Friday, June 29, 2012

June 30th

Emilio Battaglia (30-06-1917 - 04-09-2011) Italian composer

Emilio Battaglia was a twomover specialist, as can be seen in the first example below. He composed at least one selfmate in two (second diagram). He seems to have had two composing periods: in the 1930s and in the 1980-1990s.
He was a professor of botany at the University of Pisa (source here ) thanks to Alain Pallier).

Battaglia, Emilio
Tijdschrift vd KNSB, 1939
3rd Prize

#2  9 + 8

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Battaglia, Emilio
Skakbladet, 1939

s#2  10 + 3

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Alois Johandl (30-06-1931 - 09-07-2004) Austrian composer and International Master

Manfred Zucker (left) and Alois Johandl, Bratislava 1993
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Alois Johandl composed direct mates (mostly in more moves) and also helpmates, selfmates and fairy problems. He was also an International Judge.

He was initiated into the secrets of the logic school by Viennese prof. Halumbirek. His chess problem ideal, as mentioned as well as a few well-chosen problems by Ralf Krätschmer on BerlinThema.de was "a clear concise idea in well arranged position" ("Eine klare prägnante Idee in übersichtlicher Stellung ist mein Problemideal").
Klaus Wenda also wrote an obituary (also in German) for "Die Schwalbe" with a selection of 6 of his best works.

Two typical logical moremovers:

Johandl, Alois
Freie Presse, 4th May 2001 (4199)
1st Prize

#6  4 + 14

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White cannot play 1.Bf7+? Kf8 2.Bb3+ Ke8 3.Bxa4# because of wRb3. How to get rid of it?

Johandl, Alois
Die Schwalbe, 2001 (11066)

#8  6 + 11

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