Friday, December 21, 2012

December 22nd

Dawid Przepiórka (22-12-1880 - 27-08-1942 04-1940) Polish composer

Dawid Przepiórka

Dawid Przepiórka was a chess player and composed mostly strategic moremovers. A compilation of his compositions was published by Henri Weenink in 1932 "D. Przepiórka: a Master of Strategy".
He collaborated with the Polish magazine "Swiat sachowy" from 1926 to 1935.

Przepiórka, Dawid
Teplitz-Schönauer Anzeiger, 1921
1st Prize

#3 7 + 8

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Виталий Александрович Чеховер (22-12-1908 - 11-02-1965) Russian composer and International Master (Vitaly Alexandrovich Chekhover)

Vitaly Chekhover

Vitaly Chekhover was a pianist, a chess player and composer of endgame studies.
He was an International Judge and wrote with Yuri Averbakh "Comprehensive Chess Endings: Knight Endings" and "Comprehensive Chess Endings: Queen v. Rook/Minor Piece Endings".

Чеховер, Виталий Александрович
Bulletin UdSSR-Championat, 1947

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რევაზ თავარიანი (22-12-1922 - 06-11-1996) Georgian composer and FIDE Master (Revas Tavariani)

Revas Tavariani

Revas Tavariani composed direct mates and endgame studies. He was an International Judge.

Tawariani, Rewas
Lelo, 1958
1st Prize

#3 6 + 6

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Tawariani, Rewas
Chavchavadze MT, 1987
Special Prize

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Emiliano F. Ruth (22-12-1922 - 01-02-2009) Argentinian composer

Emiliano Ruth composes fairy problems.

Ruth, Emiliano F.
The British Chess Magazine, 1972
1st Prize

ser-h=27 13 + 13

Series-help-stalemate in 27 moves.

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Ralf Krätschmer (22-12-1957) German composer and FIDE Master

Ralf Krätschmer

Ralf Krätschmer composes mostly moremovers, but also fairy problems.
His favourite theme is the Berlin theme and his website bears the theme's name. (Berlin theme: In the try, White fails because Black can mate faster.)
Erik Zierke has selected and commented many of Ralf's best problems in the 126-page "AUSGEWÄHLTE SCHACHPROBLEME VON RALF KRÄTSCHMER" (2nd version 2012) and his problems published in 2012 can be found on this page. The following problems are probably not his best, but they are representative of his centers of interest.

Krätschmer, Ralf
3° K.Winsener Rochade Thematurnier, 1991
3rd Prize

#4 9 + 7

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Krätschmer, Ralf
Problem Online, 28th Apr 2006 (I0003)

hs#4 5 + 6

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Joachim Iglésias (22-12-1987) French composer

Joachim Iglésias composes sporadically and in all genres. He often publishes the results of his efforts on France-Echecs forum. His problems are usually solver-oriented.

Iglésias, Joachim
France-échecs, 2006

+  4 + 6

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Caillaud, Michel & Iglésias, Joachim
J. Lois-60 JT, 2006
3rd Prize

PG 16.0  16 + 13

Shortest Proof Game in 16 moves.

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  1. Ralf Krätschmer born 1957, not 1947.

  2. Emiliano F. Ruth passed away on February 1, 2009.

  3. Is date of Przepiórka death true? I found, that it was in 1940 (Przepiórka and the other Jewish players were subsequently executed by the Germans in Palmiry. The exact date of his death is unknown; it is presumed to be April 1940.[Wikipedia])

    1. The source for the 1942 date is "Chess composers' names in various alphabets". The 1940 date seems to be documented enough, therefore I have made the necessary change. Thanks for your input!
      For reference, the Wikipedia page in English is