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(1) Posted by shankar ram [Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 18:29]

Walter Jacobs

I'm planning to write an article on the Jacobs theme.
In this regard, I found some details online about Jacobs himself:
I assume this is the same person, since the dates of birth and death given here match those in WinChloe.
Can any of our American friends give any additional information about him?
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(2) Posted by Michael McDowell [Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 18:41]

Norman Macleod's obituary of Jacobs appeared in the May 1982 issue of The Problemist, which you can find on the BCPS website. He is also covered in 'A Sketchbook of American Chess Problematists Volume 2', which can be viewed on Vaclav Kotesovec's website.
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(3) Posted by shankar ram [Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 18:51]

Thank you, Michael!
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(4) Posted by shankar ram [Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019 12:24]

I found a more detailed biographical note:

There is a better photo of Jacobs. He is referred to as a "chess-problem formulator and solver"!
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(5) Posted by Andrew Buchanan [Monday, Aug 26, 2019 15:37]

That's a very interesting eulogy - about someone involved in key technologies of the 20th century - and also about the man. Thanks for posting and I look forward to your article about the theme.
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(6) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 14:56]

A reading of the eulogy shows that chess problems was one of his lowest priorities !
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(7) Posted by shankar ram [Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 18:26]

That eulogy was written by folks not familiar with Chess problems.
Jacobs did a lot of chess problem composing, editing and writing.
See this link for a complete dump of the problem pages of the Chess Review, 1936, when he was the editor:
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(8) Posted by shankar ram [Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 02:32]


My long dreaded, sorry, awaited article on the Jacobs theme is published!
It appears in the latest issue of Juraj Lorinc's Conflictio, No.18, 31.08.2019.
Contact Juraj, if you're not already on Conflictio's mailing list: juraj.lorinc at
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(9) Posted by Rajendiran Raju [Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 06:34]; edited by Rajendiran Raju [19-08-31]

Our first 🇮🇳 Indian Chess Problem IM Narayan Shankar Ram....Bangalore.

Wrote enough number of articles about chess problems...from his inception with great passion and dedication to our art.

In that line now NSR wrote about Jacobs theme.

With vast number of 112 (orthodox 76 , fairies 36) examples including his 23 problems. (Originals & Joint Compositions)

Many thanks to 🇸🇰 Slovakian GM Juraj Lorinc for Publishing this article in his Conflictio Magazine...!!

I am very proud to share following link of that article to this august forum...

Hats off and Thank you NSR....!! 🙏 🤝🏼 💐

Great , Incomparable and dedicated article with your regular passion .....

Problem world always remain thanks to your hard earning works....
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(10) Posted by shankar ram [Sunday, Sep 8, 2019 17:24]

The original file had a wrong diagram for No.342.
This and other minor corrections have been made in the revised file by Juraj.
Available from:
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(11) Posted by Juraj Lörinc [Tuesday, Nov 1, 2022 10:43]

Some recent conversations with some composers active in areas of direct mates, selfmates and fairies with similar stipulations have revealed to me that there is still little knowledge about Conflictio outside of the small circle of composers to whom I send Conflictio directly. Therefore it was easy to miss updates on the original article on Jacobs theme. For your convenience, here is the list of all articles:

18 - "Jacobs Theme Redux"
24 - "Jacobs Theme Part Deux"
30 - "Jacobs Theme – addendum"
34 - "Jacobs Theme – another addendum"
39 - "The 4th addendum to the Jacobs Theme series"

All Conflictio issues including above are available on the Julia's website -
And if you would be interested in receiving further issues (free), please, just let me know at my e-mail.
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