Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February 15th

Daniel Papack (15-02-1957) German composer and International Master

Many problems could be quoted. Let's just choose one with a rare combination of themes:

Papack, Daniel
Hlas ľudu, 1995
1st Prize

#2 11 + 7

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Guido Cristoffanini (15-02-1908 - 22-05-1980) Italian composer

Guido Cristoffanini founded the magazine "Il Problema" in 1931 and his name is linked to the Cristoffanini Theme (thank you Cornel!). On the topic of the Cristoffanini theme, one can read an interesting webpage by Alan Doris Battiston & Riccardo A. Franceschini.

Cristoffanini, Guido
De Problemist, 1931
3rd Prize

#2 6 + 9

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Cristoffanini, Guido
L'Echiquier, 1928
1st Prize

#2 9 + 13

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John Derek Beasley (15-02-1940) British composer, editor and author

John D. Beasley, Bratislava 1993

John D. Beasley is a multi-faceted composer and author.
He has written a few books, such as "The Mathematics of Games", "The Ins and Outs of Peg Solitaire" or "Endgame Magic".
As far as chess problems are concerned, on the one hand, he held for years an endgame studies column in French magazine "diagrammes" and he also edited by himself an endgame magazine "British Endgame Study News" (BESN), of which all issues can be downloaded from his website. He wrote an excellent book about Artur Mandler's studies, "Depth and Beauty" and another, more recent one about the endgame studies of Richard Réti.

On the other hand, he is also interested in fairy chess variants and fairy problems. He was one of the editors of the Chess Variants magazine, of which all issues can be downloaded from George P. Jelliss' website. He also wrote "51 Flights of Chess Fancy", a booklet about Progressive Chess and works about Losing Chess endgames.

He usually composed well-pointed studies or problems. The following selfmate is rather not typical of him:

Beasley, John Derek
British Chess Magazine, 1994

s#6 10 + 4

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John is also the inventor of the fairy condition called "Optional Replacement Chess", in which (to simplify) a captured unit maybe reborn immediately on any free square of the board.

Beasley, John Derek
51 flights of chess fancy, 2009

dia4.0ORC 16 + 16

How to exchange the positions of the white King and Queen, in 4 moves?
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Ferdinand Schindler (15-02-1864 - 24-04-1940) Czech composer

Schindler, Ferdinand
British Chess Magazine 02 Ty. 1884
2nd Prize

#3 6 + 6

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Anatolijs Kurjatņikovs (15-02-1942) Latvian composer

Kurjatņikovs, Anatolijs
Šahs, 1981
1st Prize

+ 4 + 3

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Luigi Mai (15-02-1903 - 16-10-1970) Italian composer

Mai, Luigi
Chess Correspondent, 1947
2nd Prize

#2 9 + 3

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1 comment:

  1. Guido Cristoffanini passed away on May 22 1980. He founded "Il Problema" in 1931 and his name is linked to the Cristoffanini Theme (which, in turn, is linked to Costachel Theme - on this topic, Constantin Gavrilov's article "Errare Humanum Est" in Revista Romana de Sah 8/1936 is quite a read, by the way!)

    John Beasley also invented "Fuddled men", an interesting fairy condition - temporary 1-move paralysis of a unit that just moved, an idea with potential which has not been used much.