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Probleemblad - Nederlandse Bond van Schaakprobleemvrienden

The Nederlandse Bond van Schaakprobleemvrienden (Dutch Chess Problem Society) is the Dutch organization for chess problem composers and solvers. It is part of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Schaakbond (Dutch Chess Federation), which is in turn part of FIDE.

The NBvS has a bimonthly magazine called Probleemblad - a professional looking magazine, which recently received a `facelift'. It contains many chess problems - most of them originals, divided into the following categories: mate in two moves, mate in three or more moves, helpmates, fairy chess problems, retrograde analysis problems, selfmates, and endgame studies. In addition, there is information on events, discussions about certain themes, etc. For instance, the issue I received (July/August 1997) contains, among others, an article on `Chromatic Triplets' (three-part problems in which the second and third parts are obtained by replacing a white piece by its black and neutral counterparts, respectively), and an article on the outcome of the 5th WCCT - the World Chess Composition Tournament.

Probleemblad is primarily a Dutch language magazine, but caters to an international audience as well. Important articles, as well as problem desciptions and explanations of fairy conditions, are summarized in English, and comments by Dutch solvers on problems by foreign composers are translated into English. In addition, articles and awards written in English are not translated into Dutch. Those who do not speak Dutch will therefore be able to follow most of the contents, also because figurines are used in the notation (e.g., King e2 is given by showing a king symbol followed by letters e2.)

Since this is an old page, contact and subscription information have been removed. Check the link above for this information.

Written by Hans Bodlaender, with thanks to Koen Versmissen for corrections and additional information. Note that this text is not an official document of the Nederlandse Bond van Schaakprobleemvrienden, and that my only connection to this Bond is that of being a recent member.
WWW page created: November 11, 1997. Last modified: February 10, 2000.