Australian Chess Problem Composition

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Problem of the Week

605. Noam Elkies
Thema Danicum 1998

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An in-depth introduction to the art of chess composition, examining various problem types and themes.

Prominent Australian problemists write about their involvement in the contemporary problem scene, and present some of their best compositions.

A comprehensive collection of Australian chess problem materials, including e-books, articles, magazines and columns (all free downloads).

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In popular culture and films in particular, chess has become a shorthand for “a battle of wits between two intelligent characters.” As such, chess-playing scenes are plentiful and I had no shortage of highlights to choose from for my earlier list, Top 10 greatest chess scenes in movies. Screen depictions of blindfold chess specifically, however, are comparatively rare. My new video compilation of Blindfold chess scenes in movies and TV shows, with eight clips (unordered), incorporates almost all instances that I could find. This is surprising in a way, since playing chess without sight of the board is such a marvellous feat that it serves as an entertaining spectacle, even for people unfamiliar with the game. Probably such portrayals are uncommon for they risk implausibility, in that performing blindfold chess requires more than a “smart” character but someone actually at (or close to) the professional level. Indeed, many of the selected scenes feature top players – fictional or based on real people – whose mastery of the game is well conveyed by how casually they rattle off their moves.