Friday, July 20, 2012

July 21st

Edward Bagehot Schwann (21-07-1872 - 07-09-1902) British composer

Edward B. Schwann composed direct mates in 2 or 3 moves.
This threemover is a good training for solvers, as well as this one:

Schwann, Edward Bagehot
Akademisches Monatsheft für Schach, 1898 (13-14/152)

#3 8 + 5

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Esko Kröger (21-07-1921 - ?) Finnish composer

Only one problem was found in the free databases (two other problems by Esko Kröger can be found in WinChloe database, as Emmanuel Manolas points out in his comment):

Kröger, Esko
Nevenko JT, 1965
1st Prize

#3 8 + 8

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John Edward Driver (21-07-1928 - 01-08-1979) British composer

John E. Driver composed more than 500 problems in all genres. He was the inventor of the Edgehog, a fairy piece that was first mentioned on this blog on June 7th, as it was used by Laurent Joudon in his 2nd Prize, Driver MT 1988.

Driver, John Edward
British Chess Federation 107th Tourney, 1964
1st Prize, 1964-1965

#2 12 + 12

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Among his helpmates, this h#5 may be quoted.
He also composed interesting fairy problems, such as this neutral pieces twomover.
The following selfmate deserves attention:

Driver, John Edward
British Chess Federation, 1960
1st Prize

s#2 13 + 12

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Jan van Woerden (21-07-1939 - 20-12-2012) Dutch composer

Jan van Woerden composes mostly direct mates, but also fairy problems and helpmates.

Van Woerden, Jan
Probleemblad, 2002
4th Prize

#2 vv 5 + 9

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  1. For the name Esko Kroger there are two more problems in the WinCloe database (IDs 164247, 208946).

  2. This detail has been added, thanks !