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H.F.L. Meyer's Great Problem

H.F.L. Meyer's Great Problem

Lukasz_s
Nov 4, 2017, 3:24 PM 0
'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.

 

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 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 the puzzles. You can find more Meyer's problems in his books and online e.g. here.

 

 

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