Monday, 29 February 2016


As part of a chess tournament at KEGS last week I put three puzzles together suitable for players of different levels to have a go at.

The top two were courtesy of Essex Chess Association President Ivor Smith who kindly came along to present the trophy. The third was invented by American composer Sam Loyd about 150 years ago to trick his friends. All three are slightly unusual and good for group discussion. As usual white is moving up the board in all cases.

The question is simply how many different checkmates in one are there for white if it is white to move.

This puzzle asks the opposite question - can you find the only move for white that does not deliver checkmate?

This lovely puzzle by Sam Loyd simply asks you to find a checkmate in one move for white.

If you want any clues or solutions feel free to ask.

Best Wishes

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