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

David Klein (photo BDO tournament site) and below left Sebastian Halfhide and on the right Mees van Osch, also a former pupil in Arnhem and Apeldoorn (photo Karel van Delft, Arnhem ASV weekend tournament 2013).

Successful Pupils

The last competitive summer was not especially successful for me. Following lukewarm and average results in SPA and Vlissingen tournaments the challenger category of BDO Haarlem tournament was especially disastrous with an eventual my all time worst score. The obvious comfort is that it cannot be worse than that… nevertheless I am by no means shattered as in my other chess activities life seems a lot brighter.The best news is the success of my pupils.

In the 3rd Gibraltar International Chess Festival Sebastian Halfhide from Utrecht won the under 12 category unbeaten. Look here:

In the grandmaster group of BDO tournament in Haarlem David Klein from Aerdenhout played excellently and finished second scoring his final GM norm at the age of 19. He won three of his games, drew the other six and he is just 13 Elo points away of the supreme title! Just 2 years ago he won the challenger group of the same event scoring an IM norm. All results and games of this event may be seen here:  

Posted: September 5 - 2013

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