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  • 2021/09/06 – Sale of books from the BCPS Library

    Written by Brian Stephenson

    The BCPS Librarian, who looked after that part of the library containing books, recently retired from that job. As there were no volunteers to take over the role the committee, with great regret, decided that they had no alternative but to sell the books and this has now been done. The Magazine Curator, Brian Stephenson, continues in his role. See Library page for information about what is left of the Library.

  • 2021/07/02 – WANTED URGENTLY – NEW BCPS LIBRARIAN & ARCHIVIST

    Written by Brian Stephenson

    Our current Librarian and Archivist, Steve Giddins, is moving on, and the need to clear his shelves is urgent to the extent that a new BCPS Librarian is wanted almost immediately.

    The Library comprises some 800-900 wonderfully diverse books as detailed in the library list and the list of recent additions available here The magazines and much of the archive material in those lists is held elsewhere and a new home is not sought for them.

    Duties of a Librarian are mostly those of a custodian who is prepared to answer occasional enquiries and photo-copy or scan relevant pages. This is not a conventional lending library: loans are very rare, and only then with Committee approval.

    Will you do this important job, and tell the BCPS Secretary, Christopher Jones (contactable here) before the end of this July? It’s that urgent!

    The BCPS will pay for loading (from Rochester), transport, and unloading of the Library, and on-going Library expenses incurred.

  • 2021/05/28 – British Open Online Masters (BOOM), 2021-2022

    Written by Brian Stephenson

    To help fill the current vacuum in the elite solving calendar, a programme of Grand Prix (online @Home) will be organized by BCPS. Full details here.

  • 2021/03/04 – British Open Online Solving Masters

    Written by Ian Watson

    Our February online solving tourney was a major success. Forty solvers, from many countries, solved from home, but in the same format as we use in the British Championship. There was a tight finish in the Category 1 event, with the top three solvers all getting 60 out of 65 points – the tie-breaker of time used made John Nunn the winner, narrowly ahead of Eddy van Beers and Martynas Limontas.

    This was a fun event, not counting for ratings, but taken seriously by the competitors. It used new and experimental technology, which worked seamlessly and without fault, thanks to its developer Brian Cook. You can try it out at www.netchex.club where there are daily and monthly solving challenges.

    The full results are here.

  • 2021/01/15 – January Solving Challenges

    Written by Ian Watson

    Here’s the link to your January solving tourneys. As usual, you can choose from three Categories: Master level, intermediate solvers, or newcomers to solving. Each Category has two separate tests; in each separate test there are six problems with two hours available. This month, Brian Cook also offers you a new type of test: a multiple-choice test in which you are given several tries to choose from.

    So, go to http://www.ihandicap.mobi/chess/chess202101.htm and click on one of the eight ‘Practice Tourneys’.

    Remember that the diagrams are interactive; if you haven’t tried them before, have a go at one of the Daily Challenges to get used to the tech.

  • 2020/12/07 – December Solving Challenges

    Written by Ian Watson

    Here’s the link to your December solving tourneys. As usual, you can choose from three Categories: Master level, intermediate solvers, or newcomers to solving. Each Category has two separate tests; in each separate test there are six problems with two hours available. This month, Brian Cook also offers you a new type of test: a multiple-choice test in which you are given several tries to choose from.

    So, go to http://www.ihandicap.mobi/chess/chess202012.htm and click on one of the eight ‘Practice Tourneys’.

    Remember that the diagrams are interactive; if you haven’t tried them before, have a go at one of the Daily Challenges to get used to the tech.

  • 2020/11/05 – November Solving Challenges

    Written by Ian Watson

    Here’s the link to your November solving tourneys. As usual, you can choose from three Categories: Master level, intermediate solvers, or newcomers to solving. Each Category has two separate tests; in each separate test there are six problems with two hours available. This month, Brian Cook also offers you a new type of test: a multiple-choice test in which you are given several tries to choose from.

    So, go to http://www.ihandicap.mobi/chess/chess202011.htm and click on one of the eight ‘Practice Tourneys’.

    Remember that the diagrams are interactive; if you haven’t tried them before, have a go at one of the Daily Challenges to get used to the tech.

  • 2020/10/04 – October Solving Challenges

    Written by Ian Watson

    Here’s the link to your October solving tourneys. As usual, you can choose from three Categories: Master level, intermediate solvers, or newcomers to solving. Each Category has two separate tests; in each separate test there are six problems with two hours available. This month, Brian Cook also offers you a new type of test: a multiple-choice test at the newcomers solving level. Try it out: click on the Bonus Round – Primary.

    So, go to http://www.ihandicap.mobi/chess/chess202010.htm and click on one of the seven ‘Practice Tourneys‘.

    Remember that the diagrams are interactive; if you haven’t tried them before, have a go at one of the Daily Challenges to get used to the tech.

  • 2020/09/11 – Dawson MT

    Written by Brian Stephenson

    The BCPS is delighted to announce the Dawson Memorial Tourney.

  • 2020/09/07 – Solving September

    Written by Ian Watson

    A complete new set of online solving events for September. As last month, you can choose from three Categories: Master level, intermediate solvers, or newcomers to solving. Each Category has two separate tests; in each separate test there are six problems with two hours available.

    Go to http://www.ihandicap.mobi/chess/chess202009.htm and click on one of the six ‘Practice Tourneys’.

    Remember that the diagrams are interactive; if you haven’t tried them before, have a go at one of the Daily Challenges to get used to the tech.

  • 2020/08/09 – August Solving Challenges!

    Written by Ian Watson

    Solvers, Brian Cook is challenging you again: his August tourneys are live on the netchex website. You can choose from three Categories: Master level, intermediate solvers, or newcomers to solving. Each Category has two separate tests this month; in each separate test there are six problems with two hours available.

    Go to http://www.ihandicap.mobi/chess/chess202008.htm and click on one of the six ‘Practice Tourneys’.

    Remember that the diagrams are interactive; if you haven’t tried them before, have a go at one of the Daily Challenges to get used to the tech.

    Enjoy the Tourneys, and tell your chess friends about them!

  • 2020/07/06 – New Solving Tests for You

    Written by Ian Watson

    Try your skills on the latest solving challenges from Brian Cook. Each of the new tests contains six problems, and you have a total of two hours to complete the six. The three tests are similar to the ISC (International Solving Contest) and, like that event, have three Categories – one at Master level, one for intermediate solvers, and an easy one for newcomers to solving and juniors. When you’ve finished, the website will tell you your score and your rating for the test. The faster you solve, the higher your rating.

    Go to: http://www.ihandicap.mobi/chess/chess202007.htm and click on one of the three ‘Practice Tourneys’.

    Remember that the diagrams are interactive; if you haven’t tried them before, have a go at one of the Daily Challenges to get used to the tech.

    Enjoy the Tests, and tell your chess friends about them!

  • 2020/05/09 – The Lincoln Memorial Online Solving Test

    Written by Ian Watson

    The Lincoln Memorial test is ready for you!

    We’’ve another solving challenge for you. We hope you’ve tried your skills on the Lipton Test; now try the new Lincoln Memorial test. This is a selection of problems by the late Bob Lincoln, famous for his miniatures.

    The Lincoln Memorial test has twenty 2-movers; you have only a minute for each one, but they’re not very difficult. The webpage tells you your score, based on how many you get right and how quickly you do them. Here’s the link: http://www.ihandicap.mobi/t20/tt200402j.htm (Make sure you read the instructions on that page, before you start the Test!)

    Also, before doing the full test, try a single two-mover at http://www.netchex.club to get familiar with how to move the pieces on screen. (Keep that link in your Favourites – there are lots of problems to solve there.) Or you can have a go at the Lipton Test, also on that site.

    Our thanks again to Brian Cook, who has written the program. When you’ve finished, you can e-mail your result to him netchex@btinternet.com and you’ll receive your rating and a link to his complete selection of Bob Lincoln problems, all 108 of them.

    Enjoy the test, and tell your chess friends about it!

  • 2020/04/19 – Online Solving during Lockdown!

    Written by Ian Watson

    Try your skills on quick solving of two-movers. The Test has twenty 2-movers; you have only a minute for each one, but they’re not difficult ones. The webpage tells you your score, and gives you a rating based on how many you get right and how quickly you do them. The problems are provided by Michael Lipton. Here’s the link: http://www.ihandicap.mobi/t20/tt200401j.htm (Make sure you read the instructions on that page, before you start the Test!)

    Also, before doing the full Test, try a single two-mover at http://www.netchex.club to get familiar with how to move the pieces on screen. (Keep that link in your Favourites – there are lots of problems to solve there.)

    Our thanks to Brian Cook, who has written the program. When you’ve finished, you can e-mail your result to him at netchex@btinternet.com, and you’ll receive a complete collection of Michael Lipton’s miniatures.

    Enjoy the Test, and tell your chess friends about it!

  • 2020/04/14 – The Queens of Problem Chess

    Written by Brian Stephenson

    Chess Problem enthusiast Satanick Mukhuty writes about and presents problems by Dora Nesbitt, Sophie Schett, Edith Baird, Lilian Baird, Odetter Vollenweider and Julia Vysotska at ChessBase

  • 2020/03/19 – Romancing the helpmate with Grandmaster Christopher Jones

    Written by Brian Stephenson

    Chess Problem enthusiast Satanick Mukhuty writes about BCPS Vice-President, Secretary and helpmates sub-editor Christopher Jones at ChessBase India

  • 2020/03/03 – Solving at Sheffield

    Written by Ian Watson

    A new solving event for you! On Sunday May 24th, we are running a British venue for an international solving competition. It’s the Israeli Open, which, in spite of the name, is held simultaneously at venues in several countries. All are welcome to take part. There will be two categories, one with harder problems for experienced solvers and one with easier problems. Solving will start at 10 a.m. and finish at 3 p.m., with a break for lunch in the middle. Entry is free, as is the lunch! Our venue is Jury’s Inn in central Sheffield, which has accommodation available if you wish to stay overnight.

    To register to take part, or to get more details, please email me at ian@irwatson.demon.co.uk

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Welcome

Welcome to the website of the British Chess Problem Society

The British Chess Problem Society, founded in 1918, is the world’s oldest chess problem society. It exists to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of chess compositions, and membership is open to chess enthusiasts in all countries. The Society produces two bi-monthly magazines, The Problemist and The Problemist Supplement (the latter catering for beginners), which are issued to all members. It organises the annual British Chess Solving Championship (sponsored by Winton Capital Management), and selects the Great Britain squad for the World and European Chess Solving Championships. Members are invited to attend BCPS lectures, which are held in London on the last Friday of each month between September and April. The Society holds an annual residential weekend, with a full programme of solving and composing tourneys and lectures. Members are entitled to use the resources of the BCPS library.

Membership enquiries, subscriptions, notification of change of address, resignation or claim for issue not received should be addressed to the Membership Secretary Jim Grevatt via the ‘contact’ menu item above.

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About this site

For those who prefer to dip their toes into the water before plunging into it, here is a description of all the content on the site and how to navigate around the site to find it all. This is a large site and there is lots of content. Please feel free to explore at your will.

The menu is above, immediately beneath the logo. Unless you select one of the options that go to a sub-site (WBCSC described later) it is always there. Selecting a menu item will take you to further pages, many with a sub-menu on the left-hand side, from which you can navigate further. A brief description of the menu items follow:

Home Always leads to this home page.
BCPS Leads to items on joining the BCPS, the Officers of the BCPS, Notice of Lectures, a note on the BCPS Library, a few Reviews of the Year and an archive of News items.
Magazines Back issues of The Problemist, The Problemist Supplement and the Fairy Chess Review. Also errata from recent issues of our magazines.
Rescued Problems Our Spanish friends have been busy correcting heretofore uncorrected #2s from past issues of The Problemist. There are hundreds of these and they will be posted a few at a time as time permits.
Solving Advice on solving and where to find problems to solve.
Composers Articles on several well-known British Chess Composers.
Books Books produced by our members.
Photos Photos from various BCPS events over the years.
For Beginners Introductory articles on chess problems generally and on specific types of chess problems. Includes a list of recommended books.
Downloads A collection of free e-books about chess problems.
Links Links to other sites featuring chess problem material.
Contact A list of clickable links to a selection of those who perform various tasks for the BCPS.

Selecting WBCSC will take you to a sub-site with its own horizontal menu, much like the main site. It can be navigated in much the same way as the main site – via its horizontal menu beneath the logo and sub-menus on the left-hand side of the page.

WBCSC is the Winton British Chess Solving Championship. At that sub-site will be found details of the current year's event and an archive of material from past years.

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