Author: Gabriel Baumgartner (PSEUD Odette Vollenweider) [1933-2012}
Publisher: Selbstverlag des Verfassers
72 pages with diagrams and plate. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 3/4") issued in stiff wrappers. First edition.
Biography and 109 problems by Israel Abraham Schiffmann (1903-1930) with annotated solutions. 88 twomovers, 12 thremovers, 6 help- and selfmates, 3 endgame studies.
In spite of his regrettably short composing career from 1924 to 1930, Israel Schiffmann is well remembered for his numerous strategic twomovers and for the eponymous theme. Schiffmann defense: Black self pins a piece which would be unpinned after the threat. Israel Schiffmann was the twomover columnist of the "Revista Română de Şah".
Odette Vollenweider (1933-2021) was arguably the most prominent female composer of the modern era. Born in Zurich, Odette published her first problem at the age of 25 under the pseudonym of Gabriel Baumgartner. She was an Honorary Master of chess composition and for more than thirty years she had been the editor of the chess problem section of the high-quality German language daily Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. She had also published a number of theoretical articles in Die Schwalbe, a German magazine focusing on chess problems. Odette is also famous for writing the Israel Schiffmann anthology, Faszinierendes Schachproblem and Kostbarkeiten der Problemkunst, a text on Hans Johner.
Corners and spine ends bumped else a better than very good copy.. First Edition. Better than Very Good.