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A problem in which a tactical or positional solution is required, like 'White move and gives mate in two'.

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Uniquely Satisfying Puzzle

Here is a fun puzzle I found some time ago. It was created by Karl Fabel in 1952 and published in Rätselstunde. Goal [title "White to move and NOT checkmate in one!"] [fen "B5KR/1r5B/6R1/2b1p1p1/...
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Puzzle training: rotating tactical themes or exhausting each one?

I agree that many people like it more when chess puzzles do not give a clue on the tactical theme. That is not my question, and I would like to focus on how to study a collection of chess puzzles ...
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What is the highest value of pieces on this particular 6x6 board, without any of them attacking each other?

I got a question in school in which I have to get the highest score possible by adding pieces on a 6x6 board like this: The rules are that they are the same color and may never attack each other, and ...
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Useful solving composed mate-in-2 problems?

I'm solving mate-in-2 puzzles from the Polgar 5334 problems book. Many of these are composed problems, and are hard (for me) to solve. Often I have to spend 10-15 minutes before finding the solution....
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Why was this move in a puzzle?

I was on the chess.com app this morning doing the daily puzzle and it wanted me to play Re2. This is questionable to me, because it just delays the mate, but I figured I might have missed something. ...
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Why is this the solution to this puzzle?

[FEN "2r3k1/5pp1/1q1bpn1p/pB1pN3/P2P4/5R2/1P3PPP/3Q2K1 w - - 0 1"] 1. Rxf6 Qc7 2. Rf3 This is a puzzle (and its solution) I found on lichess. But I simply do not see the expected logic of this ...
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Longest sequence before a certain capture

Inspired by a recent question, what is the longest possible sequence before White can make a certain capture? Basically, White is trying to capture a chosen piece, and Black optimally defends that ...
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Longest Sequence For Any Piece To Reach A Certain Square

What is the longest sequence of moves (by both White and Black) wherein White attempts to move one of their pieces from one square to another? Assume Black makes every move optimal towards the purpose ...
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Where can I find these mentioned chess problems?

In his article on “The Horse Concoction", Tim Krabbe mentions retrograde analysis questions that center around checkmate and involve 10 rooks, knights, and bishops. The 10 rooks problem is one that he ...
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Helpmate of arbitrary length

One of the FIDE rules states that if someone's flag falls, and there exists a legal sequence of moves such that the other player mates the first player, then the position is a win for the second ...
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Where to start with a child learning chess?

From here: What is the best age to learn chess? it seems that consensus is that that kids can start learning chess at almost any age. From around 5 years old they are big enough to learn the names ...
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Why did Puzzle Rush stop at the second fail?

I was playing the popular Puzzle Rush game on chess.com (3-minute version), and the game stopped when I missed the second puzzle (I had 8 seconds left on the clock). The statement is "Three strikes ...
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Stalemate situation with all pieces on the board

Suppose all the pieces are on the board. Does there exist a position such that A) one of the players can't make any move (a stalemate)? B) neither player can make any move (a double stalemate)?
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What is White's motivation to give up the Queen?

I received the following tactics puzzle on lichess.org. Even though, I ended up solving it correctly, I am still not clear about the move 2. Ng5, because this loses the Queen. What prevents 2. Qe2, ...
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About forcing a checkmate

Could a player sacrifice 3 of his pieces , the opponent's King being forced to take each piece in a sequence of moves where the opponent's King lands on a space where it is promptly checkmated? A kind ...
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chess training - can't find the proper white move

I'm really struggling to find the proper white move. Can someone help me? Also, is there some tool to assist training? [Title "White to move"] [fen "2k3rr/pbpp4/1pn1p4/8/2PPB1qp/2N1P2Q/PP4P1/2R2RK1 w ...
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Endgame KNN-K Chess Puzzle

[FEN "8/8/8/4N3/4N3/4K3/8/4k3 - - - 0 0 "] I have this chess problem that I have played with. Logically, there are positions that have the Black King in checkmate. But untill now, I haven’t been able ...
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Effectiveness of a spaced repetition system (SRS) for memorizing tactical patterns for long-term skill gain?

After reading Micheal de Maza's article 400 Points in 400 Days and the paper Training in Chess: A Scientific Approach by Gobet and Jansen, I have come to the conclusion that effective gains in chess ...
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Why is Nb5 a strong move here? Why is there a guaranteed material gain?

Taken from: Chess Academy: A subtle blunder [Title "White to move"] [FEN "r1bqr1k1/pp1nbpp1/4pn1p/2pp4/2PP1B2/P1NBPN2/1P3PPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1"] White can play Nb5 followed by Nc7 but wouldn't ...
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Chess Puzzle Database with PGN or FEN

Is there a database of chess puzzles that have the game or positions PGN and or FEN?
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Chess problem - don't understand the solution

Black to move: [fen "4rbk1/pp3pp1/1nq4p/8/1PP5/P3N1P1/Q2BrP1P/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1"] I've tried to solve this chess problem - black to move, find the best move. I couldn't work it out so I checked the ...
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Giving moves as odds, what's the least number of moves by White which forces checkmate by the time it's Black's turn?

If one player (Black) gives another player (White) odds of x moves, stipulating that White must not move any man beyond his fourth rank until Black has made one move, what's the smallest value for "x" ...
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Online resources for medieval Persian chess games or puzzles?

I am looking for any collection of chess games of al-Suli or anyone medieval scholar's composition of games. Any resources would be appreciated.
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Stalemating the opponent in order to not lose

There are some defensive ideas to get one's own king stalemated in order to not lose the game (mostly in the endgame, but sometimes also in the middle game). Have (master) games been played where the ...
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White to play and checkmate in two moves

It’s White to play and checkmate in two moves. This puzzle was created by Frank Healey, and published in 5 Family Herald on 7/17/1858. 7R/1B1N4/8/3r4/1K2k3/8/5Q2/8 w - - 0 1
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Longest sequence of mutually forced moves

In this position, the black move 1. ... Qc3 results in two consecutive forced moves, Kxc3 and Ke7: 2rkr3/2p5/2q5/8/8/8/3KP3/3R4 b - - 0 1 1... Qc3 2. Kxc3 Ke7 What is the longest sequence of ...
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Could you show me some very easy mate in 20?

I am looking for some puzzles where there is a forced mate in as many moves as possible (ideally 20 or more). Yet the puzzles need to be as easy as possible! You will probably need to find some ...
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Knights necessary to mate king on large finite board

How many knights would be necessary to mate opponent's king on large finite boards like billion times billion squares? Are they fast enough to surround opponent's king in very limited constant count ...
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Puzzle. Find color of the pieces

Please help me to find solution of the next puzzle, by the legendary composer Andrej Kornilow It appeared in Shakhmatnaya Kompozitsiya 41 2001 and was dedicated to A.Lobusow on his 50th birthday ...
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What are the maximum number of pieces that can be checking a king at once [duplicate]

Was just thinking about this. It's easy to have two pieces checking the king via a discovered double check, but three is where it gets interesting. Finegold said in a video he was TDing for a game and ...
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Position-jugdment problems simulating actual play

I'm interested in collections of chess problems where we are not told beforehand what is happening in the positions presented, but we have to decide by ourselves, whether something clear exists (a ...
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Is it better to start without queen or without any pawns?

I think that this question really can be answered rigorously with good analysis. It is opinion-based but not completely since some results in this direction can be obtained, and strict and general ...
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Method to study chess puzzles way above your level

I have a collection of middle-game chess puzzles classified in levels. I can solve most puzzles in the first level after a few minutes, and some of the puzzles in level 2. But for higher levels there ...
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How to save black's position in this Game?

In this game black made some mistakes which leads to the final position. While analyzing this game the engine is not willing to capture the bishop. [Event ""] [Site ""] [Date "2014.07.05"] [Round "-"]...
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Puzzle: Find White's second-to-last move

For the following position to occur in legal play, with Black on move, what would White's second-to-last move need to have been? Note that Black is checked by two pieces on the h1-h8 file and two ...
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Is there any position where not promoting(illegally) would be the best move?

Is there any position, where moving a pawn to last rank but not promoting it to any piece would be the best move? By the way, I know this is an illegal move. Assume it is legal. Edit: Now we have a ...
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What is the most complex chess problem?

There are many chess problems and studies that are very nuanced and can take ages to properly figure out. What is the chess puzzle/problem with the longest (proven) solution?
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What is the highest number of different mates in 1 you can have in one (legal) position?

A friend and I yesterday asked ourselves what the highest number of possible mates in a (legal) position is. We were able to come up with the following position which has a total of 76 unique mates in ...
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Is it possible to have a double self-smothered stalemate?

I came up with this rather amusing and bizarre stalemate where Black stalemates itself by self-smothering. [FEN "8/8/8/8/8/3p4/pp6/krb1K3 b - - 0 1"] 1...d2+?? 2. Kd1 The peculiar feature of ...
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Attempting to create a retraction puzzle

I'm trying to create a retraction puzzle, but I'm not sure whether or not it is sound. I'm not sure where to find resources on how to make a retraction puzzle. I have two related questions- 1-Is my ...
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Need help to solve a puzzle

I don't know whether this is the right place to ask to help to solve a chess puzzle. I am trying to solve the below chess puzzle for more than 2 days. Can someone help me to solve it? (White to play ...
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Looking for an old problem that I can't quite remember

I remember seeing a chess problem once that I cannot find. I think that I saw it in a YouTube video, but I seem to find it again. The theme of the puzzle, I think, was something like caging in the ...
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Regarding The Horse Concoction-A Retrograde Analysis Question

Long ago in 2000, Tim Krabbe presented Harry Goldsteen’s “The Horse Concoction,” presented here on the Internet, which some of us know about. Take an empty board. Put white pawns on b3, b6, h4 and ...
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Easy mate in three

This time an easy puzzle I made up today. White mates in three. [FEN "7k/4Kp2/P4Np1/6R1/8/R6P/8/8 w - - 1 0"]
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Von Popiel - Marco, Monte Carlo 1902, how to win as black?

In the game: Von Popiel - Marco, Monte Carlo 1902: why would Black win with Bg1? Ultimate Blunder Puzzle The white player is about to lose the Queen. Does that alone immediately constitute as a ...
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Puzzles that highlight the finiteness of the chessboard

I'm curious as to whether there are compositions of chess puzzles/problems where the solution really emphasizes the boundedness of the board. Put differently, cases where the solution would be ...
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What are the quckest helpmates delivered by rook, knight, bishop, and pawn?

What are the quickest helpmates, which is where both sides help administer checkmate to one side, delivered by the rook, knight, bishop, and pawn? Said piece has to deliver the checkmate on the final ...
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Creative chess puzzles! [closed]

What are some of the creative chess problems that can never be solved by computers? Question changed to Creative chess puzzles! What are some of the creative chess problems that computers can never ...
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Can you mate with each of your 16 pieces on its original square?

An opinion poll conducted by problem composer Roberto Osorio over 10 master-level chess players in the Argentine Chess Club produced 100% wrong answers! :-) When the right answer is posted here, I ...
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Longest forced sequence that ends with checkmate and every move is a check

What is the longest move sequence that ends with checkmate and every move is a check? Disclaimer - every move by both players is a check.