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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 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 Looser Chess

In looser 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 ...
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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 ...
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Oddy Chessboard

On a standard chessboard, What is the number of different arrangements of pawns such that every square has an odd number of pawns on its neighbor (horizontally or vertically) squares? Note: ...
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All the King's Horses and All the King's Men

What is the largest N by N square chessboard where it's possible to construct a position such that 2 knights and N pawns either occupy or threaten every square?
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Not Your Regular Chess Challenge

Imagine that you have a normal 8x8 chessboard and you have an unlimited amount of all kinds of chess pieces. Find the greatest and lowest number of pieces you can have in that chessboard without those ...
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The Knight Checker or Football Chess

Both Players uses 8 Knights on this chessboard game : The Knight Checker. All pieces starts in Rank 1 relative to players. White to move first. The Knight pieces makes regular moves as in a chess game ...
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Equal queens in every aspect

It is asked that you place $12$ queens on a $5$x$5$ chess board so that every queen can see the same number of empty squares. For the purposes of this puzzle, a queen can see any square on ...
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Maximum number of non pawn pieces in Chess

In a game of chess with standard rules, what is the maximum number of queens, rooks, bishops, knights, and kings both black and white that can be on the board?
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Angels & Demons (Open question)

This puzzle was given to me by a friend of mine, who in turn heard it from someone else who neglected to provide the answer. The text of the puzzle as it was given to my friend is below: Angels ...
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Slightly Odd Sudoku

Someone I find very trustworthy continues to insist that this is a valid Sudoku board. It's been a while since I've played, but surely there's a couple of things off here, right? Alright, so that ...
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Chess Enlightenment

Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 "White to continue insisting this is a chess board" https://imgur.com/a/6B4vSor When done, circle all squares black and white pieces ...
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A thirsty king and his knights

The black king has spent his life fighting over this strange checkered land, the white king has finally been defeated and his troops have surrendered and pledged allegiance to him. Now he's not sure ...
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Interchanging Knights and Rooks

Interchange, in the least posible number of moves, the positions of the the two black knights and black rook with those of the two white knights and white rook. Movements allowed are those of the ...
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Chess Connect Puzzle

I made up a new logic puzzle based on the games Numberlink and Chess, and thought it ended up rather interesting. The solution, as usual, is unique. The starting and ending positions of 7 chess ...
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My first steps to take over Puzzling Stack Exchange

This puzzle contains errors, the author is working on fixing this! Sincere apologies for the incovinience! Dear Puzzling SE Users, Okay so the last time I tried to take over Puzzling SE I ...
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Chess Pawn Puzzle

What is the least required number moves to be played to arrive on the position shown above ? Note: no illegal moves.