Variant Proof Games by Peter Fayers

vpg-pf-annSome of you may remember that several years ago I was collecting proof games in chess variants with a view to eventual publication.

I now have a round 500, and put the collection on the web for anyone who is interested. Please feel free to view, download, or print (probably not a good idea – it runs to 162 pages. But it is mainly set in 14pt type, suitable for print in “booklet” format.)

Magazine editors and fairy/retro subeditors are invited to broadcast this information to their readership, and everyone is invited to fill in any gaps in the collection. Please send me any proof games I have missed. In English, French or German – I have macros which translate TCFDRP or TSLDKB to RSBQKP, both in the Forsyth and the solution. Enjoy!

— Peter. (

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14 Responses to Variant Proof Games by Peter Fayers

  1. seetharaman says:

    Good effort. Thanks.

  2. Dominique ForlotDominique Forlot says:

    very good Anthology of proof games!

    just about your last problem in Variant Chess, i think there is a démolition! ( sorry)
    Peter Fayers VC 2010
    After Black’s 1st,
    Superpawns, Glasgow Chess, White Must Check

    1 Pb2xg7=S+ Bxg7
    but : 1 Ph2xc7=S+ Qxg7 🙁

    BTW : I keep this pdf in my favorites :o)

  3. Dominique ForlotDominique Forlot says:

    Oops: forget the demolition…
    It is an other proof games, I am very badly woken! 🙁

  4. Paul Rãican says:

    A great achievement, Peter!
    Here are my first notes:
    2. This problem received 2nd Honorable Mention (judge C.C. Lytton)
    3. See P1000389 in PDB. Problem cooked by Gerd Wilts: 1. h4-B a6-B 2. b3-B Ta4-B 3. La3-B Txh4-A 4. Txh4-B Sh6-B 5. Txh6-A a5-A 6. Tg6-B Sa6-B 7. Tg8-A h5-B 8. Txf8-B h4-A 9. Tb8-A h3-B 10. Txc8-B h2-A 11. Tb8-A hxg1=L-B 12. Ld6-A Lh2-A 13. Sa3-B Lxd6-B 14. Db1-B 0-0-B 15. 0-0-0-B Dxb8-B 16. Th1-A Dxb3-A 17. axb3-B Tf4-A 18. Kd1-A Lf8-A 19. Ke1-B Te4+B

  5. seetharaman says:

    It is almost like an encyclopaedia of fairy conditions! It will keep me occupied for several months containing as it does so many beauties! Great!

  6. Nicolas Dupontdupont says:

    Very nice Peter!

    Should this important project be exhaustive concerning fairy conditions/pieces, or the fact that “variants” are considered is leading to some selection?

    If not, and according to WinChloe, here are the missing categories related to my own practice:

    Memory Circe
    Kobul Chess
    Sans échecs


    Moreover, some “important” works are not quoted, such that the first prize of the Trillon Memorial Tournament (a Backhome PG selected for the Fide Album).

    • Peter Fayers says:

      It is purely a collection, not a selection. Every VPG I have seen published is in there, including some not very good ones (some of mine are like that). If it’s been published, has not been cooked, and I can find the solution, then it qualifies.

      Which brings me to your list of “missing” variants. I typed stip=’bp’ and k=’lortap’ into pdb, and got 3 results. None of them had solutions!

      I’ll try with your other suggestions; any I find that qualify will be in the next volume.


      • Nicolas Dupontdupont says:

        In order to get a full collection, maybe you should buy WinChloe, or be in touched with a composer who owns it – indeed this program contains some problems not quoted in the PDB server.

        As an example WinChloe shows 14 not cooked Lortap PGs. Note that the french name is used – Elliuortap (Patrouille reversed, instead of Patrol)

  7. Mike Neumeier says:

    The proof game in your Back Home article here on JF is the only one I’ve seen in this genre, though I have not solved it yet. Is the FIDE problem that you mentioned above on JF somewhere?

  8. Nicolas Dupontdupont says:

    The article contains a second Backhome PG example, although not the “Fide” one. Here it is (in French language):

    Nicolas Dupont, Michel Caillaud et Mario Richter

    2td1tc1/pp4pp/2c3D1/1Pr2p2/P7/4Rf2/2P3PP/T1FF1CCT PJ 21.0 Echecs Retour

    Solution : 1.d2-d4 e7-e5 2.d4-d5 e5-e4 3.d5-d6 e4-e3 4.d6xc7 e3xf2+ 5.Re1-d2 d7-d5 6.e2-e4 d5-d4 7.e4-e5 d4-d3 8.Rd2-e3 d3-d2 9.Dd1-h5 Fc8-g4 10.e5-e6 Fg4-f3 11.e6-e7 Re8-d7 12.e7xFf8=D Cg8-e7 13.c7-c8=D+ Rd7-d6 14.b2-b4 Th8xDf8 15.b4-b5 Ce7-g8 16.Ff1-e2 d2-d1=C+ 17.Fe2xCd1 f7-f5 18.Cb1-d2 f2-f1=C+ 19.Cd2xCf1 Cb8-c6 20.Dh5-g6+ Rd6-c5 21.a2-a4 Ta8xDc8

    • Mike Neumeier says:

      Thanks. I apparently scrolled through this one. Saw the 7
      (or 7.5)-mover. With my old phone, I cannot download pdf’s. Need to do that on my desktop PC. Sounds like the coverage on fairy proof games is fairly broad in Fayer’s pdf. I would like to read it.

    • Kjell Widlert says:

      A FOURfold Schnoebelen, all of them BackHome-motivated! Brilliant.

  9. Paul Rãican says:

    New notes (II) on VPG:
    16. (Fayers) Dual: 6.Rh1! Rxh1=w 7.Sh4 gxh4=w.
    26. The source is Px 2004 (not 2005)
    30. The author is M. Caillaud (not Dirk Borst) and the source is fs109/1993.
    27. The author is Dirk Borst (not M. Caillaud), the source is fs123/1997 and a bSc6 must be added.
    28. Qb3 → d3 and Sa3 → c3
    29. (Caillaud & Borst) Cooked by 1. d4 c5 2. d5 c4 3. Kd2 c3+ 4. Kd3 Db6 5. bxc3[=sB] Db3 6. cxb3[=sD] c2 7. Le3 c1=D 8. axb3[=sB] Dc7 9. Sc3 Dg3 10. fxg3[=sB] b2 11. hxg3[=sB] b1=S 12. Sf3 Sd2 13. Se1 Sf3 14. gxf3[=sB] g2 15. exf3[=sB] g1=D 16. Lh3 Dg5 17. Le6 f2 18. Th3 f1=S 19. Lg1 Se3 20. d6 Da5 21. Dh5 Sd5 22. Kc4 Dd8 23. Te3 Sc7 24. dxc7[=sB]
    31. Received HM
    69. It’s a massacre PG.
    96. 11…Rh5 (not 11…Rb5) and the rebirths must be explicit.
    97. The rebirths must be explicit in solution.
    120. (Rãican) Has in addition a bQ circuit.
    131. wSa5 must be removed.
    133. 2….axb4(Pc1=B) (not 2….axb4(Pc1=Q))
    134. After Black’s 9th not After White’s 9th
    Platzwechsel of sBB.
    150. and 154. (Belcsak) are the same. The problem is C+ (Popeye).
    246. and 247. are the same.
    291. Reto Aschwanden is the second author.
    288. (Rittirsh) Cooked by 5.Td3 Tb7 6.Td4 Tb3 7.h4 Ta3 8.f4 Ta1 9.Th3 h5 10.Tc3 Th6 11.e3 Tg6 12.Tdd3 Tg3
    405. 15…exd1=Q (not 15…exd8=Q)
    425. Alternative game 1.e4 b5 2.Bc4 bxc4-f1=B! 3.Qe2 a6 4.Qxa6-a5 Bc4 5.d3 Rxa5-d5 6.Bh6 gxh6-c1=S! 7.Se2 Sxe2-g3 8.dxc4-e2 Sf1 9.exd5-d2 d5 10.Kxf1-f3.
    426. Cooked by 1.e4 g5 2.Ba6 bxa6-f1=S
    3.Qe2 a6 4.Qxa6-Qa5 Sg3 5.Se2 Sxe2-Sc3 6.dxc3-e2 Rxa5-Rf5!
    7.Bf4 gxf4-c1=B 8.0-0 etc.
    426, 427 , 428 and 431 are from JF 2014 (not 2013).
    427. cooked by: 3. …Sf1-g3 4.Sg1-h3 a7-a6 5.Qe2xa6-a5 Sg3xh1-g1 6.d2-d3 Ra8xa5-f5 7.Bc1-h6
    428. the white Queen could have another path: d1-d3-b3-b7.
    432 is from JF 2014 (not 2013) and the position is wrong.
    433. Sarcophagus theme.
    436.(Grudzinsky) demolished by: 1.Sc3 Sc6 2.Sd5 Sd4 3.Sxe7=>Se6 Sxe2=>Se3 4.Sxf8=>Sc5 Sxf1=>Sc4 5.Sxd7=>Sd5 Sxd2=>Sd4 6.Qxd4=>Qf5 Qxd5=>f4 7.Bxf4=>Bh6 Bxf5=>Bh3 8.Sxh3=>Sd7 Sxh6=>Sd2 9.0-0-0 0-0-0 etc.
    438.(Grudzinsky) cook: 1.Sf3 Sc6 2.Se5 Sd4 3.Sxd7-Sd5 Sxe2-Se3 4.Sxe7-Se6 Sxf1-Sb5 5.Sxf8-Se7 Qxd2-Qd3 6.Bh6 gxh6-c1=Q! 7.f4 Qxb1-Qc3+ 8.bxc3-e5 Qb3 9.axb3-d5 Bg4 10.Ra6 Bxd1-Bd2+ 11.Kxd2-c1 Kxe7-f5 12.Rg6 hxg6-a6 13.Re1 Rh3 14.gxh3-h6 Sf6 15.exf6-h7 Re8 16.Rxe8-Re6 a5 17.Rc6 bxc6-a6 18.d6.

  10. Manfred Rittirsch says:

    Thank you very much, Peter! And thank you Paul for a comprehensive review!
    Yes, the cook to 288 was known. I did not fix it yet.

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