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MatPlus.Net Forum X-Files: Anticipations Olympiad winner moremovers 1984 anticipated?
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(1) Posted by Sarah Hornecker [Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 12:35]

Olympiad winner moremovers 1984 anticipated?

(= 6+5 )

Gerd Rinder
Chess Olympiad Saloniki 1984, 1st prize
Mate in 15

Compare to:

(= 10+9 )

Hans Verschl
Deutsche Schachblätter 12/1983
Mate in 14 (incorrect)

(= 11+11 )

Hans Verschl
Deutsche Schachblätter 12/1983, correction (Deutsche Schachblätter 05/1984)
Mate in 14

Surely, Verschl needs more material, but the matrix is the same. In my opinion a clear anticipation, if - what I don't know - the Olympiad deadline was after the publication of DSZ 12/1983. As we know, a composer has - for two years - the right to correct an incorrect position and still claim the authorship, so the date of DSB 12/1983 should still apply.

Hans Verschl was one of the bigger talents in Germany. He died in a motorcycle accident, his brother told me last year when I called him to find out why Verschl isn't composing anymore.
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(2) Posted by Steven Dowd [Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 12:59]

Siegfried, this is a name I never heard of, and I've spent much time going through old magazines.

Could you provide more examples of his compositions?
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(3) Posted by Sarah Hornecker [Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 14:00]

I uploaded the database with all problems I was able to find so far to - it's only six entries of which two (or three, if you don't accept minor duals) are incorrect.

However, the remark that he is a young talent is also from one of the magazines, not from me.
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(4) Posted by Frank Richter [Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 14:09]

Is it the same person as "H. Verstl"?
3 problems in PDB:
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(5) Posted by Sarah Hornecker [Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 14:22]; edited by Sarah Hornecker [10-06-15]

I doubt so.

Verschl lived in Achern and was 17 at the time when his problem in 06/1983 was published.

Quote from Deutsche Schachblätter 10/1983:
Hans Verschl ist zweifellos sehr begabt und hat schon gute Einfälle. Bei seiner 2830 wurde der 17jährige Zauberlehrling allerdings die Geister, die er rief, nicht mehr los.

(see the #7 in the PGN file)

I only have the years 1983 to 1986 available here of the Deutsche Schachblätter.

By the way, anyone knows what became of Christian Remling? He also seems to have been a talent.
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(6) Posted by Steven Dowd [Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 17:33]

He seems to be wasting his talent doing mathematics and winning important prizes there:

It could be the same person....
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(7) Posted by Sarah Hornecker [Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 21:32]; edited by Sarah Hornecker [10-06-21]

Same person.

EDIT, June 21: There was some confusion on Saturday since my source has told Remling is a mathematician in _Alabama_ who called him just a few days ago. However, I think it's the same person due to statistical probability.
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(8) Posted by Steven Dowd [Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 01:41]

He also has an Erdős number of 3.
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(9) Posted by Guy Sobrecases [Monday, Jun 21, 2010 15:58]

Just for fun, if one consider joint problems, Marjan KOVACEVIC and Viktor SYZONENKO both have a "SHINKMAN number" of 4.
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(10) Posted by Steven Dowd [Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010 12:25]

But what is their Morphy number? :)
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