Soviet chess composition, the whole chess world suffered a great loss. In early 1942, the enemy besieged Leningrad, died Leonid Kubbel, Master of Sports in chess composition. In the history of chess composition can hardly find a master, equal Kubbel its ideological content of their works on a variety of topics and technical perfection. As defined in, and sketchy compositions Kubbel was a master class of exceptionally high: if there was a world title on track, it certainly would have been awarded to Leonid Kubbel.
Compositional way Kubbel can be divided into three creative stages. The first phase, covering the years 1904-1911 (the first task Kubbel - mate in 2 turns - was published in 1904 in one of St. Petersburg newspapers), was the stage of development of the classical examples of Viennese and Czech schools (Feigl, Erlin, Nemo, Palkoska). Number composed Kubbel tasks by the end of 1911 exceeded 1200 - a fact, talking about his tireless energy and efficiency. Among them were the tasks of all genres and styles, but from all occupied Kubbel ideas should provide ideas such as the binding of the black pieces, turning white pawns, symmetry.
However, the creation of the world's masters were not only for Kubbel material to follow. He was looking for new ways to stress. Leonid came to the conclusion that not every idea is amenable to artistic treatment and sometimes for the most complete picture of the idea to abandon the traditional right mats. Later in the works Kubbel characteristic shifting of the center of gravity to the protection of black (playing putt, deep ambush, etc.). These quests marked the second stage of the creative ways Kubbel - the years 1912-1920.
The third period (1920-1941 years) in the Kubbel been accompanied by a general rise in the chess movement in our country. Kubbel to take an active part in the development of new themes, discovered by Soviet composers.
Quantitative and qualitative achievements Kubbel striking. Without looking up from his main profession chemical engineer Kubbel managed to create more than 3,000 chess compositions, including 500 studies. On numerous national and international competitions, he has won more than 500 awards, including more than 120 first. The vast number of first prizes falls to post-October, the Soviet period.
Leonid Kubbel was an active chess writer, the author of two collections of a number of studies and articles on chess composition. He was active in teaching and social work, and edited a lot of chess department, was a judge of numerous competitions. Multifaceted activity masters Kubbel greatly contributed to the flourishing of chess composition in the Soviet Union, which has won international recognition. This is his biggest achievement.
Leonid Kubbel died at the height of his creative powers, but the memory of him as a remarkable chess composer, will never die!