Handbook of Chess Composition

Handbook of Chess Composition

Handbook of Chess Composition – 70 pages, size A4, version 8, January 2021, pdf-file (1,6 Mb).
Editor Hannu Harkola.

The first version of this booklet with the title “Problem Chess Lists” was published in August 1989.




  • Meetings
  • Members and delegates
  • Presidents


  • Statutes
  • Codex
  • Solver’s rating
  • Criteria for acceptability of the tournaments at which ratings and norms can be gained
  • Criteria for gaining norms
  • Criteria for gaining titles
  • Rules for rating calculation
  • Rules for the WCSC and ECSC
  • Rules for the International Solving Contest (ISC)
  • Rules for the World Solving Cup (WSC)
  • Guidelines for directors of rated solving tournaments
  • Study tourney guidelines


  • Grandmasters of the FIDE for Chess Compositions
  • International Masters of the FIDE for Chess Compositions
  • FIDE Masters for Chess Compositions
  • Honorary Masters of Chess Composition
  • International Judges for Chess Compositions
  • International Solving Grandmasters
  • International Solving Masters
  • FIDE Solving Masters
  • FIDE Solving Judges
  • International Titles


  • World Chess Solving Championship Tourneys
  • European Chess Solving Championship Tourneys
  • International Solving Contests
  • The International Team-Matches for Chess-Composition and the World Chess Composition Tournaments of the FIDE
  • World Solving Cup
  • World Championship in Composing


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