The winning teams: Boris Tummes, Arno Zude, Michael Pfannkuche (Germany-silver); Aleksander Mista, Piotr Murdzia, Piorun Kacper (Poland-Gold); Bojan Vuckovic, Marjan Kovacevic (who took part in all 37 championships to date!), Gadjanski Borislav (Serbia- Bronze). Photo: official website.

A Magical Week in Batumi

 We spent the last week in Batumi at the Georgian shore of the Black Sea where the 56th congress for chess composition and the 37th world chess solving championship took place. 169 composers, solvers, delegates and accompanying persons from 30 countries took part in its various events enjoying the outstanding Georgian hospitality as well as the delicious Georgian cuisine. It was especially pleasant to meet so many old and new friends from so many countries especially the large delegation of my own countrymen.

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Analyzing a game with Jan Timman in Dieren 2011.

An improved birthday present

When I turned 60 (not yet used to this figure…) last year, my good friend and teammate Jan Timman, treated me to an original endgame study. Needless to say how flattered I was by this gesture (which at the time was even accompanied by a delicious visit at a Greek restaurant and two bottles of …quality Israeli wine courtesy Jan and his wife Geertje). However as a true artist Jan was still not happy enough with his creation and in one of the recent issues of the New in Chess Magazine he introduced an improved version, still dedicated to me. I am afraid I can’t share with you the superb wine anymore, but you may certainly still  enjoy the final version of the beautiful endgame study with Jan’s annotations as published in New in Chess 5 / 2013:

Doesn’t it taste like an extra-fine old wine improving with the years?

Download the study as pgn.

Posted: September 20 - 2013


Miniature Rook  Endings

Two of my Rook endings have been recently awarded in annual informal tourneys in American and Serbian magazines. Rook endings are especially favoured by the Georgian school. Both judges are Georgian. I will take part in the annual congress for chess composition in Batumi (Georgia) next week. I will keep you informed.


Posted: September 19 - 2013

In a journey to Germany last year.

Theodor Tauber

Bucharest (Romania) 18/08/1950 - Petakh Tikva (Israel) 03/09/2013

A couple of days ago I received the sad news from Mrs. Smadar Tauber.The Israeli problemist, my old friend Theodor Tauber, passed away in his hometown of Petakh-Tikva just before Rosh Hashanah at the age of 63, after heroically struggling with a cruel illness that spared him no chance.

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The organizing team with the three winners: Hans-Jürgen Zeitler (Finances LGA), Jochen Galsterer (Project director LGA), the 3 group winners IM Ilja Zaragatski, GM Evgeny Romanov, IM Yochanan Afek, and GM Michael Bezold (Tournament director). Photo by IM Georgios Souleidis from the official website.

A  Surprising Recovery in Nuremberg

The LGA tournament in the German city of Nuremberg was held on September 5th-8th for the 10th and the last time. For the farewell edition the format of the event was changed and 3 groups were set with 8 players each playing each other in a tough schedule of 7 rounds in 4 days.  The first 2 groups were strong grandmasters ones and I was invited to the third Master tournament as a regular in the previous editions. I had no expectations this time following my BDO Haarlem fiasco just a couple of days prior to this event. However I probably managed to restore my motivation and energy a bit and surprisingly committed less blunders than my opponents. With more than a bit of tournament luck I even won the group!

All score-tables, games and photos may be found here:
As well as the results of the blitz tournament:
It’s sad that this superbly organized event has come to an end. Best compliment to the highly dedicated and enthusiastic organizing team to be seen here:

A special personal appreciation to the tournament director GM Michael Bezold. As a great fan of the art of the endgame studies he invited me to all the many events he had organized and helped to combine and promote our beloved art in the rich tournaments’ program.

Posted: September 9  - 2013

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