|Keym, Werner: Chess Problems Out of the Box|
genres are good except the boring.” – Certainly this aphorism
by Voltaire was the author’s motto for his book on extraordinary
chess problems. To pick the very best, Werner Keym has done a painstaking
selection from thousands of problems existent in databases, with a respectable
result. On the one hand he deals with special themes and tasks (castling,
en-passant captures, pawn promotions, et al.), on the other hand with
problems belonging to the genre of retrograde analysis, i.e. the author’s
favourite composing subject. This latter part of the anthology constitutes
about 50% of the total and contains many of his own compositions. Most
of all these brain-twisters are not only beautiful and original, but also
subtle, enigmatic or tricky, sometimes even bizarre, in any case a challenge
to the solver.
first English edition is a considerably revised and updated edition of
Werner Keym’s Eigenartige Schachprobleme published in 2010:
about 1/4 of the 500 problems have been replaced by superior or more recent
examples. Appendices 1 and 2 of the German edition (Economical Retro Records)
have not been included anymore as the respective problems are meanwhile
easily available in online databases.
Chess Problems Out of the Box
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