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Why do chess puzzles need a unique solution?

I can think of one puzzle that doesn't and can't have a unique solution, but which of the two possible solutions is correct and which is wrong depends on information that can't be derived from the ...
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Why do chess puzzles need a unique solution?

Puzzles are usually intended to be hard or at least challenging. Puzzles with multiple solutions tend to be easier since one can arrive at one though multiple avenues. People who design or choose to ...
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Why do chess puzzles need a unique solution?

Don't look at chess puzzles as a way of training for competitive chess. Chess problems are a genre of their own. A good chess problem is a piece of art. By requiring a unique solution we place an ...
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Why do chess puzzles need a unique solution?

If someone says to me: "Let's meet at *** on ***", I may respond: "Sorry I didn't catch that." Tactical puzzles and artistic problems are both (in different ways) about ...
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Why do chess puzzles need a unique solution?

I'll have to disagree with the premise here. They don't need a unique solution. For a matter of fact, some Chesstempo tatic puzzles have sub-optimal solutions, but if they still reach a treshhold ...
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Why do chess puzzles need a unique solution?

Basically for the same reason that we're not impressed by a win by queen sacrifice if there was also a pedestrian one- or two-move mate. There are chess problems that deliberately have more than one ...
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Why do chess puzzles need a unique solution?

Why do chess puzzles need a unique solution? Because those are the rules. The governing body, the World Federation of Chess Composition, sets the rules. Their latest Handbook of Chess Composition ...
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How to convert better positions and not to get swindled OTB?

Every chess player has the same problem. My main advice is to not be too hard with yourself. The most difficult part of chess is the psychology of a chess game and the psychology of a chess player. ...
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How to convert better positions and not to get swindled OTB?

There's an entire chapter in GM Yasser Seirawan's book Winning Chess Strategies dealing with this question. The chapter name is "Stopping Enemy Counterplay". You might want to take a look. ...
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How to convert better positions and not to get swindled OTB?

When writing this it dawned on me that there are two problems: 1.)dropping pieces for no reason and 2.)failing to convert winning positions. Focus on one issue at a time, I suggest focus on not ...
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How to convert better positions and not to get swindled OTB?

I break down some points that may help. Mindset. Interestingly enough, getting the initiative and launching an attack on the king, or controlling a weakness, is rather intuitive. However, in the ...
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Mental block on a tactics challenge

So I hope I don't make a fool out of myself, because I didn't verify whether my solution is even correct, but I want to give my 5 cents here, though this is only very anecdotal, as I consider myself ...
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