FIDE Albums

FIDE ALBUMS

The World Federation for Chess Composition (WFCC) publishes collections of the best and most representative chess problems and studies in periods of three years. At the moment 22 such FIDE ALBUMS have been published. The first covering the years 1956-58 appeared in 1961 and the latest of the years 2007-09 in August 2015. The Album 2010-12 is expected to be ready before the congress of 2017. The total amount of compositions in all Albums is over 22000 by more than 2000 authors.

 

PERIOD PUBLISHED DIAGRAMS
1914-44 I 1972 725
1914-44 II 1972 1278
1914-44 III 1975 806
1945-55 1964 1891
1956-58 1961 661
1959-61 1966 738
1962-64 1968 908
1965-67 1976 800
1968-70 1977 805
1971-73 1978 800
1974-76 1980 800
1977-79 1984 800
1980-82 1988 1083
1983-85 1992 1103
1986-88 1995 1114
1989-91 1997 1056
1992-94 2001 963
1995-97 2004 1153
1998-2000 2007 1267
2001-2003 2011 1349
2004-2006 2013 1367
2007-2009 2015 1426

Nowadays there are eight sections in the Album:

  • Twomovers
  • Threemovers
  • Moremovers
  • Endgame studies
  • Helpmates (with three sub-sections)
  • Selfmates
  • Fairy chess
  • Retro and mathematical problems

There are three judges in each section (helpmates sub-section). Each judge may give 0-4 points to the problems. The compositions with at least 8 points qualify for the Album. Instructions to directors and judges.

International titles for composers are granted according to the Album points. One point is given for each Album problem (1,67 points for endgame studies). In joint compositions the points are divided by the number of composers. The limits are:

Grandmaster
International Master
FIDE Master
70
25
12

FIDE ALBUM 1989-91

Published in August 1997 by EDITIONS feenschach – phénix. 684 pages, 1056 compositions. Price 70 DM.
Available from bernd ellinghoven, Königstrasse 3, D-52064 Aachen, Germany, be.feet-online.de

FIDE ALBUM 1992-94

Published in July 2001 by EDITIONS feenschach – phénix. 672 pages, 963 compositions. Read more
Available from bernd ellinghoven, Königstrasse 3, D-52064 Aachen, Germany, be.feet-online.de. Price 70 DM.

FIDE ALBUM 1995-97

Announcement was published in May 1999. The Album was published by EDITIONS feenschach – phénix in Aachen, July 2004 – 620 pages – bound hardback – price 37 euro (incl. mailing – surface) = 45,50 US dollar, 25 GB pound sterling. 1153 problems/diagrams, index in French, German and English. Read more

FIDE album 1995 – 1997 ANNEXE – Aachen, July 2004 – 250 pages – paperback – price 20 euro (incl. mailing – surface) = 25 US dollar 13,50 GB pound sterling. 630 problems/diagrams with 7 bzw. 7,5 points, index in French.

Special offer: Album + ANNEXE: 55 euro (incl. mailing – surface) = 68 US dollar, 37 GB pound sterling.

Orders to: bernd ellinghoven, Königstrasse 3, D-52064 Aachen, Germany, tel.: 0241-36784, be.feet-online.de feenschach – bernd ellinghoven Postbank Essen, BLZ 360 100 43 Kontonummer: 0101 972 437 IBAN: DE44 360 100 43 0101 9724 37 BIC: PBNKDEFF PLEASE ADD YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS!! (in USA: orders & payment to Mike Prcic)

Ilkka Blom has prepared an error list.

FIDE ALBUM 1998-2000

Announcement was published in November 2001. Publication in October 2007.
Results | Most successful composers

FIDE Album 1998-2000 now available! 650 pages, 1267 problems, indexes, register. Blue clothbound as usual, price 45 euro (post free). Orders to: bernd ellinghoven, Königstrasse 3, D-52064 Aachen, Germany, tel. 0241 36784, email: be.feet-online.de feenschach-Konto b.ellinghoven IBAN: DE44 360 100 43 0101 9724 37 – BIC: PBNKDEFF

FIDE ALBUM 2001-2003

Announcement was published in October 2004. The closing date for entries was August 31, 2005.
Results | Most successful composers | Corrections

Publication in April 2011. 700 pages, 1349 diagrams, indexes, register, 600 copies blue clothbound as usual, price 50 euro (post free). Orders to: bernd ellinghoven, Königstrasse 3, D-52064 Aachen, Germany, email: be.feet-online.de.

FIDE ALBUM 2004-2006

Announcement was published in February 2007. The closing date for entries was December 31, 2007.
Lists of received entries | Results | Most successful composers

Publication in April 2013. 688 pages, 1367 diagrams, 312 authors, in English, French, German. Indexes, registers, statistics. Hard-cover blue clothbound. Price 45 euro (surface shipping free). Discounts if more copies ordered. Orders to Peter Gvozdják: peter.gvozdjakgmail.com.

FIDE ALBUM 2007-2009

Announcement was published in June 2010. The closing date for entries was March 1, 2011.
Lists of received entries | Results | Most successful composers

Publication in August 2015. 640 pages, 1426 diagrams, 312 authors. Comments, indexes, registers, statistics. Hard-cover blue clothbound. Price 45 euro (surface shipping free). Discounts if more copies ordered. Orders to Peter Gvozdják, peter.gvozdjakgmail.com. Sample pages available in PDF.

FIDE ALBUM 2010-2012

Announcement was published in January 2013. The closing date for entries was June 1, 2013.
Results | Most successful composers

FIDE ALBUM 2013-2015

Announcement was published in November 2015. The closing date for entries is June 1, 2016.
Results | Most successful composers

FIDE ALBUM INDEX 1914-2006

Booklet (A4, 175 pages, PDF, 1,580 kb) contains the combined registers of all published FIDE Albums.


Album points 1914-2006 | Album points 1914-2009 | Album points 1914-2012 | Album 1992-94 | Album 1995-97 | Album 1998-2000 | Album 2001-03 | Album 2004-06 | Album 2007-09 | Album 2010-12 | Error list by Ilkka Blom | Computer test FIDE Albums Rev. 5 by Steen Christensen | Endgame study errors by Harold van der Heijden (98 kb document)

 

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