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No moves at all, not even to put yourself in check

Here, white is stalemated. The king is not in check, but white has no legal moves. Not because any move white makes would put the king in check -- which is how stalemates normally happen -- but ...
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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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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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Create a Word Search

Create a word search with the following conditions: Use the eleven words below. They can be spelled up, down, left, right, or any of the 4 diagonal directions. ZERO ONE TWO THREE FOUR ...
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How can 3 queens control the white squares?

It is well known that there is no way of arranging 4 queens on a checker board in such a way that every square is occupied or threatened. Now consider a slight variation where we only need to cover ...
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Stepladder Game, Introduction and Puzzle 1: Turning

I want to introduce a new game to PSE: the Stepladder Game!* * You may already know this game by another name. The rules for the Stepladder Game: The game is played on a grid. Our grid is ...
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Chain Puzzle: Tabletop Games #7 - Maze

This is the seventh Chain Puzzle in the Tabletop Games series, in which all puzzles are themed around board games, card games, tile games, and the like. The answer to this puzzle is a thematic word or ...
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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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Cops - The ultimate compass challenge [closed]

Based on The square and the compass This is a new kind of challenge proposed on Meta Puzzling SE. Any discussion about the general type of puzzle (rather than this particular one) can be done there. ...
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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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(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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The square and the compass

(I don't mean $x^2$ or $N\cdot S\cdot E\cdot W$) You have a compass and a pencil but no scale/straightedge. Your job is to mark four points on a plane paper that would form a square if joined. Your ...
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Building towers with colored blocks

You have blocks in five colors (red, green, yellow, blue and black - or 1 to 5). Each color comes in two varieties: a cube and one as big as two cubes stacked atop each other (sizes 1 and 2). You are ...
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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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Your Task Is to Create the World's Hardest Irregular Sudoku!

Ahem, let's formalize your task... A Sudoku is a puzzle consisting of a grid to be filled with symbols, such that each constraining unit contains each symbol exactly once. The regular Sudoku is a $9 \...
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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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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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Stepladder Puzzle 2: Edge Surfing (small target version)

Continuing the Stepladder Game puzzle series, here's Stepladder Puzzle 2: Edge Surfing (small target version) If you haven't played the Stepladder Game* before, you should first take a look at the ...
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Most ways to uncheck the king

Here's my attempt at a chess puzzle Your task is to construct a legal chess position where: It is black's turn to move Black is in check Black has the greatest number of different legal moves ...
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A pyramid from a square

Given a square piece of paper. Cut it into 4 pieces that could be used to create a right angle pyramid - the 4 pieces are the faces of the pyramid.
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Robbers - The ultimate compass challenge [closed]

Please read the Cops post for all details. Points are scored on the basis of how long a challenge remains unsolved before you solve. You may solve any number of challenges. You cannot solve your own ...