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An Atomic Proof Game

One day, I heard two of my friends were playing an online game of chess. I went to spectate, and this was the position: However, I looked at the move list, and realized White's sixth move had just ...
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A Halloween Chess Puzzle

Halloween is finally here, so I thought I'd do a theme puzzle! I love chess, and I wanted to do a chess puzzle... so... (It kind of looks like a jack-o-lantern, okay?) Black to move and ...
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Loser Chess : another proof game

After this puzzle has been solved, it is time to offer our clever solvers another Loser Chess game to reconstruct... Do you remember that I often pay a visit to my friends Fabi and Mag on evenings ? ...
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A Chess Lock Puzzle?

I was recently talking to one of my friends who played chess (much better than me, I'll admit). He said he had a different kind of chess problem, one that may be a little easier, or that may be a ...
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Knight Checker Puzzle

Inspired by this question Here's a quick Knight Checker (a chess variant) puzzle. In case you haven't read the rules to it in the above link, I'll repost them here: Each player begins with 1 ...
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The Knight Checker or Football Chess

Both Players uses 8 Knights on this chessboard game : The Knight Checker. All pieces starts in Rank 1 relative to players. White to move first. The Knight pieces makes regular moves as in a chess game ...
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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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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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Are you more clever than Alice?

Once upon a time, Bob was telling Alice about a chess match: "One turn before the end only 4 pieces were on the board, and White could guarantee checkmate for themselves in several ways". Once Alice ...
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Three free moves, three more moves, mate

This morning, at the coffee corner in our office, I met a colleague who mentioned he'd be joining a chess club. So I asked him: "And, how was your first evening at the chess club?" "Well, it was a ...
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A Fairy Warped Chess Maze

So, my previous puzzle A Warped Chess Maze is somehow my highest voted puzzle on Puzzling SE. So, I'm bringing it back, now with fairy pieces! The fairy pieces will be explained in a bit, but the ...
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Megan mated by a king move

"Been playing some chess with my husband recently", my friend Megan began, as we sat with our drinks in Coffee Monarchy. "How'd you get on?" I asked. "Didn't get off to a good start, I'm afraid. In ...
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Fabi and Mag played chess again

Fabi and Mag love chess, and I love to watch them playing together. I am not such a strong player myself, but I am an excellent spectator! The three of us were having a nice evening around a chess ...
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Help Black slide the blocks to solve this chess problem

Here's a chess problem which plays very like a sliding-block puzzle, hence the rather unusual tag combo. Ljubomir Ugren 2nd Prize, Mat, 1976; John Nunn, Solving in Style, no. 183 sh#19 To explain ...
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A Battle of Dysfunctional Kings (Chess)

So recently I've learned about fairy chess and I've decided to write a puzzle based around the topic. Today's variation features a chess board which is missing eight squares (A1, A8, C3, C6, F3, F6, ...
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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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Murder in the Royal Court

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #40: Retrograde Analysis! I can't believe it! Last night we heard a bit of fighting... but we had no idea that... our King was in check, and my fellow Rook and ...
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A poorly-designed chess problem

Entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #40 Out of character comment: For effect, don't open up the next spoiler until you've finished the statement before. If answering, please explain each remark. ...
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8-move checkmate with king

This is a pretty unusual chess game. Checkmate with the king on move 8. Based on the three moves provided, can you reconstruct the game? 5.Nd2 7... a6 8.Kd1#
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Excited Raichu vs the Dream (Chess Puzzle)

(Source: An actual tournament game I played all the way back in 2016) I had the weirdest dream last night… It started out normal enough, which for me, is basically nothing… but then I woke up, ...
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Facing four mate threats

Just a regular chess puzzle. White to move and win.
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The Torn Score Sheet #3

Yep, I've got another torn score-sheet here for y'all. This one seems especially wrecked; some of even White's moves are illegible. Still, it's possible to put the game together. Good luck! d4 ...
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A Quick Chess Puzzle in Passing

White to move and mate in 3. Hint:
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The Tattered Chess Match

Inspired by @ExcitedRaichu's puzzles yesterday; I decided to write one of my own. Good luck to you all, and I hope you have fun! I sat down at a table in the park this morning and noticed a score ...
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #3 (fanmade)

I'm a huge fan of the first 2 parts made by @Evargalo, so i'll try too My teacher once told me a strategy to defeat the enemy in the second turn. I was so excited (:P) I forgot it. Can you help me?
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #2

My 5yo pupil, Magnus, is playing his first chess tournament. Although I missed his first game, @Elder helped me reconstruct this important first win from the few clues I could collect. Alas, the ...
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Copycat Chess, Again

Your task is to reconstruct a chess game, which was played according to standard chess rules, given the following information: the first 7 moves by white were exactly copied by black (i.e. if white ...
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A Scrambled Game

This was inspired by my earlier puzzles, the Torn Scoresheet series. In the following chess game, exactly one letter or number in each move (White or Black) is either exactly 1 higher or 1 lower than ...
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A Chess Puzzle in Reverse

Here with a quick chess puzzle one of my friends gave me. The puzzle is a bit interesting; it is White to move and not mate in 1, which is the reverse objective of the usual puzzle (hence the title)....
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Chess position such that with perfect play, mirrors itself

I was wondering if it's possible to have a chess position in which the (or at least ONE OF THE) OPTIMAL strategy/strategies causes the pieces in the board to mirror in some way, or to rotate with ...
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Chess amazement

Can you make a position where neither team can move anywhere? You can place the pieces anywhere, since it doesn't have to be in an actual game. This would be really easy, but I am so sorry to say ...
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The Torn Score Sheet- #2

I really enjoyed the reaction to my previous puzzle, The Torn Score Sheet, and I'd like to do another one. This one's a little shorter and easier, and once again it's White's moves only. Good luck! ...
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The Torn Score Sheet

I found half of a chess score sheet lying on one of the tables at the recent tournament I attended. It was ripped in half at the middle so only White's moves were visible. I was wondering if it would ...
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Any spare pieces?

What is the result with best play (in the diagram above) if it's white to move but there's a twist: White is allowed to place any white piece(s) anywhere on the board before his first move as long as ...
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Chess puzzle with bishops and pawns

FEN: B7/2pp4/8/PP2p3/K7/8/5k1b/8 w - - 0 1 The board contains only bishops, pawns, and kings. You're playing White, and it's your turn. How quickly can you force a mate, despite the material ...
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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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Oddy Chessboard

On a standard chessboard, What is the number of different arrangements of pawns such that every square has an odd number of pawns on its neighbor (horizontally or vertically) squares? Note: ...
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All the King's Horses and All the King's Men

What is the largest N by N square chessboard where it's possible to construct a position such that 2 knights and N pawns either occupy or threaten every square?
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Not Your Regular Chess Challenge

Imagine that you have a normal 8x8 chessboard and you have an unlimited amount of all kinds of chess pieces. Find the greatest and lowest number of pieces you can have in that chessboard without those ...
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The knight's game

Alice and Bob play the following game on a standard $8\times8$ chessboard. In the very beginning, Alice picks a square on the chessboard and places a knight on this square. Then Bob and Alice ...
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Equal queens in every aspect

It is asked that you place $12$ queens on a $5$x$5$ chess board so that every queen can see the same number of empty squares. For the purposes of this puzzle, a queen can see any square on ...
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Maximum number of non pawn pieces in Chess

In a game of chess with standard rules, what is the maximum number of queens, rooks, bishops, knights, and kings both black and white that can be on the board?
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Copycat Chess (Part 3/3)

After finishing the mating move in the second game, Li Chai looked at the mandarin and asked: What do you say now? Kao Tse answered: It's not much of an achievement if you take my mating piece. ...
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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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A thirsty king and his knights

The black king has spent his life fighting over this strange checkered land, the white king has finally been defeated and his troops have surrendered and pledged allegiance to him. Now he's not sure ...
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Chess Enlightenment

Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 "White to continue insisting this is a chess board" https://imgur.com/a/6B4vSor When done, circle all squares black and white pieces ...
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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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Chess Connect Puzzle

I made up a new logic puzzle based on the games Numberlink and Chess, and thought it ended up rather interesting. The solution, as usual, is unique. The starting and ending positions of 7 chess ...
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My first steps to take over Puzzling Stack Exchange

This puzzle contains errors, the author is working on fixing this! Sincere apologies for the incovinience! Dear Puzzling SE Users, Okay so the last time I tried to take over Puzzling SE I ...
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Who stole the sorcerer's stone?

In a world of magicians, the sorcerer's stone was stolen. The investigating team conducted some searches, but couldn't find it. They came to the conclusion that one of the teachers of the "Magic Chess ...