Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December 6th

Bertil Einar Gedda (06-12-1912 - 1990) Swedish composer

Bertil Gedda
[skkamraterna.se]


Bertil Gedda was a poet, chess player and composer. An article by Sven-Göran Malmgren in Swedish about his achievements can still be found on skkamraterna.se.
He excelled at selfmates.

Gedda, Bertil Einar
2nd WCCT F, 1980
3rd Place, 1980-1983


s#3 12 + 11

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Gedda, Bertil Einar
Schach-Echo, 1971 (6650)


s#4 11 + 7

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Norman Alasdair Macleod (06-12-1927 - 02-10-1991) Scottish composer and Grandmaster

Norman Macleod, Benidorm 1990
[Wikipedia]


Norman Macleod was a very good chess player and president of the British Chess Problem Society from 1979 to 1981. He composed in all genres and was an International Judge.
John Rice wrote a book dedicated to his chess composing career: "The Chessboard Adventures of Norman Macleod" (1997).

Macleod, Norman Alasdair
The Problemist, 1973
1st Prize


#2 10 + 11

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Macleod, Norman Alasdair
Memorial Paros, 1976
4th Prize


h#24 solutions 7 + 7

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Norman Macleod & Byron Zappas, Benidorm 1990


Βύρων Ζάππας (06-12-1927 - 05-01-2008) Greek composer and Grandmaster (Byron Zappas)

Byron Zappas
[Wikipedia]


Byron Zappas was a player and solver and started composing strategic threemovers. He composed in all genres but mostly orthodox problems.
More details about him can be found on Emmanuel Manolas website - among other information, he published, in 1990, the book “Chess Compositions” with selected problems of his, with analysis and explanation of themes.

Emmanuel Manolas also presents the Zappas theme:
A flight of the black King is guarded by three white pieces. There are three tries which fail, as a result of the cyclic neutralization of the three guards by the White and the Black.


Zappas, Byron
2nd WCCT A2, 1980
1st-2nd Place, 1980-1983


#2* vvv 11 + 4

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Zappas, Byron
The Problemist, 1986


h#2b) bBc8->a6 6 + 11

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Николай Филиппович Власенко (06-12-1941 - 2010) Russian composer (Nikolay Filipovich Vlasenko)

Nikolay Vlasenko edited chess columns in magazines and newspapers of Karelia, according to Grigory Popov. He composed mostly direct mate miniatures.

Власенко, Николай Филиппович
Вестник проблемиста 1992
4th Prize


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Peter Sickinger (06-12-1943) German composer

"Mit 120 PS"


Peter Sickinger composes three- and moremovers as well as selfmates.
He wrote "Mit 120 PS" - a collection of 120 commented problems.

Sickinger, Peter
Freie Presse, 1974 (1572)
1st Prize


#3 11 + 7

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Sickinger, Peter
Probleemblad, 1979
1st Prize


s#3 10 + 11

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Nikola Stolev (06-12-1947) Macedonian composer

Nikola Stolev

Nikola Stolev is the helpmates editor of "StrateGems" and a helpmate composer. He wrote with Živko Janevski "Sovremeniot pomošen mat vo dva poteza: The Modern helpmate in two"(1989). He also composes direct mates.

Stolev, Nikola
Kotelec, 1991
2nd Prize


h#2b) wSd3->f3 5 + 7

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