Thursday, April 5, 2012

April 4th

Paul (Pál) Faragó (04-04-1886 - 01-12-1970) Hungarian-Romanian composer and International Master

Paul Faragó and his book

Paul Farago published his first study at the age of 13. He won the gold medal at the Munich Chess Olympiads in 1936 and was International Judge for studies. He held the chess study column of both magazines "Revista Română de Şah" and "Magyar Sakkvilág". He was renowned for his very difficult compositions, where Black often has hidden possibilities and White prevails after a tough battle.
Farago exposed his ideas regarding endgame studies in his book "Idei noi în şahul artistic" (New ideas in chess composition, 1956).

His studies being hard to solve, we propose you the following fourmover:

Faragó, Pál
W.Pauly MT, 1935
1st Prize

#4 5 + 6

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Newman Guttman (04-04-1927) American composer

He is an International F.I.D.E. Judge and was the US Delegate to the WCCC. He composed twomovers and more recently focused on helpmates.

Guttman, Newman
U.S. Problem Bulletin, 1993

8 + 9

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Marián Križovenský (04-04-1961) Slovak composer

Juraj Lörinc, Marián Križovenský, Daniel Novomeský at Marianka, 2005

Križovenský, Marián
Pravda, 20th Mar 1981 (1229)

#3* 9 + 10

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Knut Anders Olof Arnstam (04-04-1924) Swedish composer

Knut Arnstam
Problem, September 1969
[Thanks toАлександр Никитин]

Arnstam, Knut Anders Olof
Suomen Shakki, 1946
3rd Prize

#2  10 + 10

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  1. What year was Paul Faragó awarded an IM title?
    I presume you must mean IM of otb Chess, because in chess composition, I find only the title of International Judge (awarded 1956).
    Perhaps I'm wrong, but it does seem a pattern, where this blog has mistaken the IJ title for an IM of Chess Composition.
    So, if you can site the year, I'd find it very helpful. Thanks.

    1. The mistake is not exactly ours. The source was :
      "1960 wurde er Internationaler Preisrichter für Schachkomposition. Sechs Jahre nach seinem Tod bekam er von der FIDE den Titel Internationaler Meister der Schachkomposition."
      In fact, as you say, the WFCC website gives 1956 for the title of IJ. As for the title of IM, it does not appear on WFCC website, but Farago got 26 points in the FIDE Album and that's probably the reason for the above assumption.

  2. Yes, he does have 26 points in the FIDE Album -- just more than enough to be awarded the title of IM (for chess composition); however, he was never awarded this title. I don't know why, exactly, he was not awarded this title (perhaps somebody can provide info). It seems likely that he passed away just a few years prior to his points exceeding the cutoff -- I don't believe that would prevent him from being award this title (otherwise, it would seem a sad statement on the Album system). It's also possible that he rejected these titles. In any event, I don't believe 26 points in the Album should be presumed as the equivalent of the IM title (regardless of the fact that he appears to have earned this distinction).

    1. Mr.Begley was right.In 2012 Paul Farago did not hold the IM title because at that time these awards were not given posthumously.
      Nevertheless, WFCC lately considered qualified (ie.with the necessary'Album points') applications for posthumous awards if the application is made by the composer's country. So, at the Belgrade meeting in August 2016, Paul Farago was finally awarded the title of International Master of Composition.

    2. It was only a matter of time before his title was actually awarded. But what are 4 years or 46?