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**Puzzle Seventeen – January 25th**

This puzzle is known as a ‘helpmate’. **Black** has to make the worst possible move, helping white to deliver checkmate on his next move!

So where will black move, and what will be white’s reply?

The prize is a chess book! Scroll down to find the submission form.

**Puzzle Sixteen – January 18th**

**White to play – how many checkmates can you find?**

The prize is a chess book! Scroll down to find the submission form.

**Puzzle Fifteen – January 11th**

**Swap any two pieces around so that the black king is in checkmate.**

It can be any 2 pieces (for instance the black rook on b8 for the white knight on e7. The resulting position must be legal (no pawns on 1st or 8th ranks) and it must be possible to reach that position by normal means.

The prize is a chess book! Scroll down to find the submission form.

**Puzzle Fourteen – January 4th**

In this maze white has to move the bishop consecutively until it captures the black king. It is not allowed to capture any black pieces and cannot move to squares that are attacked by black pieces. **The bishop can capture the king in 9 moves** – can you find your way through the maze?

The prize is a chess book! Scroll down to find the submission form.

**Puzzle Thirteen**** – December 28th**

In a “Triple Loyd” puzzle you will notice the black king is missing from the board. You have to place the black king in 3 different positions.

1)In the first position the black king is in checkmate

2)In the second position the black king is in stalemate

3)In the third position white can deliver checkmate in one move (and write down this move)!

The prize is a chess book! Scroll down to find the submission form.

**Puzzle Twelve – December 21st**

In this queen maze white has to move the queen consecutively until it captures the black king. It is not allowed to capture any black pieces and cannot move to squares that are attacked by black pieces. **The queen can capture the king in 7 moves** – can you find your way through the maze?

The prize is a chess book! Scroll down to find the submission form.

**Puzzle Eleven – December 14th**

In this position white is given **2 moves in a row **to checkmate the black King (the first move cannot be a check). So make your two moves – black doesn’t get to reply!

The prize is a chess book! Scroll down to find the submission form.

**Puzzle Ten – December 7th**

Find the move that **checkmates all 10 black kings **!

The prize is a chess book! Scroll down to find the submission form.

**Puzzle Nine – November 30th**

In this position white is given **2 moves in a row **to checkmate the black King (the first move cannot be a check). So make your two moves – black doesn’t get to reply!

The Prize is a chess story book! Scroll down to find the submission form.

**Puzzle Eight – November 23rd**

This position contains a mistake – can you spot what it is? Hint: why should it be impossible to reach this position if the correct rules are followed?

The Prize is free entry to our upcoming VIP simul! Scroll down to find the submission form.

**Puzzle Seven – November 16th**

The challenge here is to find mate in two moves for white! White plays first, black replies and then white checkmates with their 2nd move.

The Prize is free entry to our upcoming VIP simul! Scroll down to find the submission form.

**Puzzle Six – November 9th**

The challenge here is to find mate in two moves for white!

The Prize is free entry to our upcoming VIP simul! Scroll down to find the submission form.

**Puzzle Five – November 2nd**

This puzzle is known as a Triple Loyd. ‘In a “Triple Loyd” have to place the black king in 3 different positions.

1) In checkmate

2) In stalemate

3) In a position where white can deliver checkmate in one move (and write down this move)!

The Prize is a a chess book called ‘Timman’s Titans’. Scroll down to find the submission form.

**Puzzle Four – 26th October**

This puzzle is known as a ‘helpmate’. **Black** has to make the worst possible move, helping white to deliver checkmate on his next move!

So where will black move, and what will be white’s reply?

Scroll down to find the submission form.

**Puzzle Three – October 19th**

This puzzle was created more than 1,000 years by Al-Adli – an Arab player and student of Shatranj, an ancient form of chess from Persia.

The task here is to checkmate black in three moves, white moves first, play continues as in normal chess.

The Prize is a large Isle of Lewis Stone Chessman, Scroll down to find the submission form.

**Puzzle Two – October 12th**

The task here is to reach this position precisely after **black’s 4****th**** move**.

Scroll down to find the submission form.