FIDE ALBUM 2013-2015 – Results in section E

fide-album-photoThe results of the FIDE Album 2013-15 section E (helpmates) are ready!

An impressive number of 2583 entries (incl. duplicates) were received and they were split in three groups: E1 for h#<=2, E2 for h#2,5 and h#3, and E3 for h#>3. The h#2s dominated once more. In each group there were three judges with each team of judges working independently. 2027 entries scored at least 4,5 points (78,5% of the total entries, a decent ratio for such a popular genre). 305 problems scored at least 8 points, which represents a reasonable ratio of 15% selected problems; of course the respective ratio varies in the three groups. Full statistics are given in the page of the results.

Many thanks to the director and the judges for their hard and efficient work!

Update 5.12.2017: An anticipation was found for a selected h#2 which is now removed form the list.

Update 14.12.2017: A selected h#2, which is already included in the 2010-12 album, is now removed from the list.

All announced results are published in the FIDE Album 2013-15 finished sections page.

16th Warsaw Chess Solving Grand Prix 2017 in Warsaw (Poland) 24.-26.11.2017

Warsaw Grand Prix | 3rd tournament of World Solving Cup 2017/2018
Participants: 22 | Winner: Piotr Murdzia (POL) | Vidmantas Satkus (LTU) 2nd and new leader of World Solving Cup
Average rating of top ten solvers: 2.459.60 | WSC category: 4
More details and the current WSC standing are published in Competitions→Solving→WSC: 2017/18 Calendar.

Warsaw Grand Prix – Open:
Participants: 20 | Winner: Martynas Limontas (LTU)
More details are published in Competitions→Solving→Other rated solving tournaments: 2017 Calendar.

Invitation to the 14th ISC

The International Solving Contest – ISC – next year will take place on Sunday January 28th 2018. The event is happening simultaneously in all participating countries.

The name of the locally appointed controller must reach the central controllers by e-mail no later than December 31st 2017. Central controllers: Axel Steinbrink & Luc Palmans | Invitation (PDF format) | ISC rules

14th ECSC in Moscow

We were notified by the organisers of the 14th ECSC that the championship will not take place at Kaliningrad, as the initially foreseen hotel had to arrange some other events in that weekend. The new venue and dates are as follows:

Organiser: Chess Composition Committee of the Russian Chess Federation
Dates: 4-6 May 2018 (Friday to Sunday)
City: Moscow
Venue: Hotel Cosmos*** (Prospect Mira 150, Moscow)
Prices: 30 EUR per person in a double room, 50 EUR per person in a single room
Prices include breakfast, free wi-fi, parking
Registration fee: 45 EUR
The hotel shall provide support to the participants for the issue of visas
Contact person: Andrey Selivanov,

The official invitation will be issued in December. /Harry Fougiaxis, the President of WFCC/

Solvers’ ratings October 1st 2017

Solvers’ ratings as of October 1st 2017 are published! 5 tournaments are included for the 3rd quarter: 25th Czech Chess Solving Championship 2017, WCCC 2017 Open Solving Tournament, 41st World Chess Solving Championship 2017, Swiss Championship 2017 and 2nd Solving Cup Byron Zappas. Among the top ten solvers Jonathan Mestel has replaced Arno Zude and Silvio Baier jumped from rank 10 to rank 7. The new list produced by the Solving Tournament Manager now has marks for junior (j) and senior (s) solvers.