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(141) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 01:05]

The Russian master Yuri FOKIN has reportedly died on 16 February 2018, on his 93th year (the age of 92).
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(142) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 16:39]; edited by Siegfried Hornecker [18-03-10]

In the upcoming Schwalbe, April 2018, three deaths have been mentioned.

Gerard Bouma (10.v.1923 - 27.xi.2017) should be well-known to most MatPlus forum visitors.
Wouter Mees (6.viii.1921 - 25.i.2018) just had recently sent "study greetings" to EG readers. Now a few months later he died.
Newman Guttman (4.iv.1927 - 2.ii.2018) was on the legendary Piran congress. He was U.S. delegate for many years at the PCCC meetings.

EDIT: Also news came in that Mikhail Mishko from Ukraine has died in his 60th year.
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(143) Posted by Alain Villeneuve [Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 23:18]

I remember a very nice study from W. Mees 1940. You will certainly like it (or already know it) : Kh1, Bf8, Na8, Pa2 / Kc6. W wins ; (b) put Pa2 in a3.
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(144) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 13:01]

AJR sent out news per e-mail that Ignace Vandecasteele has died in Antwerp at the age of 87.

The notable Belgian composer Ignace Vandecasteele has just died, in Antwerp. 26x1926 - 31v2018.

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(145) Posted by Alain Villeneuve [Friday, Jun 8, 2018 00:13]

As tribute, this one my pupils appreciated :

Ig. V. 2009 ; Kf7, Rg1 & g2 / Kh3, Rh1 & h2, Pf2. Win (mate in 14).
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(146) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 09:48]; edited by Siegfried Hornecker [18-09-19]

I edited studies for the magazine "Euxinus Pontus" for a few years. Now I learnt that the publisher Stelian Lamba has died. (
Also, the mainly studies composing Virgil Nestorescu has died. (8.ii.1929-21.vui.2018) Very sad. He was a PCCC delegate for Romania for many years. GMCC in 2001.

Adding to the already reported I.V. (Ignace Vandecasteele), the other famous I.V. (Ignaas Vandemeulebrouckes) has passed away now. (17.iv.1934-25.viii.2018)

Unknown to me was Hungarian helpmate composer László Ányos ( who died two days prior to his birthday.
Similarly I didn't know Imants Dulbergs from Latvia. (6.ii.1936-14.iv.2018)

Already reported here, I think, were Ignace Vancecasteele (see above), Vadim Vinokurov (30.ix.1953-7.v.2018), Roger Missiaen ( but are included in this thread also for sake of completeness.

Source for all is the new "Schwalbe" of October 2018, preview version for editors.
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(147) Posted by Paul Raican [Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 14:07]

You can read a last article by the late Virgil Nestorescu in Quartz 46, october 2018.
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