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S.Hornecker, M.Minski and Reddmann win the Moscow 2019 ty with a nice miniature.

2nd: M. Dore; 3rd: Gromov and O.Pervakov


Preliminary award Lubos Kekely 60 Jubilee Tournament available as PDF.

Winners are Igor Yarmanov and A.Zhokiv with V. Lebedev.

PDF see Awards Files.


Pavel Arestov wins the 5th FRME 2019 tournament.

Second prize winners Avni with Martin Minski.


Martin Minski with Steffen Nielsen win the Phenix 2018 tournament.


Gromov, Pervakov and Sumbatyan win the Vladimir Bron-110 MT 2019
33 compositions competed in the tournament in memory of Vladimir Bron.
An epic study by the Russian trio Gromov, Pervakov and Sumbatyan was succesful
in front of another tactical cowork by Martin Minski (Germany) and Steffen Nielsen (Denmark).
Third and fourth place were shared betweent Yuri Bazlov (Russian)
and yet another cooperation by Alexander Zhukov and Vasily Lebedev (both Russia).
Even the judging was a cowork by Sergey Osintsev (Russia) and Vladislav Tarasiuk (Ukraine).
You may replay the studies here: Bron 110 MT 2019

In four sections the winners of the UAPA 8th 2019 Foguelman 95 MT are:

Richard Becker, Peter Krug & Mario Garcia, Jan Timman & Mario Garcia and Peter Krug.


Andrzej Jasik and Jan Timman win the Japanese magazine tournament: Problem Paradise 2018.

Studies to replay: Problem Paradise 2018


Steffen Slumstrup Nielsen and Martin Minski win the Romanian tournament Bucovina 100 Years Cup 2018.

At the website of e4-e5, from page 696 to 698 you find the result in PDF.

Studies to replay: e4-e5 100 Years Cup 2018


Jan Timman wins the Pal Benko 90 Jubilee Tournament.

Benko 90 JT 2019


Amos Gilboa and Yochanan Afek win the Velimir Kalandadze Memorial Ty 2019

Kalandadze MT 2019


Sergey Didukh winner of the 7th FIDE World Cup 2019 !

FIDE 7th World Cup 2019



Arestov and Zhukov triumph in Shakhmatnaya Kompozitsiya 2018

The annual tourney of the russian chess problem periodical Shakhmatnaya Kompozitsiya saw the first and second prizes split between Pavel Arestov and Alexander Zhukov (both Russia). Arestov's study shows subtle logical play with the material RBB vs Q. In Zhukov's study White plays for stalemate already at move 4, but is not succesful until move 17. The succes of the Russian duo was emphasized by the fact the both composers won 3rd prize as well with a joint study. The tournament was judged by Sergey Osintsev who awarded 15 of 22 studies.


Tarasiuk and Garcia win the Israeli Ring Ty 2018
The 2018 tournament of the Israeli periodical Variantim, also known as the Israeli Ring Tourney, was judged by Peter Gyarmati (Hungary). He awarded 12 of 21 entries. First prize went to the Vladislav Tarasiuk (Ukraine) and Mario Guido Garcia (Argentina) with a large scale dramatic work encompassing the whole board. Second prize by Amatzia Avni (Israel) was a study showing a theoretical draw where Black despite being a piece up cannot improve his position. Finally third prize went to the Slovakian duo Kekely and Hlinka with another theoretical draw this time ending in stalemate. There were 4 honourable mentions and 5 commendations.
 Read the award as PDF in Awards Files

Israeli Ring Ty 2018


Nielsen and Minski win the "E4 e5 100 Year Cup 2018" tournament

The 100 Year Cup 2018 was an informal tourney held by the Romanian magazine "E4 E5". The judge, Sergei Osintsev, awarded half of the 24 submitted studies for the tourney. First prize went to the Danish/German duo Steffen Nielsen and Martin Minski with a tactical and logical study inspired by one the most famous games of all time – Wilhelm Steinitz' win over Curt von Bardeleben at Hastings 1895. In second place came another duo: Pavel Arestov (Russia) and Daniel Keith (France) showing two minor promotions in miniature form, while Sergey Didukh (Ukraine) secured 3rd prize with a study showing both Black and White logical foresight

E4-e5 100 Year Cup 2018


Polish Tourney 2018: Kuzmichev surprise winner with two spectacular studies

The annual tourney of the Polish Chess Federation was surprisingly dominated by Russian Vladimir Kuzmichev who won both 1st and 2nd prize. The first prize study was a miniature with allumwandlung split up in two lines. The study that secured Kuzmichev the double was almost as spectacular: White sacrificed four pieces in succession to win in style with his remaining promoted queen. There were also prizes to Minski/Nielsen (3rd), Gurgenidze/Minski (4th) and Gromov/Pervakov (5th). The judge, Jan Rusinek, evaluated a total of 49 studies. The preliminary award (PDF in Polish).

 Arpad Rusz (Romania) wins Problemist Ukraine 2017-18

The award is ready for the biannual endgame study tournament of the periodical Problemist Ukraine.

The tournament of 2017-18 was judged by Sergei Osintsev, who awarded first prize to Arpad Rush for rook study showing asymmetry and long foresight.

Second prize went to the German duo Wieland Bruch and Martin Minski for a new interpertration of the age old theme of smothered mate.

The third prize study by Steffen Nielsen showed a new rook sacrifice in a R+P vs R+P ending. All in all the tournament saw 24 studies, of which all but 7 were awarded.

Problemist Ukraine 2017-2018


Michail Hlinka and Mario Garcia win the Ceskoslovensky Sach 2018 magazine tournament: Ceskoslovensky Sach 2018



Djurasevic and Campioli win Steniczka 90-MT – 12 year old Christopher Yoo wins his first prize

The provisional award of the Helmut Steniczka 90 Memorial Tournament is now available here: Steniczka 90 MT 2019.

The tournament was judged by Peter Krug (Austria).

The winner of the win section was Branislav Djurasevic (Serbia), showing a series of surprises with the difficult material NNB vs R.

In the draw section Marco Campioli (Italy) was succesful with an eventful 30 move study. 

The tournament also saw a young newcomer to the scene of study tournaments.

American Christopher Yoo won 3rd prize in the win section and even cemented his succesful debut with a special honourable mention in the draw section.

Christopher Yoo is an OTB FM with a current rating of 2426, making him the 8th highest rated U14 player in the world.

Christopher Yoo

(picture taken by Austin Fuller for the Saint Louis Chess Club)


All in all 43 studies from 23 composers competed.


Final award for the Michal Hlinka 65 Jubilee Tournament available, Hlinka 65 JT 2019.

See also:

Winner in Section A: Yuri Bazlov

and co-winners in section B: Jaroslav Polasek, Martin Minski & Oleg Pervakov and Geir S.Tallaksen Ostmoe.


Oleg Pervakov is the winner of Persitz MT 2019

The Raaphi Persitz MT 2019 saw 37 studies judged by Amatzia Avni who described the tournament as being "of mixed quality".

The winner was Oleg Pervakov (Russia) ahead of Yuri Bazlov (Russia) in second and the German/Danish duo Martin Minski and Steffen Nielsen in third.

All three studies were highly tactical with mutual sacrifices. Jan Timman won a special prize for a surprising finish

showing two consecutive en passant captures closing defensive lines to the mating square.

Persitz MT 2019 (replayable)


Rusz, Bruch and Minski win the Attila Koranyi Memorial tournament

The provisional award for the 2018 informal tourney of the magazine Magyar Sakkvilag is ready.

The tournament in honour of Attila Koranyi was won by two studies.

Arpad Rusz (Romania) showed a tactical study with a knight shockingly interfering two lines at once while sacrificing a queen.

The other, highly, unusual first prize study by Wieland Bruch and Martin Minski (both Germany) had a mainline of only four action-packed moves.

The tournament was judged by Peter Gyarmati (Hungary).

Koranyi MT 2018 (studies replayable)



40 contestants for the WCCI 2016-2018

The deadline of entries for the WCCI 2016-18 study section has come and gone. 40 composers from a total of 16 countries,
including the top three finishers from the last championship, have submitted between 4 and 6 of their best studies for the
given period, and are now fighting for the titel of World Champion. The number of contestants for the previous championship was 35. 

The competing composers in alphabetical order:

Afek, Yochanan (Israel); Aliev, Ilham (Azerbaijan) Arestov, Pavel (Russia), Avni, Amatzia(Israel); Bazlov, Yuri (Russia); Becker, Richard (USA); Borodavkin, Sergey(Ukraine); Didukh, Sergiy (Ukraine); Djurasevic, Branislav (Serbia); Gasparyan, Aleksey (Armenia); Gatti, Daniele (Italy); Gonzalez, Luis Miguel (Spain); Hlebec, Darko (Serbia); Ilincic, Borislav (Serbia); Jasik, Andrzej (Poland); Kalashnikov, Valery (Russia); Keith, Daniel (France); Khramtsevich, Mikhail (Belarus); Kopylov, Evgeny (Russia); Krug, Peter (Austria); Miljanic, Mirko (Serbia); Miloseski, Bosko (Macedonia); Minski, Martin (Germany); Neistadt, Vladimir (Russia); Nielsen, Steffen Slumstrup (Denmark); Oganesjan, Alexey (Russia); Ostmoe, Geir Sune Tallaksen (Norway); Pervakov, Oleg (reigning Champion, Russia); Popov, Alexei (Russia); Popov, Grigory (Russia); Rusz, Arpad (Romania); Samilo, Vladimir (Ukraine); Skripnik, Anatoly (Russia); Sochnev, Alexey (Russia); Syzonenko, Viktor (Ukraine); Stavrietskiy, Aleksandr (Russia); Tarasiuk, Vladislav (Ukraine); Topko, Leonid (Ukraine); Villeneuve, Alain (France); Yarmonov, Igor (Ukraine);

See the entries at the WFCC website.

The five judges, Martin Minski (Germany), Harold van der Heijden (The Netherlands), Steffen Slumstrup Nielsen (Denmark), Arpad Rusz (Romania) and Peter Gyarmati (Hungary) now have until May 31th, 2019 to finish their verdicts. The final results will be published on June 30th, 2019 at the latest.


Due to the change of Judge the Provisional Award (planned for 15 Jan) for the Benko 90 JT will be delayed.


Nielsen wins ChessStar 2018

The annual tourney of the website was won by Steffen Nielsen (Denmark) with a tactical battle ending in a subtle bishop endgame.
The duo Pervakov/Sumbatyan secured 2nd prize with a logical study where a seemingly anonymous pawn on h7 plays the central role.

The tourney was judged by Sergiy Didukh.

23 studies participated. The award (in Russian).


FIDE Album 2016-2018 announcement
Composers are invited to submit their best studies for the FIDE Album 2016-18
Read the announcement on the WFCC Website



Awards Files

Also to be found by Menu-tab Awards


15-12-2018: Pavel Arestov and Aleksandr Zhukov are the winners of the Shahmat Bestechiliyi 15 JT 2018


26-11-2018: Vladislav Tarasiuk is the winner of the 6th FIDE World Cup 2018 !


25-11-2018: 19th Ukraine championship won by Vladislav Tarasiuk.

Ukraine 19th Championship 2018


60 studies competed in the 7th UAPA  
The 7th online tourney of UAPA (Union Argentina de Problemistas de Ajedrez) is a jubilee tournament in honour of Prof. Zoilo R. Caplutto.
It is split up into three sections; one for win studies, one for draw studies
and one thematic section asking for domination in the endgame Rook and Bishop or Night vs Queen.
The thematic tournament is a limited success with only 9 studies competing.
The winner (with an honourable mention) is Oleg Pervakov (Russia) showing a spectacular zugzwang position.
The judge was Ľuboš Kekely (Slovakia).
The win section (29 studies) is won by an international trio: Mario Garcia (Argentina), Pavel Arestov (Russia) and Vladislav Tarasiuk (Ukraine).
The study is a miniature showing a prolonged domination of knight by bishop and king.
Second prize went to another long "flow study" by  János Mikitovics (Hungary).
Third prize was won by Steffen Nielsen (Denmark), with a tactical-logical study where a knight sacrifice vacates a7 for the White king, at a time where the king is still on f1.

In the draw section (22 studies) the winners are David Gurgenidze (Georgia) and Martin Minski (Germany)with a tactical study ending up in a spectacular stalemate reminding us of a famous study by Gurgenidze himself from 1985 (HHDBV #  28338; Polish Chess Federation Tourney, 1st prize). 

The second prize winner is a surprise, namely Marc Gelly, a French composer who up until now has no study to his name in the Harold van der Heijden database.

Third prize is won by Marco Campioli (Italy) in typically eventful and dramatic style.

The judge for both the win and the draw section was Michal Hlinka (Slovakia). 

The 8th UAPA is already under way, the thematic section asking for queen and minor piece against queen endgames.

24-11-2018: Provisional award: Caputto-95 JT 2018 UAPA 7th


 Martin Minski wins The Problemist tournament 2016-2017

The informal tourney of The Problemist is generally considered one of the strongest, if not the strongest, informal study tournament at present.
Judge Oleg Pervakov has just released his verdict of the period 2016-2017.
Editor Yochanan received a total of 49 studies of which 18 were awarded. You can replay the studies below.
The winner is Martin Minski with a large scale tactical battle ending in a original domination of the Black queen with the material NN vs QNN.
Second prize, a rare output by Ladislav Salai Jr., was very much different.
In miniature form, the Slovakian created a subtle study showing a stalemate and a logical try where the stalemate attempt just fails. 
In the third prize study by Jan TImman tactics again abounded.
The dutch GM made a strange sacrificial dance of the bishop ending only on move 14 move after a breathtaking battle.
Fourth prize went to Alain Villeneuve showing a mutual zugzwang in a rook endgame, and fifth prize to Vladislav Tarasiuk in a rook vs pawns endgame.
Please have also a look at the special prize by Jan Timman, an amazing rework of a study by Swedish composer Axel Ornstein.

22-11-2018: Replay all the studies here: The Problemist 2016-2017


The Moscow Tournament of 2018 is won by Romanian Arpad Rusz

with a highly original rook endgame resulting in a mating attack after mutual queen promotions.

The move 4. Rh1!!, in comparison to the try 4. Rf1?, the composer describes as a "pseudo-Turton", securing that the (not yet promoted) queen gets decisive access to a8 from g8.
All in all, 30 studies competed and judge Sergey Osintsev decided to award 5 prizes (1 special prize).

22-11-2018: Moscow 2018


Pervakov and Didukh win the 2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad

An endgame study tourney was held in connection with the 2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad.

There were two sections, both judged by International Arbiter David Gurgenidze.

The win section was won by Oleg Pervakov with an epic tactical study featuring a suble logical try.

In the draw section Sergey Didukh was succesful with a logical study showing long foresight effect in a knight endgame.
The awards are awailable here (in PDF):

Draw studies

Win studies


21-11-2018: Gravure 2018

The study section of the Gravure tourney 2018 saw the Russian duo Oleg Pervakov and Mikhail Gromov winning ahead of a field of 18 composers.

Gravure is a traditional cross genre tourney requiring studies and problems with 8-10 pieces.

The winning study shows a highly suprising tactic (9. Rg5!!) as well a thematic try where a similar move (9. Rh5+) fails to work.

The second prize went to Sergei Osintsev, likewise from Russia. Oleg Pervakov secured another strong tournament result winning third prize.


18-11-2018: Provisional award 4th Royal Maroc Chess Federation: FMRE 4th Moroccan 2018

17-10-2018: Kondratyuk 70 MT 2018

2-10-2018: Die Schwalbe 2016

30-9-2018: Pat a Mat 2016-2017

and Problem Paradise 2016-2017.

17-9-2018: 3rd Youth Chess Composing Challenge 2018

Provisional award JIRTDAN 2018.

16-9-2018: Hillel Aloni 80 MT 2017 (Updated 15.10.2018)

Arves 11th Jenever Ty 2018

27-8-2018: Uralski Problemist 25 JT 2018

Only author is Mirko Miljanić from Serbia and this is not joint composition with Branislav Djurašević.

 1-9-2018: Mario G. Garcia 70 JT 2018, (Updated 2-11-2018)

two sections: Wins: Garcia 70 JT 2018 A , Draws: Garcia 70 JT 2018 B

20-8-2018: UAPA 6th 2018

18-8-2018: Yerevan-2800 JT 2018

27-7-2018: Award Tarasiuk 50 JT 2018

15-7-2018:  Paul Joitsa 80 MT 2017

6-7-2018: Phenix 2017

25-6-2018: StrateGems 2017

11-6-2017: German magazine Schach 2016-2017

14-5-2017:  Magyar Sakkvilag 2017.

9-5-2018: Variantim April 2018 with Hoch 70 JT - Israeli Ring Ty Studies 2016 (partly in Hebrew).

Yehuda Hoch 70 JT 2016.

28-4-2018: Zinchuk-80 MT 2018 (Russian PDF).

Also published in "Problemist of Ukraine", N2/2018.

26-3-2018: Halberstadt 50 MT 2017.

18-3-2017: Ceskoslovensky Sach 2017

17-3-2017: Samir Badalov-55 MT 2017.

15-3-2018: Stigter-64 JT 2017.

12-3-2018: Sosiura 120 MT 2017.

Vladimir Sosiura 120 MT 2017

24-2-2018: Babich 110 MT and Olimpiev 80 MT 2017.

17-2-2018: ChessStar 2017.

14-2-2018: Polish Chess Federation 2017.

29-1-2018:  UAPA 5th 2017.

16-1-2018: Magazine Ty EG 2016-2017

15-01-2018: e4-e5 10 JT 2017 (pdf page 625).

5-1-2018: Peter Krug 50 JT 2017

Georgian Internet TT 2014.

22-12-2017: Andrew Malyshko 105 MT (PDF en PGN in Russian),

Mark Dvoretsky 70 MT (PGN in russian) report at website of Sergei Didukh.

18-12-2017: Arves 9th Jenever Ty 2016,

Joaquín Pérez de Arriaga 85 JT,

Tehtäväniekka 2014‒2016.

15.12-2017: (PDF in Russian and summary in English) Armenia 1st Cup 2017.

14.12.2017 Final award Jan Timman 65 JT, two sections: Jan Timman 65 JT Section1 and Jan Timman 65 JT Section2

7.12.2017 Zadachy i Etyudi 2016.

and here are 20 best studies: 10th World Chess Composition Tournament 2015-2017 Preliminary.

 WCCT 10 Entries available here.



Awards Files