Yet alongside this full-time career, Cyril ran what must seem to many a full-time career as a chess problemist. His first chess composition was published in 1907, when he was just 16 years old.
In 1932, he took over as Editor of The Problemist, then organ of the British Chess Problem Society, which he continued until his death.
How Should The Role of A (Chess) Tourney Judge Be Interpreted by Hermann; "The Problemist
;" July; pp.217-218
of international renown, he introduced chess into the school curriculum.
The features to which chess problems aspire include economy (no superfluous piece or move), thematic unity subordination of variations to a central theme), and correctness (a problem with an unintended second solution is anathema to the problemist): qualities which in their ensemble are those which are common to many arts.
Among problemists on the other hand aesthetic considerations are paramount.
In the wake of Morphy's subordinate prototype, twentieth-century problemists
continued to study chessboard dilemmas, with the "virtual" (or "hypothetical") problem emerging as a desire for impure conundrums.
use the term "retrograde analysis" for the stud?, of how chess positions might have arisen in a legal game; this concept is of course equally applicable to other games, including Scrabble.
This is the work of chess problemists
who create chess compositions and not a possible product of practical chess players.