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update: 20-11-2020


Prize winners in the German Magazine Die Schwalbe tournament 2017-2018.

Win Section:

Mario Garcia (Argentinia) wins the first prize in the

Second prize for Peter Krug (Austria) with Amrio Garcia.

Third prize for Darko Hlebec, (Serbia).

4th Prize: Gunter Sonntag (Germany).

5th Prize:  Pavel Arestov (Russia).


Draw Section:

First prize for: Bizya Buyannemekh (Mongolia) & Vladislav Tarasiuk (Ukraine) & Mario Garcia (Argentina).

Second Prize for: Pavel Arestow (Russia) & Vladislav Tarasiuk (Ukraine).


Die Schwalbe 2017-2018


On the 5th of November the FIDE has reported the new title holders in Chess Composition


Congratulations to :

New International Grand Master:
Martin Minski, Germany
New International Master's:
Vladislav Tarasiuk, Ukraine
Steffen Nielsen, Denmark.
New Fide Master:

Geir Sune Tallaksen Østmoe, Norway


Sergei Didukh, Evgeny Kopylov and Steffen Nielsen share the 1-3 prizes in the

Oleg Pervakov 60 Jubilee tournament.

Pervakov 60 JT 2020


Steffen Nielsen also wins the FRME 6th Morrocan 2020 tournament.

2nd prize for Pavel Arestov with Daniel Keith; 3rd prize for A.Avni with VladislavTarasiuk.


Steffen Nielsen wins the Schach 2018-2019 magazine tournament.

Second prize for Martin Minski, 3rd prize for Árpád Rusz,

and 4th prize for Gunther Sonntag.


EG 222 issued:


In the very popular Netflix miniserie The Queen's Gambit (trailer), the Russian player Borgov is an expert at Endgames.

A very nice drama with a lot of mixed chesshistory and very good chess quality.

Highly recommended!


An new issue of the Variantim magazine 81 is available with interesting articles and studies.


Club En passant on the Dutch Island Texel celebrates these days its 60th jubilee.
Yochanan Afek composed an original study employing the "en passant" move.
In this PDF (in Dutch) you may read more about this jubilee and this event.
An extended article at (in Dutch).




The Russian version of "Practical Chess Beauty" by composing grandmaster Yochanan Afek (originally in English by Quality Chess 2018) has been released.
The best of his composing (and even playing) career in 2 volumes translated by Oleg Pervakov and published by the Russian chess federation.

The book may be purchased HERE.

A new issue of Finales Y temas with many nice old pictures by José Copié:

Finales Y Temas 113


Amatzia Avni with Yochanan Afek win the FRME Theme ty 2020.

FRME 2nd Theme 2020


New edition :

Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual 

The American publishing house Russell Enterprises Inc. has recently released the fifth edition

of this highly acclaimed classic, first released in 2003,

revised and updated by German GM Karsten Müller
(helped by American GM Alex Fishbein).

This is arguably one of the best efforts to make the theory and practice of the
final stage of the game accessible to enthusiasts at all levels.

The author, legendary trainer Mark Dvoretsky (1947-2016) was also a great promoter of our fine art.

Thus the book’s 440 pages include also hundreds of endgame studies with a practical
value, used both as examples and exercises throughout all chapters.

Highly recommended! (Yochanan Afek)


Sergiy Didukh (Ukraine) wins the magazine The Problemist 2018-2019 tournament.


Oleg Pervakov created a nice miniature winning the Schach magazine Corona 2020 ty.

Corona 2020


The UAPA 11th tournament had 3 sections.

In the theme section about Domination of minor pieces the first prize is won by Oleg Pervakov.

In the win section first prize winners are: Oleg Pervakov with Alexander, Stavrietsky

in the draw section two winners are: Janos Mikitovics, Andrzej Jasik

UAPA 11th 2020


The Moscow 2020 tournament is won by Oleg Pervakov. See PDF (cyrillic) at Awards Files


Oleg Pervakov and Karen Sumbatyan win the Steffen Nielsen 45 JT

59 studies competed in the Steffen Nielsen 45 JT, judged by Steffen himself.   

There  was a total of 19 awarded studies, including 7 prizes.

The winning study by Oleg Pervakov and Karen Sumbatyan showed an amazing knight endgame, ending in mate with three knights against a sole queen.

All studies to replay here: Nielsen 45 JT 2020

The award is also available as PDF and PGN at


Article series written by John Beasley about Artur Mandler and Richard Reti now available at Arves too.

Also these complete article/book in one PDF to download.

Depth and Beauty, Artur Mandler || book by John Beasley

Studies Richard Réti || by John Beasley


Winner of the Fide 8th World Cup 2020 tournament is Darko Hlebec.


Michael Pasman and Steffen Nielsen with Martin Minski are the winners of the Phenix 2019 tournament.


Steffen Nielsen winner of the Advantage / Disadvantage or Van de Gevel 60 JT 2020 tournament.


Many studies of the Strategems 2018 and 2019 tournaments available.

Winner 2018: Martin Minski with Niclas Huchenbeth

Winner 2019: Steffen Nielsen.


In the Problem Paradise 2019 tournament there were two sections.

In Win-section the winner is Peter Krug;

In the Draw-section Christopher Yoo and Jan Timman are the prize winners !


Tournament: Tehtäväniekka 2017-2019 is won by Arpad Rusz !

Tehtavaniekka 2017-2019


Sad news.

One of the founders of the GBR code

Guy, Richard 1916-2020 died at a respectable age of 103 !!


It might be interesting to do statistics about ages of Endgame composers.

Many reach respectable ages above 90.

May be Chess Endgame composing is good for health?


Amatzia Avni wins IRT 2019

The April 2020 issue of the Israeli magazine Variantim is available.

It has an interesting study article by Gady Costeff as well

as the award of Variantim 2019 (IRT 2019) judged by Steffen Slumstrup Nielsen.

The tournament saw a home victory, as Amatzia Avni triumphed with a spectacular "one move" study.

Israeli Ring Ty 2019 


Piotr Murdzia and Martin Minski win the Polish Chess Federation ty 2019

Polish Chess Fed 2019


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