Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 9th

Григорий Яковлевич Левенфиш (09-03-1889- 09-02-1961) Russian player and composer (Grigory Yakovlevich Levenfish)

Grigori Levenfish [Wikipedia]

Grigory Yakovlevich Levenfish was a leading Russian chess grandmaster of the 1920s and 1930s. He was twice Soviet champion. Here for more details about his chess career.
Grigory Levenfish composed endgame studies with Vasili Smyslov and he also wrote "Rook Endings" together with the former World Champion (Smyslov admitted that all of the hard work was carried out by Levenfish.)
We have selected a game-like study from that book:

Смыслов, Василий Васильевич & Левенфиш, Григорий Яковлевич

+Black to move 3 + 3

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Flórián János Kovács (09-03-1901 - 07-06-1967) Hungarian composer

Flórián János Kovács

Kovács had a pleasant style and was rather solver-friendly, which does not mean at all that his works were tasteless:

Kovács, Flórián János
Géza Maróczy M.T. 1952
3rd Prize

=b) bSa1->b1 4 + 4

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Kovács, Flórián János
Magyar Sakkvilág, 1949

#6 7 + 7

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Jenő Bán (09-03-1919 - 12-11-1979) Hungarian player and composer

White wins
Jenő Bán
1st Prize Tipografia 1961

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Jenő Bán mostly composed endgame studies and helpmates. He was one of the founders of the Hungarian magazine Magyar Sakkelet and was its chief editor for 30 years.

Jenő Bán [magyarsakkszerzok]

Bán, Jenő
Die Schwalbe, 1964

h#4 3 + 4

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Lars Larsen (09-03-1919) Danish composer and International Master

Lars Larsen []

Lars Larsen is a composer of a remarkable longevity and also an International Judge. He is a specialist of two- and threemovers and has published more than 2200 problems, of which more than 100 Bohemians. He has also written many articles (his first article in 1940!), mainly in the now defunct magazine "Thema Danicum", replaced by "Problemskak".

Larsen, Lars
Magasinet, 1941
2nd Prize

#3 9 + 10

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Михаил Николов Попов (09-03-1930 - 16-01-1970) Bulgarian composer (Mikhail Nikolov Popov)

Mikhail Popov was a fairy composer who would have certainly composed many more interesting problems if he had lived longer.

Попов, Михаил Николов
Die Schwalbe, 1960

h=2* 4 + 3

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Валерий Анисимович Лисковец (09-03-1944) Belarusian composer (Valery Anisimovich Liskovets)

Valery Liskovets

Лисковец, Валерий Анисимович
Mat Plus, 2010 (37-38/1622)

hc#3.5b) Move h8 g6 3 + 2

"hc" means Consequent helpmate: "Helpmate" stipulation but the legality of the position is reconsidered (it must be possible to obtain it from the game-array position, White and Black playing alternatively) after each move.

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Николай Васильевич Грива (09-03-1953) Ukrainian composer (Nikolay Vasilievich Griva)

Nikolay Griva

Грива, Микола Васильович
Springaren, 2003 (10291)

+ 3 + 2

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Klaus-Peter Zuncke (09-03-1954 - 15-11-2007) German composer

Klaus-Peter Zuncke

Klaus-Peter Zuncke was specialised in three- and moremovers. He was a great expert of orthodox miniatures, had started a large collection of miniatures and was joined by Wolfgang A. Bruder for several years. His work was completed by Volker Felber and uploaded to the PDB.
Problems with symmetric position but asymmetric solution, which were fashionable in the 1920s and 1930s, were especially fascinating to him:

Zuncke, Klaus-Peter
Freie Presse, 7th May 1982 (2358)
2nd Prize

#7 4 + 3

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Федір Михайлович Капустін (09-03-1956) Ukrainian composer (Fyodor Mikhailovich Kapustin)

Fyodor Kapustin
[Thanks to Александр Никитин ]

Капустін, Федір Михайлович
Hlas ľudu, 1992
Special Prize

#2 10 + 7

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Владіслав Володимирович Тарасюк (09-03-1968) Ukrainian composer (Vladislav Volodimirovich Tarasyuk)

Vladislav Tarasyuk
Kiev, Autumn 2011
[Thanks to Сережа Ткаченко]

Тарасюк, Владіслав Володимирович
Humor Tourney, 2005

+ 7 + 3

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