Collected and Arranged by
E. Wallis, Springfield, Scarborough
With an Introduction by
Philip H. Williams, f.c.a.
And Hints to Solvers by
A. N. Brayshaw, b.a., ll.b.
“Voluptatis multam in parvo opere.”
An Electronic Edition
Anders Thulin, Malmö · 2000-12-22
In offering this little volume of little problems to the ever-increas-
ing body of chess lovers both at home and abroad, I have been ac-
tuated by a desire to focus in one volume all the best work of chess
composers in this fascinating branch of problem construction.
It is pretty well laid down now that a Miniature Chess Problem is
one containing not more than seven men all told, and I have con-
fi ned my researches to those with three moves only, as being the
most popular and containing some of the most beautiful play to
be found in the whole range of chess strategy.
I have endeavoured to make the work a popular one, and one
that could be easily carried about and looked at in odd moments.
So far as I know there is only one work of similar nature, Blumen-
thal’s “Schachminiaturen,” which, admirable as it is, is virtually
closed to the ordinary solver on account of diffi culties of the lan-
guage. I have to acknowledge my indebtedness to Blumenthal’s
work for many fi ne examples in the following pages.
The chess enthusiast will fi nd in these problems simplicity,
beauty, and in many cases diffi culty. None of the problems com-
mence with either check, capture, or pawn promotion. English,
Continental and American composers are all represented, and I
have endeavoured to give the best problems of the kind I could
gather together from a collection of something over 1,500 exam-
A word as to the general arrangement of the book. As all the
problems are direct mates in three moves, it has not been neces-
sary to put the conditions under each. No index is necessary as
the composers’ names are in strict alphabetical order, and where
there is more than one problem those with the fewest pieces are
placed fi rst. I have g