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(41) Posted by Joost de Heer [Monday, Nov 14, 2011 09:54]

I just received the following message from Andrei Frolkin:


Dear all,

I have just received sad news from Andrei Kornilov’s son about the sudden death of his father. Andrei Kornilov died tonight of brain hemorrhage. Just yesterday we were discussing an article we had been working on for about a year as well as the presumably encouraging outcome of his brain scan.

Andrey Frolkin

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(42) Posted by Kevin Begley [Friday, Jun 22, 2012 19:50]

Sad news: Toma (Thomas) Garai has passed away (1935-2012).

I learned this from StrateGems 59 (recently published), wherein Mike Prcic states:
"The sad news of Toma’s death came to me in a letter from his family which I received in May...
Toma was born in Arad, Romania, and he was of Hungarian descent. Toma published over 1300 problems, mostly helpmates. He was awarded the title of FIDE Grandmaster of Chess Composition (1996 in Israel). He was also International Judge for helpmates [in 1987].."

Here is the first of several problems quoted in SG (which also made it into the FIDE Album):

Toma Garai
1st Prize
StrateGems, 2001
(= 5+9 )

h#2 2.1...

1.Ke5 Be2 2.fxe2 Rf6 3.d5 Sg4#
1.Ke6 Sg2 2.fxg2 Rf5 3.d6 Bc8#
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(43) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 11:48]; edited by Siegfried Hornecker [12-06-23]

I was sent this:

Is this a typo or did Mr. Garai already die in early 2011?

EDIT: Also apparently confirmed by Social Security Death Index. Or maybe one copied from the other...
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(44) Posted by Kevin Begley [Saturday, Jun 23, 2012 12:58]

Steven Dowd recently informed me of this, as well.
If the date of his passing (Sunday, Jan 30, 2011) is indeed correct (as it appears to be), it certainly leaves us all wondering...
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(45) Posted by [Monday, Jun 25, 2012 20:42]; edited by [12-07-22]

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(46) Posted by Jacques Rotenberg [Monday, Jun 25, 2012 22:27]; edited by Jacques Rotenberg [12-06-25]

Shocking news, Denis was a close friend.
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(47) Posted by Marco Bonavoglia [Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 14:03]

It is indeed terrible news. I've known Denis for so many years I can't believe he's gone.
If you have a facebook account there's a hommage page created by his students at

Does anybody have more information?
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(48) Posted by Jacques Rotenberg [Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 09:58]

Brian Stephenson writes on the BCPS site :

"Our Italian friend Ivo Fasiori emails us to inform us that the veteran Italian chess composer Professor Oscar Bonivento died in the hospital in Bologna on 1st October. As well as his composing activities, Bonivento edited chess problem columns and produced many books about Italian chess composition and composers. ..."
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(49) Posted by Brian Stephenson [Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 12:38]

Just heard from John Rice the sad news that British solver and composer Tony Lewis died last night. He had been in hospital for some weeks. Tony was an ex-President of the BCPS and was also our Treasurer for many years, retiring in April this year. It is fair to say that the BCPS owes it robust financial situation to Tony's careful stewardship over all of those years.

Tony was a close friend for many years and I shall miss his wisdom. He gave me a great deal of support with the British Chess Solving Championship, at which he and Sally were regular helpers.

My condolences to Sally and the rest of his family.
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(50) Posted by Kostas Prentos [Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 01:44]

I received this shocking email from Mike Prcic, about an hour ago:

Dan Meinking 1960-2012

Dan Meinking died of heart attack, yesterday. His brother Randy told me over the phone, that Dan called 911 and complained of shortness of breath. He died in the hospital the same night. Funeral arrangements are being made as of now.
Needless to say, this is a huge shock to all of us and an enormous loss to our small chess problem community. I am planning to have a tribute to Dan in SG61...

Saddened beyond belief,
Mike Prcic
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(51) Posted by Dupont Nicolas [Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 03:53]

I'm very shocked indeed... Dan and I exchanged hundreds of emails this year, as he helped me a lot in the writing of my recent SG article, and he was the Director of the last thematic tourney, co-organized by Cornel and I.

Bad bad news, can't trust it.
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(52) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 04:56]; edited by Siegfried Hornecker [12-11-25]

This is horrible news.

I very much appreciated his postings here.

Here is a collection of his chess problems.

On 8 December 2010, three days after gifting me a copy of his Alpha Sleuth volume 2 database, he wrote to me:
I have a handful of endgames in my personal collection. The best are:

(1) =2nd/3rd Prize (Chess Life 1983), which was equalled by some guy
named Richard Becker. Perhaps you've heard of him. :-)

(2) A joint with Pal Benko, which suprisingly got no award. Go figure.

I don't pay too much mind to awards. My collection has non-award items
that I think are good (or a bit better than that), and omits items
that got Prizes or HMs.

I still have a local copy of his Alpha Sleuth solving tool to use with the database he sent me, sadly the Alpha Sleuth website was discontinued a while ago.
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(53) Posted by Kevin Begley [Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 08:02]; edited by Kevin Begley [12-11-25]

Bad bad news, indeed.

For me, Dan was more than a gifted problem composer... he was a great teacher (who helped introduce me to the art of problem composition), a mentor, and a good friend (always... for many years... no matter what).

He will be missed, beyond words.
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(54) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 12:45]; edited by seetharaman kalyan [12-11-25]

Shocking. Such a talented composer. Will be missed very much on these pages.

Milan Vukcevic, Toma Garai now Dan. Three leading composers of USA leaving in a short span of time.
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(55) Posted by Valery Liskovets [Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 15:30]

A terrible news. I cannot believe. 52...
I was lucky to closely communicate and collaborate with Dan for more than a year
and had opportunity to value his great talent and remarkable personality.
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(56) Posted by Uri Avner [Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 15:31]

Sad news indeed.
I was lately in touch with Dan regarding the chess fonts he created and got from him all the help I needed.
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(57) Posted by Julia Vysotska [Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 16:19]

Really too sad, too early... I didn't know Dan personally, I can just read what you've written to understand whom we've lost.. I've written a short post and quoted some of you, I hope you don't mind -
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(58) Posted by Kostas Prentos [Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 18:20]

As I wrote earlier, Mike Prcic is preparing an article for SG61 with tributes and selection of Dan's best problems.
All of you who have known him personally, or through online correspondence like me, you are welcome to send your tributes (ASAP) and photos of Dan if you have any, at Mike's email: tuzlak {at}
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(59) Posted by Abdelaziz Onkoud [Monday, Nov 26, 2012 00:27]

Je viens d'apprendre cette terrible triste nouvelle..
ça fait vraiment mal cette disparition soudaine de Dan.
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(60) Posted by Rajendiran Raju [Monday, Nov 26, 2012 08:58]

For My First Ever Posting in the MAT PLUS forum ( 13 th Nov 2012 )about asking Solution to

Jorge Lois Illegal Cluster Problem . Mr.Dan Meinking was immediately Posting less than a Hour

With the Link URL . ( What a Dedication & Keen Enthusiasm )I was Lucky in touch with THE GREAT

COMPOSER .I never Correspond even before this & now On wards also ; Real Loss & Sorrow .

He was NO MORE WITH US Physically ??? But his thoughts ( ie , his Composistions & Parry Series

Invention ) EVER LIVE WITH US !!! I pray God May he rest in peace .
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