Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March 7th

Jacobus Peet (07-03-1831 - 24-04-1914) Dutch composer

Jacobus Peet is merely known for his "Kegelschach" compositions, where the black King is surrounded by all his pawns. The most challenging to solve, due to silent second white moves, seems to be:

Peet, Jacobus
Deutsches Wochenschach, 1907
4th Prize


#4 3 + 9

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Willy Koslowski (07-03-1877 - 08-10-1975) German composer

Willy Koslowski is not a prolific composer either. We retained a funny twin fourmover, a rarity even nowadays:

Koslowski, Willy



#4b) Move a8 g7 7 + 11

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John Lennart Waldemar Lillja (07-03-1879 - 05-02-1946) Finnish composer

John Lillja published mainly in Finland. His work is sometimes difficult to solve, as the following threemover from the FIDE Album proves:

Lillja, John Lennart Waldemar
Huvustasbladet, 1934


#3 14 + 4

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Aleksis Richard Rurik Rautanen (07-03-1891 - 02-02-1970) Finnish composer

Aleksis Rautanen is the second Finnish composer in today's selection, distinguished with several prizewinners. He is the author of about 500 endgame studies and moremovers. In 1929 he published a book, written in Finnish and Esperanto, comprising 30 of his compositions and entitled "30 shakkiprobleemaa".

He loved exposing the white King to checks:

Rautanen, Aleksis Richard Rurik
L'Italia Scacchistica, 1934
1st Prize


#3 10 + 12

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Rautanen, Aleksis Richard Rurik
Schackvärlden, 1933
1st Prize


#3 14 + 9

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Андрей Васильевич Немцов (07-03-1894 - 03-11-1956) Russian composer (Andrey Vasilievich Nemtsov)

Andrey Nemtsov composed difficult, yet beautiful problems as this threemover. His works count 400 three- and fourmovers. The next featured composition will surely cause headaches even to experienced solvers:

Немцов, Андрей Васильевич
Шахматы в СССР 1946
2nd Prize


#4 9 + 8

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Johannes Baumann (07-03-1946) Swiss composer

Johannes Baumann is a very fine Swiss composer, with remarkable pieces of work particularly in direct field. We quote a funny puzzle:

Baumann, Johannes
idee & form, 1988
1st Prize


#3 9 + 4

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Josef Halumbirek (07-03-1891 - 22-06-1968) Austrian composer and International Master


Josef Halumbirek
Source: "Шахматная задача ХХ века. 1901-1944" by Умнов Е.И.
[Thanks to Александр Никитин ]




Josef Halumbirek is the star of our today selection and a mandatory author for anyone specializing in moremovers. Halumbirek was the editor of the Problems section of the "Deutsche Schachzeitung" from 1932 until 1944. His problems must be carefully studied in order to get all the hidden treasures in deceptively simple settings.

The reader may be interested in the article about the focal theme ("Brennpunkt neuheiten") by W.F.von Holzhausen published in the Wiener Schachzeitung March 1927 pag.69-72 and downloadable from here.

Halumbirek, Josef
Neue Leipziger Zeitung, 1933
1st Prize


#3 6 + 9

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Halumbirek, Josef
Neue Leipziger Zeitung, 1931
1st Prize


#4 8 + 8

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Halumbirek, Josef
Neue Leipziger Zeitung, 1933
1st Prize


#5 4 + 5

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