H.F.L. Meyer's Great Problem

H.F.L. Meyer's Great Problem

Nov 4, 2017, 3:24 PM |
'It is often said that problem composers are bad players, but it might be more correct to say that great players are bad composers.'
H.F.L. Meyer 

I came across a very interesting and unusual problem by H.F.L. Meyer in a Polish chess magazine and decided to share it with you, but first let me introduce the author shortly: 

Heinrich Friedrich Ludwig Meyer (1839-1928) was one of the greatest German problemists and a chess author. His most famous book is 'A Complete Guide to the Game of Chess: From the Alphabet to the Solution and Construction of Problems' (1882), now reprinted in Forgotten Books series.


 Joseph Steele (left) and H.F.L. Meyer (right) | Image: Wikimedia Commons
And here's the problem - a classic among problemists but if you don't know it, give it a try. In his book, Meyer called it just "The Draw in a Problem". It's from 1882. White to move and draw:
One more problem by Meyer, a classical and simple one (originally published in The Boy's Own Paper in 1903), white to move and win:

I hope that you liked and solved the puzzles. Thanks for reading - comments are welcome.