Selection out of 165 studies composed by

Vitold Vitoldovich Yakimchik

(Russia, 1909 or 1911?-1977)


Yakimchik belonged to the great galaxy of Soviet composers of the older generation.  

He ained general recognition comparatively late,  only in the 1950s when his job (Yakimchik was an outstanding metallurgical engineer) allowed him to devote more time to composition.  

In the years after the war he published over 100 studies, out of a total of about 130.  

His highly original ideas and refined technique brought him many victories in big tourneys, including gold, silver and bronze medals in USSR Championships, alongside such stars as Kasparyan, Korolkov, Bron, Kazantsev, Gorgiev and others.

Yakimchik was a strong over-theboard player and finished high up in Kazakhstan Championships.

His high analytical talent and exceptional tenacity allowed him to uncover  all the possibilities in a position, approximating the study  as much as possible to practical play."

More information can be found in EG 60.

He was International Judge of the FIDE for chess compositions since 1967.

Since 2016 he is International Master (

40 studies selected by Peter Krug, one corrected in 2016.

(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) )