Kavalek at Huffington: Prokes's Windmills

10/18/2010 – In the magical world of chess composition, he was called "the player's composer", since his gems resembled positions from practical play. Ladislav Prokes (1884-1966) spread the pieces, usually not too many, around the board naturally and the solutions were very logical. A strong player, he composed 1,200 chess studies, of which GM Lubomir Kavalek has picked two wonderful examples.

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Chess Puzzles: Prokes's Windmills

By GM Lubomir Kavalek

Ladislav Prokes (1884-1966) was a strong player who represented Czechoslovakia in three chess olympiads (1927, 1928 and 1930). He was also a prolific writer and columnist, but his main contribution to chess was composing nearly 1,200 wonderful chess studies. His creations were clear, witty, instructive and easy to understand.

I am presenting Prokes's two works, in which the white queen acts like a windmill. In the first study, Prokes teamed up with Oldrich Duras, the first Czech grandmaster and one of the greatest Czech players, who was also an eminent composer. It was published in Casopis ceskoslovenskych sachistu in 1921.

Ladislav Prokes / Oldrich Duras

White wins

In the second study, Prokes swings the windmill in two different directions. It appeared in the magazine Sachove umeni in 1947.

Ladislav Prokes

White wins

The solution to the puzzles will appear next week.

Original column hereCopyright Huffington Post


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