Joke Puzzles (Easy)

Feb 1, 2014, 12:15 PM |

1. The King's Propaganda

The object in this one is to achieve this silly position:



Solution: just use the knights to capture all the pieces, and then use the kings to capture the knights. Now we have what looks like the starting position, but without any of the minor or major pieces.

2. The Knight's Pact

This is a helpmate problem, where you control both sides to checkmate one side. For this particular helpmate puzzle, begin at the starting position and try to mate black in 8 moves, but without moving any of the pawns.


Solution: here is an example of how you might do it:

3. The Pawn's Excuse
In this one, do the same thing as puzzle 2, except take away all of black's pieces besides the king. Again, the pawns aren't allowed to move, but they won't get off the hook that easily. For this one, you shouldn't need more than 5 moves.
Solution: here is one way of doing it: