Puzzle 1: The Harry Potter Chess Puzzle.
White (The mystical giant Chess set guarding the door) played Q x d3 in the below position to prevent Nh3# (That’s Ron h3 checkmate!). How will you continue? Help Harry win!
Remember, the Bishop on a3 is Harry!
The Harry Potter chess puzzle has an interesting backstory. Jeremy Silman, the composer of the puzzle seems to have been forgotten in the credits section, but to everyone’s amusement, even the Donut delivery boy and Hair dresser were mentioned in the credits section.
Read more from the composer himself:
A name synonymous with beautifully carved wooden chess pieces has a piece of history that is often missed. No other world champion has had such an influence on the design of chess sets in particular. The Staunton Chess sets, (Staunton the then-strongest chess player promoted the pieces but did not design it in any way) were adopted by FIDE for the official international events and is widely regarded as a quality standard and there are different version of the chess set.
Howard Staunton, the world’s strongest player from 1843 to 1851, played white in the below position and delivered a nice finish to the game.
White to play, Mate in three moves.
Puzzle 3: Lewis Caroll’s magical chess position.
Lewis Caroll is his highly acclaimed novel “Through the Looking Glass”, a sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You may also remember the story from the movie “Alive in Wonderland”
Caroll left his readers baffled when he published the below chess position in the start of “Through the Looking Glass”, mostly because the puzzle is not exactly a puzzle in the widely-accepted sense. For example, the answer does not involve regular Chess rules. White seems to be making most of the moves. The intention or solution, Caroll says, is about promoting the pawn on d2 (sh.. That’s Alice!) to a Queen despite all the enemy threats. Oh, and you are also supposed to defeat the Jabberwocky, black’s pet dragon, or hm.. that innocent knight on g8.
[Read more: http://www.chessvibes.com/?q=columns/lewis-carrolls-chess-problem]
White Pawn (Alice) to play, and win in eleven moves
Puzzle 4: Save Billgates!
The world’s richest man played a game of blitz Chess with the world’s strongest Chess player as a part of a talk-show in London. Bill didn’t last more than 12 seconds. But curiously he could have done something to save himself from that shame. Find out what Bill Gates missed here. What’s the best way to save Bill’s (White) King in this position.
[White to play. Save your king!]
Puzzle 5: Unpunished mistakes!
Why is Qa8 a mistake? Is there a better move?
Puzzle 6: When Super Powers tumble!
Two former world champions are playing a heated battle and all of a sudden one player goes a blind eye to a simple threat. Let’s see if you can figure this out.
Kramnik (Black) just blundered in a position where he could have fought for equality. It’s your turn to play in Kasparov’s (White) shoes.
Puzzle 7: Luzin’s Defense
Puzzle 8: Carlsen Blunder. No one is invincible!
Puzzle 9: Karpov misses the best move.
Puzzle 10: Save your King!