Friday, December 28, 2012

December 29th

Joseph Alonzo Potter (29-12-1837 - 30-07-1859) American composer

Joseph Alonzo Potter, Scientific American Supplement, 1878.07.27
[Chess Archaeology]

According to these Proceedings:
[Joseph Alonzo Potter] was an invalid from early youth, and consequently did not engage much in the active duties of boyhood, but was induced to lead the life of a retired student. In 1856 he first played a game of chess, the study of which became his delight and hobby. In January 1857, he received the Chess Monthly, when he dates his chess life ; and from that time to his death he was absorbed in its history and science, whenever health would permit. He composed problems, corresponded extensively with chess scholars — edited for eight months a chess column in the American Union, and during his chess life wrote or received over 1000 letters on the subject and left over 100 original chess problems.

Potter, Joseph Alonzo
American Chess-Nuts, 1868 (3-moves / 664)

#3 5 + 5

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Борис Григорьевич Маслов (29-12-1938 - 13-03-2011) Russian composer (Boris Grigoryevich Maslov)

Boris Maslov
[Grigory Popov]

Boris Maslov composed in varied genres. Some biographical information can be found in the announcement of the Maslov-75 MT.

Маслов, Борис Григорьевич
Матч на Кубок Дружбы между композиторами Беларуси и Ивановской области
1st-3rd Place

s#2 vv 7 + 16

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Маслов, Борис Григорьевич
Шахматная композиция 1995 (12/508)

#3 vv 6 + 8

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Štefan Sovík (29-12-1944) Slovak composer and International Master

Štefan Sovík

Štefan Sovík composes mostly direct and selfmates in 2-3 moves and enjoys cyclic themes.

Sovík, Štefan
Rudenko JT, 1988
2nd Prize

#3*v 8 + 10

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Sovík, Štefan
Pravda, 2005
1st Prize

#3 14 + 9

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Béla Majoros (29-12-1955) Hungarian composer

Béla Majoros

Béla Majoros composes direct mates and helpmates.

Majoros, Béla
Umenie 64, 1997 (85)
2nd Prize

h#23.1... 7 + 10

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  1. In Sovik 3# (Ka8/Kd5) one wole phase has been lost:
    1.Bd4? (2.Re5+) Sxd4, Rxd4 2.Se3+, Sf4+
    1. - Qh2!

    1. Thanks, the phase has been inserted back.