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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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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 win against Black. Black plays optimally. Have fun! Oleg Pervakov and Karen Sumbatian, Shakmaty v SSSR 1990 P.S.-To me, it’s crazy that the title hasn’t been taken yet! Hint:
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 has a complete switchup of all non-pawn pieces on the board with all the pawns on the 4th and 5th ranks, The goal was optimize the amount of moves needed to reach the ...
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An Unusual Amount Of Help

Another day, another helpmate to solve! Given that White moves first and to help Black checkmate White, find the least number of moves needed such that Black mates: -With a queen -With a rook -...
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Chess Construction Challenge #2-Check!

It’s time for round two! Given that: Black has 6 pawns and a king White has three pieces of any kind you to deduce the identity of and a king Construct: A legal position in which both sides help ...
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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!
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The Slaughterhouse

I made this problem with three Black pieces against the entire White army. I aptly named it "The Slaughterhouse" for a reason. It's Black to move and selfmate themselves in 17 moves. ...
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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 White ...
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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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