The Indian Problem

The Indian Problem is a chess composition published in 1845 by Howard Staunton in his chess journal The Chess Player’s Chronicle (February issue) under the title “The Indian Problem”. A whole genre of chess compositions, the so-called Indians, arose from the basic idea of this composition. An analysis of the composition published in 1903 by Johannes Kohtz and Carl Kockelkorn, also entitled The Indian Problem, contributed to the popularization of the Indian idea. This book was also the founding document of a school of chess composition that still dominates in the German-speaking world today, the New German or logical school.

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