Australian Chess Problem Composition

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Problem of the Week

611. Leonid Makaronez

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  • The weekly problem’s solution will appear on the following Saturday, when a new work is quoted.

  • See last week's problem with solution: No.610.

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).

A chess problem blog by Peter Wong, covering a range of subjects. The main page provides a topic index.

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Selfmate problems involve a curious objective: White compels Black to deliver mate, while the latter side resists doing so. Because of the counter-intuitive aim, I tend to focus on the more accessible two-move examples on this site, as in the Problem World introduction to the genre. The likewise short selfmates picked for the Weekly Problems are quite popular with regular solvers, who don’t seem troubled by them at all. Therefore I thought it’d be an interesting change to discuss a complex three-mover and describe the challenging process of solving one. Selfmates are not my forte and it was hard to wrap my head around the one I chose, composed by the great Bill Whyatt. But fortunately, I managed to crack the problem (after a couple of hours!) and it turns out to be a brilliant piece of work.