Jokes

I usually have about my person some positions to amuse young players at the end of an evening.

Here are some of my favourites:

Problems
Hints
Solutions

Problems.

White to play and...

1. Mate in half a move (?)

--------
--------
----Q---
--------
N-------
---k----
--------
R-K-----

2. Mate in 6 (Halumbirek)

K-k-----
P-Pp----
-p-P----
--------
p-------
P--P----
--------
--------

3. Mate in 2 (?)

RNB----k
--------
-------K
--------
--------
--------
pppppppp
--------

4. Mate Black without taking a pawn (Brown)

---rR---
--np---R
-K-p----
--ppN---
-Npk-p--
--ppb---
---P---B
-------b

5. Mate in 2 (Loyd)

--brrb--
--------
p-------
-------Q
-p-kpPp-
-P-pN-P-
---K----
--------

6. Mate in...14!

-------K
--------
--N-----
-----ppp
----ppnq
----pkp-
----nrrb
-----bb-

Hints.

1. Is there a move in chess that you make in two halves?

2. Seriously, if you can't solve this one, you should give up chess!

3. Yes, Black is about to make 8 new Queens! Try moving the Knight first.

4. A puzzle inspired by the Iron Cage of Tamerlane.

5. A puzzle called 'Organ Pipes': imagine it's Black to move?

6. With the White King on g6, and Black to move...

Solutions.

1. 1.Ra1-d1 completes Queen's-side castling.

2. All moves are forced: 1. d4 b5 2. d5 b4 3. axb4 a3 4. b5 a2 5. b6 a1=Q 6. b7# 1-0

3. 1. Nc6! and now e.g. 1...a1=Q 2. Ba6# by discovered check.

Also:
(1... f1=Q 2. Bf5#)
(1... e1=Q 2. Be6#)
(1... d1=Q 2. Bd7#)
(1... b1=Q 2. Bb7#)
(1... c1=Q 2. Be6#)
(1... f1=Q 2. Bf5#)
(1... g1=Q 2. Bg4#)
(1... h1=Q+ 2. Bh3#)

4. 1. Nec6+ dxc6 2. dxe3+ fxe3 3. Rh4+ Be4 4. Rhxe4+ dxe4 5. Be5+ dxe5 6. Rxd8+
Nd5+ 7. Rxd5+ cxd5 8. Nc6# 1-0

5. 1. Qa5 Bb7 2. Nf5# or...

(1... Bd7 2. Qd5#)
(1... Be6 2. Qe5#)
(1... Bf5 2. Nxf5#)
(1... Rd6 2. Qxb4#)
(1... Rd5 2. Qxd5#)
(1... Re5 2. Qxe5#)
(1... Bc5 2. Qa1#)
(1... Bb7 2. Nf5#)

6. 1. Kg7 Qh3 2. Kf8 Qh4 (2... h4 3. Kg7 Ne5 4. Nxe5#) 3. Ke7 Qh3 4. Kd8 Qh4
5. Kc7 Qh3 6. Kc8 Qh4 7. Kd8 Qh3 8. Ke7 Qh4 9. Kf8 Qh3 10. Kg7 Qh4 11. Kg6 Qh3
12. Kxg5 Qh4+ 13. Kxh4 Nc3 14. Nd4# 1-0

Chess Quotes

"You cannot play at chess if you are kind-hearted."
— -- FRENCH PROVERB