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Comins Mansfield
Number of games in database: 31
Years covered: 1924 to 1938
Overall record: +19 -9 =3 (66.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-14-1896, died Mar-27-1984, 87 years old) United Kingdom

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Comins Mansfield was born on the 14th of June 1896. In 1957 he was awarded the title of International Judge of Chess Compositions and in 1963 he became President of the FIDE's Commission for Chess Composition, a post he held for eight years. In 1972 he was one of the first four to be awarded the title of International Grandmaster for Chess Compositions. In 1942 he wrote an excellent guide to the art of composing "Adventures in Composition" and was widely regarded in his time among the best composers of two-mover problems.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 31  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J D Chambers vs C Mansfield  0-1311924Cardiff - Somerset and BristolA84 Dutch
2. P D Bolland vs C Mansfield  1-0291925Weston-super-Mare - Bristol CCA23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
3. F Finch vs C Mansfield  0-1271925Single - MarriedC45 Scotch Game
4. C Mansfield vs D S Hole  ½-½341925Glos. South - Glos. North TrialB83 Sicilian
5. C Mansfield vs E Poynton  1-0261925Gloucestershire - SomersetB40 Sicilian
6. A J Mackenzie vs C Mansfield  ½-½301926Birmingham - BristolD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. C Mansfield vs R Lean  1-0281926WECU (Minor) Open 3rdB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
8. H Parsons vs C Mansfield 0-1391926Somerset - GloucestershireC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
9. A J Mackenzie vs C Mansfield  0-1301926Birmingham - BristolC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
10. C Mansfield vs H Parsons  1-0301926Gloucestershire - SomersetC42 Petrov Defense
11. C Mansfield vs E Conway  1-0321928Bristol and Clifton - BirminghamC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. H J Cope vs C Mansfield  0-1231928Devon - GloucestershireC29 Vienna Gambit
13. P D Bolland vs C Mansfield  1-0451928Weston-super-Mare - Bristol and CliftonC55 Two Knights Defense
14. C Mansfield vs V Buerger  0-1541928WECU 4th PremierC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. C Mansfield vs J A J Drewitt  0-1521928WECU 4th PremierC42 Petrov Defense
16. C Mansfield vs Znosko-Borovsky 0-1231928WECU 4th PremierC78 Ruy Lopez
17. G A Thomas vs C Mansfield  0-1201928WECU 4th PremierC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
18. H G Smith vs C Mansfield  0-1341929South Wales - Bristol and CliftonC78 Ruy Lopez
19. P D Bolland vs C Mansfield  1-0181929Southern Counties ChampionshipC54 Giuoco Piano
20. C Mansfield vs R M Norman  0-1341930Weston-super-Mare - Bristol and CliftonB02 Alekhine's Defense
21. C Mansfield vs R H Steel  1-0241930Bristol and Clifton - South WalesC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
22. A J Mackenzie vs C Mansfield  0-1291930Warwickshire - GloucestershireE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
23. W E Baker Pryer vs C Mansfield  0-1481931Gloucestershire-chC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. C Mansfield vs C G Butcher  ½-½411931Brain-Hartnell CupB40 Sicilian
25. A J Mackenzie vs C Mansfield  0-1201931County MatchE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
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  Benzol: The English Grandmaster of Chess Composition!
Nov-18-05  soberknight: bam ba da daam! (Bang!)
Sep-28-06  syracrophy: A great problem of him is:

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  whiteshark: Bio:
English (thin)

German: (with another #2 problem)

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  whiteshark: "Comins Mansfield, the greatest British composer of directmate two-movers, was born on 14th June 1896 at Witheridge, Devon. He came to prominence during the Good Companions era (1913-24), and many of his early masterpieces were made while serving with the Royal Field Artillery in the trenches of France.

Throughout a problem career spanning seven decades he remained the master of the “traditional” style of two-mover where the interest lies in the post-key play, though his ventures into the realm of try play problems produced a number of memorable works. In 1944 he published Adventures in Composition, an attempt to teach the art of two-move composition.

Mansfield held the post of President of the BCPS between 1949 and 1951. He served as President of the FIDE Problem Commission between 1963 and 1971, and was one of the first four composers to be awarded the title of Grandmaster of the FIDE for Chess Composition in 1972. He died on 28th March 1984. The three-volume work Complete Mansfield, by Barry Barnes, contains his complete output of almost 1200 problems. "

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  whiteshark: <Adventures in Composition. <The Art of The Two-Move Chess Problem.>> By Comins Mansfield. Edited by Alain White. Printed at The Overbrook Press - 1944 / Stamford - Connecticut.

Four hundred copies of which one hundred and fifty copies are printed on W & A rag paper and two hundred and fifty copies on Flemish Book laid paper. The Overbrook Press / Stamford-Connecticut-March 1944.

25 x 18 cm, XI p., 212 p., [4] p. Sollutions

Content : I. Introdruction / II. The composition of single problems / III. The composition of related problems / IV. Modern trends in composition.

80 minutes left for one exemplar on ebay, item no. <330229562325> current price: 44.94 Euro

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  whiteshark: No further bid.
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  Benzol: Pity there aren't more games of his available.
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  MissScarlett: I found another Mansfield game from this same event, the Premier tournament of the West of England Chess Festival, in which he played Znosko-Borovsky.

Although champion of Gloucestershire on many occasions, apparently this was his first and only foray into master level competition. He came second to last with 2/7 (a win over George Thomas, draws with Yates and Watts, losses to Buerger, Seitz, Drewitt, Znosko-Borovsky).

Aug-03-16  patzerkiller: There are plenty of games by Comins Mansfield to be found here

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  Sally Simpson: ***

'Godwins' Law' states: " As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches."

But happy to report this mention of Hitler ends on a more cheerful note.

In 1936 a two move problem by Comins Mansfield won first prize in the German Chess Federation Olympic Problem Setting Tourney.

However due to restrictions in place at the time, Germany could not send him the money. Finding all avenues blocked he sent a letter directly to Hitler. The money arrived three months later.

The full story plus the problem in question is here.


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  MissScarlett: Yes, I was meaning to reference this story, but I would have felt obliged to credit <Winter>, for the sake of propriety. Botvinnik had famously sent a telegram to Stalin in 1936. This was Mansfield's improvement. No fannying about with appeasement here; he just wanted a payment.
Dec-13-18  Olavi: <MissScarlett> Why would you credit Winter for something that Barnes wrote?
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  MissScarlett: Just observing the formalities of war.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

I found it on the problemist site whilst looking for something else. A puzzle for a Christmas Quiz but in the end refrained from using one but marked the page. I went to Winter's pages to see if he had and could add anything, he links to the problem site C.N. 11122.

What is the unwrttien law on this matter (We need a Godwin's type rule).

If you spot a piece and link to it should you first see where they got it from and then where they other site got it from and on and on till find the original source or will one link suffice.


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