Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 30th

Gustaaf Josephus Nietvelt (30-11-1897 - 15-11-1961) Belgian composer

Gustaaf Nietvelt
[Article by G. Nietvelt about the Schiffmann Defence
Revista de Sah 1928 p.131

Gustaaf Nietvelt was the founder of the Belgian magazine "De Problemist" (1927-1931) which later merged with "Het Schaakleven".
He mostly composed twomovers. His name was given to a black defence.
"Nietvelt defence: A black unit selfpins itself because the threat must unpin it by withdrawal. The selfpinning must be used thereafter."

Nietvelt, Gustaaf Josephus
Skakbladet, 1931
2nd Place

#2* 9 + 6

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František Jelínek (30-11-1902 - 02-06-1958) Czech composer

In the series "Gallery of Czech composers", Ilja Mikan dedicated a booklet to František Jelínek which can be downloaded and read from here.
František Jelínek was, of course, a Bohemian composer.

Jelínek, František
Národní politika, 16th Jun 1937 (61)

#3 5 + 12

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Jelínek, František
Lidová demokracie, 7th May 1950

#3  6 + 12

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Олег Евгеньевич Ефросинин (30-11-1956) Russian composer and FIDE Master (Oleg Evgenyevich Efrosinin)

Oleg Efrosinin
[Grigory Popov]

Oleg Efrosinin is a journalist and direct mate composer.

Ефросинин, Олег Евгеньевич
Archakov-60 JT, 1998
1st Prize

#4 12 + 10

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René Olthof (30-11-1959) Dutch composer

René Olthof

René Olthof composes endgame studies. He is also the supervisor of "New In Chess Yearbook" and an interview of him can be read here.

Olthof, René
EG (magazine) 1982

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Abdelaziz Onkoud (30-11-1972) Moroccan composer and Grandmaster

Abdelaziz Onkoud, ISC 2005
[Christian Poisson]

Abdelaziz Onkoud is the dynamic webmaster of the website and its composing tourneys. He is a very prolific composer, the driving force of Moroccan composers, an o.t.b. IM, composition IM since 2013, GM since 2023, and an already experienced International Judge.

He composes mostly direct mates or helpmates in 2 or 3 moves, but sometimes composes studies or ventures into the realm of selfmates or fairy problems.
His awarded problems can be seen here and his themes here.

Onkoud, Abdelaziz
Sakkélet, 1996 (11-12/6254)
1st Prize

#3 11 + 10

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Onkoud, Abdelaziz
diagrammes, 2001 (4702)
4th Prize

h#2b) bPd2->c2 9 + 11

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