Selection of studies out of more than 150 composed by

Hans Fahrni

(Switzerland, 1.10.1874 - 28.5.1939, born in Prague)

He is born in Prague in 1874 and was according to Richard Forster's anniversary Book of the SG Zurich the first Swiss professional chess master.
According to a broken education as photographer and a disease caused dismissal from the aliens' legion the fascination of chess grabbed him.
His initial successes were in Switzerland, before he emigrated to Germany, where he became in 1904 master of the German Schachbund. In 1909 he was with 2506 historical rating points 19th of the world ranking.
He won against Tartakower, Nimzowitsch, Spielmann and Tarrasch. He celebrated his biggest success in 1911 with the first place in the master tournament of San Remo. In the same year, he also set up a simultaneous world record.
The outbreak of the First World War ruined his existence. That was probably the cause of his illness, the reason why he was deported back from Germany to Switzerland,
where he remained until his death in 1939 in a nursing home in Waldau near Bern.
Back in Switzerland Hans Fahrni was intensively involved with art and chess composition. He was the first Swiss composer to compose over 150 studies, often close to over the board chess, 83 of which together with the Dutchman Johannes Willem Keemink.
He also published two books: "Das Endspiel im Schach" (1917) and "Die Aljechin-Verteidigung" (1922).

Source: SSZ 1-17

Some more information about him can be found in Wikiwand and Wikipedia.

But although there and in all Wikipedia pages is stated he has NOT been joint Swiss chess champion with Oscar Corrodi in 1892.

This has been his brother Paul Fahrni.

More information about him on Wikipedia and Chesscomposerblogspot.

He composed many studies together with: Keemink, Johannes 1900-1984

(All his studies, more exact dates, possible corrections or cooks and exact details about sources can be found in the

Harold van der Heijden database V (31-12-2015) ).

More studies can be replayed of this composer at this page:

 Hans Fahrni studies page-2

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