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Update: 17-4-2019:


Picture found of russian composer Prigunov, Vjatcheslav 1950


The amazing Chess Query Language (CQL) developed by Gady Costeff and Lewis Stiller

has got it's final 6.0 release !

Look here for the latest Release Notes with the improvements and changes.

You may download this FREE software from their website.


The Problemist march 2019 by Yochanan Afek


Eddy van Beers wins the Arves solving contest at Nunspeet:

Oploswedstrijd 2019


4-3-2018: New issue of Finales Y Temas 108



Anna Haast wins the 10th International Solving Contest Arves 2019 at Wijk Aan Zee

during Tata Steel chess tournament

Arves 10th solving Ty 2019


Tip: the Chessify app on your mobile phone

(Apple and Android):


Chessify is a must-have tool for chess lovers.

It allows to scan and digitize chess diagrams from books, journals, pdf files,

or other sources with acceptable recognition efficiency,

which makes its scanner the best chess OCR tool (optical character recognition) in the market.

The app also allows the users to analyze the digitized positions either locally or on cloud servers for free.

The strongest chess engines are used for analysis, such as Stockfish 10.

The cloud Stockfish engine can be used for free at about 25.000 kN/s speed for 10 seconds.

If you want to play or analyze interesting chess positions and puzzles, Chessify is a perfect and free app for you.

Notably, you can also save the needed positions (FEN) in the app’s storage and share them with other chess applications.



At the website by Arpad Rusz the announcement is made about the publication of the studies

for the World Championship in Composing for Individuals (WCCI 2016-18)

organized by the World Federation of Chess Composition.


In the German magazine "die Schwalbe" there is an excellent article about the famous composer Hermann Mattison.
The study expert Stephen Rothwell from Henstedt - Ulzburg has selected some of the 
famous studies by Mattison, which are still recommended for every chess player today.

Sergei Tkachenko has written many new books about endgame studies:

Biography's about Gorgiev, Tigran 1910-1976, Zinar, Mikhail 1951 and Rezvov, Nikolay 1921-2013:


With 100 studies each and pictures.

And by material theme:



You may find more details about them and more chessbooks at:


Due to the change of Judge the Provisional Award (planned for 15 Jan) for the Benko 90 JT will be delayed.


At "Elk and Ruby Publishing House" high quality Chess books are published.

Also about Endgame studies.

Oleg Pervakov (born in 1960 in the city of Kirov) is widely recognized as Russia’s greatest living chess composer.

He has composed nearly 500 studies and he has won the individual chess composition world championship three times: in 2004-2006, 2007-2009 and 2013-2015.

In this book, Sergei Tkachenko, a member of the Ukrainian team that won the 5th World Chess Composition Tournament in 1997

and which came second in 2000, 2004, 2013, and 2017, has selected 100 of Oleg Pervakov’s best studies.

The selection is quite varied – from elegant short studies with six moves to romantic grotesques with many pieces on board and over 30 moves to the solution.

Yet what all of these studies have in common is spectacular play by both sides.

And watch out: they are tough! That said, Oleg’s compositions are never boring.

You may buy this collection of studies to test your endgame tactical abilities, to improve your endgame understanding, or simply to appreciate chess in all its beauty.

Unlike previous studies books compiled by Sergei Tkachenko this book is not pocket-sized due to its longer solutions.

Available at:


The leading publishing house Quality Chess has just released a new title by Yochanan Afek

Practical Chess Beauty

Summing up a creative career of over 50 years the new hardcover book introduces in 464 pages

Yochanan’s selected endgame studies, games and fragments, as well as bites from his problems in other genres all presented in thematic chapters.

The book is available in online chess shops and on the publisher’s website also in a digital version from Forward Chess.

Look it up here:

Practical Chess Beauty

Author Yochanan Afek with Jan Timman (left) and the new book. 


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Cook found in 2nd prize study in Hillel Aloni 80 MT 2017

Correction is created and added to this page.


 Everyday a quote in the footer of each page about chess or art.

Fide Master Peter Krug has composed a study in memory of Vandecasteele, Ignace 1926-2018


Language button to translate pages of this website added. TOP RIGHT.


New tournament results with many nice studies to replay !


28.8.2018: Some technical updates are done: new Joomla version 3.8.12 and upgrade to PhP 7.2.

Security- and bug-fixes and faster responses !!


Sadly to inform you that Grandmaster Virgil Nestorescu died at 21.6.2018.

More about it him can also be found at the Romanian website:

and at Nestorescu, Virgil 1929-2018 


L. Prokes 1934

White plays and makes a draw!


More animated studies are found on this website. Look around...




Bone,W 1904

White plays and wins.


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