To celebrate his birthday and his fairy invention Superguards,
K.Seetharaman, (India) announces
a Theme Tourney for problems featuring Superguards,

the new Fairy Condition.

Definition of Superguards:

Any piece (including Kings and pawns), which is observed by another piece of the same color cannot be captured. Pinned pieces also observe.

The tourney will have two sections:

Section A is for Directmates in Two or Three moves.

Section B is for Helpplay problems of up to three moves, of the following types:

Helpmates, Helpselfmates, Help-stalemates and Help-selfstalemates.

Twins allowed in Section A. Twins and multisolutions (but no Zero positions) allowed in Section B. No other fairy conditions or fairy pieces are allowed.

Judge: K.Seetharaman

Computer-tested problems may be sent to the Tourney Director Mr.C.G.S.Narayanan (India) by email. <> At present Superguards problems can be checked in WinChloe. (version 3.20).

Book prizes will be awarded.

All participants will receive the award by email.

Closing date of the Tourney March 18, 2013.  

→See the the full announcement with examples of Superguards problems HERE!

Welcome to participate!!

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Petko Petkov
Petko Petkov
October 29, 2012 22:20

Superguards – it is a very interesting fairy condition! Myself I shall participate actively in this tournament!
But I think that a special article for Superguards is needed – with explanations according to use of fairy pieces and additional fairy-conditions. Probably, it is a goal for the future, Ram?

October 29, 2012 22:32

Thank you Mr.Petkov. Eagerly looking forward to your problems ! Yes the goal is to prepare a short article with schemes using Fairy conditions and Fairy pieces. Hopefully in a few weeks.

October 31, 2012 21:33

Mr.Stephen Emmerson, the editor of the fairy column in The Problemist, points out that my Ex.4 is cooked as white can also retract 1. Kc7-c8 (without uncapturing), as black has a legal last move 1…Kb7(b8)-a8. Before this move White would have moved his king to c7 to check black king, as he would not be in check being observed by the white pawn !! Just shows the immense possibilities of Superguards (:

Kenneth Solja
Kenneth Solja
November 3, 2012 11:04

How can I check my superguards -problem? Is the fairy condition in Popeye or in WinChloe?

November 3, 2012 18:18
Reply to  Julia

It was very nice of Julia to offer help in testing considering her various commitments!

Latest update: C.G.S.Narayanan told me that he has already received four entries ! Happy to know the enthusiastic response.

April 9, 2013 14:08

I was delighted to receive 50 entries from Mr.Narayanan. This was a considerable number as the Superguards is yet to be implemented in Popeye. Thanks to all the participants. The awards will be ready in ten days !

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