Study of the Year 2012

 The 'Study of the Year' award is organized by the world federation for chess composition and aimed at introducing to the general public a single friendly endgame study that would hopefully appeal to chess players of various levels and encourage them to pay a deeper attention to the art of the endgame study on a more regular basis.

Composers were invited to pick up just one study (either their own or by others), published (informal tourneys) or judged (formal tourneys) during the year 2012. All 24 candidates were sent by the world’s best composers and the jury’s scores may bee seen here: http://akobiachess.gol.ge/study_2012.html

An International panel of world famous experts (David Gurgenidze, Oleg Pervakov, Gady Costeff, Ilham Aliev and Harold van der Heijden) examined the candidates and announced The Study of the Year 2012 at the end of 2013.

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Posted: February 13 - 2014

 

Joost Michielsen wins ARVES solving day

The fifth edition of the ARVES study solving day was held this year as usual during the Tata Steel tournament, however, for the first time, out of the official program  due to the painful budget cut.
Nevertheless ARVES (The Dutch-Flemisch society for the art of the endgame study) and Probleemblad (The Dutch chess problem association) had a different idea and both study solving and the International Solving Competition were held after all in the last weekend of January to maintain the continuity of this fine tradition even in a period of global crisis.

The schedule allowed the participants a visit in De Moriaan to watch the penultimate round of the super tournament and follow the games of world top grandmasters. The new location- De Rel, a leisure and cultural centre in the village, hosted both events with the invaluable assistance of Saskia Scheffer and Matthieu Niesten, the hospitable organizing team in the venue. Tata Steel chess still offered its assistance providing the equipment and online publicity.  

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ARVES Solving in Wijk aan Zee

The fifth international ARVES Study solving Day will be held on Saturday, January 25th 2014 in Wijk aan Zee.
New location: de Rel, Relweg 4,1949 EC Wijk aan Zee (Netherlands).
Chief Arbiter: Luc Palmans

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International Solving Championship at Wijk aan Zee

On 26 January 2014 the ‘International Solving Championship (ISC)´ takes place. At various places in the world solvers solve chessproblems at the same time. In the Netherlands the ISC is organised at Wijk aan Zee during the last day of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. In 2013 more than 300 solvers from 30 countries took part.

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Boekbespreking De Loper door Johan Hut

Johan Hut heeft een boekbespreking aan De Loper gewijd. Zie hier onder:


Een boek vol stoere lopers

Bij uitgeverij Tirion verscheen deel 4 uit de serie ‘Wij presenteren’, van Hans Böhm en Yochanan Afek, over de stukken van het schaakspel. Na de pion, de toren en het paard is nu de loper aan de beurt. In het geschiedenisverhaal, waarmee de schrijvers traditioneel beginnen, vertellen ze dat de loper in diverse culturen eerst olifant, vaandeldrager, nestor, lijfwacht en bisschop was. In het Engels heet hij nog steeds ‘bishop’, in het Frans ‘fou’, oftewel dwaas. Dwaas is hij in het boek zeker niet en ook niet zo zwak als in vroegere eeuwen, toen hij slechts zes velden tegelijkertijd kon bestrijken.

De schrijvers behandelen weer vele thema’s, zoals lopers tegen vrijpionnen, lopers tegen dame, pat, de lange diagonaal, lopers op paardenjacht, lachende lopers, promotie tot loper en inspiratie door wereldkampioenen.

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