Solitaire Chess

Visiting the hospital recently I spotted a nice new game. You'll know the game Solitaire, where you reduce a set of pegs by capturing to a single survivor.(Peg Solitaire to the Yanks [what they call Solitaire, played with cards, we call Patience]).

ThinkFun have produced a chess version, available as a physical set, or a mobile phone app that you can try for free.

You're given a position, and have to make a series of captures to reduce the number of pieces to one.

A fairly easy one:


Slightly harder:


I rather like this: it reinforces the rules, logical thinking and, while they offer you the pieces and a 4x4 board, you could use the puzzles with a whole bunch of youngsters who had standard chess sets.

Lastly, a hard one:


If that's too easy for you - well, best of luck with this one!


P.S. I've heard 'Solitaire Chess' used to describe 'How Good Is Your Chess' exercises by Pandolfini, where you play along with a game and try to decide on the best move for one side throughout. It's known in our junior club as 'Guess the Move'

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Chess Quotes

"The great master places a Knight at e5; mate follows by itself."

  "Some Knights don't leap - they limp."

  "A chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope you have the advantage, the second when you believe you have an advantage, and the third... when you know you're going to lose!"

— Savielly Tartakower