society

Uri Avner Memorial Tourney
(3rd Israel Open Chess Problem Composition Tourney)

The Israeli Chess Composition Society is announcing a chess problem composition tourney dedicated to the memory of Uri Avner. The tourney will be in two sections as follows:

Section 1: Helpmates in 2.5 or 3 moves. Judge: Francesco Simoni. Theme: “Pin-correction” – a black piece is unpinned (directly or indirectly) by white. Later in the solution the same piece becomes pinned on a different square. Fairy pieces and conditions are not allowed.

Section 2: Selfmates in 2 to 6 moves. Judge: Petko Petkov. Theme: Play of at least one white battery and one black battery. Use of other strategic motives is very desirable. Fairy pieces and conditions are not allowed.

Entries to the tourney director, Omer Friedland, by email to: omrfree@gmail.com. Deadline: May 31, 2015.

Yosi Retter 80 Jubilee Tourney

The Israel Chess Composition Society is announcing a chess problem composition tourney to mark the upcoming 80th birthday of our dedicated member Yosi Retter.

Theme: The tourney is for selfmates in 2 or 3 moves showing the Feldman-I theme. This theme involves reciprocal continuations after random and correction moves of two black units. No fairy pieces or conditions are allowed. Schematically the theme can be depicted as follows:
1…Random move by piece X 2.A …#; 1…correction by piece X 2.B …#
1…Random move by piece Y 2.B …#; 1…correction by piece Y 2.A …#
Note that in S#3 problems the thematic moves A & B must be on white’s 2nd move. The theme is further clarified in the examples. Cyclical presentations, involving three (or more) thematic black pieces are allowed. 

Judge: Yosi Retter. Closing date: May 31, 2015. Please send problems to Raffi Ruppin: ruppinr@013net.net.  
Prizes: 1 st Prize – $300, 2nd Prize – $200, 3rd Prize – $100.

The intention is to have a prize giving ceremony during the 58th World Congress of Chess Composition, 1-8 August 2015, Ostróda, Poland.

Originals 02-040115


02-04th of January, 2015

  • (04.01) No.681,682,683,684 – Kostěj Šoulivý (h#2; Patrol Chess & Camel,Grasshopper,Empress,Princess,Gnu).  Four-men Patrol quartet with author’s introduction to the problems!
  • (04.01) No.680 – Alberto Armeni (h#4; Imitator).  Interpretation of Valladao theme with Imitator! Warm welcome to Alberto in Original Problems section!
  • (03.01) No.679 – Peter Harris (hs#3; Sentinels; Chameleon Chess; Royal pieces).  Paradoxal four-men Aristocrat with two quite different surprising mates!
  • (03.01) No.678 – Anatoly Stepochkin (h#3; KoKo; Reflectin Bishop; Grasshopper). Super AUW in Tanagra form!
  • (03.01) No.677 – Kenneth Solja (h#3*; Imitator).
    Nice setplay problem with two Imitators and two Switchbacks!
  • (02.01) No.676 – Pierre Tritten (h#2; Take&Make).
    A dynamic Take&Make  play!

Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe’s graphics.

All previously published problems you can find in the subsections of Original Problems menu on the top. The judge for informal fairy tourney JF-2015(I) – Kostas Prentos.

2nd KoBulChess TT – Christmas tourney 2014 AWARD

christmastourney2nd KoBulChess TT – Christmas tourney 2014 AWARD

“(25.12.2014) Here is the Award of the 2nd KoBulChess TT – Cristmas Tourney 2014! Many thanks to all participants and to the judge IM Krassimir Gandev for his quick work. The award remains open for 1 month period.” (Diyan Kostadinov)

Theme: All type problems (#/=, H#/H=, S#/S=, HS#/HS= etc.) in 2-4 moves (up to 8 moves for Series and P-Series problems) with the fairy condition Circle SneK. Other fairy pieces and conditions are not allowed. Royal pieces can be used of course.

Entries: 22 | Countries: Greece, Italy, Germany, France | Participants: Pierre Tritten, Manfred Rittirsch, Mario Parrinello, Kostas Prentos, Emmanuel Manolas, Rainer Kuhn, Themis Argirakopoulos, Sebastien Luce, Ralf Kraetschmer, Alain Bienabe

→See the AWARD on KoBulChess.com

P. Gvozdják 50 JT C 16.11.2015


Peter Gvozdják announces jubilee tourney
on occasion of his 50th birthday.

The thematic composing tourney announced for any kind of chess problems showing Rice cycle.

See details on the web or in the pdf file: pg50 vypisanie 20141115

Prizes: books | Deadline: November 16, 2015 | Judge: jubilee
Entries to: peter.gvozdjak@gmail.com

The award will appear by the end of 2015.

Welcome at JF-2015!


Dear Friends,

On the first day of the New Year, 2015, I wish you a happy and successful year! And as always, you’re welcome here, on JF! This year I’ve decided keep to split the  informal tourney for fairy problems published on Julia’s Fairies website into 2 periods and independent tourneys: 
I – January-June, II – July-December

You’re welcome to participate in the first informal tournament this year – JF-2015/I, January-June!
Any fairy problem can participate, and I’m here for you to publish it as soon as I can, hopefully in 1-2 days.

k-prentosI’m happy to announce the judge of this period – Kostas Prentos – prominent composer and solver, FM in composition, IM in solving, International Judge. Kostas composes mostly proof games and fairy problems. Warm welcome to Kostas!

Good luck to all of us in 2015! – Julia

THE AWARD of Christmas Blitz JF-2014

The Award of Christmas Blitz JF-2014

Dear Friends,

I’m happy to present you THE AWARD of Christmas Blitz JF-2014! The number of participants, of beautiful problems was really a great surprise for me and for the judge! Thank you so much, dear participants of the Blitz, for your activity, efforts, creative ideas! And of course, many thanks to our judge, Petko A. Petkov! 

I have to tell that the Award was written in a very short period of time, so I apologize for any mistakes done in the text, diagrams, solutions.. I’d be grateful if you send me emails about anything to be corrected!white-dark-laima-christmas

I heartily congratulate all the winners and participants! And I wish a Happy New Year to all of you! Let it be successful, interesting and motivating for you, full of pleasant surprises and happiness! – Julia.

Originals 26-281214


26-28th of December, 2014

  • (28.12) No.675 – René J. Millour – 8 Invisible pieces and author’s presentation of the Invisible system in his problem! Welcome to René’s first publication on JF!
  • (26.12) No.674 – Kostas Prentos – Excelsior + Valladao! 
  • (26.12) No.672, 673 – Cornel Pacurar – Imitators in two interesting serial miniatures!

Animated diagrams use Py2Web by Dmitri Turevski and WinChloe’s graphics.

All previously published problems you can find in the subsections of  Original Problems menu on the top. The judge for informal fairy tourney 2014(III) – Kjell Widlert. The judge for Retro and PG problems 2013 – 2014Hans Gruber.