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3 Most Unusual Chess Compositions Ever Made E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:16

chess compositionsThese chess composition require 8, 11 and 12 moves to deliver the checkmate. Of course, it's more difficult to find solutions for multi-move problems, but these are not 'impossible'.

I believe, that every chess player that understands notation and can use  it in his own games is capable of solving these compositions in a reasonable amount of time.  

I want to ask each and every chess player who is reading this right now, to set aside a few minutes of your time and to challenge yourself with these compositions!

1.Y.Shinkman, 1887: White to move and mate in 8

chess problem 1

2. V. Speckmann, 1951: White to move and mate in 11

chess problem 2

3. B. Barret, 1874: White to move and mate in 12

chess problem 3

If you have difficulties solving it, read our how to solve tactics problems guide

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 22:19


+3 #6 LEPRETRE 2014-01-16 10:42
1.Tb1! a4 2.Txb2 b4 3.Tc2 c4 4.Td2 d4 5.Te2 e4 6.Tf2 f4 7.Tg2 g4 8.Th2 h4 9.Txh4 suivi de 10.Th5 et 11.Ta5mat.
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+1 #5 Yury 2014-01-16 00:39
Hello Jeronimo Hdez,

you have solved #3 correctly, this technique when a queen (or rook) moves step-by-step is called a 'ladder'.

Number 3 is also solved by you correctly, but there is also another solution possible :roll:

Josef D. Cuadra, after 1.Rb1 1...a4 is possible. Please post the entire solution if you find one!

MUKHTAR AHMAD, that's not quite right since the king can just start capturing pawns. :eek:
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+3 #4 Josef D. Cuadra 2014-01-15 09:42
#2. 1-Rb1, Bc3 2-Rxb5, (2 moves can King made) first Ka6 3-Rb6, Ka7 4-Hb5, Ka8, 5-Rb8#. if K play Ka8 directly same result
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-7 #3 MUKHTAR AHMAD 2014-01-15 02:33
ist requires only 2 moves to checkmate. 1)Ra1-b1, Ka8-a7, 2)Rb1-b6
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+11 #2 Jeronimo Hdez 2014-01-14 21:08
1.Y.Shinkman, 1887: 1.- 0-0-0, Kxa7 2.- Rd8 Kxa6 3.- Rd7 Kxa5 4.- Rd6 Kxa4 5.- Rd5 Kxa3 6.- Rd4 Kxa2 7.- Rd3 Ka1 8.- Ra3#
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+5 #1 Jeronimo Hdez 2014-01-14 18:06
3. B. Barret, 1874: 1.- Qc3, Kb1; 2.- Qd3+ Ka1; 3.- Qd4 Kb1; 4.- Qe4+ Ka1; 5.- Qe5 Kb1; 6.- Qf5+ Ka1; 7.- Qf6 Kb1; 8.- Qg6+ Ka1; 9.- Qg7 Kb1; 10.- Qh7+ Ka1; 11.- Qh8 Kb1; 12.- Qh1#
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