Game combinations

Draughts compositions can be related to situations in real draughts games, i.e.
draughts problems may also being part of or derived from real draughts games!

A striking example is the game between Ronald van der Beek from The Netherlands
and Thomy Lucien Mbongo from Cameroon in 2010, inwhich after 47 moves Arjen
Timmer noticed the position of a draughts composition of Gerhard Bakker of 1965!

Play this game (left diagram): on a certain moment you will see exactly the same
position as given in the right diagram, i.e. the composition of Bakker. Switch to the
problem diagram to see the solution of it, just as was the case in the real game!

Mbongo-van der Beek            Problem: Bakker

See also the publication (in Dutch) of Arjen Timmer dealing with this peculiar game-problem event!

Send Arjen problem-like events during draughts games!

    Further so-called retrograde draughts problems
     Problems that may arise from the 20x20 initial position of
     a draughts game.

     This is done to prove that draughts problems also may come foreward
     from real draughts games, as shown above.

     A number of examples are given on the webpage 'Retrograde'!

A 'dike' of a Jan Groenendijk: 2nd place on the WC 2015!

    On October 4, 2014,  this 16-years old Dutch top-talent won from Eric van Dusseldorp 
    through a brilliant combination: starting with a two-offer awarding black a king, 
    followed by a three-offer. After that, Jan could make a five-stroke and won by a
    virulent end game.
    Eric, who made many beautiful draughts compositions as draughts player, will have
    experienced his defeat as kind of a 'draughts-problem-nightmare'!
    The youth has the future, could have been Eric's thoughts upon such brilliant playing.
    And ... also a promise as draughts composer!

        Eric van Dusseldorp
        Jan Groenendijk

Youthful game combination through a bait move!

The price for the most beautiful combination during the Dutch 'Heerhugowaard Open 2014' tournament
was given to the 15-years young Nick Waterink, playing with white:

        Stan Brink
        Nick Waterink

    With Nick's move 25-20!! a beautiful bait move appeared on the board.
    His opponent Stan Brink had a natural suspicion, thought quite long, but couldn't
    find the clue of this strange move and went for 10-15 to win a white man.
    Nick Waterink then won the game through a brilliant combination as would it
    be a draughts com[position!
    A combination that have only been moderately arranged in draughts problems!

    (Hein Wilsens, De Problemist October 2014)

Female draughts problem, composed during a game!

During a tournament of Schiedam (The Netherlands) in 2014, Linda Schnieders and Agita Marterere
played a draughts game that resulted in a beautiful sharp draughts composition. This unique result
has been published in the column draughts problems of De Problemist October 2014.

However, half a year later, it became clear that the draughts world had been faked: the 'game' was

composed by Agita's partner Ron Heusdens and perfectly played by the two ladies. Click here!

Pim Meurs

Enjoy his spectacular combination in the game against Getmanskina in 2008. Unfortunately, for Pim,
the game ended after 29 moves in a draw.

Explosive duel

Ton Sijbrands (de Volkskrant August 2015) reminded his readers of a game from 1975 between two
respected draughts players from Ukraine, Alexeï Bezversjenko and Nikolaj Misjtsjanski. After a quiet 
and well-balanced duel upto move 32, white played 33.33-29? and was subsequently destroyed by
black's very surprising and beautiful stroke combination!

Herman de Jongh (1898-1985)

This draughts grandmaster was one of the strongest draughts players in the first half of the twentieth century.
Got wellknown by his standard book Technique moderne du jeu de dames, published in 1937 in Paris.
Is still remembered by his famous opening variant, to which his name is given.
Made also a number of beautiful game-like draughts compositions.

Won with this problem the first price of the yearly composing contest, organised by the Dutch Sugar
tournament in Amsterdam in1976. According to SR-problemisten the end is not sharp. However, if black
plays on in this lost three-men versus one-king position, he shouldn't do that, there results a  motif whereby
white wins sharply.

The 'De Jongh opening variant', that was included in the repertoire of almost all world champions of the
second half of the twentieth century. This attack system, a side variant of the 'Dutch Opening', white removes
with tempo win black's man 26 and leaves its own formation 45/40/34 intact.

According to Ton Sijbrands this is the most beautiful and contentwise 'De Jongh game' played by a world
champion:  the duel that Sjitsjogoljev in 1970 won from Tsipes won, ending in a 7x7 end game. The given
ending here was not the real one of the game. Tsipes went on for 25 moves and just gave up when
Sjitsjogoljev got three kings in a secure way and had created the formation 34/35/39

Source: Ton Sijbrands, De Volkskrant October 3, 10,and 17, 2015.

Mariska Veer

Won the price for the most beautiful combination of the Dutch junior girls in Groningen, July 13-18, 2015,
by her game, with white, against Mara Langeveld. In the position below, Mara played unsuspectingly 13-19,
whereupon Mariska slammed with a surprising combination and won the rest of the game convincing!
Source: Martijn de Jong, Het Damspel, October 2015.

Dream stroke

Arne van Mourik created from this position in a draughts
game a beautiful stroke combination towards gain!

Impressive example of how a 'draughts problem' may 
arise during and from a draughts game, taken place
mid 2016 in a Dutch draughts contest.

Joeri Ermakov (1956)    

A beautiful initial position ánd combination form the basis for his work. The Sharp Rules of the problemism,
including a sharp ending, come on the second place of this Muscovite. In a tryptich, Hein Wilsens shows 21
of his breathtaking creations (De Problemist of August, October and December 2016).
All are quite worthwhile to replay!

Jan Groenendijk - Roel Boomstra        WORLD TITLE DRAUGHTS 2016

Jannes van der Wal
Jaap Bus
Jaap Bus' e-mail of March 20, 2017:
The topic of this article is a kind of nostalgic reminiscence
for me of a game played long ago against one of the most
remarkable draughts players ever.
The game contains a number of interesting moments,
in particular where a move that was not played would
have lead to exciting variants.

*Can be read ánd played on his site End games and more!

Van IJzendoorn-Meijer
Martijn 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 Meijer.

That exemplary setting resulted in a memorable, unprecedented spectacular duel,
that gave the position on the left, after move 34.

It is the introduction to a quite unusual and unbelievable stroke combination,
with breakthrough to king. After five moves later, Martijn had won.
Just play it!

Source: Ton Sijbrands, de Volkskrant April 22, 2017   (English translation: Tom Kieboom).

Beautiful game problemism of Hans Leushuis

Translation of Hein Wilsens' report in De Problemist April 2017:

'Suddenly, I saw again this big gamelike problem on internet.

We cannot name him a mayflie as Leushuis' production contains ten
(game) problems, too many to be classified as such.

Leushuis has been active for only a few years, about between 1974 and
1979, and made in those years only one to two problems per year.

The absolute hit in his moderate work is the giant shown on the left
(Concours Suikerstichting 1974)."

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