Thursday, September 20, 2012

September 21st

Fritz Schetelich (21-09-1891 - 06-07-1940) German composer

Fritz Schetelich composed direct mates and selfmates.

Schetelich, Fritz
Chemnitzer Tageblatt, 1924

#3 4 + 3

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Ettore Foschini (21-09-1899 - 29-03-1968) Italian composer

Ettore Foschini
[Il Problema, December 1932]

Ettore Foschini was a Good Companion composer who gave his name to a twomover theme.
Foschini theme:
1st defence : the black King indirectly selfpins a, and A indirectly mates using the pinning of a.
2nd defence : the black King indirectly selfpins b, and A indirectly mates using the pinning of b.
He won the Good Companion solution tourney in 1917 and 1923.
A little more about him on
Foschini, Ettore
Bristol Times and Mirror, 1929
1st Prize

#2 10 + 6

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Nicolaas Ijsbrand Johannes Termaat (21-09-1909 - ?) Dutch composer

Nicolaas Termaat composed direct mates.

Termaat, Nicolaas Ijsbrand Johannes
Probleemblad, 1950
2nd Prize

#2 vv... 12 + 6

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Юрий Николаевич Вахлаков (21-09-1932) Russian composer (Yuri Nikolayevich Vakhlakov)

Yuri Vakhlakov composes direct mate problems.

Вахлаков, Юрий Николаевич
Шахматы в СССР 1953 (12/61)
1st Prize

#2 v 8 + 11

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Hannu Harkola (21-09-1944) Finnish composer and Honorary Master

Hannu Harkola, 2017
[© Antti Parkkinen]

Hannu Harkola composes mostly helpmates and is Honorary Master of the FIDE for Chess Compositions.
During the period 1999–2012 he was the webmaster of the site of the Permanent Commission for Chess Composition (PCCC), and then of the World Federation for Chess Composition (WFCC).
He was Secretary of PCCC from 1974 until 1986 and First Vice-President of PCCC (1994–1998) and WFCC (2002–2018).

Harkola, Hannu
Subotica Internet Composing Tourney, 2009 (B80)
5th Prize

h#3b) Move c5 c4 9 + 6

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Ján Valuška (21-09-1947) Slovak composer and International Master
Ján Valuška

Ján Valuška composes mostly twomovers.

Valuška, Ján
Československý šach, 1994
1st Prize

#2 7 + 5

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Shedey cycle achieved without pawns in the diagram position.
Shedey cycle:
1.X? (2.A#) 1...a, b 2.B, C#
1.Y! (2.B#) 1...a, b 2.C, A#

Mihajlo Milanović (21-09-1951 - 25-11-2016) Serb composer

Mihajlo Milanović composed direct mates and helpmates.
He started composing relatively late and was interested in many genres, including fairies. He also participated in solving competitions.
Short obituary on Mat Plus.

Milanović, Mihajlo
Liga Problemista, 1999 (2/)
5th Place

h#2b) wSh4->h5
c) wSh4->a7
d) wSh4->b7
3 + 8

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Gregor Werner (21-09-1955) German composer

Gregor Werner

Gregor Werner composes direct mates, endgame studies and helpmates. He has published some interesting moremovers and studies such as this #16 or these two win studies (Die Schwalbe 1996 and Die Schwalbe 1999).

Werner, Gregor
Israel Ring Tourney, Shahmat (Israel) 1984 (2057)
2nd Prize

h#2        b) wSh1->b5
          9 + 16

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  1. In Termaat's twomover there's even one more thematic try: 1.Se6? Bxh5!