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White to move and mate in 1.

Remark: There is only one correct answer.

The answer is Qa3#.

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Design a game which takes less than 35 moves to get to the position below.

Remark: The second board is provided for analysis.

One possible solution is:

1.d3 h6 2.Bxh6 f5 3.Qd2 f4 4.Qxf4 a5 5.Qxc7 Kf7 6.g3 Kg6 7.Bg2 Kh5 8.Bxb7 Kg4 9.Nf3 Kh3 10.Bxc8 e5 11.Bxg7 e4 12.Kd2 e3+ 13.Kxe3 Kg2 14.Ng1 Kf1 15.Kf3 Ke1 16.Qxa5+ Bb4 17.Nc3+ Kd2 18.Rf1 Rh3 19.Bxd7 Nh6 20.Nd1 Kc1 21.Bxh6+ Kb1 22.Bc1 Na6 23.Kg2 Rc8 24.Bxh3 Rc3 25.Nxc3+ Ka1 26.Nb1 Nc5 27.Rd1 Be1 28.Qxe1 Ne4 29.Kf1 Nd2+ 30.Rxd2 Qd5 31.Qd1 Qg2+ 32.Ke1 Qf1+ 33.Bxf1

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The first four moves played by White are 1. f3, 2. Kf2, 3. Kg3, 4. Kh4. If White gets mated in the fourth move, what could be the moves played by Black?

Remark: The second board is provided for analysis.

The game proceeds as follows:

1. f3 e5 (or e6)
2. Kf2 Qf6
3. Kg3 Qxf3+
4. Kh4 Be7#

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White to move and mate in 6. Can you tell what is so unusual about this puzzle?

What is so unusual about this puzzle is that there is only one possible income of the game. The moves are as follows:

  1. d4 b5
  2. d5 b4
  3. axb4 a3
  4. b5 a2
  5. b6 a1
  6. b7x
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Which is the best move for White in this position?

The best move is 1. Rc8+. Then either 1. … Kxb7 2. Rxd8, or 1. … Rxc8 2. Qxa7 Kxa7 3. bxc8 = N+, and Black loses both the Rook and the Queen.

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Can you design a chess game which ends up with a stalemate in the 10th move?

One possible game is:

1. h4 h5
2. c4 a5
3. Qa4 Ra6
4. Qxa5 Rah6
5. Qxc7 f6
6. Qxd7 Kf7
7. Qxb7 Qd3
8. Qxb8 Qh7
9. Qxc8 Kg6
10. Qe6

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White to play and mate in 17 moves.

  1. e3 Rxe3
  2. c3 Rxc3
  3. Ka2 Ra3+
  4. Kb1 Ra1+
  5. Kc2 Rc1+
  6. Kd3 Rc3+
  7. Ke2 Re3+
  8. Kf1 Re1+
  9. Kg2 Rg1+
  10. Kf3 Rxg3+
  11. Ke2 Re3+
  12. Kd1 Re1+
  13. Kc2 Rc1+
  14. Kb3 Rc3+
  15. Ka2 Rxc7
  16. Rh8+ Rc8
  17. Rxc8#
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What is the smallest number of moves needed to result in this unusual position?

Remark: The second board is provided for analysis.

The shortest game takes just 4 moves:

1. Nf3 e5
2. Nxe5 Ne7
3. Nxd7 Nec6
4. Nxb8 Nxb8