Dear Endgame Study Friends,
One month ago we received the shocking news that our good endgame study friend Iuri Akobia (Georgia) had passed away. His contribution to our art is immense: not only his marvellous endgame studies and his books, but also his terrific website. Especially the awards section became a valuable news source for endgame study composers. >>Read more/less…
In addition, Iuri’s site hosted a couple of “Study of the Year” selections, including the Study of the Year 2013 (SOY2013), which had a deadline of December 1st 2014. I am happy to be able to announce that the board of the Dutch Endgame Study Society ARVES has responded positively to my request to host the SOY2013 on their website. I obviously also consulted the Endgame Study Committee of the WFCC proposing: 1) to host the SOY2013 on the ARVES website, and: 2) to extend the submission deadline to December 31st, 2014. I only got positive responses. Further, I will direct the SOY2013 instead of Akobia (although there would not be a real objection to do so, I will not submit one of my own studies).
This is the SOY2013 link:
Further, I am also happy to announce that ARVES will try and continue the awards website of Akobia. Of course, the PDF/PGN-content is there, but ARVES will try and add both new awards and also wants to add historical awards. They hope that tourney organizers as well as individual composers and other endgame enthusiasts will contribute by providing new and historical award files.
Here is the award website:
Another relevant service of Akobia’s website to our art was the (endgame study) tourney calender. ARVES has also promised to undertake continuation of this service, and will soon announce its launch.
Please do forward this e-mail to others that might be interested in this news. Thank you! In case you are hosting a website yourself, please add the links mentioned above!
Dr. Harold van der Heijden, spokesman of the Endgame Study Committee of the WFCC
The results of the 2010-12 Album h#2 section are ready.
The judges and the director worked and co-operated smoothly and efficiently; the 140 selected problems seem to show that the field of helpmates in 2 may not be so exhausted anyway!
The International Solving Contest next year will take place on Sunday January 25th 2015. The event is happening simultaneously in all participating countries.
There will be three sections: one for the experienced solvers. In this section solvers can obtain rating points. The second section is intended for weaker, inexperienced solvers. This second section is not open for solvers with a rating of more than 1700. The third section is intended for youths up to (incl.) 12 years old. …Read more…
Solvers’ ratings as of October 1st 2014 are published!
6 tournaments included: 22nd ICH of Russia Obninsk; CZECH OPEN Pardubice; 1st Israeli OSCH; Sarychev MT Sumgayit; OPEN Bern; 38th WCSC Bern.
Three top solvers are: Georgy Evseev, Piotr Murdzia and Kacper Piorun!
The International Chess Federation (FIDE), within the framework of its “Chess Composition” special project, is organizing the 4th FIDE World Cup in Composing for 2015 in eight sections.
The tournament is coordinated with the WFCC Presidium and is a part of the joint efforts by FIDE and WFCC for the popularization and development of chess composition worldwide.
The evaluation of the 2010-12 Album Retros section has finished. Many thanks to the judging panel and to the director, who reports that the team worked professionally and with a very good level of communication.
See FIDE ALBUM 2010-2012 – Results in section H – Retros published!
The detailed schedule of the 57th WCCC is published on the Official website of the congress. Also, some more composing tournaments, the venue of the solving tournaments, the 5 tips by Franziska are announced and the participant’s list is updated regularly!
Dear delegates, deputies and individual members, please see the AGENDA of this year’s congress!
You can see a link to Official website of the congress, an invitation in PDF and a link to the Agenda in the Meetings section →Berne.
The hard-working and efficient team of the 2010-12 Album Threemovers section managed to conclude their work just a few weeks before the congress. The average quality in this section has been surprisingly high and a decent number of titles are to be awarded in Berne!
See FIDE ALBUM 2010-2012 – Results in section B – Threemovers published!