Sunday, March 18, 2012

March 19th

Josef Kling (19-03-1811 - 01-12-1876) German composer

Josef Kling [Wikipedia]

Josef Kling was a church musician and music teacher. Born in Mainz, he moved to Paris in 1834, then to London in 1837. In 1849 he published a collection of 200 problems "The Chess Euclid. A Collection of two hundred Chess Problems and End-Games" (read it here).

In 1851 he published with Bernhard Horwitz a classical book: "Chess studies; or endings of games" (read it here), an important and ground-breaking work for endgame studies. Between 1851-1853 Kling and Horwitz edited the magazine "The Chess Player" in which they published numerous studies.

Kling, Josef
The Chess Euclid, 1849


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Василий Никитович Долгов (19-03-1924) Russian composer (Vasily Nikitovich Dolgov)


Vasily Dolgov
[Thanks to Александр Никитин]






Dolgov has composed about 200 studies, but also other genres of problems, such as this twomover Fleck with 7 pieces.

Долгов, Василий Никитович
Mkhedruli, 1975
2nd Special Prize


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Heinz Zander (19-03-1924 - 14-09-2004) German composer


Heinz Zander
[Thanks to Steven Dowd]












Heinz Zander wrote with Günter Glaß "Nur ein Bauer", a special Feenschach issue in 1974. He was a specialist of selfmates and composed about 500 problems.
He is also the inventor of the fairy condition Kölner Kontaktschach, better known under the shorter name Köko. He wrote a short pamphlet "Neues vom Köko" with 15 Köko problems in 1990.

It was too difficult to choose only one of the two selfmates in 10 below.

Please observe that in the diagram below the white King has 8 flights: how will he be mated?

Zander, Heinz
feenschach, 1975
1st Prize


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Zander, Heinz
Schach, 1987
1st Prize


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Colin Albert Henry Russ (19-03-1930) British composer

Colin Russ, 2003 [ChessBase]

Colin Russ is a chess expert and edits a chess problem column in the Chess magazine. He wrote the anthology "Miniature chess problems from Many Lands" in 1981 and it was republished several times, for instance in 1987 under the title "Miniature chess problems from Many Countries".

The problem below was selected in the FIDE Album 1956-1958:

Russ, Colin Albert Harry
Die Schwalbe, 1957
7th HM


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Siegfried Hornecker (19-03-1986) German composer

Siegfried Hornecker [Akobiachess.gol.ge]

Siegfried Hornecker is a young, talented and enthusiast chess player and composer. His rich website offers opportunities for some long hours spent reading and solving. All his published endgame studies can be found on this page. For instance, Siegfried Hornecker also wrote an article about Konstantin Sukharev who was celebrated on this blog on February 26th. He also proposes some downloads [and has a cool "404 error" page] on his website.

His very hard endgame study given for solving at the 8th Internet Solving Contest 2012 on January 29th (10th diagram here, solution here) was fully solved by no participant - the best score (2 / 5) being achieved by only 3 solvers.

Siegfried  is a regular contributor to chess forums MatPlus and ChessProblem.net and organized his Jubilee Tourney "Hornecker-25" last year. The award can be read here and is open to claims until today, March 19th, 2012.

Hornecker, Siegfried
Akobia 70 JT, 2007
7th Special Prize


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