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Rafael Moiseevich Kofman
Number of games in database: 5
Years covered: 1935 to 1944
Overall record: +2 -3 =0 (40.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C71 Ruy Lopez (2 games)

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(born Mar-26-1909, died Dec-20-1988, 79 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Russia)

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Rafael Kofman was born in Izmail* and died in Moscow. He was a (Soviet) chess composer, International Master (1973) and International Judge of Chess Compositions (1956), and the editor of the problem column in the magazine Chess in the USSR.

*Wikipedia article: Izmail

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Capablanca vs R Kofman 0-1231935Simul, 30bD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. R Kofman vs Smyslov 0-1321942KuybyshevC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
3. Boleslavsky vs R Kofman  1-0671942KuybyshevC71 Ruy Lopez
4. Boleslavsky vs R Kofman  1-0371944KievC71 Ruy Lopez
5. V Makogonov vs R Kofman  0-1391944KievA13 English
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Sep-09-08  myschkin: . . .

Russian chess player/composer <Rafael Kofman> (1909-1988). Since 1925 he has published more than 400 compositions of different genres and was awarded 42 first prizes.

1st Prize Composition:


Something "special" for you endgamers/composers :)

Apr-01-17  sneaky pete: A problem by Rafael Kofman:

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White takes back his last move and mates in 3 moves.

Apr-01-18  sneaky pete: No takers in a year time, I must have overestimated my fellow kibitzers. The solution is of course quite simple. White takes back his last move 1.O-O-O ..

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and plays 1.O-O-O! ..

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Now it's clear Rd3 can not be the original Rh1, but must be an underpromoted pawn. It's obvious there is no way for a pawn to promote and return as a Rook via d8 to d3, without checking the black King. With pawn and new Rook not being captured, the black King must have moved. So black lost castling rights and is helpless against opening the d-file on the second move and 3.Rd8# next.

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