3 Most Unusual Chess Compositions Ever Made

Yury Markushin
Category: Problems

These 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

Don’t forget to post your solution in the comment field below!

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Updated 04.07.2023


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.
Hello [b]Jeronimo Hdez[/b], 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: [b]Josef D. Cuadra[/b], after 1.Rb1 1...a4 is possible. Please post the entire solution if you find one![b]MUKHTAR AHMAD[/b], that's not quite right since the king can just start capturing pawns. :eek:
Josef D. Cuadra:
#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
ist requires only 2 moves to checkmate. 1)Ra1-b1, Ka8-a7, 2)Rb1-b6
Jeronimo Hdez:
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#
Jeronimo Hdez:
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#