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MatPlus.Net Forum General info on Robert Pye (Irish Studies composer)?
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(1) Posted by Kevin Begley [Saturday, Feb 11, 2012 09:13]; edited by Kevin Begley [12-02-11]

info on Robert Pye (Irish Studies composer)?

Can any mat plus members please share any info about Robert Pye (of Ireland).
Many of the databases seem to have ignored his works, but I recently stumbled across several nice studies he's authored (seems at least one made the FIDE Album).
I'd be interested in reading a short bio, and I'd like to see more of his work.

Thanks in advance.

ps: I hope Steven is reading this.
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(2) Posted by Ian Shanahan [Sunday, Feb 12, 2012 02:45]

I seem to recall an article in "The Problemist" some years ago about relatively obscure study composers from the U.K. and Ireland that at least mentioned Pye. Perhaps Michael McDowell can help?
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(3) Posted by Michael McDowell [Sunday, Feb 12, 2012 12:44]

I don't know the article Ian refers to.

The only contact I ever had with Robert Pye was about 20 years ago when he got in touch seeking information about Irish composers for an article he was writing for a Finnish magazine (Suomen Shakki, I think). If anyone could find that article it might contain info about Mr.Pye.
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(4) Posted by ioannis kalkavouras [Sunday, Feb 12, 2012 17:07]

There is an interesting interview in December 2010 issue of Irish Chess Journal, with R.Pye (a strong otb player and
studies composer), which might be of help to you, at the address::
Best, Ioannis
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(5) Posted by ioannis kalkavouras [Sunday, Feb 12, 2012 17:10]

Sorry Kevin,
Pls check this one which is the correct one:
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(6) Posted by ioannis kalkavouras [Sunday, Feb 12, 2012 17:17]

Kevin, you can shoot me whenever you like, but make a last check first at :
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(7) Posted by Kevin Begley [Sunday, Feb 12, 2012 23:18]

Thanks Ioannis.

I had read this interview -- you can shoot me back for not mentioning this in my original post -- but, I came away with more questions than answers.
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(8) Posted by Joose Norri [Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 02:04]

Robert Pye's short article Composition in Ireland was published in Suomen Tehtäväniekat 5-6/1993, presenting Allan Bell, Michael Mcdowell, Patrick O'Shea and himself. His first published study appeared in the Assiac Jubilee award in 1972, the next year at the age of seventeen he published a helpmate in the BCM. He says that his composing has been sporadic. A Goverment employee in Dublin, married with two daughters. He shows three studies and the aforementioned helpmate.
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(9) Posted by Kevin Begley [Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 06:41]

Thanks Joose!

Is any bio given?

I think I read somewhere that he's Ireland's "most prolific" composer, but this claim is difficult to support with online information.
Perhaps I overlooked some reference to only studies!?
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(10) Posted by Joose Norri [Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 16:25]

The article is very short indeed, particularly on himself - the above is it.
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(11) Posted by Geoff Foster [Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 02:17]

I've found the article that Ian mentioned. It is "Some Lesser Known British Study Composers" by John Roycroft, in the January 1990 issue of "The Problemist". Roycroft quoted the following study with the comment: "Robert Pye lives in Ireland and is Irish, not British, but he says he does not mind being included in the present selection".

Robert Pye, 5 Prize, KNSB 1981
(= 4+3 )

1.Bc7! (not exactly the first move that comes to mind) Qxc7 (1...Qd4 2.Qxf3+, or 1...Sd4 2.Qh3+ or 1...Qa8+ 2.Kg7 Ke6 3.Sf6) 2.Qh3+ Ke4 (2...Kg6 3.Qg4+ Kh6 4.Qg5+) 3.Sg5+ Kd5 4.Qb3+ Kd6 5.Se4+ Kd7 6.Sc5+ Kd6 (6...Kc8 7.Qe6+) 7.Sb7+ Kd7 (7...Ke5 8.Qg3+) 8.Qh3#.
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(12) Posted by Joose Norri [Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 05:18]

Assiac JT EG 32, Prize for a new composer
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1.Re6 Sxd5+ 2.Sxd5 Ra3 3.Kd4 Rxb3 4.Sc3+ Ka1 5.Re1 Kb2 6.Re2+ Ka3 7.Ra2+ Kb4 8.Ra4#.

BCM 1973 h#4 (version ST 1993)
(= 5+6 )

1.b3 Ra1 2.b2 Bb8 3.b1B 3.Ra8 4.Bh7 Be5#.

Tidskrift för Schack 1981 2nd Prize (FA 1980-82)
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1.d5 Bxd5 2.a4 Rc5 3.Bg1 Rc1 4.Be3 Re1 5.Bd2 Re5 6.Bc3 Rg5 7.Bf6 Rxg4 (Rg6 8.g5 B~ 9.Rd8+) 8.Rxd5 Rxa4 9.Rh5 1-0.

Schakend Nederland 1984
(= 4+6 )

1.Rh8? Bf6 2.Rh6 Se4 3.Kxh1 Kc7=; 1.Rg4! Bf6 2.Kxg3 Kc7 3.Rc4+ Kb7 4.Sc8 Be5+ 5.Kg4 d5 6.Rc5 Bc7 7.Sd3 Kxc8 8.Rc1 Be4 9.Sc5 1-0. "An unusual form of domination."

Schakend Nederland 1991
(= 4+4 )

1.Bc8+ Ka7 2.Rb7+ Ka8 3.Rh7 Sf1 4.Bb7 Kb8 5.Ba6 Sd2 6.Rb7 Ka8 7.Rb2 Bc4 8.Rxd2 Bxa6 9.Rd6 1-0. "The second theme for the WCCT 1972-75 required a battery reversal, (this) features a double reversal."

Just the main lines, sorry.
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(13) Posted by Kevin Begley [Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 05:50]

Thanks Geoff & Joose!
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(14) Posted by Steven Dowd [Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 15:59]

Pye also wrote an interesting article for EG that can be found in the online archive of EG articles.
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(15) Posted by Kevin Begley [Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 16:04]

Thanks Steven... I also read this -- excellent article, indeed!
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(16) Posted by Arpad Rusz [Monday, Feb 20, 2012 23:35]

There are 21 studies by Robert Pye in the Endgame Study Database IV. The first one is from 1973, the last one is from 1997.
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MatPlus.Net Forum General info on Robert Pye (Irish Studies composer)?