Wednesday, October 31, 2012

November 1st

Josef Pospíšil (01-11-1861 - 30-12-1916) Czech composer

Josef Pospíšil was one of the masters of the Bohemian school. In 1887 he published "České úlohy šachové́" which included 320 Bohemian problems and an article about Bohemian composition. John D. Beasley translated this outline of the theory of chess problems by Josef Pospisil - with a selection of problems.
In 1907 he compiled the works of J. Dobrusky in "Šachové úlohy".

His own works are presented in two books: "České melodie", published in 1908 by White and Thompson in the White Christmas Series and the volume 2 of "České melodie", entitled "Šachové úlohy 1908-1916"
He can be seen on this photo.

Pospíšil, Josef
British Chess Association, 1886
1st Prize

#3 8 + 7

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Pospíšil, Josef
Münchner Neueste Nachrichten, 1889
Special Prize

#3 7 + 9

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Sergiu Than (01-11-1909 - 23-04-1974) Romanian composer

Cover of a novel written by S.Than

Sergiu Than, also named Sergiu Thau, composed mostly fairy problems during the period 1930-40. He founded and directed the magazine "Sah-mat".

Than, Sergiu
Tournoi Olympique1964

h#3 5 + 5

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Anthony Stewart Mackay Dickins (01-11-1914 - 26-11-1987) British composer

Anthony Dickins

Anthony Dickins wrote "A Guide to Fairy Chess" (1967, read it here) and other books about fairy chess. He edited the column of non-original fairy problems for "The Problemist".
He was specialized in constructional problems and was also an International Judge.

According to "Le Guide des Echecs" (Giffard & Bienabe, 2011), he is the author of the famous motto:
"The game is for murderers, the problem is for philosophers, fairy chess is for sufis" (meaning super-philosophers, with reference to fairy problems in 3 or 4 dimensions... for a further understanding of this, have a look at the problem below).

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In horizontal cylinder chess, first and last rank are connected. In toroidal chess the board has the form of a torus. One can get a toroidal board by connecting first and last ranks of the cylindrical board. On the toroidal board, even king and queen can't checkmate the lone king.
A picture can explain this better than words:

Can you solve the below problem on a Toroidal board?

Dickins, Anthony Stewart Mackay
Feenschach, 1967

#2Anchor Ring 10 + 3

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Ivan Bender (01-11-1973) Croatian composer

Ivan Bender

Ivan Bender composes in all genres.

Bender, Ivan
Problem Online, 22nd Sep 2004 (H0001)

PG 19.5 14 + 13

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1 comment:

  1. Horizontal Cylinder Chess could be made at a different way.

    Assuming the ideas of the pawns is to be some sort of wall. The board would need to be like this.

    White Pawns 1 at rank 1.
    Normal pieces at rank 2
    White Pawns 2 at rank 3.
    Black Pawn 1 at rank 7.
    Black normal pieces at rank 6
    Black Pawn 2 at rank 5.

    The pawns called Pawn 2 move as usual, and the ones I called Pawn 1 move in the reverse way.

    By assuming that pawn promotion is made to pawns not get frozen at last rank, promotion wouldn't exist here.

    By assuming that double step speed the game by allowing the pawn have the chance to promote faster and with it get more moves. Pawns at horizontal cylinder chess wouldn't have double step/enpassant.