Kavalek in Huffington: Afek's Chess Puzzles

7/12/2011 – The International Master Yochanan Afek, 59, is an Israeli chess composer who lives in the Netherlands. He plays in tournaments but is better known for his witty endgame studies, full of magical spins. He is also an entertaining lecturer with a great sense of humor. GM Lubomir Kavalek presents three of his compositions. Can you find the solutions?

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Afek's Chess Puzzles

By GM Lubomir Kavalek


Master of Magic: Israeli study and problem composer IM Yochanan Afek

Puzzle one

The first Afek's composition I saw made a great impression on me. With very little material on the chess board, Afek creates a fascinating study with amazing knight leaps.

Yochanan Afek, 1978

White wins

Puzzle two

The second study could be called "the dance of two kings." Can you find the elegant steps of the white king?

Yochanan Afek, 1981

White draws

Puzzle three

A beautiful interaction of white pieces gives the third study a special flair. Afek showed this composition at his lecture in Prague in June.

Yochanan Afek, 1997

White wins

The solutions of these three endgame studies will be given next week.

Original column hereCopyright Huffington Post


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