Thursday, June 21, 2012

June 21st

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (21-06-1839 - 29-09-1908) Brasilian writer and composer

Machado de Assis around age 56, c.1896

Machado's presence here may surprise many, but Vladimir Nabokov is not the only famous writer who composed problems. Machado de Assis composed at least one problem, a simple twomover:

De Assis, Joaquim Maria Machado
Ilustração Brasileira, 1876

8 + 6

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Roberto Stelling adds about Machado de Assis:
"He was a good friend of Arthur Napoleão and often played chess with him. His composition was published on page 11 of "Caissana Brasileira", 1898, but was probably composed many years before that."

Wilhelm Karsch (21-06-1899 - 09-04-1973) German composer

Wilhelm Karsch, right, with Hans Peter Rehm, left

Wilhelm Karsch composed moremovers and selfmates as well as fairy problems. He was one of the founders of "Die Schwalbe" in 1924 and the editor of its fairy column between 1952-57. Afterwards he focused his energy on "Feenschach", which he had founded in 1949 and for which he was chief editor until 1970.

Karsch, Wilhelm & Laib, Kurt Friedrich
Die Schwalbe, 1935

5 + 9

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Karsch, Wilhelm
Tijdschrift vd NSB, 1925
2nd Place

7 + 10

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Karsch, Wilhelm & Laib, Kurt Friedrich
Revista Română de Şah, 1934
5th HM

7 + 13

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Robert Eugene Burger (21-06-1931 - 06-02-2019) American composer and FIDE Master

Bob Burger in action:

Robert Eugene Burger composed direct mates (mostly twomovers) but he was also a known chess player and publicist, author of "The Chess of Bobby Fischer", "Grandmaster Chess" and "The Unknown Tal".

Burger, Robert Eugene American Chess Bulletin, 1955 1st Prize
#2* v 11 + 7

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Михаил Васильевич Матрёнин (21-06-1947) Russian composer (Mikhail Vasilyevich Matryonin)

Mikhail Matryonin

Mikhail Matryionin composes direct mates and occasionally also series problems.

Матренин, Михаил Васильевич The British Chess Magazine, 1977
#3 8 + 2
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