Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July 12th

Percival Guy Laugharne Fothergill (12-07-1868 - 29-06-1948) British composer

Not much can be said about Percival Fothergill, except that he bears the name of a superhero and he composed direct mates.

Fothergill, Percival Guy Laugharne
Hackney Mercury, 1893
1st Prize

#2 12 + 5

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Franz Sackmann (12-07-1888 - 22-02-1927) German composer

Franz Sackmann composed direct mates and studies and left his name to a logical multimover theme: the Sackmann combination (also called Albain theme). The same white manoeuvre (on the same line) threatening a mate can be achieved in more ways. Only one of them works, because it anticipatorily parries the best black defence.
Franz Sackmann was the editor of the problem column in the "Süddeutschen Schachblättern" (1908) and in the "Deutschen Schachblättern" (1909-1911).

Sackmann, Franz
München-Augsburger Abendzeitung, 1917

#5 9 + 4

If Black was to move, he would be in zugzwang, because he could no longer guard both e2 and h5.

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Sackmann, Franz
Deutsche Nachrichten, 1910

+ 5 + 4

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Robert C. McWilliam (12-07-1919 - 12-02-1997) British composer

Bob McWilliam was a twomover composer specialized in the Schiffmann theme. He wrote about this a brochure "Schiffs with Everything", published in the "Chessays" series by G.P.Jelliss. He was a chess bibliophile.

McWilliam, Robert C.
Schiffs with Everything, 1980

#2* 14 + 11

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Εμμανουήλ Μανωλάς (12-07-1950) Greek composer (Emmanuel Manolas)

Emmanuel Manolas, 2007

Emmanuel Manolas composes in all genres, including fairy problems. He is also a solver and is the author of the bilingual blog chess-problems-gr which is a great individual and didactic effort.
Biographical information can be found on this page.

He enjoys composing fairy problems and his favourite conditions are Madrasi (see problems here) and KobulKings (see KobulKings problems here).

A recently honoured composition:

Manolas, Emmanuel
11th Japanese Sake / 3rd Brazilian Cachaça Tourney, 2011
3rd HM

ser-s#27Reversible Promotion 3 + 14

With the condition of Reversible Promotion, a white promoted piece stepping on the second line (for black : seventh) becomes pawn again.

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İslam Kazımov (12-07-1952) Azerbaijani composer (Islam Kazimov / Ислам Казимов)

Islam Kazimov

Islam Kazimov is a composer from Baku who started composing in 1983 and since then has published 250 problems, according to Grigory Popov. He mostly composes 2- and 3-movers and helpmates.

Kazımov, İslam
StrateGems, 2010 (M0914)

#3 v  10 + 8

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  1. Emmanuel Manolas,
    Reversible Promotion = Degradierung

    1. These two conditions are not exactly the same, although they are very similar.
      Please see the announcement of the Sake-Cachaça tourney, Jesi 2011 for Reversible Promotion:
      And die Schwalbe for Degradierung:

      In Reversible promotion "a promoted (white / black) piece turns back to a (white / black) pawn when it moves to the second (if white) or seventh rank (if black)".
      In Degradierung, ANY officer (not only a promoted officer!) turns back to a pawn when moving to the second rank.