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Finally it’s official


The 58th congress for chess composition and the 39th world solving championship were held In Ostróda (Poland) on August 1-8. On top of the official program a variety of composing tourneys were announced with the national drinks of their organizers as prizes.

The full schedule, agenda, participant list, results and tourney awards as well as plenty of material regarding the world of chess composition, may be found here: http://www.wfcc.ch

In the congress I acted as the Israeli official delegate and the chairman of the sub-committee for endgame studies. I was also involved in ARVES 8th theme tourney, mainly as a composer.

Nevertheless I won’t deny that the highlight of that exciting week was for me being granted with the title of “Grandmaster of the Fide for chess composition for outstanding achievement”. Though it is awarded by very clear criteria regarding quality and quantity requirements, the title usually comes in such a late stage (in my case following a composing career of 48 years!) that it should be considered more as a kind of lifetime recognition. It’s a rather rare title making me for example the only living GM for chess composition in both Israel and the Netherlands…

You may read some more about my “case” here:

http://schaken.chess.com/news/yochanan-afek-earns-gm-title-for-composition-4701

Another article by Jesús Seoane Sepúlveda in a Spanish chess magazine includes a larger selection of my more players’ friendly studies.

 

My Dieren Study

 


Prior to the congress in Poland I had played 2 Dutch tournaments: The Science Park Amsterdam tournament and The Dutch open in Dieren. Unfortunately I played pretty badly though I quite enjoyed the atmosphere and the more social aspects of both events.

In Dieren I was also invited, just like last year, to compose an original endgame study especially for the event. I dedicated the following one to all participants and officials: http://onk.schaakbond.nl/activiteiten/studie

 You can download the studie as pgn.

The study was introduced to the players and visitors on a demo board as well as in the official brochure and website for solving and three quality chess books were even granted to the best solutions. Together with the daily problems the study was offered as an extra activity to the participants and quite a few of them did like it indeed. 

If you organize a chess event and wish to have an original study as a unique piece of art to be introduced and associated with that event and appear on its official publications as well as the press releases, perhaps I am the person to contact. My originals have already decorated the venues and official websites in such top events as Tata Steel Tournament, Isle of Man and London Classic as well as various smaller events. Will you give it a try too?  

Posted: August 17 - 2015