New Tourney success
Two of my studies were recently awarded in International composing tourneys. A reciprocal zugzwang is displayed in the prizewinner from the Ukrainian magazine:
Yochanan Afek Problemist in Ukraine, 2012, Second Prize
White to play and win
1. g6! Nb4! [1...Nc5+ 2.Ka7 Bxc6 3.g7 Kf7 4.Ne5+ Kg8 5.Nxc6+-] 2.g7 Kf7 3.Ne5+ Kg8 4.Kc7!! [4.Kb6? Bxc6 5.Nxc6! Nd5+ 6.Kc5 Nf6 7.Nxe7+ Kf7=] 4...Bxc6 5.Nxc6 Nd5+ 6.Kc8!! [Thematic try: 6.Kd8? Nf6 7.Nxe7+ Kf7 white is in ZZ] 6...Nf6 [6...e5 7.Kd7 e4 (7...Nf6+ 8.Nxf6+ Kxg7 9.Ne4+- Troitzky position) 8.Ne7+ Nxe7 9.Kxe7 e3 10.Kf6 e2 11.Kg6 e1Q 12.Nf6#] 7.Nxe7+ Kf7 8.Kd8! Black is in ZZ 1–0
My best pupil David Klein with my (and his) youngest pupil, rising Dutch talent Maarten Hoeneveld (11) celebrating in Naujac sur mer.
David Klein is finally a grandmaster!
The young Dutch player David Klein (20) is my good friend and my best pupil. He is currently also a diligent student for chemistry in the University of Leiden. His hard chess work for more than a decade was rewarded in the summer of last year when he scored in the BDO grandmaster tournament in the Dutch city of Haarlem his final norm for the supreme title. He just still needed a handful of Elo-points to cross the required 2500 barrier. That happily happened earlier this month when he won in Naujac sur mer (France) the traditional summer camp tournament, thus obtaining the final two points that still had separated between him and his desired goal.
David’s strong qualities are his fine positional understanding, his outstanding creativity and sharp eye for tactics and his uncompromising fighting spirit. He is naturally a great fan of the art of the endgame studies that has equipped him with a whole arsenal of out-of-the-box devices. Just two years ago he stunned the chess community by winning the third Tata Steel study solving contest (his own first competitive solving attempt), ahead of such world-class solvers such as Englishman John Nunn and Polish Piotr Murdzia.
David kindly sent us a couple of his games that turned instrumental on his way to the grandmaster title:
Recent study awards
The 18th edition of the open tournament by the sea in Vlissingen was an enjoyable one though my own chess was nothing to write home about. I performed precisely as expected from my modest rating and gained zero Elo points. The good news is that I neither lost any…
Here are the final standings: www.hztoernooi.nl/SMWSite/index.html
Two of my studies were awarded with distinctions in recent tourneys. I regularly take part in the annual Israeli Ring Tourney where I made my first composing steps (both of studies and problems) as early as at the age of 15. My patient mentors in chess composition in those years were twin composers Yoel & Hillel Aloni who both patiently showed me (and quite a few other young Israeli composers at the time) the way in the minefields of chess composition. Yoel did it for mate problems and Hillel for endgame studies. They still live in the city of Netanya and will be both 77 at the end of next month. I still keep in touch with them and wish them many happy returns in good health.
Here is my study from the Israel Ring Tourney 2012-2013:
Young FM Stefan Beukema who solved the study flawlessly won my co-authored best seller Invisible Chess Moves.
Photo courtesy AB Scheel http://www.abscheel.nl/ONK2014/
For quite a while I haven’t been too active here mainly since I had nothing especially cheerful to tell and as for the less funny stories you may provide enough of your own I believe.
At least for this lovely summer I hope to be more at your service from now on. Here are a few recent episodes in my hopefully reviving chess life.
The International Dutch open championship that ended yesterday in the traditionally hosting town of Dieren was once again a well organized enjoyable event with many talented young players in all its four categories and the various accompanying events. The tournament reports, photos and results may be all found on the tournament’s official website.
Here are the final standings of the top open section in which I took part: http://onk.schaakbond.nl/toernooien/2014/open-nk
7th ARVES Jenever Tourney
On August 23-30 the 57th world congress for chess composition and the world championship for problem solving will take place in the Swiss capital of Bern. All details may be found here:
ARVES will hold there its 7th theme Jenever Tourney in memory of Samuel Isenegger, arguably the best Swiss study composer, was born in Berne and died exactly 50 years ago.