Are there any longer "problems" like this, which is white to move and mate in 6?

(Namely, where one is actually forced to achieve the "goal".)

  • I'm not really sure what you're asking. Yes, there are problems longer than 6 moves, but not many in a practical sense.
    – Tony Ennis
    Mar 18, 2013 at 11:17
  • It's not quite the same thing, but you might be interested in "selfmates", in which your job (as White) is to force Black to checkmate you.
    – dfan
    Mar 18, 2013 at 11:51
  • @TonyEnnis: The one I gave isn't practical either, unless one thinks of it as practicing calculating out the pawn race. Mar 18, 2013 at 12:27

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The Wikipedia page on Joke chess problems has a section on self-solving chess problems, and it links to Tim Krabbé's Open Chess Diary, where a few more examples are in item 267. He calls them "no-brainers".

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