June Month of De
|It was quite hard, but I had to decide for personal reasons to stop as
webmaster of this site.
I've done it for several years with great pleasure and learned a lot.
Hopefully, a successor will be found soon: it's grateful work!
In the meantime, look for NEWS on Facebook
of the KvD.
||Once again, 40 pages full
with interesing articles,
problems, forcings and
end games, illustrated
with many diagrams,
photos and drawings!
June 6, 2017:
"This article is about a simple tool that might be used to teach young kids
and others who
want to learn more about playing draughts. In particular how to
calculate (simple) endgames.
I applied it long ago and rather
quickly the kids understood the first moves to be played and
calculate a few moves ahead, till the chosen variant was completely clear to
Finally they were very proud of being able to play all the
Maybe some of you can apply this tool as well.
At the end
it contains an adequate composition based upon the initial position of the tool."
Three evergreens of Kees van de Kuilen in the Showroom
(With thanks to Ardjan de Jong for the input)
'Comfort with Timoneda'
During the momentary illness and after passing away of his wife Ria, Leen could find comfort with his draughts board.
We also compassionate intensively with his loss.
End Games and More
Jaap Bus (May 17): "This
second article on my Blog (the first a year ago) is about the very old type of endgames called "Blankenaars",
with a new look at this
genre applying the current rules concerning thematic variants.
For a number of readers of my Blog these complex Blankenaar endgames
will not be their favorites. However, even a quick look at it
will be enough to experience again the depth, complexity and beauty of our game."
Left: arrangement of a beautiful
motif of himself with two sharp
Right: arrangement of an extension
of the motif towards three sharp
(Thanks to Ardjan de Jong for the input)
Rotterdam club will be the best/worst of the major league, next season?
the football party in Rotterdam, one should start working again.
Like making a decent composition on the
See further in the Draughts working
and Sparta (right) in the
football problems; the
solutions are coming on
Mother's Day, May 14!
The draughts problems
give a sure win for white.
Martin van Dijk, Reformato-
Dagblad of April 26, 2017.
van IJzendoorn winner Dutch championship 2017:
a brilliant stroke combination as example!
He played the most thrilling game the
last day. Although the junior-worldchampion
already had the title, Martijn went for full gain against Hein
That exemplary setting resulted in a memorable, unprecedented
that gave the position on the left, after move 34.
It is the introduction to a quite unusual and unbelievable stroke
with breakthrough to king. After five moves later, Martijn had won.
Just play it!
Sijbrands, de Volkskrant April 22 & 29, 2017
(Translation: Tom Kieboom).
solve ánd to see in the Showroom about the 'Who &
How' of these (by clicking on the diagrams)
A-Z top-100 of Arne van Mourik. Including these four compositions, the Showroom
now contains 326
Complete De Problemist
from Easter Bunny
... as worldwide gesture to all draughters ...
|See also the two complete
issues of February 2016 and December
van der Stoep, April 7:
problem with a 1x3x4x6x7 initial stroke
Received the webmaster, who always loves this*,
as a present:
"Just now, my brain produced a problem inwhich white offers
7 (!) pieces by its first move: 42!, 41, 1, and always 1x49,
resulting in a new motif: (140) 40, 5+."*
I thanked Arie with the suggestion to add a preliminary bait move
38-32 (31-37?), but that made him not enthousiastic:
"We can ány problem present as bait move. I don't like
other words: bait move no, forcing yes!
(* For example, see De Problemist of April, p.
44, diagram 45)
translation by Tom
via W (Winter
& Wolf) to Z (Zwart)
in the Showroom
Four problems of these
problemists added from the A-Z top-100 of Arne van Mourik.
Click on their names to see directly these problems. On 'Showroom' for
all the others!
Was already there with three beautiful problems in the Showroom,
from the top-81 of Ardjan de Jong.
This, however, contained another three beautiful compositions,
that have now been placed in the
Stuurman-affiliate of the
(P.S. By technical reasons the number of problems per composer
in the Showroom is restricted to three.
Therefore, affiliates are opened in order to show more problems of a
problemist. Links to affiliates
are found in the Showroom.)
must be there
<- A tiny one of
A giant of the chief editor
Source: column 'draughts' of Martin
van Dijk, Reformatorisch Dagblad
March 28, 2017.
Solutions may be sent until
de Rooij's e-mail of March 23 (translated):
"Inspired by a motif of Jan Scheijen and by the poem "May" of
Herman Gorter, I've made a series of
that fit the beginning spring.
I myself was very satisfied with this series, but, may-be, I'm not
really objective, search in 'nieuwe
complemental draughts problems as a beautiful whole:
whole is greater than the sum of the parts!", see
Michiel Kroesbergen, Het Damspel March
e-mail of March 20:
topic of this article is a kind of nostalgic reminiscence for me of
played long ago against one of the most remarkable draughts players
The game contains a number of interesting moments, in particular where
move that was not played would have lead to exciting variants.
be read ánd played on his site End games and more!
Unexpectedly passed away, last December, on the age of 73.
Started rather late, when he was already fifty, with making problems:
all of a sudden there were full-grown and often fantastic
constructions that met the sharp rules, so proving the hand of
Hein Wilsens wrote an In Memoriam in De problemist of February
2017, including half a dozen beautiful draughts compositions
that can be now also seen, solved, and/oe played on-line with moving
diagrams in the 'Wuijtenburg-affiliate'.
Another three ones can be found in the Showroom.
Passed away last December on the age of 89.
Arne van Mourik wrote an In Memoriam in De
Problemist of February 2017.
Including a half-dozen creations that may be
considered as the most
beautiful ones composed by this topproblemist.
One was already there in the Showroom, the five
other ones can be seen,
solved, and/or played with moving diagrams in the 'Vink-affiliate'.
|Theo van den
destructive, gamecombination of Hein Wilsens
Theo van den Hoek played in enclosed position
unknown of the impending doom.
As experienced problemist, Hein Wilsens
Play this diagram on the left: game & problem hand in hand.
Played during the clubgame TDV1 (Tilburg) - Heijmans Excelsior
(Rosmalen) on March 9, 2017.
to Henk van der Heijden for this beautiful game-example)
Find three problems of this topproblemist, died on such an early age,
in the Showroom.
See now also another most
fantastic 13x13 problem in the Golubev-affiliate!
to Ardjan de Jong for this input)
New booklets of KNK
The KvD-society members Johan
Krajenbrink and Lambert-Jan
Koops have made four new issues in the series KNK.
This on behalf of the 2016 WC match between Roel Boomstra
and Jan Groenendijk.
The booklets contain combination tests and practical
combinations of both of them, including analytical
concerning their most inspiring victories from a technical point
The booklets cost 6 euro apiece, so 24 euro for the whole
Ordering by payment this amount to:
NL18 RABO 0312 9085 39 on the name of L.J.A. Koops
under mentioning your name and postal adress!
(Source: Hein Wilsens, De
Problemist Februari 2017, p. 22)
E-mail Johan Bulstra: firstname.lastname@example.org
De Problemist February 2017, p. 20)
3-D draughts board synthesized!
last bastion of inertness has finally fallen:
At high pressures, about one million times as high as Earth's
helium and sodium form a stable compound with a three-dimensional
like structure (see a part of it at the left). Sodiums are the purple
spheres, heliums are
the green cubes, and electrons are the red regions."
the 3-D board for the full article
(Chemical & Engineering News, 13 februari 2017)
Simons, problems editor of Hoofdlijn,
makes now also again draughts problems ...
Three beautiful old ones are in the Showroom ...
van der Heijden & Leen de Rooij in interaction on the
10x10 Draughts technics site of Henk Stoop.
Look at this cooperation in the Working
The February issue is there:
40 pages with more than
250 diagrams, including
notations, news, stories,
Help KvD-facebookmaker Henk van der Heijden to free
his beautiful problem from side solutions!
combinations of a breathtaking high level.
They cannot be judged by the
they are living next to and not within the problemism. Enjoy the most
Warning: replaying may cause hyperventilation.
Hein Wilsens, De Problemist of August, October, and December
also this series of game-like compositions:
three have been placed in the showroom,
the other eighteen in his
Vieuw his three
problems in the
showroom ánd the
other six ones in
Each of them has
a special surprise!
Simons' request* (as English summary):
his request given below ánd
scroll the attached
pdf-file to see
and solve twelve new compositions.
The solutions will be given in due
time in the 208th issue of Hoofdlijn
and on the newspage of this site.
than two years ago, Hub Simons succeeded Hein
Wilsens as editor of the column 'Problemism' in the
Dutch draughts journal 'Hoofdlijn'.
While many problemists send their compositions to
for publication, just a few of them send
their work towards Hoofdlijn.
Therefore, other problemists are
wellcomed very much
for publication in my column too.
Please, consider sending your problems by e-mail to
and let the readers of Hoofdlijn^
also enjoy your work!
'guest speaker' of the problems column, De Problemist
of December 2016)
In the enclosed
issue of Hoofdlijn, Hub Simons can write:
In addition to the wellknown names, there are
comers, Tom Kieboom and Valdas Bieliauskas. I hope to
see more material from them in the future.
the question of the KvD-webmaster "How started Hoofdlijn?",
Westerloo mailed on December 14, 2016:
"About 28 years ago, Harm
Wiersma invited Nico Leemberg
and me in Amsterdam with the proposal to start this journal."
then, these three founders still form the editorial board of
Hoofdlijn, so more than 200 issues long!
Jannes van der Wal
Trio of draughts players with much love
for the problemism, from left to right
as moderate, great to ingenious player.
Click on the photo's to directly see,
solve and/or play a number of their
Wilsens, De Problemist December 2016
|Henk van der
Has been visited recently again quite frequently and used to share new
These fresh creations may and are replied in short time with comments
and in a number of cases foreseen of suggestions for improvement.
In this way, it is a rapid and efficient Showroom &
Draughts working place, a very nice
compliment of those on the KvD-website!
Become also follower of KvD-facebook: signing up can also
at Henk van der Heijden.
The simple, beautiful, example on the left is from the 'facebookmaker'
January 19, 2017, that was improved by Joost de Heer within
one day by transferring
the white man 48 to 47. Also small changes can be of importance!
A somewhat out-of-control hobby of the KvD-webmaster.
After a series of 6-, 7- and 8-stroke-choices, now a 9-
and 10-stroke-choice are placed in the
for further possible revision.
débutantes in problemism
month, two new problemists presented
in De Problemist of December 2016
van Mourik's remark: No surprise that white and black
a 2 by 3". The solution will appear in
Problemist of April 2017.)
Evert Evers in the
Reformatorisch Dagblad of
December 27, 2016
(Martin van Dijk's remark: It's always
nice if a solver makes a problem maakt. Evert comes with a
successful debut, based on a draughts game.
the solution of RD January 17, 2017.)
Eric van Dusseldorp
Eric van Dusseldorp created an
11-man-stroke, including a retrograde
from the 20x20 starting position.
Oege Dijkstra made a poblem with
eight times a one-shot.
Scroll through the webpage Curiosa and
see both records* down under!
other records known?)
Has made an 11x11 arrangement on the
forcing of Michiel
Kroesbergen in order to get a sharper ending (diagram).
See the Draughts working place #51.
Quite ugly but how sharp?
Right on the board, both white and black cannot really move.
At the left-hand side, white wins with piece 48 through
after black's move 6-11, that is not absolutely sharp, unfortunately.
Editor 'PARTIJPROBLEMATIEK' (Game-problemism)
of Het Damspel (The
asks for help to arrange
his probleem, based on a game-combination, towards a sharp
Look, read and work further in
the Draughts working
Het Damspel December 2016, pages 12 and 17, diagrams 6 and 7)
Even 8,440 times used as an ending
of a draughts composition! But there
are more than 50,000 other motifs.
Is extended last year by Rob
towards 56,129 motifs, of which now
35,034 can be searched on the site.
The parts 0, 1, 2, and 3A increased,
a new part 3B has been added.
Robs retrospect (in Dutch)
interesting data of the growth of
from 2007 till now.
70-year old Rob expects to be busy another three years to
the MM in digital format and is insistently seeking a
Who is willing to contact
See also the former News!