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New Issues

New Issues

A new issue of the quarterly EG has just appeared. Besides the regular columns and the wealth of recent tourneys’ awards, a great deal of it is dedicated to the great Czech composer Mario Matouš [16.6.1947- 4.7.2013], one of my all time favourites. His countryman Emil Vlasák wrote a lively pictorial obituary illustrated by a small and appetizing selection of the great man’s best efforts of which three were chosen as the Study of the Year in 1990, 1997 and 2007. Here is the first of those three:

M. Matous pgn.

Among the various items in the new issue is my own article: The Magic of the Chameleon-Echo triggered and inspired by the recent Moscow studies composing championship, in which not fewer than three of the awarded studies show doubling of an element on neighbouring lines. Consequently all pieces change their colour (which explains the name of the theme).The second prize-winner in that event displays 2 masked batteries created on neighbouring diagonals:

A. Skrypnik pgn.


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At the same time we have received the November issue of the world’s leading composition periodical The Problemist, published by the British Chess Problem Society and edited by the English player and solver David Friedgood. It’s mainly dedicated to the recent Batumi congress and the 9th World championship for composing. My own regular column Studies presents the usual portion of original entries as well as a short survey of the composing tourneys in Batumi. You may read a lot more about this rich magazine and the BCPS here: www.theproblemist.org    

1. c4!? Having spent part of the last weekend following the world championship match between Anand and Carlsen in Chennai I still managed to take part in a thematic rapid tournament organized by De Pion club in Amsterdam. It was the 19th edition of the Kees Besselink c4 tournament. A normal 7 rounder with 20 minutes per player, however with the unique condition of all games starting with 1.c4. That helps a great deal as you can always blame the opening. Here are the results of the A group: www.c4pion.nl.  In this fairly inactive period it’s a good opportunity to stay sharp for the upcoming team matches.

Posted: November 18 - 2013

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