Saturday, January 14, 2012

January 14th

Henry Wald Bettmann (14-01-1868 - 05-12-1935) American composer


Henry Wald Bettmann
[Source: The Chess Problem, H.G.M. Weenink ; scan by M. McDowell]





Bettmann, Henry Wald
Babson Task TT, 1926
1st Prize


s#3 15 + 5

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Лазарь Борисович Залкинд (14-01-1886 - 25-06-1945) Russian composer (Lazar Borisovitch Zalkind)


Lazar Zalkind
[Wikipedia]



Lazar Zalkind composed mostly direct mate problems but also many endgame studies and tried to apply chess problem themes to studies. He was arrested and condemned in 1930 for a supposed Menshevik plot and finally released in 1943.


Залкинд, Лазарь Борисович
Györi Sakk-kör, 1913
2nd Prize

#3  7 + 11

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Залкинд, Лазарь Борисович
Шахматы (Грекова) 1929 (390)
1st Prize


+ 8 + 5

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Залкинд, Лазарь Борисович
«64» 1928 (333)
4th Prize

=  5 + 3

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Eugen Rusenescu (14-01-1921 - 10-04-1990) Romanian composer


Rusenescu, Eugen
Themes 64, 1964
3rd Prize


#2* vvvv 12 + 3

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Nicolae Pripoae (14-01-1939 - 2007) Romanian solver and composer


Pripoae, Nicolae
Quartz, 1998 (168/10)
h#2.52.1.1.1.1
KoeKo
c6, d3: Nightrider
b) wNd3->c7
3 + 1

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Boris Tummes (14-01-1969) German solver, cookfinder and occasional composer



Neef, Wilfried
Tummes, Boris
Quick Composing Tourney, Pula 2000

h#2 8 + 9
b)wBa6->c2

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Semion Shifrin (14-01-1936) Israeli composer



Shifrin, Semjon
Wola Gulowska, 1997
2nd Prize


#2 7 + 5

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Marcel Lamare (14-01-1856 – 24-11-1937) French composer

Marcel Lamare was also known as “Amateur de l'Ex-U.A.A.A.R.”. His obituary can be found in “La Stratégie” décembre 1937, for which he was a regular contributor. Alain Pallier wrote an article about Marcel Lamare’s remarkable collection of 12,000 endgame studies in EG 121 pg 870-871. In this article he estimated:
“Taking into account the identified lacunae, it may not be over-optimistic to conjecture that Lamare's 12,000 form 80% of the cumulative world production of studies by the year 1937.”



Lamare, Marcel
La Stratégie, 1918 (462)

+  6 + 4

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Emil Richter (14-01-1894 – 16-03-1971) Czech composer

Emil Richter composed about 220 studies but also problems (direct and selfmates). He was a powerful chess player (Czech champion in 1948). His obituary was published in Šachové umění, May 1971.


Richter, Emil
Morgenzeitung, 1928
Honorable Mention

+  5 + 5

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4 comments:

  1. An interesting simul game of Tummes' versus Karpov:

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1553523

    He loses, but no differently than Karpov has ground up many a grandmasters ...

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  2. Thanks for the link! Karpov wonderfully plays such endgames (I lost a R+S vs Q endgame against him in a simul more than 20 years ago).

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  3. Was Semion Shifrin born in 1936, or 1956?
    I find contradictory info online.

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    1. In 1936 according to http://www.franziska-iseli.ch/cgi/twiki/bin/view/PCCC/ComposersNamesInVariousAlphabetsS
      (therefore, the date has been corrected above).
      You can see him on a picture here: http://www.pazeinat.com/chess_problem_composition/chess-art/am2011/am2011.htm

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