Saturday, April 28, 2012

April 28th

Zsigmond Schuster (28-04-1861 - 02-10-1910) Hungarian composer

The following classical 4-pieces threemover by this direct mate composer is a good challenge for solvers:

Schuster, Zsigmond
La Stratégie, Sep 1891 (3890)

#3 3 + 1

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György Páros [György Schlégl] (28-04-1910 - 17-12-1975) Hungarian composer and Grandmaster

György Páros

György Páros was also an International Judge but he is  renowned worldwide as a helpmates specialist. Of course he composed awarded direct mates.
He wrote "Csodák a sakktáblán" (Wonders on the chessboard, 1940) and "A sakkmművészet világa" (The world of chess composition, 1967) and two compilations of Soviet Chess Compositions for periods 1945-47 and 1968-1950.

One of his most famous h#3s is quoted on Wikipedia, so there is no need to remind it also here.

Páros, György
Magyar Sakkélet, 1951 (39)
1st-2nd Prize

h#2  b) bKe4->f4
 7 + 12

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Páros, György
Magyar Sakkszövetség, 1965
1st Prize

h#2 7 + 11

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A famous h#3: the problem seems easy to solve, because Black could play the series 1.Rf4 2.Rf7 3.Bg7 and White could then mate with 3...Kxb7#. But can this be kept if White must play 3 moves?

Páros, György
Magyar Sakkvilág, 1945

h#3 4 + 8

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One last h#3:

Páros, György
Z. Zilahi MT. 1971
1st Prize

h#3 8 + 6

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Aleksandar Popovski (28-04-1932) Macedonian composer

Aleksandar Popovski
"Нови теми" (Novi Temi), 1982
[Thanks to Александр Никитин ]

Aleksandar Popovski
[Thanks to Bosko Miloseski]

Aleksandar Popovski is not only a direct mate and helpmate composer, the founder of Chess Composition in Macedonia and the founder and editor of the chess problems magazine "Novi Temi", but also a famous Macedonian writer and poet.

Popovski, Aleksandar
Probleemblad, 1993

h#2 7 + 8

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Peter Polák (28-04-1962) Slovak composer

Peter Polák is a direct mate composer. Relax and enjoy the variations of this fourmover:

Polák, Peter
Pravda, 1977
2nd Prize

#4 7 + 14

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上田吉一 (28-04-1949) Japanese composer (Yoshikazu Ueda)

Yoshikazu Ueda at WCCC 2012 Kobe

Yoshikazu Ueda is primarily a tsume-shogi composer and came to chess composition quite naturally. In view of Ueda's achievements, in 1995 at the WCCC meeting in Turku (Finland) Tadashi Wakashima gave a lecture about his fellow-countryman’s problems. Later in 2007-2008 a two-part article entitled “A Wizard of Problem Composition – Yoshikazu Ueda” by Vlaicu Crişan was published in Mat Plus. And in 2012 Vlaicu Crişan and Eric Huber edited "Aurora - A Collection of 100 Chess Problems by Yoshikazu Ueda".

There are three main currents in Yoshikazu Ueda’s work: the long problems with systematic manoeuvres, the constructional problems and the ‘festivals of promotions’. We will show below examples from the first and third category.

Ueda, Yoshikazu
Mat Plus (36/1493) 2009
7th HM

h#39UltraSchachZwang 4 + 5 + 1
Locust: b3
Neutral Pao : h2

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Ueda, Yoshikazu
Problem Paradise 2005

ser-h#212 solutions 10 + 2
NightriderHopper: h8 ; 2,5-leaper: f7 ; Giraffe: a6; Locust: c6, e4 ; Grasshopper: b4 ; BishopHopper: a3 ; 2,4-leaper: g3 ; RookHopper: a1 ; Antelope : b1 Nonstop equihopper: e1

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