Are there any books or articles devoted to composing retrograde analysis problems? It seems that you would need some techniques beyond ones for standard problems.

  • This is not the answer, but may be you will find this interesting: www2.stetson.edu/~efriedma/chessnum Dec 11, 2014 at 18:25
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    This is neither an answer, but you surely can study a lot of problems to get a hang of the techniques used (a specialist periodical with commented solutions is beneficial). There is even a special terminology for all the techniques (random example: look up what a retro shield is). Aug 28, 2016 at 20:56
  • The link www2.stetson etc is dead. Does anyone have a copy of this doc?
    – Laska
    Jan 19, 2019 at 17:11
  • www2.stetson.edu/~efriedma/puzzle/chessnum appears to be live. This is not retrograde analysis, as there is no requirement (or indeed possibility!) of legality, but is amusing and it looks as if there are other chess-related puzzle types on the site.
    – Laska
    Jan 11, 2020 at 5:28

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See my answer to About retrograde analysis. The Retro Corner is not about composing. but it has lots of easy and hard examples with detailed solutions, comments, etc.

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