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So, what's to do?

It's White to move and draw the game. What must White do? You must provide proof for your claim of what's to be done by any reasonable means. This puzzle was created by Nikita M. Plaksin, and ...
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A Hearty Warm-up

Sliding-block chess puzzles have gone a little cold, so here be a hearty warm-up! ;D In the below position that I created, it Black to move, but there is a twist: the stipulation is that it is a ...
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The economy of trapping

A queen on the center of the board has 27 possible moves. Sometimes a queen can be trapped, like in the position below. Note: This is just an example of a what a trap should be like-every possible ...
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Highest number of mates

In chess, what position has the highest number of checkmates in 1 move for a given side? You can have as many of each piece as you want, except for the king (you get exactly one). Bishops can be same ...
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The Dropper, But With A Twist

Here's a piece-drop puzzle of my own. In the below position, a White piece is to be dropped onto the board. This means that, before White can move, they must legally put a single piece on them board. ...
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Can you stop the rambling rook?

This is a chess puzzle someone showed me a long time ago. If you already know this puzzle please give the others a chance to solve it first. This puzzle was originally created by Otto Gallischek and ...
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That Ain't Right… #4

Here's a small head-scratcher for you all today. In the above position, it is White to play and mate Black in four moves, assuming that Black plays their best moves. However, there is a catch—there ...
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Deliver a checkmate on a cylindrical chessboard with the least cumulative piece value

Suppose that the chess board is not a 2D square, but a cylinder, as shown below: In that case, both players still can make queens, but one king and one queen is not enough to checkmate the opponent, ...
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Tempoverlustspiel

Tempoverlustspiel-A German word that roughly translates to "loss of tempo game." An interesting chess term that I leaned a while ago With White to move in the below position, how many moves will it ...
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Don't bully your little sister at chess

This puzzle was inspired by @RewanDemontay's puzzle De-zephyr The Solution!. Rewan kindly granted me permission for making this puzzle and citing his as my source of inspiration. I thought of naming ...
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A Breeze Through

Here's a small problem for you all to breeze through tonight! It's White to move and selfmate themselves in 7 turns. Can you tell me what the special concept is that arises from this problem? As ...
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Tricky Tricky!-Can you find the secret?

Here's a selfmate problem that just might be baffle you! Thus, I name it "Tricky Tricky!" It's White to move and selfmate themselves in 8 moves. Can you find the secret? As always, no computers ...
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The Sea Snake's Slithering Problem

Here's a really long chess puzzle, not made by me, that has the "sea snake" theme, which just basically means that it's super long. It's White to move and checkmate Black in 122 moves. Please do not ...
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A Checkmate of Dubious Legality

Full-size image Black has just delivered checkmate in the above position - but is the position legal? If no, explain why. If yes, give Black's mating move. FEN: 3r4/2r4b/8/8/8/3Kp3/5k2/8 w - - 0 1 ...
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De-zephyr The Solution!

Here's another original chess problem of mine for you all to solve today! In the following position, White wants to stalemate Black even though they can win, for unknown, unclear, unexplained, and ...
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All The King's Men-Selfmate In 14 Moves?

I call this "All The King's Men" because lots of White's pieces are needed in this selfmate. It was somewhat of an accident actually, but it is still a pretty position in my opinion. It's whiteto ...
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Piece-drop Mate #4

Piece-Drop Mate Piece-drop Mate #2 Piece-drop Mate #3 Here's another installation of the Piece-drop Mate series! I'll try to be more explicit about the rules of the puzzle, as recommended by @...
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Piece-drop Mate #3

Piece-Drop Mate Piece-drop Mate #2 Here's a third one and an interesting one at that: Your task is to place a piece on the board as White and checkmate Black. The correct answer is the one which ...
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Piece-drop Mate #2

Piece-Drop Mate #1 Here's a second piece-drop mate, but with a twist. Just like last time, you may only place the maximum number of pieces allowed on the board in a regular game of chess. You're ...
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Piece-Drop Mate

Find a way to checkmate Black by placing pieces! You must use as little material as you can(in points). You cannot place more pieces than allowed in a regular game of chess! The Position Good luck! ...
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Chess Construction Challenge #1-Read First Please!

I'm starting a new series in which I set a very specific goal with a unique (to be more specifically defined here in a bit) answer in which the solver must construct a chess position, sometimes a game,...
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Don't Checkmate White!

Quite simply, find the one move by Black that doesn't checkmate White! It's really not that hard! Good luck solving! UPDATE: There's no need to solve this, but I finally dug up my original diagram , ...
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Chess Massacre Variants-Play Find The Fastest Way?

I have thought up several variations of massacre chess. Massacre chess is a game where almost every single move is a capture. The idea here is that only the chosen type of piece can capture. It ...
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The Switchup-2.0

This question from last year (which in itself was anticipated on CSE two years prior) has a complete switchup of all non-pawn pieces on the board. The idea is to optimize the amount of moves needed to ...
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Find Those Notations #5!

Here’s another different one. You must find as many mates in 4 as possible. Include shorter ones if you want that you find, but at least one mate in four has to be included in your answer. But no ...
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An Unusual Amount Of Help

Another day, another helpmate to solve! Here's a really complicated one! The Black pawn on Black's first rank moves like a normal Black pawn. It's White to move first. Given that White moves to ...
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Chess Construction Challenge #2-Check!

Xit's time for round two! Given that: -Black has 6 pawns and a king -White ehas three pieces of any kind you to deduce the identity of and a king Construct: -A nlegal position in which both sides ...
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A “Simple” Task

Here's a "simple" task for all of you solvers out there: With White to play first, and with both sides working together to checkmate White, aka a helpmate, what is the quickest way for Black to ...
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Find Those Chess Notations! #7

It's been awhile, so welcome to my series if you haven't seen it before! Number Of Moves: 15 Checkmater: Black Given Game: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? fxe3 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? dxe4 ? dxe6 ? ? ? ? ? fxe5 ? ? ? ...
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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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3D Chess - Stale NBA (kNight-Bishop Assault)

This is my very first chess puzzle. Any constructive feedback is more than welcome. Thanks! Introducing 3D Chess! To make things simple for the first time, we are using a $3\times3\times3$ ...
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The Coded Chessboard

"If you're worthy, the secret is found within you," the wise old lady had told you before you had entered the villain's lair. When the townspeople had told you to seek her out for advice, you thought ...
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Find Those Chess Notations! #1 (Probably)

I’m hoping to begin a mini-series where you will have to figure it’s the entire notation list of a game being given a few moves, a few cryptic hints, and the number if if moves, and which side gets ...
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White's last move?

You guys have proven to be quite capable chess detectives. So here is one more mystery for you to solve: What was White's last move?
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Where are the Wazirs?

A wazir is a fairy chess piece that moves like a rook, but can go only one square.                   &...
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The Not So Knights Challenge

You have been imprisoned by your super duper cliché evil king named Tim Goldsteen for sneezing during his birthday party. Apparently he’s that evil. Anyhow, you found out Tim’s secret that he enjoys ...
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Can you save white in this chess position?

Here is a game I've recently played with my 6-year-old nephew. I am the black pieces. My last move was Bxf3. As you can see, I have an unstoppable mate (Qg2#). It's white's move. My nephew asked ...
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #1

My (very) young pupil, Magnus, is playing 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 ...
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Chess Puzzle to calculate the minimum number of movements of pawn [closed]

Given an N×N chessboard, with two pieces, a black pawn and a white pawn randomly placed on the chessboard. What is the minimum number of steps required by the white pawn to reach the black pawn under ...
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Especially Special

Here's a special and interesting chess problem that I came across the other day. It's White to move and checkmate Black in 7 moves. Source: Милошески, Бошко Mihajloski, Zlatko, Novi temi 1975 Comm. ...
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Down The Board-Selfmate In 10 Moves

Here's a miniature selfmate puzzle that I composed today. I just got an idea and I managed to successfully create it. I got the basic idea down to just 9 pieces, none of which are promoted. It's ...
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Mighty Knight Makes only Minimal Moves

Mighty Knight(regular chess moves only) is trapped in corner cell H1. What are the minimum number of moves needed for the Knight to visit each X marked cells? Example: F2..1. D1...2. Etc Final ...
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Chess problem: Make a crossword in 3 moves

A crossword position is a legal chess position with the following property: The board can be thought of as a crossword grid where the pieces on board work as clues. Each type of piece is a clue for ...
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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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Puzzling Knight has a Message for all- Especially Newcomers

Of all the more than a Trillion messages he can deliver, he has especially selected this message for all. Follow his(normal chess moves for the Knight) path to get the message. His journey starts ...
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Valiant Knight is back..but he is in grave danger from the Evil Queen

King has placed a bounty on Valiant Knight and enlisted his evil queen’s help. Queen knows knight’s regular stops of his journey and knows he goes through all odd prime cells. She strategically ...
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To Win The Right To ****************

I found this nice little problem on Tim Krabbe's website the other day. I found it so unique and beautiful, that I felt compelled to share it here as a puzzle to be solved. Please do not use a ...
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The Slaughterhouse

Yeah, I'm currently obsessed with selfmates. Here's one where it's just three Black pieces against the entire White army. I named this puzzle "The Slaughterhouse" for a reason. It's Black to move ...
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Checkmate in 1 on a Tangled Board

Lots of pieces are tangled here. Can you find mate in one? Small hint to guide you in the right way:
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Find My Mission For Me

I am a spy for the CIA. Since I am in a hostile territory, my next mission was given to me in a very coded manner. Today, while playing chess in the local park a briefcase landed on my head. Feeling ...