Thursday, October 11, 2012

October 12th

Aleister Crowley (12-10-1875 - 01-12-1947) British composer

Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley (born Edward Alexander Crowley) was one of the most influential occultists of all times but he also composed chess problems. This is his first published work:

Crowley, Aleister
The British Chess Magazine, Dec 1893 (no. 987)

s#2  13 + 8

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Peter F. Copping (12-10-1922 - 1989?) British composer

Peter Copping composes strategic direct movers in 2 and 3 moves.

Copping, Peter F.
Observer, 1958
1st Prize

#3  8 + 12

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Михаил Павлович Кузнецов (12-10-1941 - 27-11-2007) Russian composer and FIDE Master (Mikhail Pavlovich Kuznetsov)

Mikhail Kuznetsov composed direct mates in 3 and more moves.

Кузнецов, Михаил Павлович
64 — Шахматное обозрение 1985 (21/70)
1st Prize

#3  9 + 8

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Jürgen Fleck (12-10-1960) German composer

Jürgen Fleck
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Jürgen Fleck is o.t.b. IM and study composer. His 1st prize in Tchekover-90 MT, 1999 is an interesting theoretical endgame R vs R+P and on Wikipedia you can find one of his best works.

Fleck, Jürgen
Hastings Ty EG, 1995
5th Commendation

+  4 + 3

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Reto Aschwanden (12-10-1974) Swiss composer and Grandmaster

Reto Aschwanden
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In 2010 Reto Aschwanden became the youngest composing Grandmaster ever, at the age of 36. He is most known for his direct mate problems, often amazing cycles (the so-called Letter Themes) with strategic motives and fairy pieces and conditions, as well as for his proof games, which earned him many FIDE-Album points. He won the WCCI for fairy problems in 2001-03 and for retro problems in 2004-06.
Juraj Lörinc presented 5 of his fairy twomovers in 2000 on his website with Reto's own remarks.

Aschwanden, Reto
9th TT Chess Composition Microweb, 17th Jun 2002 (No. 1)
2nd Prize

#2 vvFunctionaryChess
7 + 10

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Aschwanden, Reto
Die Schwalbe, 2001 (11351)

PG 19.5  15 + 14

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Aschwanden, Reto
feenschach, 2004
1st Prize

PG 18  12 + 14

Who could guess at first sight what happened to the white pawns?
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1 comment:

  1. Concerning Fleck, Jürgen
    The study by Hastings Ty EG, 1995, Fleck himself described one of his best compositions.

    The grandiose study h4/h1 (1995) is cooked, because Black wins:

    1.d3 Nxd3 2. Bd2 b4 $ 1 3. Nb6 Kg2! (Cook by Siegfried Hornecker and Mario Guida García)
    4. c5 b3 5. c6 b2 6. c7 b1 = Q 7. c8 = Q Qxb6 0-1