Welcome to the Meson Chess Problem Database. For detailed information, see the About page, though at this stage it only has historical information. I am also happy to include an Acknowledgements menu item. Choose this to learn about those who have helped over the years in the building of Meson.
All diagrams are displayed using graphics (a series of GIFs developed by George Jelliss), but I hope to add alternative facilities in the future for users to use the Good Companion Chess Fonts developed by Dave Brown.
The general search menu item allows a regular expression search using a selection of different fields. The results of any particular search are limited to the first 100 problems in Meson sorted in ascending order of publication date. Using Access by composers you can drill down using composers' names to individual composers and retrieve all their problems in Meson. Using Access by sources you can drill down using the names of sources to an individual source and retrieve all the problems in Meson that were published originally in that source. From the same drill down you can also retrieve all the problems in Meson quoted by any individual source. Given the limitations on a general search, if you want to retrieve all problems by a given composer or published/quoted by a particular source, using the composer/source access is recommended, as it has no similar limitation.
For those interested in such things, there is a Statistics menu item containing various sub-items.
Underneath the Sources menu item there are sub-items which can be used to retrieve (1) a list of books and magazines from which I have abstracted problems (the Sources abstracted option) and (2) a list of books and magazines I am currently working my way through (the Work in Progress option).
To Do takes you to a page listing the enhancements I plan to make to Meson.
Finally, accessible via the Web Links item on the Main Menu, is Gerd Wilts's PDB Site, another free on-line chess problem database. It contains some of the same problems as Meson (I gave them to Gerd), but otherwise contains many helpmates and problems involving retrograde analysis, which are genres I have not collected for Meson.
problems in Meson