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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, ...
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Piece-drop Mate #4

Piece-Drop Mate Piece-drop Mate #2 Piece-drop Mate #3 Here's another installation of the Piece-drop Mate series! I'll try to be more explicit about the rules of the puzzle, as recommended by @...
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Piece-drop Mate #3

Piece-Drop Mate Piece-drop Mate #2 Here's a third one and an interesting one at that: Your task is to place a piece on the board as White and checkmate Black. The correct answer is the one which ...
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Piece-drop Mate #2

Piece-Drop Mate #1 Here's a second piece-drop mate, but with a twist. Just like last time, you may only place the maximum number of pieces allowed on the board in a regular game of chess. You're ...
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Piece-Drop Mate

Find a way to checkmate Black by placing pieces! You must use as little material as you can(in points). You cannot place more pieces than allowed in a regular game of chess! The Position Good luck! ...
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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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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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Chess Construction Challenge #1-Read First Please!

I'm starting a new series in which I set a very specific goal with a unique (to be more specifically defined here in a bit) answer in which the solver must construct a chess position, sometimes a game,...
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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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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 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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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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Tricky Tricky!-Can you find the secret?

Here's a selfmate problem that just might be baffle you! Thus, I name it "Tricky Tricky!" It's White to move and selfmate themselves in 8 moves. Can you find the secret? As always, no computers ...
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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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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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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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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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Especially Special

Here's a special and interesting chess problem that I came across the other day. As usual, no using a computer and no Googling or anything like that for the solution. You must use your own brain ...
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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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Don't Checkmate White!

Quite simply, find the one move by Black that doesn't checkmate White! It's really not that hard! Good luck solving! UPDATE: There's no need to solve this, but I finally dug up my original diagram , ...
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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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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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All The King's Men-Selfmate In 14 Moves?

I call this "All The King's Men" because lots of White's pieces are needed in this selfmate. It was somewhat of an accident actually, but it is still a pretty position in my opinion. It's White to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 an odd idea. I made a mate in two that uses a fairy chess piece. However, the twist is that you must figure what fairy piece is going to be used (changing a piece or by promotion) or is being ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Placing rooks on a chessboard

We have a big chessboard with N rows and N columns (numbered 1 through N). Let's denote the square in row r and column c of the chessboard by (r,c). We want to place some rooks on the chessboard in ...
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Pawn Promotion Double Checks

In chess, it is possible to double check whilst giving promotion. An example of this would be a pawn promoting to a queen while a discovered attack from a rook behind the pawn checks the opponent’s ...

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