Thursday, October 11, 2012

October 12th

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

Aleister Crowley
[Wikipedia]

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
[New In Chess]

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

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

Reto Aschwanden
[swisschess.ch [broken link] ]

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

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