Australian Chess Problem Composition

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Problem of the Week

636. Christopher Jones
Shakhmatnaya Poeziya 2004, 1st Hon. Mention

Helpmate in 3½, 2 solutions

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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.

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The Valladao task is accomplished in a problem that features all three special chess moves, namely castling, en passant capture, and promotion. The mixture of three such distinct elements makes the theme an unusual one, but it’s a pleasing idea that’s adaptable across many genres. In Part 1 we examined a number of directmates that illustrate the task. Here we shall look at a helpmate, an endgame study, and a retro-analytical problem. You can find further examples on this site: (1) a proof game by Satoshi Hashimoto, Weekly Problem No.623, (2) a series-selfmate by Ian Shanahan, No.6 on his biographical page, and (3) a retro by John Keeble, in the blog Special conventions in retro-analytical problems.