Selection of studies out of more than 130 composed by

Alexander Petrovich Kazantsev (Russia, 1906-2002)



Famous composer born in Akmolinsk (in which today is the republic of Kazajastan). He studied mechanical engineering and is known as a writer in the Study environment.
For his merits in chess composition he was nominated in 1954 Master of Sport of the USSR and, with titles of FIDE, international judge in 1956 and international master in 1975.
His activity in the composition began with the problems, obtaining to obtain until first prizes; But since 1926 he has been doing studies more and more intensely and successively.
Although the production of Kazantev is not too abundant, in contrast it is distinguished by its highly original ideas and very difficult technical realization.

His favorite themes have to do with the adaptation of problematic ideas to the Study and with paradoxical aspects of the game, above all the "humiliation of brute force" and the triumph of thought over the material advantage that opposes it. With this concept Kazantev composed a series of studies that have become famous over time, and although the complexity of the subjects has sometimes led him to rework some of his works, fortunately it seems that all have been well corrected and maintain intact his originality and beauty.


(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) ).