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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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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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Can White Castle?

This is the first chess puzzle I composed in the retrograde genre. I originally posted this in a chess dedicated forum. Hope you like it! In the following position, is it possible that White could ...
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An Easy Mate In 1

As stated in the title, white must mate black in 1 move. But first you must solve the mystery behind this puzzle. This puzzle was created by Hieronymus Fischer (1843-1927).
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A very unique chess puzzle

Find a legal move for white that does NOT mate in one. Source: by Karl Fabel & was reprinted in Martin Gardner's New Mathematical Diversions from Scientific American (pub. Simon & Schuster), ...
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A 16 Clue Sudoku Puzzle (but the kings can't be in check)

An entry in the 19th fortnightly challenge... Above is a 9x9 "chess" board with some pieces already laid out, your goal is to fill the board completely, following standard Sudoku rules (i.e. every ...
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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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Chess : The Lone King

An arbiter is trying to figure out what happened on the above adjorned game. He only knew that black made 15 moves and there can be more than one line of moves for this. Can you replay at least one ...
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Crippled King Crossing a Canyon

A chess king has been injured in battle against an evil wizard, and can no longer move northeast or southwest. This king is on the North rim of a canyon, and must flee to safety on the South rim. ...
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How many Chess Pieces are needed to control every square on the board? No Piece Restriction

You may use as many pieces as you like. Pieces do not control the square they occupy. Accepted Answer goes to the person that has the least score. Piece cost: Pawn - 1 Knight - 3 Bishop - 3 Rook - ...
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Pythagorean Chess: Knishops

In chess, Knights moves to squares a distance $\sqrt5$ away. Bishops move distances $\sqrt2$, $\sqrt8$, $\sqrt{18}$, etc. Both pieces are restricted to non-integer distance moves. Enter the Knishop, ...
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Chess Fortnight is finally over!

(Note: the backstory here may or may not be entirely fictitious.) The fortnightly chess theme is finally over! I couldn't stand it. It was chaos! Pieces moving around in all the wrong ways... I was ...
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A Very Illegal Position

It's been a while since I've done a chess puzzle, so here's one! This position is illegal in quite a lot of ways: It's illegal in at least 10 ways. The first one to find all of the ways this ...
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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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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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Can a chess player promote all pawns to queens?

In standard chess rules, a pawn is promoted if it reaches the far side of the board. Usually, the pawn's owner chooses to promote it to a queen. Is it possible for one player to eventually promote ...
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There is only s̶i̶x̶t̶y one place he can be

This puzzle is not mine, although I don't have any reference as to where it originated from. I discovered it when I was a student, some fifteen years ago. It has been among my favourite chess puzzles ...
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Biggest army on a chessboard

Reminder: Everybody knows that we can place 8 queens in a chessboard without threatening each other (see here). Same reasoning can be applied for knights, bishops, rooks and kings. Giving ...
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How many queens can be on a chessboard without attacking each other?

What is the maximum number of queens that can be placed on a standard 8x8 chessboard such that no one of them is capable of attacking any of the others in a single move?
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Rubik's Chess Puzzle

This puzzle is part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge - "Unconventional Tag Fusion". Last week I found out that Puzzle Prime Co. have invented new type of puzzle - Rubik's Chess. The goal is simple -...
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Switch The Knights

On a small $ 4 \times 3$ chessboard, the top row is filled with black knights and the bottom row with white knights. On each move, you may move one knight (as it moves in chess) to an unoccupied ...
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Swapping rooks in a 4x4 board

You have a 4x4 chessboard with four black rooks on the top and four white rooks in the bottom. Your goal is to swap these rooks using the minimum number of steps. It does not matter which rook is ...
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“Murder!”, said the knight

It is the middle of a moonless night when the people of Birmingham are awakened by a scream coming from the streets. Someone has been murdered, they soon hear, but no body was found. Everyone gathers ...
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Conway's Game of Knights

You have 1 chess piece: The Knight The board: Conway's Game of Life Your goal: Survive Basically, you control a standard chess Knight. You are only allowed to move to cells considered "live" (...
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How many chess pieces does it take to “cover” all spaces on a chessboard?

Given an 8x8 chessboard, your goal is to "cover" each space on the board with the fewest possible number of pieces. A space is "covered" if there is a piece on it, or if a piece on the board can be ...
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Another Easy Mate in 1

Standard chess rules apply, the board is not rotated (i.e. white pawns move upwards), no lateral thinking is needed. Simply find the one move for white which mates the black king. This puzzle was ...
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Rook River (Chess Sliding Puzzle)

The absent-minded king has gotten himself lost. Help him return to his palace on h8 using as few moves as possible. Only legal chess moves are allowed. Pawns are not promoted on the final rank. You ...
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Knights on a Torus

An 8×8 chessboard is in the shape of a torus. (This means that the board "wraps around" - you can go left from a2 and come out on h2, for instance. It also works vertically - you can go up from f8 and ...
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Two Knights, two Bishops, two Rooks and two Kings on a 4x4 chessboard

Place two Knights, two Rooks, two Bishops and two Kings on a 4x4 chessboard, so that: 1) The Kings are not attacked at all. 2) All other pieces are attacked exactly once. Ignore color, so every ...
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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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Trapping The Knight

A knight is placed on an infinitely large chess board with no edges. It can only visit each square once. What is the smallest number of moves it can make that would cause it to become trapped?
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How many squares can 4 queens control?

Though there is no strict mathematical proof, it has been shown via brute-force that no arrangement of 4 or fewer queens can control every square on a standard 8x8 chessboard. So, out of the 64 ...
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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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Can you solve my Chess Sudoku puzzles?

Rules Normal Sudoku rules apply except that instead of 9s you must place chess pieces. A puzzle can mix chess pieces, and in principle any piece may be used - although the rest of the constraints ...
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Black wants to go first!

Billy and Matthew decide to play a game of Chess. They live far away, so they decide to do it online. Matthew wants to play first, but the game randomly gave him the color black (who goes second.) ...
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Rooks on a 15x15 chessboard

On a 15x15 chessboard there are 15 rooks that do not attack each other (via ordinary rook moves). Then each of the rooks makes one move like that of a knight. Is it possible that after all this is ...
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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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A Puzzle That Marches Swiftly To The Median

James Bond enters M's office. ...
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Introducing: FootChess!

Imagine if your chess pieces got bored of their little war games, and decided to play something a bit different. The rules are like Chess except as follows: There is a Ball piece that starts in ...
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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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The Swedish king and the chessboard

The following puzzle is an old classic, due originally to the great puzzler Sam Loyd, who published the first three parts in 1859; the fourth and fifth parts are variations due to Brian Stewart and ...
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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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A Chess Puzzle With a Twist

You enter a chess club and see pieces arranged on a board like this: Someone tells you that 2 players were playing a game (according to standard chess rules). At the end white announced a mate in 4, ...
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The Knight and the Maze

Shown below is a grid of blue and yellow squares with a knight in the upper left hand corner and green square in the lower right hand corner. Your task is to guide the knight from its starting ...
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The separation of chess pieces

Is it possible to order a complete set of chess pieces of the same color (8 Pawns, 2 Knights, 2 Bishops, 2 Rook, Queen and King) in such a way that none of them attack each other? If so, how?
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Why isn't this chess puzzle trivial?

This chess puzzle has become popular in the last few days: But doesn't the white king just need to wander to where the cross is, then move the white pawn forward, then the black bishop takes it and ...
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Rook game on chessboard

A rook stands in the lower left corner of an $m\times n$ chessboard. Alice and Bob alternately move the rook (horizontally or vertically, through any number of squares). As the rook moves, it leaves a ...
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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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Detectives vs Nelson: The Chessboard Serial Killer

This is about Nelson, a serial killer who, after each murder, leaves a chess diagram in the scene of the crime. These chessboards give the detectives the opportunity to decipher where, how and when ...
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Monte Carlo Chess

This is an entry to the 17th fortnightly topic challenge. Chess is an interesting game, but is so unrealistic. In real life, you couldn't tell order your knight to attack an enemy bishop and expect ...