Maintenance of

Dear visitors, our website is getting some important upgrades. The Maintenance mode is set for some steps of the process and you might experience it from time to time for about a week.

Most of the functionality seems to work now, some visual issues as font sizes and layouts in the design of the pages and posts will be slowly fixed. Please report to if you find any broken functionality (something what worked before and doesn’t work now)! 

Thank you very much for your patience! (J.V., the webmaster)

New look of Ratings pages

The new look of Ratings pages will replace the pages for period 1.07.2013-01.04.2021 given on the bottom of Competitions->Solving page.
By default the new page shows the latest period, with the search option for previous lists.

The link (URL) to any rating list looks like:[quarter], where [quarter] is YYQN, like 21Q1 = 2021 quarter 1; 20Q4 = 2020 quarter 4; etc.
Quick links to the recent rating lists: 01.10.2020 | 01.01.2021 | 01.04.2021

Links to the old ratings pages, 1.07.2013-01.04.2021, will work up to May 14th, 2021. If you had any references on your websites to them, please update! I apologize for possible inconvenience related to the change in URLs.

The technical part of the change was related to the further (and necessary) upgrade of the software platform (WordPress + PHP versions). Hope, you’ll like the new design! (JV, the webmaster)

Solvers’ ratings April 1st 2021

Solvers’ ratings as of April 1st 2021 produced by the Solving Tournament Manager are published! 13 tournaments of the 1st quarter 2021 are included: Open of A. Suetin Memorial 2021, A. Suetin Memorial 2021, 17th International Solving Contest 2021 Cat 1, 17th International Solving Contest 2021 Cat 2, Open tournament Championship of the Central Federal District of Russia 2021, Open Solving Championship of CFO 2021, 15th Urals Problemist Cup 2021, RSSU-Cup 2021 (Alexander Pochinok Memorial Tourney), Kornilov-90 Tournament, Open of E.Bykova solving MT 2021, E.Bykova solving MT 2021, Open solving tournament Tula 2021, Open of the 35th Ukrainian Solving Championship 2021.
The top ten remain the same solvers as in the previous quarter with Danila Pavlov (RUS) rising from 8th to 5th place. The largest three gains have been achieved by junior solver Egor Sokolov (RUS / +155.08), ahead of junior Nikita Ushakov (RUS / +117.43), Bogdan Zolotov (RUS / +51.35), junior women Marina Putintseva (RUS / +49.45) and junior Andrey Shkurkin (RUS / +45.62.

9th FIDE World Cup in Composing 2021: Announcement

FIDE-logoComposers are welcome to take part in the 9th FIDE World Cup in Composing 2021 !
(the Regulations are published on the page COMPOSING COMPETITIONS)

The Director of the tournament is Juri Bazlov (Russia). The sections are:

        •      A. Twomovers – Judge: Vasil Dyachuk (Ukraine)
        •      B. Threemovers – Judge: C.G.S. Narayanan (India)
        •      C. Moremovers – Judge: Mark Erenburg (Israel)
        •      D. Endgame studies – Judge: Oleg Pervakov (Russia)
        •      E. Helpmates – Judge:  Silvio Baier (Germany)
        •      F. Selfmates – Judge: Mikhail Khramtsevich (Belarus)
        •      G. Fairies – Judge: Tadashi Wakashima (Japan)
        •      H. Retros – Judge:  Joaquim Crusats (Spain)

The closing date for submitting the entries is July 1, 2021.

Solvers’ ratings January 1st 2021

Solvers’ ratings as of January 1st 2021 produced by the Solving Tournament Manager are published! 6 tournaments of the 4th quarter 2020 are included: 29th Kedainiai chess solving cup tourney 2020, Branko Babić Memorial 2020, Tula Open 2020, Tula Region Championship 2020, Open of Tula Solving Cup, Tula Solving Cup 2020.
The top ten remain the same solvers as in the previous quarter. The largest three gains have been achieved by Bogdan Zolotov (RUS / +37.19), ahead of women junior solver Olga Shishkova (RUS / +35.71) and Ilja Biriukov (RUS / +17.18.).

2nd Home Solving Tournament: Results & Presentation

“When we organised the Lockdown Tournament last May, it was never the intention to repeat this. At that moment nobody had any idea what the future would bring. We all hoped to return quickly to our normal live. Half a year later we know that it is not that simple.

Some time ago I made the selection for the traditional Henk Hagedoorn Memorial in the Netherlands, but when this tournament was cancelled, everything went fast. With most of the problems “ready to use” and a complete lack of live tournaments, the decision to repeat the Home Solving Tournament (a much better name than the ugly “Lockdown”) was quickly made.”

− Luc Palmans, Spokesman of Solving Committee

→ See the results and photo gallery in the presentation Roland Baier wins Second Home Solving Tournament!

Results | Problems | Solutions

8th FIDE World Cup in Composing 2020 – FINAL results

FIDE-logoThe FINAL Results of the 8th FIDE World Cup in Composing 2020  are published.

Statistics: 370 entries by 225 participants from 37 countries submitted.
Among them: #2 – 47, #3 – 38, #n – 36, studies – 56, h# – 81, s# – 48, fairies – 43, retro – 21.

The final reports include the following changes ->

Congratulations to the winners and all participants! Gratitude to the organizers and judges!

Solvers’ ratings October 1st 2020

Solvers’ ratings as of October 1st 2020 produced by the Solving Tournament Manager are published! 8 tournaments of the 3rd quarter 2020 are included: Open Solving Tournament Tula 2020, 4th Russian Women Chess Solving Cup 2020, 28th Czech Chess Solving Championship 2020, 28th Chess Solving Championship of Slovakia 2020, 41st Lithuanian Championship 2020, Open Solving Championship Tver Region 2020, Open of Russian Solving Championship 2020, 28th Championship of Russia 2020.
The top ten remain the same solvers but Dania Pavlov has lost two places. The largest three gain has again been achieved by junior solver Boris Chervonenkis (RUS / +49.27), ahead of junior solver Egor Sokolov (RUS / +39.61) and Mihail Ganzhin (RUS / +36.80).