º My first chess-themed icons were created somewhat out of necessity, through my interest in a very different type of chess art - the composition of chess problems. Some problem-solving software available (e.g. Popeye, Natch), though indispensable, lack their own program icons. Hence I was tempted to create suitable ones for them, especially since there were icon editors, such as IcoFX, that made the task quite manageable.

º After releasing the early versions of Chessicons as a free download, I received the occasional emails from people who indicated they have utilised the figurine designs of the set to make chess diagrams. Though that wasn’t my intention, it does make sense to adapt the icons for this purpose. So eventually I tried my hand at producing such diagrams myself, and the results lead to Diagramkit v1.0.

Chess Problems

º Many of the illustrations on this site feature actual chess problems. These quoted works are mostly well-known, but a few comments are provided below for chess-playing visitors who are not problem-addicts.

º The reflected position on the home page is by Comins Mansfield, the late GM for chess composition. This “mate in two” problem, along with two other works of the same type, also appears in the wallpaper Mansfield masterworks.

º On the Diagrams page, the blue board on the right shows a six-move problem by Andrey Lobusov and Andrej Spirin, and the brown board presents a helpmate-in-two by Michel Caillaud.

º Two of the positions in the wallpaper Classic endings are too famous to require a comment. The middle diagram is not an endgame study, but a two-move problem from the Bonus Socius Manuscript, a collection dated to the 13th century.

º The cube on this page shows a “shortest proof game”, by yours truly, and it’s easily the least well-known of the problems presented here :-). The task is to reconstruct the games that lead to the three diagram positions, each in seven moves.

º For a general introduction to the art of chess composition, see my Problem World articles on the OzProblems site.

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My email address is peterwong@virtualpieces.net. Feedback and requests are welcome. If you wish to seek permission for using Virtual Pieces graphics in your application (or on your website), let me know its name and web address if available, and mention whether it’s freeware or a commercial project.

Copyright Info

The contents of this site are copyright © 2008-2015 by Peter Wong. Chessicons, Diagramkit, and the wallpapers are freewares for personal, non-commercial use only. All other uses, including display on websites and redistribution of the files, require my permission.