Australian Chess Problem Composition

Welcome to OzProblems.com, a site devoted to the chess problem art in Australia! Whether you’re a player who is new to composition chess or an experienced solver looking for challenging problems, we have something for you. Our aim is to promote the enjoyment of chess problems, which are at once interesting puzzles and the most artistic form of chess.

Problem of the Week

569. Brian Tomson
British Chess Magazine 1983, Version
6th Commendation

  • 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.568.

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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Ian Shanahan, one of Australia’s best problem composers, has sadly passed away on 27 Aug. 2021, after a long illness. He was aged only 59. A lifelong Sydneysider, Ian was also an accomplished music composer and academic who had lectured at two universities. He obtained a doctorate in composition in 2002. A summary of his music career can be found on his page in the Problemists section of this site. On the same page there are six of his chess problems selected by Ian himself and accompanied by his commentaries. His output of over 200 problems encompasses almost all genres, though he excelled especially at two-movers and fairies, the main sources of many prestigious tourney awards he acquired. In 2016 Ian was the recipient of the Whyatt Medal, bestowed for his outstanding achievements in the chess problem field.