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The Five Most Difficult Chess Puzzles Ever Made

Actually, this time the title of this blog entry is possibly accurate.  I made these problems simply to torment and confuse.  There is no chance you will solve them.  It's possible even your computer can't and if it tries it might explode.

Here they are.  You have been warned.

Actually, the first puzzle isn't SO bad.  At least until around move 20.  MUWHAHAHA.

 

OK, this second one is so weird I'm still not even sure if the final position is actually drawn, but I'm going to call it drawn anyhow because it probably would take more moves than there are atoms in the universe to actually win.

 

This one is so ridiculously complex that I'm thinking of just giving anyone who writes "42" full credit for solving it. (EDIT: THIS PROBLEM IS UNSOUND, SORRY, NEVERMIND!)

 

This one makes the last level of Defender look like the first stage of Super Mario.

 

 

If you solve this last one, you are either a supercomputer or in need of fresh air.

Comments


  • 4 months ago

    NM GargleBlaster

    I made this blog entry four years ago and it still continues to haunt me...

    That said, I think the problems are more or less sound except for #3, but it's tedious to explain every move of them.  Consult your local stockfish for explanations (though occasionally even the computers are at a loss to figure these out).

  • 4 months ago

    awesomechess1729

    I gave up and went through the puzzle solutions step by step... While I do admit that they are incredibly hard, some of the solution steps seem to oversee the most obvious tactics- Why put the bishop there? The queen's just going to take it, Take that queen! There's nothing protecting it or anything!, etc. - but I guess mate (or in this case, a winning position) is the objective.

  • 4 months ago

    AdarshIsMe

    I solved them all, cuz im a boss

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    Sorry, had to add that part

  • 4 months ago

    mchappychen

    I couldn't solve any, at least I have SUPER FART

  • 7 months ago

    NM GargleBlaster

    1.Ne7+ "wins" the queen, but not the game.  However, I don't like the fifth puzzle much, it's mostly there for its extreme difficulty and not for any inherent aesthetic interest.

  • 7 months ago

    krisanu-gd

    Most foolish .almost wasted my afternoon.then only I realised they are not puzzles at all.in the last one the solution shows Rd6 +.when Ne7+ gets the queen .

  • 10 months ago

    NM GargleBlaster

    If 1.Qxb5, just 1...Ng5+, etc.

  • 10 months ago

    Forktime

    for the first one, why not just qxb5?

  • 10 months ago

    y2721

    Solved the last one too. I AM SUPERCOMPUTER(too)!

  • 10 months ago

    NM GargleBlaster

    if 9...h2 in the first puzzle, 10.Nf5+ and 11.Ng3

  • 10 months ago

    kontoleon

    In first puzzles what is the anwser to 9...h2(from next move Q

  • 12 months ago

    Ajatsatru

    This is my 10th super computer, last 9 burst into flames while trying to solve your puzzles.

     

    Anyway, what is wrong with the last puzzle, 5.Qh6 would lead to inevitable mate in the 6th move. Why did you not think that over?

     

    I am on the last puzzle for last 1 hour... my head hurts... it won't explode into flames like the computers, would it?

  • 14 months ago

    NM GargleBlaster

    Well, #3 is unsound, so it doesn't matter where I end it really.  #2 I honestly still don't know the correct evaulation of the position I stopped at or what best play from there would be.

  • 14 months ago

    Scott_Southall

    Why do you stop the puzzles when they aren't finished yet? Sure, you could say "white was put into a better position", but the fact that this puzzle was possible means that technically, white was already in the position to force a win.

     

    With most puzzles, it usually ends when white is in an OBVIOUS winning position, but for puzzles like #3 where the pieces are even, it still isn't entirely obvious how white should go about winning. I just think the puzzles should extend a little bit longer such that your average 1.5k player could easily win from the ending position.

  • 15 months ago

    finns

    the answer to #3 is 42

  • 15 months ago

    finns

    i did #4

  • 16 months ago

    NM GargleBlaster

    Yeah, #3 is totally busted. :)

  • 16 months ago

    Evan27

    As Buster1978 has shown, puzzle 3 is a draw early on. Even if one would argue that black, given the difference in material, plays for a win and doesn't go for a perpetual, black and white seem destined to draw: 15 ... Kc3 (intending b4) gives black enough tempo to beat or equal white to promotion, thanks to a quite optimally placed black queen. Qa2 could be met with Qe8+ and is also a draw. 

    There is more to these puzzles than meets the eye ;-) 

  • 18 months ago

    asd123asd123asd

    In the last puzzle Ne7+ is better

  • 22 months ago

    NM GargleBlaster

    Blast.

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