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MatPlus.Net Forum General I heard in one of Milan's obituaries...
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(1) Posted by Eugene Rosner [Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 18:52]

I heard in one of Milan's obituaries...

that he was not a fan of the direction of chess composition from the mid 80s to the mid 90s. What in particular was this that he was not in favor of?
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(2) Posted by Marjan Kovačević [Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 19:16]

Eugene, it is impossible to give a correct answer to your question now. Any attempt could be a misinterpretation.
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(3) Posted by Eugene Rosner [Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 19:30]; edited by Eugene Rosner [13-04-30]

perhaps by private message?(email)

with the way things have been going on the forum lately, I certainly don't want to add to anything else that might be misconstrued...
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(4) Posted by Steven Dowd [Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 20:10]

Great men are always misinterpreted, Marjan. I think its valuable to try to share any thoughts about Milan and what you think his opinions were on chess composition. One of the stories you did share has had a great impact on my thinking about composing and it would be a shame not to hear what else he might have to offer us.
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(5) Posted by Steven Dowd [Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 21:57]

Actually, it was Neal Turner who shared the story about Milan that influenced my thinking:

Milan replied that he didn't build up his problems but that he simply put down the pieces on to the board!
Then he went on to say that he could always tell whether a problem had been 'built up' or 'put down'.

All this left a very deep impression on me, implying as it did that he'd already got the mechanisms worked out in his head even before taking the pieces out of the box.
And so I learnt that in composition, there are those that build up and those that put down their schemes.
While being in awe of the latter group, it saddened me to think that I would always be in the former.


It left the impression upon me, real or not, that Milan was one of those geniuses who simply connected with the chessboard as a medium for his artistic expression. And we should always try to emulate genius, even if we are in that second class (like Neal, I know this describes me!) of individuals who will always be wanting and have to "build up" a problem. Mozart put down symphonies, Shakespeare put down sonnets in the same way - the rest of us have to "build them up" and will always be a bit wanting in comparison, but we too can try to touch the infinite.
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(6) Posted by Marjan Kovačević [Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 23:33]; edited by Marjan Kovačević [13-04-30]

Eugene, if you are referring to my text in this Forum, you will find an explanation at the end of it. It was not about the direction of chess composition. A man who did so much for the better problem chess world may had hundreds of reasons not to be satisfied.
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MatPlus.Net Forum General I heard in one of Milan's obituaries...