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A puzzle related to chess, a two-player board game with white and black pieces of varying ranks.

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An intriguing game construction

I found that the book "Amusements In Chess," by Henry Ernest Dudney, has been morphed into a website. In the section "Various Chess Puzzles, I came across this particular puzzle that ...
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Chess Construction Challenge #9: Two Eggs & A Flood

I have an odd idea for this challenge. It involves a very specific proof game construction. So pay attention! Given that: White and Black cannot move more than one pawn each throughout the entire ...
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Chess Construction Challenge #D: 8 moves

Since I "burnt" the complete question elsewhere, let's start with "D" (I counted up in hex) and 8 moves. The position in the answer there can be improved by far! OK, to ...
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Chess A Knight's Journey

You'll need to know about: A game that has existed for over 1500 years A game that doesn't exist ♞ → I → II → III → ... Answer = Xxxxxxxxx
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Flat share share

This is a sequel to Gentrification in Chessshire. Due to the febrile state of the Chesster housing market you and your flat mates are forced to rent out half your place to another group of sharers. ...
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Going back the the dance floor

Johnny, the White monarch, is homesick, and his friend Carla, the h1 rook, is away, using her time to help the lower citizens of the Black kingdom. They use to do such wonderful fun, but their ...
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Chess Construction Challenge #8: Three Times The Charm

On a chessboard, a piece has a set number of legal moves. It can range from 0 to 27. However, this amount can also restricted. My previous questions have covered n=1 and n=2, it is time for n=3! Given ...
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Chess Construction Challenge #6: The One Move Royale

In chess, it is possible for a piece to have only one legal move. For example, in this position, the Black king can move only to h2. Given that: All 32 pieces are available for use. Construct: A ...
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Chess Construction Challenge #7: Double The Fun

Many thanks goes to @Retudin in a comment on my last question for this idea. In a chess position, pieces can be restricted as to how many moves they can legally make in theory. Since my previous ...
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Footmen and Friends #4: Double Iced

It's time for Episode 4 after a long time off air! This time, it's another unusual dazzle. It's a short, but succulent, sweet New Year's treat. In the starting position, with no pieces other than the ...
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Most Captures Chess

In Most Captures Chess puzzle, you will need to provide a legal game where it is Blacks to play and where they have the most different ways to capture a White piece. For instance, the next game allows ...
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Chess-based escape room [closed]

You go into a room, and the door closes. Some sign says: You must find a forced checkmate on the black king in two moves. The key for the Vigenere is ONLY your moves. In other words, if you played ...
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Room Puzzle, containing chess and ciphers. Can someone help? [duplicate]

I Have to force checkmate black king in two moves only its white turn. And the keypad Someone also asked this question here like a month ago, but the answer was wrong i tried alot of things but ...
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Gentrification in Chessshire

You can skip the back story and directly jump to the question. Capitalism has arrived in suburban Chesster the community most famed for The Game, and with a vengeance. Rents have trebled in less than ...
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Checkmate Puzzle [closed]

I had a chess position today, in which my last position had 5 possible moves to checkmate. This seemed like a lot to me, and I immediately thought of the puzzle: Which position would yield the maximum ...
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Place three Knights, three Bishops and three Rooks on this board snippet

Place three Knights, three Bishops and three Rooks on this board snippet. The only rule: each piece has to be attacked exactly once. Notes: Ignore color, so every piece attacks every other piece ...
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You may remove pieces of your opponent's!

You are in a regular chess tournament, your opponent is Deepest Blue AI who considers every kind of possibilities and does not make any mistakes. But you are given an opportunity to remove any pieces ...
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Kill me or I kill you first!

How many mates are possible under 10 moves? Rule: Mate can go both ways. Under 10 moves. Feel free to let White or Black move first. Board diagram: Apronus PGN Viewer board for white taking the ...
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Equal Chess Control

Is it possible to setup a chess board where every square on the board is only controlled once. Occupying a square does not mean controlling it. If it is possible, with how little pieces? Piece Cost: ...
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Missing checkmates in one

Have you ever missed a one-move checkmate and immediately realized it after making your move? If you have, you just might have what it takes to crack this problem. Let's take an example: g4 e5 ...
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Move chess pieces to flip starting position in center

The white pieces in the above position should maneuver themselves into the flipped starting position (i.e. king in e3). All pieces makes regular moves within the 4x4 center squares. By removing a pawn ...
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One vs many. Can white force a draw?

On an infinite chessboard there's a single white king and N black kings. The nearest black king must be K moves away from the white king. Given N, white dictates the value of (finite) K, then black ...
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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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Who attempted to betray the Boston King?

The Castle of Weshire recently declared war on the Castle of Boston. The two armies soon met, the Boston King and Weshire King giving out orders from behind their lines of soldiers, surround by their ...
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Swapping 3 knights in a 4x4 grid

Can you swap black and white knights in this 4x4 grid? There is one important constraint: at no point can a knight be under attack by an opponent knight. Knights move using standard chess moves (L ...
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The Knight's Romp

Recently I was messing around with a singular knight on a chess board, and I came up with an interesting dilemma. Can you move a knight, from starting on any square, such that its path covers every ...
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Interchanging knights and rooks… again!

Is it possible to interchange the positions of the the two black knights and two black rooks with those of the two white knights and two white rooks? Movements allowed are those of the corresponding ...
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It’s Black to move. What must Black do in order to help White castle queenside in just 11 moves?
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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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This is a follow-up to (Almost) all hands on check by @loopy walt. The task (mate in one with as many essential pieces as possible) stays the same, but you are to go about it more cunningly. Recap of ...
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Only kings and horses

This is the fourth entry in my decentralised or "Swiss" chess mini series. See bottom for a recap of the modified rules of Swiss chess. Enough warm up! It is time for a proper Swiss chess ...
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(Almost) all hands on check

Historical note (skip if you like): In this interesting puzzle @TSLF asks for the "maximum number of black and white pieces that are involved in a checkmate position". Originally, they left ...
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Checkmate in Last Move

What is the maximum number of black and white pieces that are involved in a checkmate position? That is, if any piece were removed from the board, the position would not be checkmate because that ...
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Fools in Switzerland

This is the third question of my mini series on decentralised chess, or Swiss chess. In Swiss chess, the advantage in terms of mobility of a centrally placed piece over a piece in the corner is ...
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Three white queens, two white knights, and one rook on a chess board

On an 8 x 8 chessboard, place three white queens, two white knights, and one white rook so that every cell of the board is under attack by at least one piece not standing on it. Source: https://www....
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Four pacifist queens

Earlier, I introduced the beautiful game of Swiss chess. These are animated gifs. You may have to click on them to make them move. Unlike the peace-loving Swiss, we are interested in "domination&...
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Four queens on public transport

The enlightened but, sadly, fictional country of Switzerland has it all: A strong democracy that resists centralism, a reliable public transport network and its own version of chess. Swiss chess ...
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Chess - Knight Mate

What is the fastest, in terms of moves, for a legal game to come to a checkmate, either black or white with a Knight and such that both all other cases of the checkmated King are attacked by an ...
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What was I supposed to do?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage I've had the strangest day. Today I was invited to play in a chess tournament (or so I thought). As a keen (and pretty good) chess ...
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Minimize the longest King chain on a 6x6 ternary grid

This puzzle is an extension of this one: Minimize the longest King chain on a 5x5 binary board Given a grid filled with numbers, we define a King chain to be a path on the grid such that: The path ...
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Minimize the longest King chain on a 7x7 binary grid

This puzzle is an extension of this one: Minimize the longest King chain on a 5x5 binary board Given a grid filled with numbers, we define a King chain to be a path on the grid such that: The path ...
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Two knight tours on a 4x4 grid

Two knights are placed on opposite corners of a 4x4 grid. Can you move* each knight 7 times, such that each cell of the grid is visited exactly once by exactly one of the knights? *Note that a knight ...
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Minimize the longest King chain on a 5x5 binary board

Given a grid filled with numbers, let's define a King chain to be a path on the grid such that the path can be traversed with chess King's moves (moving to one of 8 adjacent cells at a time), the ...
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Chess - I will eat!

Suppose that you are playing White, and your aim is to eat a black piece (pawns qualitfy) in the fewest moves as possible and Black are not cooperating at all, and, even more, Black's aim is to ...
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Reverse Engineer Chess Software Calculations

TLDR Just the Puzzle Given a number n and a weight w the function f will result in a weighted number r as follows. f(n, w) = r n can be a number from 0 to 200 w can be a number from -100 to 100 (...
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On an 8x8 board, a knight is on the second square of the last row. Only moving upwards, how many routes to the top?

In chess, a knight moves in L-shaped jumps consisting of two squares along a row or column plus one square at a right angle. If it can only move up the board, how many routes can it take to reach any ...
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May White Castle?

Quite simply, may White castle in the below position? There is much more than what meets the eye! For the record, White pawns move up and Black pawns move down. Nikita M. Plaksin & Michel Caillaud,...
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Selfmate In How Few? #3-Unknown Limits

I dug up the below old position when going through a Google Docs document today. I know that it's supposed to be a somewhat winding, clearly dualed, selfmate. To be honest, I genuinely don't know the ...