# Thread: Chess Puzzles?

1. ## Chess Puzzles?

Greetings,

My son is having some difficulty concentrating of late, I'm sure it's a phase, but I want to stimulate his mind more to ensure that he's aptly prepared to focus on other things with a little more care. I'd like to find a series of Chess Puzzles, basically, a listing of peice positions where I can setup a board accordingly and tell him "Now, White can check-mate in two moves, which two moves are they?" Or, "There is one way that black can prevent checkmate, what is it?" We play chess quite frequently, but he hasn't quite got the concept of having to plan out his moves to play an effective game, and I think this will help him.

Is anyone aware of a resource for such a thing? Thanks!

2. ## Re: Chess Puzzles?

I found puzzles like this one that kept me entertained for quite a while. I tried to copy and paste the puzzles so I could print and use off-screen, but it didn't work for me. So I had to play while on-line. Someone else could probably explain how to get it to paper (or you may already know).

Chess Puzzles

3. ## Re: Chess Puzzles?

Thanks!

I think the only way to copy these to paper is to pull a screenshot of the page. The elements of the board are all individual images.

4. ## Re: Chess Puzzles?

OK Tricky, I don't profess to be any good at chess, but this is a puzzle I do know. I lifted the graphics from the site you mentioned, as if you couldn't tell <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. White is to play and checkmate in 4 moves. The position depicted is one that could occur in actual play. Bon chance.

Alan

5. ## Re: Chess Puzzles?

Shouldn't black have the queen/king opposite one another? I always thought the queen started on her color?

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But obviously, this is not the starting position - white has already lost all eight pawns.

7. ## Re: Chess Puzzles?

White's king/queen aren't in question... It would be impossible for black to have a layout like that... no? whites pawns were taken with knights, since blacks pawns cannot move backwards, the king and queen are stuck... in the wrong position.

8. ## Re: Chess Puzzles?

Hmm. Where are the MSCE's (MicroSoft Chess Experts)? <img src=/S/blackteeth.gif border=0 alt=blackteeth width=20 height=20>

9. ## Re: Chess Puzzles?

In this case, maybe black started at the bottom, and white at the top. That would account for the position changes.

However, why would one move all their pieces to the opposite side of the board?

10. ## Re: Chess Puzzles?

gosh, if that's the case, it's going to take black quite a number of moves just to make many of their peices useable again. <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>

Although I'd bet that realistically, the peices couldn't switch position in such a manner without black losing a few...

11. ## Re: Chess Puzzles?

Well, according to the book from which I got the puzzle, <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>"The position depicted is one that could occur in actual play."</font color=yellow></span hi>
And the problem remains - white to move and mate in 4 moves.

Alan

12. ## Re: Chess Puzzles?

Okay, think I got it...

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>1) The placement of the black king & queen is an indicator that all the black pieces have travelled from the opposite side of the board.
2) This in turn, means that the black pawns are moving north and have basically trapped all the black pieces except knights.
3) To checkmate the king, white must move the knight from g1 to e6. This will only take three moves.
4) The 4th move allowed by the puzzle may be used to capture a black knight which is the only piece that could cause trouble. A queen, bishop or rook may be used to capture that black knight if it gets in the way.
5) If it were blacks move (1st), then a pawn could be promoted in time to ruin the puzzle. White moving 1st, makes the puzzle work.</font color=yellow></span hi>

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<hr>Okay, think I got it...<hr>
Yes... I do believe you have <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. I actually hadn't ever gotten as far as contemplating the result if black were to move first. Sheesh - it took me about a decade to figure out what was going on!

Alan

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