Kriegspiel solving competition

The chess variant called Kriegspiel was invented in 1899 in South Africa. Since then, this variant always has been in the attention of chess variant players and chess problem composers (with its ups and downs.) To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the game, we have a competition in solving Kriegspiel problems.

The rules of Kriegspiel (and some additional links) can be found at Chess Variants site:

There are two webpages with together all problems, selected for this competition. Problems differ in form, difficulty, and beauty (although different people will like different ones better.) In total, there are nine problems. Send full solutions before December 1, 1999 to ('Full solutions' means that it is not sufficient to send the key move, but you must tell what white must do after different announcements of the referee, etc.)

There are the following prizes:

Solutions will be judged by Juraj Lörinc of the Chess Composition Microweb.


  1. Send in solutions before December 1, 1999.
  2. Solutions and correspondence must be sent to
  3. If you send your solutions in different emails, be sure to tell about the other emails you have send.
  4. You may not look the solutions up in books, internet sources, chess problem magazines or any other source. While we may not be able to check if you cheated, you should just not do it.
  5. If you cooperate with someone else to obtain the solutions, only one of those who cooperated should send in the solutions. In particular, you may not give solutions to a friend and have him/her send in the solution also in order to increase the chances of winning. It is allowed to try to solve the problems together with someone else, as long as only one of those who cooperated sends in solutions.
  6. Everybody (except the two organizers of course) may participate. Participation costs nothing (except your own Internet costs, and some of your time).
Have fun with solving these problems. Two hints: read the rules of Kriegspiel, and know that some problems are harder than others, not necessarily in the order they are given.


Interested soul can first look at solutions. Other people can read about points for solutions received by me and my comments.

I think competition can be considered successful as problems proved to be solvable as well as not trivial, amusing, but also serious. Some problems contained traps not escaped by everyone.

Points received for all problems

  1. Jean Roche, Comm Rex Multiplex 1986
  2. Jean-Marc Loustau, 132 Phénix 2 - 1988
  3. Jean-Marc Loustau, 303 Phénix 5 - 1989
  4. Jean-Marc Loustau, 470 Phénix 7 - 1989
  5. Jaques Rotenberg, The Problemist 1976
  6. Jean Roche, 699 Phénix 10 - 1990
  7. Jean Roche, 813 Phénix 11-12 - 1990
  8. Jean-Marc Loustau, 933 Phénix 13 - 1991
  9. Jaques Rotenberg, 1408 Phénix 19-20 - 1992

Some other nice and original touches by participants

Gloomy corner


  1. O. Ronat: 80
  2. D. Carey: 79
  3. A. Pfeiffer: 66
  4. J. DiMuro: 39


Main prize (a book on problems by Samuel Loyd) goes to winner, O. Ronat.

Good luck in the form of CD-ROM goes to runner-up, D. Carey.

As all solvers proved excellent skills I decided to award also remaining two people, prizes are in the form of chess composition booklets about fairy chess written by Václav Kotesovec.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to success of our competition in any way!

WWW page made by Hans Bodlaender and Juraj Lörinc.
WWW page created: August 21, 1999, modified August 25, 1999, modified December 28, 1999.

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