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Alois Wotawa

Alois Wotawa

Austrian chess composer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Austrian chess composer
A.K.A. Вотава, Алоис
Countries Austria
Occupations Chess composer Author Chess player
Gender male
Birth 11 June 1896 (Vienna)
Death 12 April 1970 (Vienna)
Star sign Gemini
The details
Biography

Alois Wotawa (11 June 1896 – 12 April 1970) was an Austrian composer of chess problems and endgame studies. He was born and died in Vienna.

Composition career

Wotawa composed more than 350 endgame studies, which were published particularly in the German-speaking countries. Wotawa also composed some problems, which he called "bungled endgames".

In 1966, FIDE honored Wotawa as an international master of chess composition.

Example endgame study

In the following study, White finds an amazing move to force a draw.

Alois Wotawa
Österreichische Schachzeitung, 1952
abcdefgh
8
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d7 black rook
f7 white knight
g7 black pawn
a6 black bishop
b2 black king
f2 white king
f1 white rook
8
77
66
55
44
33
22
11
abcdefgh
White to move and draw

Solution:
1. Sf7-e5 Td7-d2+
2. Kf2-e3 Td2-e2+
3. Ke3-d4 Te2xe5
4. Tf1-f6!! Forks the bishop and rook. If Black protects both with 4...Ra5, 5.Rg6 wins the pawn and draws. There remains only 4...g7xf6 stalemate.

Works

  • Alois Wotawa: Auf Spurensuche mit Schachfiguren - 150 Endspielstudien [German language]. Vienna, 1965
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http://isni.org/isni/0000000015756530
http://www.gadycosteff.com/eg/eg.html
https://authority.bibsys.no/authority/rest/authorities/html/90069657
https://viaf.org/viaf/17749836
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q85316
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/17749836
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