Tuesday, July 24, 2012

July 25th

Arthur John Roycroft (25-07-1929) British composer and Honorary Master of the FIDE for Chess Compositions

John Roycroft, 1999

John Roycroft is an endgame study composer and International Judge. He founded the studies magazine End Game (EG) in 1965. He has composed little, but has written more: for instance "Test Tube Chess" (1972) revised as "The Chess Endgame Study" (1981), one of the best book about endgame studies.

He is the co-inventor of the Guy-Blanchford-Roycroft code, an efficient way of indexing endgame studies.

Roycroft, Arthur John
Themes 64, 1958
2nd Prize

=b) - wPh6 4 + 4

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Heinz Gfeller (25-07-1933 - 12-11-2018) Swiss composer

Heinz Gfeller, right, next to Dieter Werner and Markus Wettstein
[source: 2014 General Meeting of the Swiss Chess Composition Association]

Heinz Gfeller often proposes Rätsel and also writes articles for the Swiss magazine "idee & form".

Gfeller, Heinz
Schweizer Arbeiter SZ, 1962
1st Prize

#3 11 + 12

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Gfeller, Heinz
Olympic Tourney Lucerne, 1983
1st Prize

#3 12 + 9

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Bernd Schwarzkopf (25-07-1946) German composer

Axel Steinbrink, Bernd Schwarzkopf,
Franz Pachl and Hans Gruber

Bernd Schwarzkopf composes in all genres, including fairy, retro and task problems.

Schwarzkopf, Bernd
feenschach, 1978
dedicated to Andernach 1978 participants

b) bKa4->a6
1 + 2

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Александр Юрьевич Семененко & Валерий Юрьевич Семененко (25-07-1959) Ukrainian composers, Grandmasters (Aleksandr Yurevich Semenenko and Valery Yurevich Semenenko)

Valery and Aleksandr Semenenko

The Semenenko twin brothers very often compose together. They have chosen the helpmate field to express their (similar) talents. They are International Judges and Aleksandr is a Grandmaster while Valery became Grandmaster in 2022.
The two differences: Aleksandr wears a beard, while Valery has earned the title of solving FIDE Master.

Семененко, Александр Юрьевич & Семененко, Валерий Юрьевич
Mat Plus, 2009 (33/1263)

h#2b) wKc7->g7 8 + 10

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Семененко, Александр Юрьевич & Семененко, Валерий Юрьевич
J. Lois-60 JT, 2006
2nd Prize

h#32 solutions 4 + 14

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