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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 ...
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Place The Black King Legally-Two Solutions

Warning: If the wording seems cryptic to you, that’s because it is meant to be. Here’s a puzzle for you: legally place the black king in the following diagram. Additionally, assuming that all white ...
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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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Can White Castle? #3

Since it seems at least some people are enjoying these I'm continuing the series. This one is not quite as elegant, but still interesting. Can White Castle?
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Forced selfmate in n-moves

I assume most people on PSE know a bit of chess With white to move, this is checkmate (1. Qb7#): That's boring. Let's try something more interesting. With black to move, black can FORCE white to ...
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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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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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Can White Castle? #2

Following on my previous puzzle that was well received (here).Note that this one is a lot shorter / easier, so feel free to participate! Can White Castle?
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You versus Computer - Who will be the Winner?

You sit down to play a “new” game of chess. In this game only one Knight is on the regular 8x8 chessboard. Only regular legal moves of Knight are allowed. Game begins with computer going first to ...
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Lead the way to this Literary Knight to its final “DESTINATION”

As this Literary Knight (only chess move allowed) hops along, picks up a letter each time to make it to final $DESTINATION$ Starting from a cell containing right D, ride the Knight picking up each ...
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Normal Knight sees the Big Picture during his Countrywide Travels [duplicate]

Normal Knight is savvy, energy saving as he travels through Regular Country... Ride along and Document Details of his Journey As this Knight (only chess move allowed) journeys through , he takes ...
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Magical Knight Moves with Effortless Ease in his Magical Kingdom

Magical Knight knows every Square of his Magical Kingdom. In many respects, he is like any other knight...Literary,Prime, Normal(makes same allowed chess moves). He is people Knight . As he traverses ...
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Prime Knight travels through Prime Country

Prime Knight travels through Prime Country... Ride along and Document Details of his Journey As this Prime Knight (only chess move allowed) journeys through Prime land, he makes a pit stop at every ...
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Where is the White King? [duplicate]

I recently stumbled upon this puzzle on a known video platform. Apparently it's from the cover of an old book named "The Chess Mysteries of the Arabian Knights". The white king made himself ...
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A Humourous & Simple Selfmate In One

Here's simple and humourous chess puzzle that I created after a few non-consecutive hours. I had to prove the concept feasible while making it as economic as possible. White To Move, And Selfmate In ...
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Something Large From Something Small

I have created a miniature chess puzzle that takes advantage of a piece of chess semantics that has some debate to it. This is the puzzle: Construct a legal (meaning that two opposite colored ...
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A Fairy-ly Odd Chess Identification Puzzle

I had a rather odd idea today. On my own, I came up with a mate in two scheme that uses a fairy chess piece, along with a new puzzle theme. The idea is that you must figure what fairy piece is going ...
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Peaceful Encampments

This math puzzle is due to Donald Knuth (as far as I know; maybe he got it from someone else) circa 2014. Consider a plain represented by the unit square. On this plain we want to “peacefully ...
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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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Crossword gone overboard

This puzzle is part 24 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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Fantastic Foxhole Failures

I have decided to make a little bit of theme for this next chess question. And that theme is foxholes in war. Makes sense to me since chess is a technically a war-themed game. I have two puzzles for ...
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A Multitude Of Mates In 5-An Original Chess Puzzle

Here’s a toughie for you-and no computers allowed! I have created this unique chess puzzle which white mates black in many different ways, all in 5 moves, no matter what black does. Options do exist ...
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A minimal stalemate with no possible illegal moves [duplicate]

Imagine that the main goal of the game of chess were to actually capture the opponent's king, not just checkmating him. So a stalemate would (usually) no longer be a draw, but a loss for the ...