How I Create Chess Puzzles - With Original RALRAL3333 Puzzles Included!

Nov 24, 2017, 8:03 AM |

Hello to all readers! I was thinking that since I post so many original chess puzzles, people might be wondering how I am able to create all of these puzzles, so In this post, I will do my best to show you my thought process as I create a puzzle, instead of just posting my finished puzzle like I usually do. 


Ok, let me begin. Today, I was thinking of creating a chess puzzle that uses chess pieces, but it would not be a realistic position. So, I started out my putting around 4 knights and a bunch of bishops all crowding the black king in the corner, but then I found it hard to think of a complicated puzzle with that. So then, I decided to surround the enemy king with pawns and then move by move, get closer to checkmating the enemy king. I tried a bunch of variations, but none of them were any good. Instead of restarting the puzzle like many people would have done, I decided to use some of the original ideas I started with. If you look at the end puzzles, you can see that the idea of pawns cornering a king is evident. Here are the puzzles. Further explanation will be done below the puzzles:

My next step was adding things to the puzzle. I decided that my opponent should have an equal amount, if not more material than me, so I added a queen. But of course, I did not want my opponents queen to be too strong, so I decided that I would push the pawns in the corner to get the king into a position where it could be forked with a bishop. Now that I had all of these ideas, I played with the position and came up with a bunch of variations. But the key is that the two main things in the puzzle I decided on, the pawns in the corner, and the potential queen fork were in all of the puzzles, even though the queen did not end up being forked in 2 of the 3 variations. But the IDEA was there, and I was able to base my puzzle around it.


That's it! That's how I create my puzzles! I start with a simple idea, and then add things to it, and when things do not work out, I keep the main ideas and still change it. This may sound simple, but that's because I did not need to try too many things to make this puzzle. It only took me 45 minutes to make the variations AND type the blog post, Just remember: Base your puzzles around a general idea!


Thanks for reading this blog post! Comment below on which variation of the puzzle was your favorite!