Friday, August 3, 2012

August 4th

István Stefano Ragó (04-08-1910 - 28-01-1977) Hungarian composer

István Stefano Ragó

István Stefano Ragó composed direct mates, helpmates and fairy problems.
His best twomover is probably this one, but he also composed noteworthy helpmates

Ragó, István Stefano
Feenschach, 1961
1st Prize

h#22 solutions
7 + 9

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Jack A. Fenner (04-08-1911 - 10-08-1989) British composer

Jack A. Fenner was a twomover composer. He sometimes composed with Colin Vaughan or with Cyril Kipping.

Fenner, A. Jack
The Problemist, 1970
1st Prize

#2 12 + 8

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Johan Hilding Laurentius Fröberg (04-08-1918 - 24-07-1999) Swedish composer and FIDE Master

Johan Fröberg
[© Hannu Harkola]

Johan Hilding Fröberg was a chess player and composed direct mates and studies.

Fröberg, Johan Hilding Laurentius
Tidskrift för Schack, 1945
1st Prize

#3 6 + 13

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Fröberg, Johan Hilding Laurentius
Hildebrand JT, 2001

+ 3 + 3

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შერგილ სუხიტაშვილი (04-08-1936 - 23-10-2015) Georgian composer (Shergil Sukhitashvili)

Shergil Sukhitashvili

Shergil Sukhitashvili composes direct mates.

Suchitaschwili, Schergil
Revista Română de Şah, 1980
1st Prize

#2* 14 + 11

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Klaus Werner (04-08-1940) German composer

Klaus Werner enjoys direct mates miniatures.

Werner, Klaus
Landeszeitung für die Lüneburger Heide, 1988

#4 4 + 3

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Владіслав Олександрович Метлицький (04-08-1942) Ukrainian composer (Vladislav Oleksandrovich Metlytsky)

Vladislav Metlytsky composes direct mates. He sometimes takes part in WCCC.

Метлицький, Владіслав Олександрович
ЮК В.Мельниченко-60, 1999
Special Prize

#3 10 + 8

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Владимир Иванович Виниченко (04-08-1947 - 01-02-2006) Russian composer (Vladimir Ivanovich Vinichenko)

Vladimir Vinichenko & R. Larin, Tver 2004

Vladimir Vinichenko composes endgame studies.
The following position might seem a little too savage to the chess player. Black's main defense is stalemate blackmail.

Виниченко, Владимир Иванович
RSFSR Ty, 1981
5th Prize

+ 5 + 5

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Живко Јаневски (04-08-1953) Macedonian composer and Grand Master (Živko Janevski)

Zivko Janevski

Živko Janevski is a heterodox problems specialist and an International Judge for selfmates and helpmates. He is the editor of the Macedonian magazine "Orbit". He was world champion in composing helpmates in 1989-91 and 1998-2000.
He also wrote an anthology of Macedonian problemists "Antologija na makedonskiot problemski šah" in 1987; in 1989 with Nikola Stolev "The Modern helpmate in two" and in 2010 a compilation of Chris Feather's problems "Chris J. Feather -
Selected Helpmates

His strategic helpmates are quite a feast for the amateur. See for instance the Bristols and line openings and closings of this h#2. The following h#2 is more complex:

Јаневски, Живко
Europe Échecs, 1992
1st Prize

h#2b) bSg5->g6 6 + 12

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As for selfmates, he favours cycles of white moves AB-BC-CA. This one published on Problem Online is a good example as well as this s#3:

Јаневски, Живко
Boletim da UBP, 1991
1st Prize

s#3 7 + 14

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