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update: 3-5-2021


Judit Polgar organizes a Chess Artistry Festival, see also at the Tournament Calendar

Closing date 31 July 2021!


 Israeli magazine Variantim 83  is now available with studies by Alexander Zhukov and

the preliminary results of the Israeli Ring 2020 tournament:

1st prize winners Steffen Nielsen and Martin Minski.

2nd prize for Pavel Arestov and Petr Kiryakov.


Problemist of Ukraine 2019-2020 preliminary award available.

1st prize for Pavel Arestov. 2nd prize for Amatzia Avni and Martin Minski.

Studies to replay: Problemist Ukraine 2019-2020


Interesting Porto-logo on the EG-envelope with EG-224 punctually mailed by Bernd Ellinghoven from Aachen:



Prize winners in the Phenix 2020 magazine tournament are:

Peter Gyarmaty with Mario Garcia and

Marco Campioli.


Marc Bourzutschky presents the 8-men Tablebase: first explorations

Interesting new cooks, some new studies and some very long lines.


The first prize winners of the Probleemblad 2019-2020 tournament

are Steffen Nielsen and Martin Minski

with interesting Nowotny elements,

2nd prize goes to Michal Hlinka and Mario Garcia,

3rd prize winner is (also) for Steffen Nielsen,

4th prize goes to David Gurgenidze,

5th prize is for the duo Lubos Kekely and Michal Hlinka.

Probleemblad 2019-2020


In the Issue 52 of the Fairy chess magazine Quartz,

there is an article with many chess studies with the Domination Theme.


First part of this article:



There is also an article (page 875) with corrected studies by Paul Rãican.



Steffen Nielsen with Martin Minski win the first prize of the Magyar Sakkvilag 2020 Magazine tournament 2020.

Second prize goes to Yuri Bazlov.


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Steffen Nielsen is the winner of the magazine Probleemblad 2017-2018 tournament.

Second prize for Oleg Pervakov.

3rd/4th prize to Peter Krug and Emil Melnichenko.


Peter Krug with Mario Garcia win the Vratnica-64 2019-2020 Magazine Tournament.

Second prize for Martin Minski.

Vratnica-64 2019-2020


Peter Krug (left) teaching Chess by showing some beauty Endgame studies:

The black Rook is just attacked by the White King, where to go?


The tournament of Československý šach 2020 is won by Andrzej Jasik,

2nd prize for Amatzia Avni

and 3rd prize to David Gurgenidze with Važa Neidze.

You may find the report (in Czech language) in the Award Files section.


Young Talent Composing;

At the website of Chessbase a nice article by Gady Costeff about young Chess composers:



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A new issue of Finales Y Temas (in spanish)  by José Copié:

Finales Y Temas 115


Steffen Nielsen with Martin Minski win the Vratnica-64 2016-2018



For the Russian magazine Zadachy-i-Etyudy tournament

the award for 2019 is available: 

Zadachy-i-Etyudy 2019

Winners Mario Garcia with Peter Krug.

2nd prize: Vladislav Tarasiuk,

3rd prize: Amatzia Avni and Martin Minski


Alexey Popov and Pavel Arestov share the first/second prize

in the Vecherny Petersburg 2020 tournament.



Article 1500 has been created at this website !


Its about the ChessStar 2020 tournament award.

In 3 sections the winners are:

Peter Krug in the section of Win studies "up to 10 Pieces",

2nd prize goes to Pavel Arestov with Alexander Zhukov,

3rd prize to Richard Becker.


In the section Win studies with theme "more than 10 pieces":

1st prize goes to Sergey Osintsev,

2nd prize to Lubos kekely with Michal Hlinka,

3rd prize for Sergei Didukh.


In the section Draw studies the prize winners share the prizes 1-3: 

Vladilav Tarasiuk with Pavel Arestov, Jan Timman and Richard Becker.


Many new articles about composers are added like:

Egorov, Evgeny 1973

Kiryakov, Petr 1975

Lucena, Luis Ramirez 1465-1530

Đurašević, Branislav 1957

Keym, Werner 1942

Von Bilguer, Paul Rudolf 1815-1840

Gelly, Marc 1937

Lazard, Gustave 1875-1948

Archakov, Vladimir 1938-2005

Vuković, Vladimir 1898-1975


Sergei Didukh wins the first prize in the 64-Shakhmatnoe-Obozrenie-2020 tournament.

Second prize for Peter Krug.

Third prize for Pavel Arestov with Petr Kiryakov.

64-Shakhmatnoe Obozrenie 2020


As mentioned before: at the

Chessbase website, Siegfried Hornecker

publishes each month an article with a study with interesting history.


 The results of 13th UAPA 2020 tournament:

In the theme section "One or two Rooks aganst Queen", the winner is Peter Krug with Pavel Arestov.

In the Win section: the winner is: Pavel Arestov with Daniel Keith.

In the Draw section: the winner is: Michael Pasman.

Replay at UAPA 13th 2020


Sad news: Mikhail Zinar, "pawn-endgame composer", has died yesterday (4.2.2021).

Zinar, Mikhail 1951-2021

More also about him at (Russian website):


Issue 82 of the magazine

Variantim of The Israel Chess Composition Society is available.

Also all 2020 studies available now for replay! Variantim 2020


NEW Issue EG 223 is released.

Interesting Contents:



12 issues available here of the Hungarian chess magazine Magyar Sakkvilag 2020

by chief editor Péter Gyarmati

Magyar Sakkvilag magazine 2020


List Composers by Alphabet is now updated with the data of the HHdbVI database !!


In the 70 Jubilee Tournament: Muradov 70 JT 2020 

1st prize is won by Igor Zaitsev with Oleg Pervakov (Russia),

2nd prize is for Steffen Nielsen (Denmark),

3rd prize goes to Vladislav Tarasiuk (Ukraine),

4th prize to Sergei Didukh (Ukraine) and

5th prize to Ben Smolkin (Canada)


Winner of the 10th Maroc Echecs 2020 is: Luis Miguel Gonzalez,

2nd prize for Yuri Bazlov,

3rd prize goes to David Gurgenidze with Martin Minski.

Maroc Echecs 10th 2020


In the  Bortolotti MT 2019 there were 4 sections.

A) Win studies with no more than 11-12 pieces

B) Win studies with 13 pieces (or monsters with 16 pieces or more).

C) Draw studies with no more than 11-12 pieces

D) Draw studies with 13 pieces (or monsters with 16 pieces or more).


In the A-section 1st prize to Janos Mikitovics, 2nd prize to Pavel Arestov with Daniel Keith.

In the B-section 1st prize for Sergei Osintsev, 2nd prize for Martin Minski, 3rd prize goes to Andrzej Jasik.

In the C-section 1st prize for Luis Miguel Gonzalez, 2nd prize for Emil Melnichenko

in the D-section 1st prize for Janos Mikitovics, 2nd prize for Michal Hlnka with Ľuboš Kekely.

See the PDF files in: Awards Files


Watch the very popular Netflix miniserie The Queen's Gambit (trailer), with very good chess acting.

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

Highly recommended to watch now during these winter days.




Studies presented by the Slovak magazine Sach for Pravda 2016-2017 and 2018-2019 tournaments:

Michal Hlinka and Ľuboš Kekely were productive.


New list and statistics-file to download, about the most productive composers according the new HHdbVI:

Composers by Production HHdbVI

Simple ranking list updated to HHdbVI: Ranking Composers

Many articles with numbers and names on this website get an update later.


Harold van der Heijden


has released a new version (HHdbVI)


of his Endgame study database !!


This is the largest database in the world

and contains now 93.839 endgame studies !!!


(On his website you also can find this leaflet, which you can open here as well, with detailed information)


On the 5th of November 2020 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


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.


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)


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


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?



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