Uri Avner (13-01-1941 – 10-06-2014)

UriAvnerGM Uri Avner passed away on the 10th of June, 2014, at the age of 73, after a long battle with a severe disease. For many years Uri Avner led the Israeli chess composition society, represented Israel in the WCCC and was the best Israeli composer. Uri was always involved in various sub-committees and was the President of the PCCC from 2006 to 2010 during its transition to WFCC.  He was also nominated honorary president in 2010.

WFCC expresses condolences to Israeli problemists, Uri’s family, relatives, friends.

Study of the Year 2012

soy2012-diagram“The Study of the Year“ award is organized by the WFCC and aims 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.

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.

Composers’ names in various alphabets

Chess composerThe project Chess composers’ names in various alphabets has a new location and much more modern implementation! The Links section is updated accordingly.

“What is this database about? This database’s purpose is to help you writing chess composers’ names. The question is especially interesting if the original writing uses a less common alphabet.” (Implemented with a great international collaboration)

 

Solvers’ ratings July 1st 2013

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Solvers’ ratings as of July 1st 2013 are published!
Tournaments included: 27.ICH of Ukraine, Sumi; 21.ICH of Slovakia, Bratislava; 34.CH of Azerbaijan, Baku; Open Vilnius; 9.ECSC Vilnius; 37.ICH of Germany, Bremen; ICH of Serbia, Beograd; 21.ICH of Russia, Obninsk; 21.ICH of Czech Republic, Praha; 7.Uralsky Problemist cup, Igalo.

The three top solvers are Piotr MurdziaGeorgy Evseev and John Nunn. Congratulations!