Torneos Formales


To honour the 70th birthday of Jan Timman, chess legend and prolific study composer, the Royal Dutch Chess Federation (KNSB) announces an endgame study composition tourney (free theme). Judge: Jan Timman –  Director: Harold van der Heijden
Organisational Support: Jan Sprenger
Prizes: 150/125/100/75/50 € (sponsored by KNSB)
Special prizes, offered by friends and colleagues of Jan Timman:
• Hans Böhm: 15 chess king statues, made by the Dutch artist Margaret Wevers  (;
• Harold van der Heijden: two HHdbVI study databases (;
• Jan Sprenger: 100 € for the best study by a strong practical player (criteria: 2000+ rating, not more than ten entries in HHdbVI)                                                        • KNSB: chess books by Jan Timman
Timeline: • Deadline for submissions: 1 October 2021 –• Preliminary award: 14 December 2021 (70th birthday JT) –• Deadline for claims: 14 January 2022• Final award: 31 January 2022
Coproductions are allowed. There is a maximum of three studies per composer. Double money  prizes will not be awarded; instead, the composer will receive the more valuable prize.
Submissions should be sent in pgn format to the tourney director Harold van der Heijden (, with „Jan Timman 70” in the subject line. –The results of the tourney will be published on the website of the KNSB and in the endgame study  magazine EG


Chess Artistry Competition International formal tourney in memory of Pal Benko The organiser of the event: Judit Polgar Chess Foundation

The judge : John Nunn Patronage of the event: Judit Polgar and Vladimir Kramnik The Chess Artistry Competition aims to celebrate the artistic side of chess. Endgame studies embody many of the most beautiful elements of chess and composers put an enormous effort into compositions which delight thousands of enthusiasts around the world. Criteria for submitted compositions: Preference will be given to studies which are likely to appeal to over-the-board players. Natural initial positions and clear-cut analysis are preferred. Each author can send one study or two joint-compositions.

Prize: There will be trophies for the top three winners and special prizes for particular categories, such as young (under-25) composers. As usual, the award will consist of prizes, honourable mentions and commendations. The participants will also receive a memento representing this Chess Artistry event. Please send your original work ( in PGN format by the 31st of July 2021 to the tourney directors: Peter Gyarmati: (anticipation checking by Harold van der Heijden) and please note if you are under-25! The compositions of the winners and special prizes will be published during Judit Polgar’s Global Chess Festival on 9th October 2021 and you can follow the publication on the website of the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation. The award will be published at first on the official website of the Global Chess Festival and its partner online pages, and after that in the Magyar Sakkvilág.

The studies in the award also be used for publicity purposes by the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation, including social media. We wish good luck and creativity to all participating composers. Judit Polgar



The theme is free. No more than 10 pieces in the starting position. Maximum three studies by the author. Judge: Sergey Osintsev Send  before 01.11.2021 to the mail of the director of the contest Pavel Murashev: . Summarizing the results of the contest until December 15 on the site


Hungarian Chess Federation Jubilee Tourney

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of their foundation, the Hungarian Chess Federation announce a formal chess composing tourney for helpmates in 3.5 to 4.5 moves.
Theme: at least 2 white pieces (not pawns) are captured during the solution.
Multiple solutions and twins are allowed provided that each solution is thematic. Fairy pieces and conditions are not allowed. Example: László Ányos h#4, PDB P0552999. – 

Judge: Tibor Szabó. – Send entries by email to director Zoltán Laborczi at not later than 06.11.2021 – on which date the Hungarian Chess Federation was founded 100 years ago. A composer may submit  no more than 3 compositions, including joints. – The award will be published by the chess monthly Magyar Sakkvilág.



has released a new version (HHdbVI) of his Endgame study database !!

It contains now 93839 endgame studies !!!

(On his website you also can find this leaflet, which you can open here as well, with detailed


3rd Tourney Themaic  FRME, 2021

The Royal Moroccan Chess Federation (FRME) organizes the 3rd TT FREM, in 7  sections:

  1. A) Twomovers (#2) Judge: Juraj Brabec (Slovakia) – Send to tournament director: Twomovers (#2) to Mustapha Bakani (Marocco) E-mail:
  2. B) Threemovers (#3)- Judge: C.G.S. Narayanan (India)
  3. C) Moremovers (#4-6)- Judge: Henk le Grand (Netherlands)
  4. D) Endgame studies Theme: Two rooks and one minor piece against Queen. In the initial position, may presented be additional pieces. Is possible other configurations, changing the colors of the Queen and rooks and the minor piece. Slogan: Win or Draw. Judge: Mario Guido García (Argentina)
  5. E) Selfmates (S#3-7) Judge: Gennady Kozyura (Ukraine)

Send to tournament director: Threemovers (#3), Moremovers (#4-6), Endgame studies and Selfmates (S#3-7) to Vidadi Zamanov (Azerbaijan) E-mail:

  1. F) Helpmates (H#2) theme: h#2. – Judge: Fadil Abdurahmanović (Bosnia & Herzegovina) and Marko Klasinc (Slovenia)
  2. G) Helpmates (H#3) Judge: Aleksey Ivunin (Russia)

Send to tournament director: H#2 and H#3 to Jamal M Elbaz (Morocco) E-mail:

Closing date: 30. 08. 2021. The award – 2021 All received problems will be presented to the judges in anonymous form. Award will be published on the website:  -Thematics ot he sections and examples  – LOOK HERE


Andrew Kalotay 80th Jubilee Theme Tourney
There are required Helpmates in 3 or more moves with a special theme. See Announcement for details from
Remarks in addition to the announcement:
– The examples in the announcement are indeed based on captures of white pawns only, but it is not forbidden to use any other white pieces (S, B, R, Q) instead of a pawn to be captured in the first move.
– H#3.5, H#4.5 or more .5 moves problems are welcome on the competition. By implication, for this type of problem, the first move in black is move 2.
– Twins are not prohibited by the announcement.
– The black piece that captures a white piece in the first move can leave this square during the solution if it goes back there so white can capture it in the last move.
The submission deadline is 31 July 2021.
Andrew Kalotay has played several times at the Canadian Chess Championships and was a member of the 1966 Olympic Team in Havana. He composes mainly helpmate-type chess problems.  


 7 th Composing Tourney of FRME, 2021

The Royal Moroccan Chess Federation (FRME) organizes the 7 th Composing Tourney in four 8 sections:
Twomovers (#2) Judge: Aleksandr Derevchuk (Ukraine)
Send to tournament director: Mustapha Bakani (Marocco) E-mail:
Threemovers (#3) Judge: Sergey Bilyk (Russia)
Moremovers (#N) Judge: Hans Gruber (Germany)
Studies (+;=) Judge: Geir Sune Tallaksen Østmoe (Norway)
Selfmates (S#) Judge: Mike Prcic(USA)
Send to tournament director: Vidadi Zamanov (Azerbaijan) E-mail:
Helpmates H#2 Judge: Viktor Zaitsev (Belarus)
Helpmates H#2.5-3 Judge: Christopher Jones (Great Britain)
Helpmates H#3.5-N Judge: Marcos Roland (Brazil)
Send to tournament director: Jamal M Elbaz (Morocco) E-mail:
Prizes, honourable mentions and commendations will be awarded. Send problems and studies in format PDF.Closing date: 30. 09. 2021. The award – 2021
All received problems will be presented to the judge in anonymous form.
Award will be published on the website:


Elmar Abdullayev – 35 JT, 2021

   The Azerbaijan Chess Composition Commission announces an International Composing

Jubilee tournament Elmar Abdullayev-35 (Moremovers, #N). Free theme.

Judge: Elmar Abdullayev (Azerbaijan). –Prize: Chess books (prize places) and diplomas.
Send to (maximum 3 problems): –   
Closing date: 15.11.2021. The award – 2021.