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Questions tagged [composition]

Questions related to chess compositions or chess problems, a type of puzzles using chess pieces on a chess board.

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Position with the largest material imbalance that is a draw, no matter whose turn it is?

I am curious if there is a known position with the largest material imbalance that, no matter who it is to move, the weaker side can hold a draw.
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Is there a Trébuchet starting position in dobutsu shogi without chick promotion rule?

In dobutsu shogi, the usual starting position is a trébuchet or full-point mutual zugzwang position, but if we remove the chick promotion rule it is a draw. But are there perhaps other (starting) ...
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What is one quick way to reach a mutual, symmetrical stalemate position?

I’m just wondering what one quick way, not the fastest, is reach a position where both sides have worked together to create a mutual stalemate here neither side could move on their turn, and the ...
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Are there any legal positions known to be impossible to come to in a normal game? [duplicate]

There are some fairly obvious ways to set up a chess board that cannot possibly happen: both kings simultaneously in check would be one. There are some positions that seem impossible in a normal ...
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Endgame analysis : white to play and..?

R3nk21B1K4/4r3/4P3/3Pb3/8/3P4/8/1B1K4 w - - 0 1 White to play and ?, D.Antonini 09/2017 I wouldn't qualify this position as a study, at least according to modern canons for study composition, as ...
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Which chess position requires the most moves to reach?

For each legal chess position there exist a shortest sequence of moves from the starting position to that position. Which position requires the most moves to reach?
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Shortest sequence of moves to create biggest material imbalance

What is the shortest game with the largest material imbalance? This of course means that one side will have 9 queens, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights, and a king, and a bare king on the other side. From ...
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Fastest King vs King endgame

What is the fastest possible game that ends in a King vs King endgame? Please post a game and tell me the number of half-moves you've achieved. By some simple logic, I can prove that this number is ...
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Where can I find collections of chess problems (ideally direct mate) with solutions?

I'm working on a chess program that gives the user various compositions for them to solve. So far I'm only including mate in n problems where 1 < n < 5, and I'd prefer to only deal with this ...
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Simple mate in 2?

I used to be a problem composer and the thing I loved about creating and solving chess problems is that you can't just rely on simple patterns. You need to think outside the box. This is one of my ...
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Chess position for a cake

As weird as this question may seem, I am looking for a famous chess position to put in a birthday cake. Ideally the position should involve at least one knight and about 6 pieces. Any idea of a good ...
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Does FIDE give titles to chess composers?

If so, do share more insight about the how-tos and other links to read. Thanks!