About The Problemist
The Problemist, founded in 1926, is the bi-monthly magazine of the BCPS, and includes the following regular features:
- Original (previously unpublished) compositions. There are sections for directmates, selfmates and reflexmates, studies, helpmates, fairies, and retros, with annual solving championships in each section.
- Synthetics. A column which lets the reader test his composing skill. A full or partial solution is given, from which the solver attempts to construct the original problem.
- Selected Problems. Split into sections along the lines of the originals, and featuring high-class problems from other sources.
- In the Library. An item from the BCPS library is reviewed at length.
- Awards. Judgments of The Problemist informal tourneys (for the original problems published each year) and other composing tourneys organized by the BCPS.
- Book reviews.
- Reports on BCPS lectures, and on BCPS and overseas meetings.
The Problemist Supplement, begun in 1992, is aimed at newcomers to chess problems. The originals section contains a mixture of all types, chosen to provide easier solving (normally, though there are exceptions!) than the main magazine.
In this section we present a sample issue of The Problemist, a growing archive of The Problemist Supplement, reviews of all issues since 2002, an index of volumes 1 to 6 and an errata. Use the 'The Problemist' menu on the left to navigate.