Saturday, January 14, 2012

January 14th

Henry Wald Bettmann (14-01-1868 - 05-12-1935) American composer

Henry Wald Bettmann
[Source: The Chess Problem, H.G.M. Weenink ; scan by M. McDowell]

Bettmann, Henry Wald
Babson Task TT, 1926
1st Prize

s#3 15 + 5

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Лазарь Борисович Залкинд (14-01-1886 - 25-06-1945) Russian composer (Lazar Borisovitch Zalkind)

Lazar Zalkind

Lazar Zalkind composed mostly direct mate problems but also many endgame studies and tried to apply chess problem themes to studies. He was arrested and condemned in 1930 for a supposed Menshevik plot and finally released in 1943.

Залкинд, Лазарь Борисович
Györi Sakk-kör, 1913
2nd Prize

#3  7 + 11

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Залкинд, Лазарь Борисович
Шахматы (Грекова) 1929 (390)
1st Prize

+ 8 + 5

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Залкинд, Лазарь Борисович
«64» 1928 (333)
4th Prize

=  5 + 3

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Eugen Rusenescu (14-01-1921 - 10-04-1990) Romanian composer

Rusenescu, Eugen
Themes 64, 1964
3rd Prize

#2* vvvv 12 + 3

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Nicolae Pripoae (14-01-1939 - 2007) Romanian solver and composer

Pripoae, Nicolae
Quartz, 1998 (168/10)
c6, d3: Nightrider
b) wNd3->c7
3 + 1

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Boris Tummes (14-01-1969) German solver, cookfinder and occasional composer

Neef, Wilfried
Tummes, Boris
Quick Composing Tourney, Pula 2000

h#2 8 + 9

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Semion Shifrin (14-01-1936) Israeli composer

Shifrin, Semjon
Wola Gulowska, 1997
2nd Prize

#2 7 + 5

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Marcel Lamare (14-01-1856 – 24-11-1937) French composer

Marcel Lamare was also known as “Amateur de l'Ex-U.A.A.A.R.”. His obituary can be found in “La Stratégie” décembre 1937, for which he was a regular contributor. Alain Pallier wrote an article about Marcel Lamare’s remarkable collection of 12,000 endgame studies in EG 121 pg 870-871. In this article he estimated:
“Taking into account the identified lacunae, it may not be over-optimistic to conjecture that Lamare's 12,000 form 80% of the cumulative world production of studies by the year 1937.”

Lamare, Marcel
La Stratégie, 1918 (462)

+  6 + 4

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Emil Richter (14-01-1894 – 16-03-1971) Czech composer

Emil Richter composed about 220 studies but also problems (direct and selfmates). He was a powerful chess player (Czech champion in 1948). His obituary was published in Šachové umění, May 1971.

Richter, Emil
Morgenzeitung, 1928
Honorable Mention

+  5 + 5

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Bernhard Rehm (14-01-1899 – 26-01-1971) German composer

Bernhard Rehm
[feenschach 10/1972]

Bernhard Rehm composed about 1200-1500 problems in all genres, as was stated in his obituary by W. Karsch in this issue of feenschach. 60 of his problems, many of them fairies, can be found in the feenschach obituary.

The Bernhard-Rehm-theme is the following: in a Maximummer, the longest move is determined because apparently longer (or equally long) ones are illegal self checks due to the specific fairy condition.

Rehm, Bernhard
Die Schwalbe, 1955
1st Prize

s#3*Maximummer 5 + 4

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Rehm, Bernhard
Feenschach, 1956

h#2*Grasshopper h4 5 + 2

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  1. An interesting simul game of Tummes' versus Karpov:

    He loses, but no differently than Karpov has ground up many a grandmasters ...

  2. Thanks for the link! Karpov wonderfully plays such endgames (I lost a R+S vs Q endgame against him in a simul more than 20 years ago).

  3. Was Semion Shifrin born in 1936, or 1956?
    I find contradictory info online.

    1. In 1936 according to
      (therefore, the date has been corrected above).
      You can see him on a picture here: