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One piece of a destroyed chess board

Once I met a friend and he told me the following story: I recently cut my wooden 8x8 chess board into different rectangular pieces along the edges. Each square of the chess board has a length of one ...
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A challenge-find the shortest solution!

I come here with the challenge today-find the shortest solution! Recently, I set out to created the longest helpmate possible, not caring for legality or duals I have created this monster as a result....
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White to mate in 2

This is a cryptic crossword puzzle. Clues are normal, however some entries clash with one another. Each such clash is resolved by adding the clashing letters using the standard A1-Z26 numerology, ...
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Only one square for the white king

Consider this position. It is white's turn to move. Your job is to place the white king so that white have an overwhelming (winning) advantage. Where is it? Please note that: While Queen usually ...
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And another one bites the dust

I recently found an extraordinary moremover online today. Have fun finding the solution! It’s White to move and mate in 19 moves! Bonus: Explain the title in relation to the solution! Jozef Lozek, ...
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Queens of the Square Sudoku Table

. 6 . | 8 . 3 | . 7 . . . 1 | . . . | . 6 9 7 . . | . . . | . . 5 ---------+---------+-------- . . . | 9 . . | . 1 . . . . | . . . | . . 4 . . 5 | . 1 . | . ...
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A Plethora of Puzzled Pawns

Inspired by this question According to FIDE rules, the pawn may move to a square occupied by an opponent’s piece diagonally in front of it on an adjacent file, capturing that piece. So, what's in ...
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The Newest Cycle

A wonderful new chess problem has appeared lately that is most wonderful. I am here to share it with the world today. But you must solve it in order know about it’s glory! It’s White to move and ...
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Peaceable Bishops on a 10x10 grid version 2

Can you place 42 bishops with 6 bishops for each of the 7 colors on a 10x10 grid, such that no two bishops of different colors attack each other? Here are some similar questions: Peaceable Bishops ...
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Peaceable Bishops on an 10x10 grid

Can you place 22 red, 22 white and 22 black bishops on a 10x10 grid, such that no two bishops of different colours attack each other? Here is a similar question for 8x8 grid: Peaceable Bishops on an ...
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Peaceable Bishops on an 8x8 grid

Place an equal number of red, white and black bishops on a 8x8 chess grid, such that no two bishops of different colours attack each other. What is the largest number of bishops you can place? Bonus ...
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Judge this position

An odd chess crime has occurred. The below position, a criminal one, was on the board when it was intercepted. Is it a legal or illegal chess position? Give reasonable proof as to why. You are to ...
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You Tell Me What To Choose

I found this nice problem in A.C. White’s 1912 book “The Theory Of Pawn Promotion” the other day. Enjoy! It’s White to move and checkmate Black in 5 moves, Don’t forget to explain the title! ...
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Fewest Chess Pieces

What is the least amount of chess pieces you can use to cover the board with their possible moves and what is their placement? You can only use the pieces that are found on the chessboard (from the ...
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Checkmate with two knights, but with a twist

It is well known that two knights and a king alone cannot force a checkmate. But that it on a 64-sqaure board. According to Edward Winter’s C.N. 5449, William Shinkman found a way to give mate in a ...
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With The Last Man

Here’s a nifty little problem. It’s White to move and mate in 12! Don’t forget to explain the title! Johann Christoffel Van Gool, Le Journal de Genève 1979
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Hilfe White Rochade!

It’s Black to move. What must Black do in order to help White castle queenside in just 11 moves?
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Princesses covering an 8x8 chess board

What is the minimum number of princesses you need to place on an 8x8 chessboard so that every empty square is attacked by at least one princess? A princess is a piece from fairy chess that can move ...
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Knights covering a 9x9 chess board

What is the minimum number of knights you need to place on a 9x9 chess board, such that every empty cell is attacked by at least one knight? Here is a similar question for a 10x10 chess board: ...
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Knights covering a 10x10 chess board

What is the minimum number of knights you need to place on a 10x10 chess board, such that every empty cell is attacked by at least one knight? Good luck!
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The Rambling Monster

The Rambling Rook is back, but this time, they are a true monster! It’s White to move and reach a winning position in 101 moves. Gijs van Breukelen, Schakend Nederland, 1981, Special Honoring ...
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In and out, and back in again

With White to move, how long will it take for both sides to cooperate, i.e. this is a helpmate, and checkmate Black? This is based on a problem made made by Otto Blathy. And yes, I know that the ...
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“Short” And Sweet Math

In the following chess diagram, how many possible chess postions exist? No looking at the solution! Source: P1359129 & Andrew Jonathan Mestel, Retros mailing list, 2/1/2019
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A delve into extraordinary chess problems: Selfmate 2

(Continuing the series from here) Here is a second selfmate puzzle (also relatively easy, but beware the traps!). It is by C. R. Flood from 1967, and is puzzle 81 in The Book of Extraordinary Chess ...
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Chess Construction Challenge #3-The Inverse Babson

Another day, another task! Today's challenge is to construct four positions, with White to move and win, such that: In each position, White's move is to promote to a particular piece, for a position ...
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A delve into extraordinary chess problems: Selfmate 1

[This series continues from a harder puzzle here and continues in this puzzle] Here we have an easier but still interesting selfmate in 5. This is a puzzle by A. Rubin found in The Book of ...
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Back in time, in my time, all the time

I present to you all a highly interesting problem that I came across awhile ago on Tim Krabbe’s site. It’s White move and win, i.e. reach a winning positon, in 21 moves. David Gurgenidze & ...
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Attacking queens revisited

Can you place 5 queens on a 11x11 chess board such that they can attack every empty square? It turns out this problem was answered here: http://golovolomka.hobby.ru/books/gik/04.shtml Can you find ...
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Attacking queens

Can you place 3 queens on a 6x6 chess board such that they can attack every square? Good luck!
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A delve into extraordinary chess problems: Self-Stalemate 2

Following on from a slightly easier puzzle here (this series continues here). This is a puzzle by W. A. Shinkman in 1924: White to play and force Black to stalemate him in nine moves. As a ...
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A delve into extraordinary chess problems: Self-Stalemate 1

(This puzzle series is continued here) I found a book that must have been given to me thirty years ago called The Book of Extraordinary Chess Problems: 120 Unusual Puzzles by Stephen Addison. It's ...
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Something Simple

A simple task: It’s White to move selfmate themselves in three moves. White pawns are moving up.
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A Remote Location

Here be a simple problem For the keen directmate eye White to move and win In seven moves, Black shall die However, I remember now a relative Long ago did he begin to live About a two decades or ...
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Forbidden Love: A tale of two kingdoms

Once upon a time there were two kingdoms (bluex and pinksus) separated by a wall of eternal war. The kings of these two kingdoms each had one son and one daughter. Their children sought to end the war ...
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What is my lover's name?

I have a lover, I love her so She has a special name as we all do But I wish, from me to you, not to tell A secret kept is a secret kept well But if you truly want to know I shall soon reveal her ...
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Three-player chess on a 7x7 board

This is chess between three players. Short rules: Black moves first, then blue, then red. The move order is the same regardless of whether any of the players are in check. Normal chess rules ...
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Playing Chess Game of Chance

I still enjoy playing chess at the age of ninety four.Those contemporary opponents I used to play with have all passed away without me even getting even scores with any of them. On my spare time I ...
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Chess Golf: Peaceful Double Mate

Given the board below, create a checkmate for both sides, ensuring that no pieces are capable of capturing any other piece excluding captures targeted at the kings. Blue moves south and pink moves ...
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Around The World

It's White to move and checkmate Black in 36 moves. I have slightly changed the original stipulation. Feel free to explain the title if you want to! *Oleg Pervakov and Karen Sumbatian, Shakmaty v ...
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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. No looking up the solution please! Nikita M. Plaksinm ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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. Миљанић, ...