Monday, November 25, 2013

WCCC 2014

The WCCC for 2014 will be held in Berne, Switzerland, from August 23 till August 30.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Award for Carlo deGrandi

From the Greek composer Carlo DeGrandi we received an e-mail about the Award of the composition tourney Mario G. Garcia-65 JT, where he has received 1st-2nd Honourable Mention in threemovers: Award

There was another recent distinction in Aleksandr Kuzovkov-60 jubilee tourney (pdf).

Congratulations to mr. DeGrandi!

SmartPhone App for Chess Composers!

Diyan Kostadinov - Project manager
Dimitar Ivanov - Programmer
Shankar Ram - Operating support
Petya Badjaklieva - Designer

The first app for chess composing on smartphone is here!

Well done!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Greek selfmate from 1946

Mr Panagis Sklabounos discovered and sent to me a selfmate by Ioannis V. Koutalidis, which was published in the Greek magazine "Helios" in 28 Aug. 1946.
As I have mentioned elsewere, mr I. Koutalidis, editor of the chess column of the magazine, motivated and decidedly cultivated the talent of young composers (Vyron Zappas, Nikos Siotis, Dimitris Kapralos) of that time

In a selfmate, White plays first and forces Black (who is resisting) to give mate.

Ioannis Koutalidis
"Helios", 28-VIII-1946

rks2R2/pb6/P1pP4/2P3p1/1R4p1/8/5pPB/5K2 (8 + 9)
s#3, selfmate threemover

Key: 1.Be5!
1... g3 2.Rb1 g4 3.Bb2 Bxa6#

It uses a white interference.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Is it not chess?

Arkas :
-I remember a crossword, which tormented me! I was trying to solve it for days, but it was impossible! ... Finally I understood what was the catch!
-It was chess!

xkcd :

Daryl Cagle :

Jan Tomaschoff :

ericallie :