43 ( +1 | -1 ) Chess ProblemsDo you guys have any favorite ones in particular? I wanna send one to someone for their birthday today, but I can't come up with a good one..... Also, are there any type of problems you enjoy best?
I don't think I've ever done much study of chess problems and I think it shows in my game. I'd like to be sharper and have a better eye for finding the best moves. I'll post one when I find one that I like. Thanks :)
Ok, it's only a fun problem (White's turn and he mates in 0.5 moves).
My favourite ones are retrospectives where you have to figure out (and prove!) the last move that has been done (e.g. f7-f5), so that you can mate with g5xf6 (en passant). Or the latest one I was shown had the question: "While Black was thinking about his move, the wind has blown one piece off the board (g4). Which one has to be put back?" White (10): Kc1, Rd1, Bh1, Pb2, b3, c2, d2, f2, g3, h3 Black (11): Ke8, Qg2, Ra8, h8, Ba2, h2, Nf1, Pa5, b6, c7, d7 Additional question: Is Black still allowed to castle? It is important that the position is the result of a legal game so far.
VEEEEEEERY tricky that one, and extremely "showy" solution. :) Feel free to let your favourite chess engine have a crack at it too; you'll find that it most likely won't be able to solve it either... yet there is a solution.
(Read the second post in that thread when you find that clicking the link in the first doesn't work... :) )
Also, there's a slight flaw in that puzzle that allows black to draw with some extremely unintuitive, weird seeming play. To correct that slight flaw, and take away black's drawing chances, just add a white pawn to h2 - the puzzle solution will remain the same.
And do try to solve it before looking at the solution... you won't be able to solve it, but you'll appreciate the odd beauty of the solution better if you've given the puzzle some thought yourself.