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Can you name the correct move for each puzzle to put BLACK in checkmate?
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All puzzles are original, but this was used for a template.
To answer: 1st type the 1st letter of the piece to move; 2nd the square to move it to, a combo of its letter col. & row number. E.g: Rook to a4 = Ra4 /OR/ R4a (BOTH WORK!) White=bottom; Black=top
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Nov 12th, 2012 at 04:08 GMT
This quiz most definitely requires your input to help sort it out properly. For example, how's the time? How's the difficulty of the puzzles? I used to be a perhaps-above-average casual player, but it's been a while. Also, are the instructions clear? I don't know how to add more than one game note, and I believe that power may be reserved for editors and other well-established quiz-makers, yet it would certainly be beneficial if I had more room. Nevertheless, I have made sure to include many alternatives for entering in the answers. Lastly, if you spot any mistakes, please let me know. I've checked each puzzle over multiple times, but I in no way claim that's automatically sufficient.
Nov 12th, 2012 at 04:32 GMT
I think when people put in extra game notes, they're actually putting text into the "image source" box--not, alas, an option in your case. But I think it was clear enough what to do.
I finished with 39 seconds left, and it's been rather a while since I've taken on chess problems, so I think you're OK on time. (I also took more than half of that on the upper left, where I couldn't figure out why Nd5 wasn't working. D'oh.)
I'd quibble with the bottom right, though; my understanding is that, in a chess problem, capturing en passant is only legitimate if you can prove that the previous move had to have been advancing the pawn two spaces. I may be wrong on this, though.
Nov 12th, 2012 at 04:35 GMT
I think the time is fine at 4 minutes. But I agree with Tahnan, I didn't figure out the bottom right until the second time I played it. It requires making an assumption about how the pieces got that spot. I wrote the pawn off at the beginning and only went back to it after nothing else worked. Still an excellent quiz, makes me want to play chess.
Nov 12th, 2012 at 04:41 GMT
No, you're both absolutely right about the bottom right puzzle. I actually had a quibble with it myself for that same reason, and then somehow ignored it and went forward with it anyway. I'll work on a replacement for it. Thanks for the quick input!
Nov 12th, 2012 at 05:23 GMT
Could someone please explain why Bf4# doesn't work for the upper right puzzle?
Nov 12th, 2012 at 05:44 GMT
I cannot, as it does. Clearly I forgot that bishops can move right. I've added that as an alternative while I edit. Thanks for pointing out my mistake! Bottom Right Puzzle has now been swapped for a new one, too.
Nov 19th, 2012 at 05:57 GMT
Shouldn't R5h be acceptable for the bottom left?
Nov 19th, 2012 at 10:22 GMT
If the rook moves to h5 it can be captured by black's knight on f6 and the king is no longer in check.
Nov 29th, 2012 at 16:38 GMT
Why doesn't Rh8 work on the bottom left?
Nov 29th, 2012 at 16:49 GMT
@aerodynamic: 4 minutes is fine; I just looked at the images to figure out what I thought were the solutions first, and then hit start. Of course, I was wrong for two of them, so having the extra time to figure it out was good. @hcif: because the knight can block it.
Nov 30th, 2012 at 06:03 GMT
I just want to chime in and say that I really enjoyed this quiz. I used to be quite the chess master when I was younger and I got a little nostalgic.
Also that smiley face in the middle is a nice touch :)
Nov 30th, 2012 at 12:46 GMT
Hey thanks vikZ! It actually took me a little while to notice your curator's pick, as I always check on my quizzes through the create section, but much appreciated! I want to make more of these, but was waiting on a response first. Now I'm also thinking of making some mate-in-two puzzles, though those probably won't be blitzes.
Nov 30th, 2012 at 13:08 GMT
It's nice to get some chess puzzles. I do wonder whether it would be good to make this a "wrong answer" quiz so that guessing semi-random moves is discouraged. That way you could also answer questions like hcif's above: the wrong answer message for rh8 would be "Not mate - Nh7"
Dec 1st, 2012 at 11:54 GMT
I found this quiz enjoyable and just the perfect level of difficulty; challenging but not frustrating. In reference to @thedpr's suggestion, it's nice to have the opportunity to get a second chance if the first move isn't correct. So perhaps a dropdown (or whatever they're called) box under the answer box giving the reason why a move wouldn't work, but without missing the question outright. Anyway, keep up the good work.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 01:56 GMT
I agree with hcif, shouldn't Rh8 work for bottom left? Good quiz otherwise. :)
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 14:56 GMT
@hcif @oldkent I may be wrong, but I believe Rh8 doesn't work because black would respond with Nh7, taking the king out of check.
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 17:44 GMT
@hcif the knight comes to block it
Dec 3rd, 2012 at 20:52 GMT
Oops, didn't even think of that. My bad :)
Dec 9th, 2012 at 09:46 GMT
pretty easy for a person that plays the game and has a somewhat decent knowledge of the game. Way to much time in my opinion I had almost 2 minutes left but still a good quiz.
Dec 10th, 2012 at 02:09 GMT
you cant mate in one on the bottom left. Kf5 blocks the rook so the king can move to h7
Dec 10th, 2012 at 16:18 GMT
@Tay420 Actually, moving Kf5 opens the row for the rook on c7 to cover. The rook on the g-file covers the remaining open squares. Great puzzle. Always enjoy one-move mates.
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