The world’s leading chess periodical New In Chess celebrated the 60th anniversary of its co-editor GM Jan Timman by organizing for the first time an international composing tourney
for endgame studies. The provisional award which is said to appear in the next issue of the magazine has been already published in a couple of websites:
The first prize was surprisingly yet deservedly awarded to the unknown Dane Steffen Nielsen.
I was honoured with the second prize:

1.Rb7+ [1.Rxc8+? Kxc8 2.Re8+ Kc7 3.Bd6+ Qxd6 4.f8Q Qxf8 (4...Rh2+ 5.Kb1 Qxf8 6.Rxf8 d2 7.Rf1 dxc1Q+ 8.Rxc1 Rh6=) 5.Rxf8 d2 6.Rf1 dxc1Q 7.Rxc1 Ra5+! 8.Kb2 Ra6=] 1...Ka8 2.Ra7+!! Nxa7 3.Re8+ Nc8 4.Rxc8+ Ka7 5.Bc5+! Rxc5 6.Ra8+!! [6.f8Q? Qg2+ 7.Ka3 Ra5+ 8.Kb4 Qd2+ 9.Kc4 Qxc1+=] 6...Kxa8 7.f8Q+ Qb8 8.Qxc5 d2 9.c7 [9.Qa5+?? Qa7–+] 9...dxc1N+! 10.Kb1! [10.Qxc1? Qxc7! 11.Qxc7=] 10...Qc8! [10...Qxb3+ 11.Kxc1+-] 11.Qc6+ Ka7 12.Kxc1 Qh3! 13.c8N+! [13.c8Q? Qf1+=; 13.c8B–+ Qxb3 14.Qc7+ Ka8=] 13...Kb8 14.Nb6! Qxb3 15.Qc8+ Ka7 16.Qa8+ Kxb6 17.Qb8+ 1–0
Mutual Phoenix theme: Both knights are captured and then reborn following a highly sacrificial play.

The 6th world champion Mikhail Botvinnik [1911-1995] was fond of the art of the endgame study and was even himself an active composer.

In St. Petersburg the hometown of Botvinnik a gigantic composing tourney was organized by the brothers Vladimir & Leonard Katsnelson. 102 entries were sent in from 20 countries. The winner was a Georgian co-production. The award may be seen here:

Here is my own contribution:

1.b8Q+! Kxb8 2.Re8+ Kb7 3.d7 Rd6 [3... Rf4+ 4.Ke3 Rf3+ 5.Ke2 Rf2+ 6.Ke1 Rf1+ 7.Ke2 R6f2+ 8.Ke3= Nf6 9.d8Q Nxe8 10.Qd7+ Ka6 11.Qc6+ Kxa5 12.Qc5+=] 4.d8Q Rxd8 5.Rxd8 Nh6 6.Rd7+ Kb8 [6...Kc8 7.a6! g5! 8.a7 Rf4+ 9.Kd3! Ra4 10.Re7! g4 11.d6=] 7.Rd8+ Ka7 [7...Kc7 8.a6 Kb6 9.Rd6+ Ka7 10.Rxh6! Rxd5! 11.Rc6! Rd7 12.Ke5=] 8.Rd7+ Ka6 9.Rd6+ Kxa5 10.Rxh6! Rxd5! 11.Rg6!! Rd7! 12.Rg1! [12.Rxg7? f5+–+] 12...Kb4! 13.Kf5! Rd5+ 14.Ke4 Rd7 15.Kf5 f6 [15...g6+ 16.Kf6 Kc3 17.Re1!! Kd2 18.Re8=] 16.Kg6! Kc3 17.Ra1!! The only move against black winning plan to bring its king to f3 and its rook to cover on e3 via e7 17...Kd2 [17...Re7 18.Rd1!!=] 18.Ra2+! Ke3 19.Ra3+ Kf2 20.Ra2+ Kf3 21.Ra3+ [21.Ra4? Re7!! 22.Ra3+ Re3! 23.Ra7 Kf4! 24.Kxg7 (24.Rxg7 f5–+) 24...Kg5!–+] 21...Kg4 22.Ra4+ Positional draw

The Russian chess problem community also organized a big composing tourney to commemorate the centenary of the two of its most prominent composers ever: Lev Loshinski [ 1913- 1976] and Evgeny Umnov [ 1913-1989]. Here is the award of the studies section:  
The winner this time was the Ukrainian Sergiy Didukh with an amazing gem. I was again the runner-up:  

1.d7! [1.Rh8? c2 2.Rxf8+ Kb7 3.Ba6+ Kxa6 4.Rc8 Nc5 5.Kd2 Nb4 6.Rxc5 bxc5 7.d7 Nc6 8.Ne6 Ka5 9.Nxc5 Nd8 10.Kxc2 Kb4=] 1...Kc7 [1...Be7 2.Rh8+ Ka7 3.Rc8 c2 4.Rxc2 Bh4+ 5.Rf2+-] 2.Ne6+ Kxd7 3.Nxf8+ Ke8 4.Bb5+!! [4.Bd3? Nb4! (4...Kxf8 5.Bc4) 5.Kd1 Kxf8=] 4...Kxf8 5.Bc4! [5.0–0+? Ke7 6.Bc4 Nd2! 7.Re1+ Kd6] 5...c2 6.0–0+! Nf4!! 7.Bxb3! [7.Rxf4+? Ke7 8.Rf1 c1Q 9.Rxc1 Nxc1 10.Kf2 Kd6 11.Ke3 Kc5] 7...c1Q 8.Rxc1 Ne2+ 9.Kf2 Nxc1 10.Bc4 Ke7 11.Ke3 Kd6 12.Kd4 Kc6 13.Bb5+ Kd6 14.Kc3 Na2+ 15.Kb3 Nc1+ 16.Kb2 1-0

Posted: Januar 8 - 2013



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