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(181) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Monday, Oct 14, 2019 21:42]; edited by seetharaman kalyan [19-10-14]

Very sad. He was active even a few months ago. I published this interesting miniature of his (his last original?) in the May 2019 Problemist. The same issue also contains a nicely compiled short collection of his problems showing his versatality.

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Easy to solve with piquant change of promotion.
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(182) Posted by Joost de Heer [Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019 20:40]; edited by Joost de Heer [19-10-15]

Why not -Ph5, -Ph6, Pg6->h6?
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(183) Posted by Frank Richter [Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019 21:35]

Surely he didn't like the same moves g5-g4-g3 ... in both phases.
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(184) Posted by Kostas Prentos [Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 12:25]

I would probably go for bPh2 (without the white h pawns) and ser-h#/=3. Pushing the pawn feels more like noise, even in the case of an Excelsior.
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(185) Posted by Branislav Djurašević [Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 12:44]; edited by Branislav Djurašević [19-10-17]

Or letzform both in condition ser h#(=)2 and in economy Wenigstener (2+2). But in series problems it is better to be more moves, so maybe GM György Bakcsi had this in the mind.

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a.) ser h#2
b.) ser h=2

a.) 1.d2-d1=R 2.Rd1-g1 Qf5-h3 #
b.) 1.d2-d1=S 2.Sd1-f2 Qf5*f2 =
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(186) Posted by Frank Richter [Friday, Oct 18, 2019 13:25]

Well, but where is promotion to Q here?
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(187) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Friday, Oct 18, 2019 18:23]; edited by seetharaman kalyan [19-10-23]

this is a different scheme/problem.
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(188) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Friday, Oct 25, 2019 13:19]

Here is a short tribute in Chessbase-India Nicely written by our Indian friend and author Satanick Mukhuty.
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(189) Posted by Steffen Slumstrup Nielsen [Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 08:02]; edited by Steffen Slumstrup Nielsen [19-11-27]

Danish composer Holger Helledie died earlier this week.

I want to share with you a problem of his that he showed me some years back when I was entering the world of chess problems.

(= 5+8 )

Prize, British Chess Magazine 1974

I will leave the solving to you :-)

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(190) Posted by Arno Tungler [Thursday, Nov 28, 2019 11:10]

Yes, subtle motivations for all four AUW promotions, especially the key and the rook-promotion. Also, no capture what is rare for such promotion tasks!
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(191) Posted by Olaf Jenkner [Thursday, Nov 28, 2019 20:51]

The bishop at c5 saves a unit.
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(192) Posted by Steffen Slumstrup Nielsen [Friday, Nov 29, 2019 07:56]

Thanks! I guess the bishop is even better on c5, because it is less obvious that the mate is on the long diagonal.
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(193) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Friday, Nov 29, 2019 12:39]

Yes. BC5 seems so obvious. I thought there was a cook and that is why composer did not use!
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(194) Posted by Olaf Jenkner [Friday, Nov 29, 2019 13:29]

Maybe it was too dangerous for him without help of computers.
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(195) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Friday, Nov 29, 2019 17:43]

yes. guarding two squares in the diagram would seem risky !
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(196) Posted by Marián Križovenský [Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 18:22]

Dear friends,

with great sadness I want to tell you that our friend and genius Slovak chess composer Ludovit Lacny died on 25th December:
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(197) Posted by Marjan Kovačević [Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 02:52]; edited by Marjan Kovačević [19-12-29]

Let the great old man rest in peace, and let the theme with his name live forever.
My deepest condolences to Ludovit's family and to all Slovak colleagues, who were lucky to communicate him more often than the rest of us.
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(198) Posted by Piotr Murdzia [Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 09:39]; edited by Piotr Murdzia [19-12-29]

Dear Friends,

With great sadness I have to announce Edward Pałłasz (1936.08.30 - 2019.12.22) has passed away on December 22nd 2019. For our society he was mostly known for his brilliant pawn studies, but he was first of all famous musician composer and his contribution to the Polish culture was enormous. Rest in Peace.
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(199) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 07:03]; edited by Siegfried Hornecker [20-02-12]

As his grandson informed Michael Roxlau who forwarded it to me:
My one-time co-author (I reversed colors of his study, showing a cook, we won a special prize in the Schwalbe for it in 2005) Vazha Neidze, the Georgien composer of many endgame studies, has passad away in the night of 10 to 11 February of natural cause at the age of 82.

He was one of the foundations of the GCCC from what I understood (the Georgian Chess Composition society in Tbilisi), together with Akobia, Kalandadze, Gurgenidze, etc. - but David Gurgenidze would be able to tell us more.

In Milan's revived magazine that this website is named after, he won with Iuri Akobia the 4th honorable mention in 2009, while he has composer nearly 200 published endgame studies, many of them awarded:
(= 4+3 )

White to move and win
Iuri Akobia & Vazha Neidze
MatPlus 2009, 4th h.m.

1.Kg6! Rg7+ 2.Kf5 B:e7 3.Sg6+ with four main variations ending in checkmate.

I want to say "Thank you!" to this man whom I barely had any contact with, but who was very welcoming when we did.
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(200) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Thursday, Apr 16, 2020 20:49]

Richard Kenneth Guy was surely not most known as a chess composer
(yacpdb lists 8 problems), but as math professor. He died this March 11
in the biblical age of 103. He was the inventor of the Glider in
the "Game of Life", by John Horton Conway, who followed him just
a few weeks further. (Corona was the cause, but Conway was of ill health
since years.)
I suggest a free memorial here on MPF by symbolically composing
something in Glider form (it can occur in two forms BTW, shown below).
And if you even manage to let the Glider move by "Game of Life" rules in the
solution, I bow before you. Example (you are NOT limited to 5 pieces,
as long a "Glider" is somehow recognizable):
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(= 4+1 )


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