Studies composed by

Heinrich Friedrich Ludwig Meyer (right)

(Germany, 6.6.1839-15.1.1928)


Picture taken from .

Joseph Steele (left) and H.F.L. Meyer (right) (1880)

Source: Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery / Public Domain.

The solution to the problem is also there to be found at that website.


"He was one of the greatest German problemists and a chess author.

His most famous book is 'A Complete Guide to the Game of Chess:

From the Alphabet to the Solution and Construction of Problems' (1882),

now reprinted in Forgotten Books series".


Chess composing

Meyer's small tasks are part of the important body of composition literature;

he presented several composition topics such as Bristol and Indian in an extremely economical way.

In his chess work published in 1882, Meyer introduced the so-called universal notation as a proposal for a worldwide notation standard, which, however, did not prevail.

The chess pieces would be named with the letters from K to P.[2]

A Complete Guide to the Game of Chess: From the Alphabet to the Solution and Construction of Problems. Griffith & Farran 1882, digital copy
Individual evidence
  Manfred Zucker: Great German problem masters (9). In: Schach, No. 12, 1993, p. 68
  Edward Winter: Chess Note 4589: Advice. September 13, 2006. Retrieved November 20, 2010

Web links
Commons: Heinrich Friedrich Ludwig Meyer - collection of images, videos and audio files
Photo with H. F. L. Meyer (right) at the Cleveland Public Library
Compositions by Heinrich Friedrich Ludwig Meyer on the PDB server

 17 Veda a prace 31/12/1903
VIII Die Schwalbe 11-12/1942
8 Mittelbayerische Zeitung 27/11/1948
15 Volksstimme (Chemnitz) 30/07/1960
17 Das logische Schachproblem , p. 31, 1965
43 Schach ohne Partner [Grasemann] , p. 50, 1977
17 Das logische Schachproblem , p. 30, 1980
A Cleric’s Idea, which made History 1981
46 200 Schachrätsel [Lossa] 1984
198 Perlen der Schachkomposition 1985
28 Schachmatni superminiatjuri 1988
K40 Problemkiste (85) 02/1993
3c-1486 2345 Chess Problems 1997
327 Hobelspäne (3) 12/04/2021


'It is often said that problem composers are bad players,
but it might be more correct to say that great players are bad composers.'
H.F.L. Meyer 
More also about him at German Wikipedia and Wikiwand.

(All his studies, more exact dates, possible corrections or cooks and exact details about sources can be found in the

Harold van der Heijden (HHdbVI))