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Het Paard: A new book is just out

 A new chess book in the Dutch language has just been released:

                          Wij presenteren Het Paard
                 De bestormende kracht van het schaakspel

We present the Knight –The storming force in chess.
by Hans Böhm & Yochanan Afek and the publishing house Tirion. It’s the third in a series of 6 books on the chess pieces following De Pion (2010) and De Toren (2011).


In its 144 pages 60 of the Knight’s unique tactical qualities in attack and defence are demonstrated, each by 4 examples from the best of chess combinations, endgame studies, problems and games of the greats and accompanied by historical background. In total 240 challenges for all chess lovers are offered for solving, enjoying and studying. Throughout this rich variety of items the knight plays a decisive role collaborating or fighting the other pieces. Solving the magnificent exercises does not necessarily require a profound command of the Dutch language.

Get a copy of the new book or enjoy a special price for all three online here:

Posted: November 23 - 2012

Editor Harold van der Heijden.    Photo: Karel van Delft.

EG – A new issue is out

We have recently received the 190th issue of EG - the world famous quarterly in the English language for the art of the endgame study produced by the Dutch-Flemish Association for endgame studies ARVES.  EG (founded in 1965 by John Roycroft),  whose  editor in chief is the Dutch Mr. Endgame study Dr. Harold van der Heijden,
publishes all awards of current composing tourneys as well as professional articles by an International panel of such experts as Oleg Pervakov, Emil Vlasak, Jarl Henning Ulrichsen, Alain Pallier and Marc Bourzutschky. A column of original studies is edited by Ed van de Gevel. Yours truly runs the regular column "Prizewinners Explained". The technical editor of EG Luc Palmans, who is in charge of its lay-out, has kindly sent me a file of my articles in EG which you may see here.

If you like to subscribe on EG and help to promote the fine art of the endgame study please contact the treasurer Marcel van Herck by e-mail: Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken." target="_blank">Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.
You are invited to visit ARVES official website run by Peter Boll:
and EG archive run by Gady Costeff:

Posted: November 19 - 2012

GM Piotr Murdzia.    Photo: Alina L'Ami.

GM Dr. John Nunn.    Photo: Alina L'Ami.

World Champions in Wijk aan Zee

Three world champions will participate in the Tata Steel Solving Weekend on January 26th-27th 2013. The three grandmasters are: the current world solving champion GM Piotr Murdzia (Poland); former world solving champion GM Dr. John Nunn (Great Britain); world composing champion for endgame studies GM Oleg Pervakov (Russia). They were invited again to take part in the fourth edition of the Studies Solving Day (26/1) as well as in the International Solving Championship (27/1) and they all have confirmed their participation. On the participants list there are also entries from Finland, Belgium, Spain and naturally the Netherlands. Prize-fund: 750  Euros and book prizes. Entries are still welcome by January 20th 2013 to: Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.
Nevertheless the number of places is limited so the earlier to register the better! 
Apart from the solving weekend players and visitors both in the tournament venue and online will be invited to crack the traditional daily challengers and win book prizes.

Posted: November 14 - 2012


Centenary Tourney

Dr. Jindrich Fritz (1912-1984) was a Czech grandmaster for chess composition who created some 400 endgame studies including quite a few classical miniatures.

1.Kg3! [1.Ne6?Ba3] Nb4 2.c7 Bf4+! 3.Kxf4 Nd5+ 4.Ke5 Nxc7 5.Kd6 Ne8+ 6.Ke7 Ng7! [6…Nc7 7.Bc4 Na8 8.Kd6 Nb6 9.Bb3 Nc8+ 10.Kd7 Na7 11.Bc4 wins) 7.Kf8! Nh5 8.Nf7#!
Last year a special composing tourney was announced to celebrate his centenary directed by Emil Vlasák and judged by Jaroslav Polašek . The results have just been announced definitive.
 63 studies from 37 authors from 18 countries took part and the first prize was awarded to the Russian composer Yuri Bazlov. The second prize was shared between two studies in which I was involved:

White Rook is under fire and the same time there is a threat 1...Be6+ winning a Knight. 1.Rb8!! The point of this key is illustrated in the try 1.Rb2? Be6+ 2.Kb7 Bxf5 3.Ka6 Bd8! 4.Rb5+ Kc4 5.Rxf5 Kb3 6.Rf3+ Ka4 7.Kb7 Be7=. 1...Be6+ 2.Kb7 Bxf5 3.Ka6!  Black loses a piece but the battle is not finished. a) 3...Bc3 4.Rb5+ Kc4 5.Rxf5 Kb3 6.Rf3 Ka4! 7.Kb6! But not 7.Rxc3? stalemate. 7...Bb2 8.Kc5! Bxa3+ 9.Kc4 and White wins. b) 3...Bc7 4.Rb5+ Kc4 5.Rxf5 Kb3 6.Rf3+ Ka4  7.Rd3! Bb6! 8.Rd5! Bc7! 9.Kb7! Only this paradoxical move wins, because both 9.Rc5 Bd8 10.Rd5 Bc7 and 9.Rd3 Bb6! are only time loss. 9...Bh2 After 9...Bg3 the quickest way is 10.Rd8 Kxa3 11.Rd3+. 10.Rd3 and White is able to reach Kc4 in time, for example 10...Be5 11.Kc6(b6) Bb2 12.Kc5(d5) Bxa3 13.Kc4!

1.Rg5+ 1.Kxe5? Bc7+. 1...Kh6! 1...Kh4 2.Ng2+ Kh3 3.Kxe5. 2.Ng4+ Nxg4 3.Kxg4 The threat is 4.Rxg6 with mate, for example 3...Re4+ 4.Kf3! Rc4 5.Rxg6+ Kh5 6.Rh6 mate. 3...Kg7 4.Bb2!  4…Bd8! Preparing a stalemate defence. 5.f6+! 5.Bxe5+? Kf7 6.f6 h6 trapping the Rook. 5...Bxf6 6.Bxe5 Kh6! 7.Bd6! 7.Bxf6? stalemate. 7...Bxg5 8.Bf8 mate.

The complete award may be seen here:
And in PGN format here:

Posted: November 14 - 2012


 Our hospitable longtime home court –De Vredehorst   Photo:

A good start for VLG Advocaten Wageningen

It is my twelfth happy season as a player-trainer in the chess club of Wageningen- a small and pleasant university town in the East of the Netherlands known to the rest of the world also for the capitulation pact of the Nazi Wehrmacht signed in Hotel de Wereled which is still an active Hotel restaurant in the central 5th of May square. The Liberation Day (De Bevrijdings Dag) has been celebrated ever since in town by, among many other s, a traditional strong rapid chess tournament. In 1957 the zonal tournament was won here by the Hungarian Szabo ahead of the Icelandic Olaffson, the Dane Larsen, Dutchman Donner and East-German Uhlmann. The popular chess magazine Schaakbulletin was founded here by Wim Andriessen, before moving to Alkmaar, changing its language to English and becoming the world's leading periodical New In Chess. Two world congresses for chess composition were held in town in 2001 and 2006 and it was during the first one that I got acquainted with my would-be club mates for many years to come. The chess club [De Vredehorst, Tarthorst 1, Wageningen, tel. 0317-411805] has 3 teams in the National Dutch league (and more in the regional league). The top team, now led by the world-class GM Jan Timman (afead of IM Sander van Eijk and yours truly) has been doing well in the 1B section of the Eerste klas (second division). Its chief sponsor, the lawyer (and club player) Harrie van Lotringen, as well as other faithful supporters, accompany (and videofilm!) the team in most of its home and out matches. Our non playing captain and current chairman of the club Albert van der Harst is always there to let us all (and especially the playing captain Bert Torn) concentrate on the events over the board and avoid external distractions. This year the competition has started well for us. Following a 5:5 draw against SAS van Gent (with GM Paul Motwani and several strong IMs) and a minimal 5.5: 4.5 victory against Charlois Europort Rotterdam (with GM Erik van den Doel) we beat last Saturday the team from Paul Keres Utrecht quite convincingly 6.5:3.5. Here is the table following the third round. DD from Den Hague (led by GM John van der Wiel) is still on the lead ahead of LSG from Leiden. Our team's stars to date are the newcomers Evert Rademakers and Jan Timman with 2.5 /3. I have scored so far 2 points [1+ 2=].  

 Let's have a look in the final part of my own game against a young local talent.

After spoiling a promising position and then missing a simple draw I was finally lucky to find the safest way to salvation:
51.Bc1! Kf5
51…b5 52.a3 a5 53.Kd1 Kd5 54.Bb2 Kc4 55.Kc2 seemed OK to me too
52.Bb2 d3+ 53.Ke3 Kxf6 54.Bxe5+?? Kxe5 55.Kxd3 Kd5 would have been a draw if the a7 pawn was standing on a6.The reader may try to find out why.
52…Nxf7 53.Kd3 Ke5 54.Bb2 Kd5 55.Bxd4 Ne5+ 56.Kc3
56.Bxe5 draws too
56…Nc6 57.Bg1 b5 58.Bxa7 Nxa7 59.a4 bxa4 60.Kb4 Nc6+ 61.Kxa4 and there was nothing to play for anymore.
After each match we are having dinner together usually in a Chinese restaurant. Tasty, no doubt, but from time to time I try to persuade my team mates to switch to a more Middle Eastern cuisine or at least to some more Mediterranean delights. For the time being I may boast merely partial success, I am afraid. 

Wageningen chess club: club evening- every Thursday from 20.15 Official website:

Posted: November 6 - 2012



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