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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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Why did black choose 1… Kxg7 instead of 1… Rfe8 in this puzzle?

I have a doubt with a puzzle that I solved recently. The proposed solution for that puzzle is as below. [FEN "r4rk1/pp4np/2n1bppB/qNQ1p3/8/6P1/PP2PPBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1"] 1.Bxg7 Kxg7 2.Bxc6 bxc6 3.Nd4 ...
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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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Fastest way to beat Gnu-Chess Easy as black?

This is more of a puzzle. As far as I can ascertain, Gnu-Chess Easy always plays the same, and so the question is, is what are the least amount of moves required to beat Gnu Chess on easy. Just to ...
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Puzzle rebus. Reproduce the game

There is a chess "rebus" puzzle: In this position white circles correspond to white chess pieces, black - to black. Each letter corresponds to exactly one piece type (king, queen, rook, knight, ...
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About retrograde analysis

Raymond Smullyan wrote some great books with Retrograde Analysis chess puzzles. I know of two, are there others?
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Trying to locate an old puzzle

A friend of mine showed me a great white-to-mate-in-three puzzle back in the late '50s or early '60s. Unfortunately he doesn't recall it. I can remember a few things: It was composed by someone from ...
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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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Is there retrograde analysis puzzle like “Point on the incorrectly drawn chess piece”?

Does anybody know a nice chess puzzle, where question states: "Exactly one piece is drawn incorrectly on this diagram, another piece must be drawn on it's position. Find incorrectly drawn piece."? One ...
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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.
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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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Brainteaser: What is the one thing a queen cannot do that all other pieces can do?

A simple brainteaser - A queen cannot do something all other pieces can do. What is that? April 18 2014 9:15 PM GMT. EDIT: In this context, by "doing" I mean making a move that leads to the desired ...
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Godfrey heathcote's chess puzzle

I didn't get a thought of a better title :) I am trying to solve a puzzle which is white to move and mate in 2 moves. To be frank, I am not asking all puzzles here. On my own I solved more than 50 ...
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Another chess puzzle

The below puzzle White to mate in two moves. I tried all combinations. I can't figure it out how to solve this? I am starting to think this as a bug in my mobile application which is showing wrong ...
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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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What is the longest non-cyclic forced sequence of moves? [duplicate]

I am looking for positions from where every move is forced up to a certain depth. If the original position (or one in between) occurs again, the sequence is finished there.
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Sherlock Holmes vs Professor James Moriarty. A Game of Shadows. Chess Game Position Reconstruction

The chess scene between Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty in the movie Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is one of my favorite movie scenes of all time. What intrigued me even more was ...
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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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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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Need help with chess dilemma

I have white rooks on c7 and c5, white bishop on b6, white knight on d4, white king on b3, black king on d6 and black pawn on d2. white moves first. How can I get checkmate in three moves? [FEN "8/...
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Chess puzzle question; why is this the solution?

[fen "5B2/3p1n2/R2p4/1P1NRBQ1/1KPkrb2/1p6/2Pp1Pn1/4r3 w - - 0 1"] 1.Nc7 Rxe5 (1...Nxg5) (1...d1=Q) 2.c3# What would make you play Nc7? This results in checkmate in 2 if, as the computer does, Rxe5 ...
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What is happening in this puzzle?

I recently solved a puzzle at chess.com and it is below (I played white). What I don't understand is that why black moved its rook to h8 (1...Rh8). I think that black's position would have been better ...
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Shortest possible game with 18 queens?

The selected answer to this question shows a game in which all 16 pawns promote to queens so that there is a total of 18 queens on the board. It takes 80 moves... What is the shortest sequence of ...
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Puzzle: reconstruct the game

In the following position, each side has made exactly 4 moves (8 in total). [fen "rnbqkbnr/pp3ppp/2p1p3/8/4P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK1NR w KQkq - 0 1"] I need to find what these moves were.
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Make checkmate with pawns without promotion

I have a chess puzzle here: [FEN "7k/8/8/4KPPP/8/8/8/8 - - - 0 0 "] Can White force mate without promotion? And if such exist, where can I find some more chess puzzles like this, which feature ...
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Best White Move

I'm building a chess engine and trying to figure out how good are the moves generated. Can you tell what is the best move for white in following position and why? Thanks. [fen "r1b1kbnr/2p2ppp/p1p5/...
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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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Best continuation in this puzzle, h4 or Qd8?

In the given diagram, I have two best ways to continue for white, which is the better option out of these two and why? [FEN "2Q5/p1P2pkp/1p2p3/5p2/3P4/5P1P/P2q2PK/8 w - - 0 1 "] 1. Qd8 Qf4+ (1. h4 ...
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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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Why was 49…Rb4+ played in this puzzle?

I was looking at the answer of today's puzzle in chessgames and see that the reason I wasn't able to solve it because I missed a key move in the solution: Black played 49...Rb4+ note: this is not the ...
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Self-Solving Chess Problems

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".)
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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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Mate in N. What is the largest N known?

What known position has one side with a forced mate in N moves, with N the largest? I came across one with 517 moves using only 7 pieces, so there should be much be larger. (Ignoring the 50-move rule)....
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How many such positions are there? (chess/math checkmate puzzle)

I'm interested in this kind of position: There are only 4 pieces on the board. If Whites goes first, they can checkmate in one move. If Blacks goes first, they can checkmate in one move. For example: ...
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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" ...