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Questions tagged [chess]

A puzzle related to the game of chess. Questions about chess which aren't puzzles are off-topic but can be asked on Chess Stack Exchange.

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A chess game with odd moves?

A friend and I like to play chess regularly. Like me, he is a lover of a good puzzle, which is what drew us to the game. The thrill of finding a checkmate in a board riddled with pieces cannot be ...
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The Chessboard Exhibition

Why not, another entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41: Short and Sweet I just bought the newest, coolest chessboard! I think I'm going to share it to my five chess pieces at the National ...
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The Faerie Army is coming!

Well, we're all in trouble, yet again. The fabled Faerie Army has come to take over our dimension. This is the battlefield: However, their soldiers don't work quite like ours... Their pawns ...
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Conway's Game of Life… Chess Edition

Here's a new interesting game. Here's the starting position: and here's how it works. Before I even start explaining this, adjacent includes diagonally adjacent. Thank you. White goes ...
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The Chess 24 Game

The Eight Queens Puzzle is one of the most famous chess problems of all time. The premise is simple- place 8 queens on a chessboard so that none of them attack each other. A solution is shown here: ...
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Halloween chess: Vampires and Zombies and Bats, oh my!

Halloween chess begins in the usual starting position, except most of the pieces are replaced with "fairy chess" pieces... or maybe we should say "ghoulish chess" pieces... The new types are: Zombie ...
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An Atomic Proof Game

One day, I heard two of my friends were playing an online game of chess. I went to spectate, and this was the position: However, I looked at the move list, and realized White's sixth move had just ...
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The ability-swap-circle chess

This question was inspired by this question: A Battle of Dysfunctional Kings (Chess). What would be the shortest possible mate, if: Every piece moves in the same way. The way the pieces move ...
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A Halloween Chess Puzzle

Halloween is finally here, so I thought I'd do a theme puzzle! I love chess, and I wanted to do a chess puzzle... so... (It kind of looks like a jack-o-lantern, okay?) Black to move and ...
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Loser Chess : another proof game

After this puzzle has been solved, it is time to offer our clever solvers another Loser Chess game to reconstruct... Do you remember that I often pay a visit to my friends Fabi and Mag on evenings ? ...
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A Chess Lock Puzzle?

I was recently talking to one of my friends who played chess (much better than me, I'll admit). He said he had a different kind of chess problem, one that may be a little easier, or that may be a ...
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Knight Checker Puzzle

Inspired by this question Here's a quick Knight Checker (a chess variant) puzzle. In case you haven't read the rules to it in the above link, I'll repost them here: Each player begins with 1 ...
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One-sided chess: Can you stalemate yourself?

You sit down to play a game of chess. Your side has the white pieces, arranged in their regular starting positions. One problem: your opponent has left, and has taken all the black pieces! Can you, ...
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Mate in one with NO PIECES?

The following pictures depict chess positions one move before white checkmated black: The problem is, I seemed to have completely lost which pieces each letter/number represents. All I know is that ...
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A Fairy Warped Chess Maze

So, my previous puzzle A Warped Chess Maze is somehow my highest voted puzzle on Puzzling SE. So, I'm bringing it back, now with fairy pieces! The fairy pieces will be explained in a bit, but the ...
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Reconstruct a game of Loser Chess

In loser chess, the rules are the same as in classical chess but for the following points: The king behaves just as any normal piece and can be captured. There is no check, no checkmate, and the king ...
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #4

My five years old pupil Magnus is really on fire ! After three wins in the first, second and third games, he is playing White today in round 4 against one of the tournament's favorites (a child who ...
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Three free moves, three more moves, mate

This morning, at the coffee corner in our office, I met a colleague who mentioned he'd be joining a chess club. So I asked him: "And, how was your first evening at the chess club?" "Well, it was a ...
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Megan mated by a king move

"Been playing some chess with my husband recently", my friend Megan began, as we sat with our drinks in Coffee Monarchy. "How'd you get on?" I asked. "Didn't get off to a good start, I'm afraid. In ...
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No moves at all, not even to put yourself in check

Here, white is stalemated. The king is not in check, but white has no legal moves. Not because any move white makes would put the king in check -- which is how stalemates normally happen -- but ...
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Mate in 0 moves

Not exactly a traditional chess puzzle, and I won't offer much of an explanation for fear of giving away the answer. White must mate in 0 moves, meaning he must deliver a check mate without touching ...
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Fabi and Mag played chess again

Fabi and Mag love chess, and I love to watch them playing together. I am not such a strong player myself, but I am an excellent spectator! The three of us were having a nice evening around a chess ...
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lolcatz can haz ur infinit cheeseboard

This is a problem on an infinite chessboard with pieces called lolcatz. They can move like queens or knightriders, but have a strange disadvantage... ... you've never heard of knightriders? Well, ...
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How did four chessmen disappear?

I was visiting two friends yesterday and found them sitting at a chess table. After a glance at the board, I thought I had interrupted them when they were installing the starting position and I said: ...
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The Minimized Dropmate

I don't know, but I think my opponent just may be cheating in this chess game. So, the natural thing to do is cheat right back! My plan is to put black pieces on the board so the white king is ...
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A Warped Chess Maze

A chess maze is a kind of chess puzzle where: Only one side moves (and that side usually only has one piece). That side must capture a piece with every move. The goal is to capture all of ...
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Murder in the Royal Court

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #40: Retrograde Analysis! I can't believe it! Last night we heard a bit of fighting... but we had no idea that... our King was in check, and my fellow Rook and ...
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A poorly-designed chess problem

Entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #40 Out of character comment: For effect, don't open up the next spoiler until you've finished the statement before. If answering, please explain each remark. ...
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The Fastest Queen Trap (Chess)

This question is fairly simple, but simple doesn't mean easy (although for some people it probably is) Find the fastest possible way to trap a queen in chess from the starting position. Definition ...
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8-move checkmate with king

This is a pretty unusual chess game. Checkmate with the king on move 8. Based on the three moves provided, can you reconstruct the game? 5.Nd2 7... a6 8.Kd1#
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Excited Raichu vs the Dream (Chess Puzzle)

(Source: An actual tournament game I played all the way back in 2016) I had the weirdest dream last night… It started out normal enough, which for me, is basically nothing… but then I woke up, ...
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Facing four mate threats

Just a regular chess puzzle. White to move and win.
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An Antichess Puzzle

There's a fairly popular alternate version of chess called Antichess, or Losing Chess, or about seventeen other names. In this variation, the pieces move as usual, but the rules are slightly altered. ...
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A Quick Chess Puzzle in Passing

White to move and mate in 3. Hint:
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Fairy Chess #2: The Angel

The sequel you've all (er, at least some of you have) been waiting for! Part 1 is here if you want to check it out. In this game, we have an entire army against a single piece yet again. This time,...
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #3 (fanmade)

I'm a huge fan of the first 2 parts made by @Evargalo, so i'll try too My teacher once told me a strategy to defeat the enemy in the second turn. I was so excited (:P) I forgot it. Can you help me?
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A Battle of Dysfunctional Kings (Chess)

So recently I've learned about fairy chess and I've decided to write a puzzle based around the topic. Today's variation features a chess board which is missing eight squares (A1, A8, C3, C6, F3, F6, ...
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Fairy Chess #1- The Mastermind

(Fairy chess is a general term for any kind of chess variant with pieces that aren't used in the normal game) (Inspired by The Black Prowler (chess)) In this variant, white has their entire army ...
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #2

My 5yo pupil, Magnus, is playing his first chess tournament. Although I missed his first game, @Elder helped me reconstruct this important first win from the few clues I could collect. Alas, the ...
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A Scrambled Game

This was inspired by my earlier puzzles, the Torn Scoresheet series. In the following chess game, exactly one letter or number in each move (White or Black) is either exactly 1 higher or 1 lower than ...
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #1

My young pupil, Magnus, just played his first chess tournament! I went for a coffee at the beginning of his first game ; he was White against a boy slightly older than him, maybe a 6yo, so he was a ...
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The Tattered Chess Match

Inspired by @ExcitedRaichu's puzzles yesterday; I decided to write one of my own. Good luck to you all, and I hope you have fun! I sat down at a table in the park this morning and noticed a score ...
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The Torn Score Sheet #3

Yep, I've got another torn score-sheet here for y'all. This one seems especially wrecked; some of even White's moves are illegible. Still, it's possible to put the game together. Good luck! d4 ...
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Copycat Chess, Again

Your task is to reconstruct a chess game, which was played according to standard chess rules, given the following information: the first 7 moves by white were exactly copied by black (i.e. if white ...
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The Torn Score Sheet- #2

I really enjoyed the reaction to my previous puzzle, The Torn Score Sheet, and I'd like to do another one. This one's a little shorter and easier, and once again it's White's moves only. Good luck! ...
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The Torn Score Sheet

I found half of a chess score sheet lying on one of the tables at the recent tournament I attended. It was ripped in half at the middle so only White's moves were visible. I was wondering if it would ...
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Chess amazement

Can you make a position where neither team can move anywhere? You can place the pieces anywhere, since it doesn't have to be in an actual game. This would be really easy, but I am so sorry to say ...
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A Chess Puzzle in Reverse

Here with a quick chess puzzle one of my friends gave me. The puzzle is a bit interesting; it is White to move and not mate in 1, which is the reverse objective of the usual puzzle (hence the title)....
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Any spare pieces?

What is the result with best play (in the diagram above) if it's white to move but there's a twist: White is allowed to place any white piece(s) anywhere on the board before his first move as long as ...
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Chess puzzle with bishops and pawns

FEN: B7/2pp4/8/PP2p3/K7/8/5k1b/8 w - - 0 1 The board contains only bishops, pawns, and kings. You're playing White, and it's your turn. How quickly can you force a mate, despite the material ...