Unusual and Challenging Chess Problems

Problems 013 to 024

13

White to play and mate Black in 20 moves

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1. Qb7+ Rcc6

2. Qa5+ R4c5

3. Qb3+ Rdc4

4. Qd2+ Red4

5. Qf3+ Ree4

6. Qg5+ e5

7. Qf7+ Re6

8. Qd8+ Rcd6

9. Qb7+ Rcc6

10.Qa5+ R4c5

11. Qb3+ Rdc4

12. Qd2+ Red4

13. Qf3+ e4

14. Qg5+ Re5

15. Qf7+ Rde6

16. Qd8+ Rcd6

17. Qb7+ Rcc6

18. Qa5+ R4c5

19. Qb3+ Rdc4

20. Qd2# *


Date added: 2/2/2021

14

It’s White to play and mate in 1.
The puzzle pre-dates the publication of FIDE’s official rules of the game.
The solution is a VERY unusual move, that is no longer strictly within the bounds of the rules of the game.

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  1. b8=N (black) and check mate!


Date added: 2/2/2021

15

White to play and mate in 11 moves

(Werner Speckmann - Die Schwalbe 1st Prize, 30 Dec 1943)

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  1. Rb1 - a4

  2. R×b2 - b4

  3. Rc2 - c4

  4. Rd2 - d4

  5. Re2 - e4

  6. Rf2 - f4

  7. Rg2 - g4

  8. Rh2 - h4

  9. R×h4 - Ka6

  10. Rh5 ~ any move

  11. Ra5#


Date added: 5/2/2021

16

Black to play and mate in 3

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1. Nxb5 - Rb1

2. Nxd6 - Rb2

3. Nxf7#


Date added: 5/2/2021

17

White to play and mate in 11 moves

(Ralph Herbert Bridgewater - Chess, 1936)

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1. Bb1 - b2

2. Ra2 - b3

3. Ra3 - b4

4. Ra4 - b5

5. Ra5 - b6

6. Be4#


Date added: 13/4/2021

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(Composer)

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20

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24

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