Sunday, January 22, 2012

January 23rd

Victor Cioană (23-01-1939 - 07.01.2010) Romanian composer and player

Victor (on the left) 
analyzing an endgame with Dieter Klosterman

Victor Cioană was the best solver in his hometown Suceava. Victor won several times the solving tourney organized by Romanian magazine "Revista Română de Şah”. It was only natural for him to publish his first problem in this same magazine. It was a helpmate in 4 with 2 solutions.

Cioană, Victor
Revista Română de Şah, 1988


h#4 4 + 5

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Another helpmate in 4 with two solutions, composed soon before Victor left us:

Cioană, Victor
Probleemblad, 2010

h#42.1.1... 3 + 4

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Luigi Ceriani (23-01-1894 – 08-09-1969) Italian composer

Lugi Ceriani (Wikipedia)


Luigi Ceriani is renowned for his retro problems and for the theme that wears his name, but he also composed selfmates or directmates. More than 600 of his problems can be seen on the Chess Problem Database Server.
Readers may consult online Nikita Plaksin and Igor Vereshchagin's article about Luigi Ceriani's retro works in Best Problems : the article can be seen here.
Luigi Ceriani also wrote two books, "32 Personaggi e 1 Autore" (1955) and "La genesi delle posizioni" (1961), about chess retroanalysis.


Ceriani, Luigi
46 32 personaggi e 1 autore 1955
What happened to wPa2? 14 + 11

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Stig Leopold Björklund (23-01-1917 - 15-10-2005) Swedish composer


Stig Leopold Björklund
[Thanks to Александр Никитин]








Two problems with Black self interferences:

Björklund, Stig Leopold
Springaren, 1963
1st Prize


#3 9 + 12

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Björklund, Stig Leopold
Tidskrift för Schack, 1950
3rd Prize


#3 9 + 11

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Miroslav Stošić (23-01-1949 - 11-01-1975) Yugoslav composer


Miroslav Stošić
[Thanks to Александр Никитин]








A book of his selected problems was published in 1979: "Miroslav Stošić - Izabrani problemi".
Probably the highest distinction obtained by the great Yugoslav composer was the following problem:

Stošić, Miroslav
1st WCCT, 1972
2nd Place, 1972-1975


#2 8 + 9

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Stošić, Miroslav
Makuc + Moder MT, 1970
1st Prize


#2 12 + 10

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The following problem was quoted by Dragan Stojnić in his excellent Bristol article in Mat Plus Review.

Stošić, Miroslav
Шахматы в СССР 1973
4th Prize


#2 10 + 6

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Leon Fontaine (23-01-1900 - 14-06-1976) Belgian composer

Fontaine, Leon
Probleemblad, 1976 (7757)


#2 14 + 9

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Christoph Johannessohn (23-01-1917 - 27-03-1979) German composer

Johannessohn composed mostly logical problems.

Johannessohn, Christoph
Die Schwalbe, 1960
4th Prize


#5 5 + 8

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Григорий Аронович Шмуленсон (23-01-1931) Belarus and Israeli composer and correspondence player (Grigori Aronovich Shmulenson)


Grigori Aronovich Shmulenson
[Thanks to Александр Никитин]




Шмуленсон, Григорий Аронович
Solidarity Ty, 2001
2nd Prize


+ 4 + 5

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Bo Jonsson (23-01-1950) Swedish composer


Bo Jonsson
[Thanks to Александр Никитин]


Bo Jonsson
Probleemblad 9-10 1969
2nd Prize

h#52 solutions 2 + 2
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